As I described in my article How to Organise Craft Supplies, I love adjustable shelving. When we got our closets fitted a while back, I had the guy install adjustment brackets in the flanking cupboards and supply lots of spare shelves. It pushed the price up but I was adamant that this was the way forward and I’m so glad that I stuck with my decision; it allows for so many storage possibilities. You could also retrofit these inside an existing wardrobe to help make use of unused height.
Multipurpose Storage Nooks
My original thought was to purpose the low cupboards in our bedroom for shoe storage. However, the shoe storage idea never quite made it to fruition because I’ve found so many other uses for them: Household filing system, bookcase and linen cupboard.
It’s amazing how much stuff you can fit into shallow or narrow cupboards. Never underestimate the value of any storage area, there will always be a good use for it, you just have to discover it.
When I was shopping around for wardrobe designers/fitters, one very arrogant and unpleasant ‘assistant’ (I use that word loosely as he did not assist) grumpily asked me what was the point of the very narrow, shallow cupboards I was requesting. I would so love to shove his snooty nose in them now to show him exactly what the point was. We use these, our skinniest cupboards, more than our large hanging closets by far. They provide so many different nooks of opportunity, housing our jeans, t-shirts, pjs, undies, leggings, sportswear, slippers, a bunch of toiletries, a treasured memories box and a hairdryer! THAT, Sir, is the point!
Apologies for the spiralling rant, but take this as evidence that you should stick to your guns when it comes to the value of space in your home.
Organise Hanging Space
Maximise your hanging space by installing two rails where possible (the extra one being at half height), again these are something that can be retrofitted. The next step I suppose should be to encourage you to buy fancy padded hangers but I’m afraid I don’t buy into that. All of my hangers are the plastic type that the shop assistant shoved into the carrier bag when the clothes were purchased. They’re free, they work, and whilst they’re in my wardrobe they aren’t landfill. What I do to keep my wardrobe looking uniform though is try to only accept black clothes hangers. They’re the most commonly supplied, they look neat and they don’t distract the eye from selecting garment colours.
Out of Season Clothes
Try to move your out of season garments to another section, or even just to one side, of your closet. This will save you lots of time when getting dressed because you won’t be rifling through a rail of jumpers in the middle of summer. Another idea is to put off-season clothes into vaccuum packed storage bags that will slide away under your bed or the like, but with British weather being so radically changeable I like to keep my cozy clothes to hand, just incase.
Most wardrobes will have a top shelf that is way too high for daily use. This is another area in which you might store out of season clothes, but I think this is actually prime real estate for the out of season duvet and spare pillows. I like to keep bedding in the room where it will be used, to streamline changeovers (you can find tips on streamlining household tasks in Mastering Home Organisation: 3 Steps to Creating Task Zones)
There are many shoe racks on the market that can maximise and organise the space in the bottom of your closet, or you can install the adjustable shelves we discussed earlier to allow for a changeable collection of boots, heels and flats.
Personally, I have created a separate dedicated shoe and accessories closet (using an adjustable shelving system) in the landing cupboard that resides just outside of the bedroom, and this works just great for me.
How do you organise your closet? I love to hear how other people have organised their stuff! 🙂