How To Get More Out of Your Closet

How To Get More Out of Your Closet

Trent Johnson
Aug 17, 2011

The smaller your home, the more you value storage. But in a simple home, it's not about how much space you have, it's how you utilize it. This Old House has five tips for making the most of what you already have.

From This Old House, here are five tips on getting more out of your closet.

Double Up
Maximize your vertical space by mounting two rods one above the other. Mount one well above eye level for longer garments, and one a little more than 3 feet off the ground for shorter (or foldable ones).

Put Small Items in Their Place
Use containers for smaller items such as boxes, bows, bins, or shelf. Use this for change, receipts, and other things that might end up on the TOP of your dresser.

Add Guiding Lights
If your closet isn't wired for light, add some! Light will make it look bigger, and make it easier to use. You can find battery-powered LED pucks which last years, and don't burn through batteries.

Divide and Conquer
Cubbies and dividiers are your friend. 10 inch high partitions are about the right height for a stack of clothes, and partitions, similar to bookends, help things stay organized.

Raise it Up
Keep everything off the floor except for suitcases, which can be rolled away easily. Even hampers, if possible, shoudl be raised off the ground to allow for vacuuming.

Read More: How To Gain More Closet Space Without Renovating at ThisOldHouse

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