Tricks to Increasing Closet Storage Capacity When Space is Limited
Big demands are often placed on tiny spaces. When it comes to storage, small closets are frequently the most in need of good closet organizers that will maximize the space and increase the amount of "stuff" they can hold. The exact closet organizers that will work best for you will depend on what you plan to keep in your closet — whether clothing, food stuffs, toys or something else. There are, however, certain closet organizers that work best for increasing space in small closets. They include shelves (you can never have enough), double hang or even triple hang sections of clothes rods, various types of retractable pull-out closet accessories, rotating organizers for closet corners and hooks.
Replacing an old clothes rod with a new double hang closet organizer will automatically double the hanging space in your small closet.
Closet Organizers for Small Closets:
Shelves: It's a known fact in the world of organization that no one can ever have enough shelves. Shelves are unobtrusive and easy to add in the odd corner or any unused wall space in order to increase storage. Decorative boxes can be used to conceal shelf clutter without impacting overall storage. Doors can be installed over some shelves to create an instant cabinet. Install shelves in your bedroom closet all the way to the ceiling to organize casual pants, jeans, sweaters, knit tops, blankets and linens, shoes and more. Put the items you use infrequently on the upper shelves and use a closet ladder to access them when needed. Shelves are also perfect for toys, games, pantry sundries, kitchen gear or just about anything you want to store where you don't need to fret about wrinkles.
Double Hang: Double hang and triple hang closet organizers refer to clothing rods that are arranged one over the other in a section of closet. It is the quickest and most efficient way to increase clothing storage in any closet and should be one of the first strategies a homeowner considers when addition closet storage is needed for hanging clothes. Adult clothing in the form of shirts, pants folded over a hanger and separates can be hung using double hang. Children's clothing, because it is smaller, can often accommodate triple hang. This is especially helpful when a closet is shared by multiple children. Small closets will especially benefit from a double hang or triple hang arrangement.
Pull-Out Closet Accessories: Sliding, pull-out closet organizers are among the best ways to organize a small closet. They allow the owner to have access to stored items when needed, but silently slip into hiding when not in use, taking up very little room. There are numerous types on the market, each satisfying a specific storage need.
Wire Baskets: Wire baskets function in a similar manner to drawers, but are less expensive, easy to add to a closet, and are great for organizing underwear, small accessories, pantry items and more.
Mirrors: A full-length mirror is often difficult to fit into a smaller closet — especially if it cannot accept a mirror mounted behind the closet door due to door type or some other reason. Special mirrors designed specifically for small closets are available. These mirrors slide in and out on a pivoting base that allows for their convenient use inside the closet.
Tie, Belt and Scarf Organizers: Long, skinny accessories such as ties, belts and scarves can be difficult to organize effectively, easily becoming lost in a cluttered space. Special pull-out organizers designed for these items offer easy organization and on-demand accessibility with practically no space requirements.
Pull-out Shelves: All types of this shelf are especially popular for small closet organization because they allow the owner to pack many items on one shelf while retaining the ability to quickly view what is stored in the back. They can be flat like an ordinary shelf, but pull-out pantry shelves offer even better storage potential because they have low sides that prevent items from falling or rolling off the back of the shelf.
Rotating Organizers: Operating on a similar principle to the Lazy Susan, these kinds of organizers are best used to convert a dead corner into productive storage space. This tiny pantry closet features a 360 Organizer® rotating closet system to maximize corner storage along with numerous pull-out pantry shelves. Nothing gets lost in the back of this small pantry closet. Although relatively tiny, this pantry holds enough storage so that the homeowner doesn't have to run to the grocery store more than once a week. This is a definite benefit for this busy household.
Hooks: Even when it seems there is no room in the closet to add any more storage, you can usually find space for a hook. In this way, hooks are an invaluable storage solution for small spaces.
These five types of closet organizers and closet accessories offer just the trick for increasing storage and organization in tiny spaces. To maximize the organization and storage in your small closet, consider installing extra shelves in any nook or cranny available. They are the most useful closet organizer around, and you can never have too many of them. Switch to a double hang or triple hang rod system for as many clothes as possible. This is the simplest way to quickly double your closet space. Outfit your closet space with several slide-out closet accessories such as wire baskets, tie and belt organizers, pull-out shelves, pivoting mirrors and other space savers. Rotating closet organizers can further maximize storage by eliminating dead corners. Lastly, think about adding some good quality specialty hooks to your closet. Hooks fit nearly anywhere and are a practical way to store and organize your possessions.
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