Living in a little apartment can have its own special joys (like being able to reach everything you own without getting off the sofa), but small closets aren't one of them. If, after you've pared down and cleaned out, you're still at a loss as to how to fit all your things into your teeny tiny closet, read on for ten clever ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small closet.
1. Double your available hanging space by adding an extender rod.
Like this one from Amazon, $11.99.
2. Store clothes on shelves more efficiently with shelf dividers.
No more falling-over stacks of shirts and sweaters. These are useful for making purses stand upright, too. Shelf dividers from Amazon, $19.83.
3. Double your shelf space with under shelf baskets.
I didn't know these existed until I saw this Fay Wolf organizing video. Fay Wolf is a genius. Undershelf baskets from The Container Store, $6.99 - $8.99. (Presumably you will be using these to store clothes and accessories, and not coffee cups. Unless you really like having coffee cups in your closet.)
4. Hooks are your very best friend.
Step into your closet (or as far into your closet as you can get). Do you see any wall space that is not covered by clothes? Put a hook there. Or better yet, if you've got the space, put a whole rack of hooks, like Annie of Live Simply by Annie did. This is a great way to reclaim wasted space, and you can use those hooks for practically anything: jewelry, belts, purses, clothes that have been worn for half a day and aren't quite dirty but also aren't quite clean.
5. Store suitcase in the space above the closet door.
Another brilliant use of hooks is for hanging suitcases in the otherwise wasted space inside the closet and above the door. Lightweight out-of-season items can be stashed in the suitcases — just don't forget they're there! Read more and see more photos of this idea in action at Indecent Order (now defunct).
6. Hang things on the inside of the closet door.
Like scarves, and even shoes! Maria EMB made the most of the inside of her closet door with an IKEA hack: the folks at Curbly break it down here.
7. Stack your shoes.
Turn the bottom of your closet into a little shoe condo with multi-story shoe storage. You'll find lots of options here. You could also place these on top of a shelf to make the most of your space.
8. For a long, narrow closet with hard-to-reach corners, add exra hanging rods perpendicular to the main one.
See how at 320 Sycamore.
9. If you or someone who loves you is extra handy, you could make this DIY organizer for a small closet.
All it takes is about $50 worth of MDF (and a little bit of hard work). DIY from Tom Builds Stuff.
10. For the not handy types... make a closet organizer with an IKEA EXPEDIT and some tension rods.
Okay, so the folks at I Heart Organizing who came up with this idea used dowel rods, but tension rods would work, too. What could be easier?
- Re-edited from a post originally published 8.22.2014 - CM
(Image credits: Kim Lucian; Amazon; Amazon; The Container Store; Live Simply by Annie; Indecent Order; Maria EMB; IKEA; 320 Sycamore; Tom Builds Stuff; I Heart Organizing)