I am not one of those clotheshorses who needs a studio apartment-sized closet, but I so appreciate having the ability to put things away. However, these half-dozen closet-free solutions have me convinced that out-in-the-open storage can be done, and done well.
The wonderfully colorful (and carefully curated) closet above is from Gregory and Jenny's Relaxed Hippie Bungalow. When a commenter showed interest in creating something similar in their own home, Jenny responded, "You'll be happy to know that's an inexpensive, quick, and easy job! Everything (pre-cut shelf, brackets, and rod) is from the closet department at Home Depot. Just make sure the brackets go into studs and you're good to go!"
A few steps more involved is the DIY closet in Giovan & Chloe's Urban Vintage Loft, a stunning combination of utility and artistry. That wood is absolutely gorgeous, and gives the closet a strong presence that unifies all of the clothes within its borders.
This open-air clothes storage solution from 2010's Letting Your Clothes Show might actually be one of the tamest elements from Barry's Howlin' House and Store Tour. The massive mirror and enormous wall hanging help connect the practical clothes rack with all of the home's big, bold elements.
This amazing display of clothes, shoes, and ephemera is from Arthur and Kristin's Sunny Vintage Loft. A dark wall color and strict organization gives it a relaxed, masculine elegance.
In Jeff's Super Small and Stylish Guest House, a lack of closet space is dealt with by hanging jeans on pegs. As someone who finds denim beautiful and jeans difficult to store on hangers, I am staunchly in favor of this jeans-as-art solution.
Have you ever lived without a closet? How did you deal?
(Image credits: Monica Wang; Bethany Nauert; Adrienne Breaux; Arthur & Kristin's Sunny Vintage Loft House Tour)