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Name: L & J
Location: Gramercy/Murray Hill
My messy closets are the first thing anyone sees when they walk in the apartment, which is why I recently covered them with curtains.
Each of my messy closets is about 4'x2', and the highest shelf is at 6.5 feet from the ground. This means that the generous 13 foot ceilings inside the closet are under-utilized, and there's a lot of "dead space" up there. (The picture foreshortens, but there are at least 4 extra feet of height that can be used.) [more below...]
I also hate how the wall in-between the closets makes it hard to get to the built in shelves on the sides. The clothes in there become very mysterious, soon after I've folded and stacked them in, because they're just so hard to reach and see. This also causes clothing avalanches, when I am brave enough to reach for a piece in the stack.
We use the first closet as a coat, shoe, and storage closet, and the second one for my clothes and more storage- The coats hang too close to the shoes, and the wire elfa drawers are always topped with overflow piles. It is a triceps workout to pry apart the hangers and pull out any of the hanging clothes!
I try to get rid of some clothes, and pack a lot of my sewing fabrics + out-of-season clothes into the plastic containers on the top shelf- but there is still so much wasted space.