It seems that no matter how much space we have, it's never enough. This is especially true when it comes to closet space. Give us a few inches of empty space and we will quickly cram it to capacity. If you're tired of living with little to no room in your closet, here are several ways to make a small closet bigger in no time flat. No building required!
Clean out the closet - Unfortunately, you've got to clean out the closet to get more closet space. Yes, this is the part everyone hates. Remove everything from the closet so that you're working with a blank canvas, so to speak. Remove shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories, and vacuum or sweep the closet floor while it's empty. No telling what's lurking in those corners!
Double your hanger capacity - If your closet is like most, you have one single rod at eye level. But what about all that space underneath? Maximize closet space by mounting a second rod about 3 feet from the ground. This shorter rod is great for shorter clothing or items that can be folded.
Space-saving clothes hangers - Toss out your traditional hangers and replace them with space-saving ones instead. Hangers don't have to just hold one piece of clothing anymore! Some models fold down so that they hold five or six garments at a time. Others are designed to display the clothes back to front on the rod, instead of side to side. There are several affordable ways to maximize closet space with these alternative products.
Vertical closet shelves and racks - If you want to make a small closet bigger, vertical is the way to go. Shelves and racks can fit into an unused corner of the closet, providing much needed space for shoes, bags, hats and other accessories. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to maximize closet space, wire shelves or racks are an affordable option.
Tiered shoe racks - When shoes are tossed into the bottom of the closet, they're not only messy and difficult to organize, but they take up a lot of space, too. Place tiered shoe racks at the bottom of the closet to conquer this clutter magnet.
Shelf dividers - The space above your hanging clothes is being wasted if it currently contains one large shelf. Make this area more functional with shelf dividers. Made of wood or wire materials, these dividers can keep out-of-season sweaters, scarves, and gloves organized, or handbags and wallets corralled and easy to locate.
Closet lighting - Give the illusion of more closet space with adequate lighting. An illuminated closet is easier to keep clean, more efficient, and can be as dim or as bright as you'd like it.
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