We're pretty sure there's never been a renter or homeowner to ever declare that their humble abode has just far too much closet space. And unfortunately, while most of us may daydream about glorious walk in closets with pristine shelving systems, it's much more likely—in big-city living—that what you're actually faced with is an extremely small one. You may not love it, but we know a few easy ways you can make more room in your tiny closet.
Do a Purge
We know you don't want to hear it (and we know you really don't want to do it), but purging your closet of lesser-used items is by far the best way to make extra space for the clothes and accessories that you really love. You know what you need to do. Toss or donate any clothes that don't fit, are damaged or that you simply no longer wear.
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Avoid Bulky Organizers
Before you make a run for The Container Store, evaluate how your closet will actually benefit from a complex shelving system or organizing tools. Even if these things visually organize your closet well, they still take up valuable real estate in your tiny closet. Save yourself the space and money and buy only what you need and have space for.
Layer Your Hanging Rods
Many closets are fitted with a single rod for hanging clothes, one that's tall enough to hang any garment. But if your wardrobe allows, consider layering a second rod underneath the first. If the majority of your clothes are shorter in length—think blouses and shorter skirts—you can spread the load across two stacked rods and leave your closet more full but less tightly packed.
Get Creative with Over the Door Shoe Organizers
Those over-the-door shoe organizers can store way more than just shoes. Hang one over the inside of your closet door and use it to store neatly folded scarves, gloves, jewelry, lingerie or anything else small that you need to make room for.
Make Use of Wall Space
If you have any empty spots on your closet walls, attach baskets or hooks to the walls with nails or removable adhesive strips. The baskets can be used to store purses, shoes or even folded clothes. And hooks are the perfect place to hang jewelry, a favorite scarf or ties.
Learn the Best Folding Techniques
It's convenient to just casually fold something before tossing it into a drawer or on a shelf, but taking the time to fold your clothes neatly can free up tons of space in your closet. Learn how to properly fold your clothing and you will find yourself with extra space in no time.
Don't Forget About Floor Space
If you have a tiny closet, you are probably used to piles forming on your closet floor. Keep this space clean and functional with a shoe rack, neatly stacked boxes or a row of baskets. Find what works for you and make sure your closet floor never becomes a dumping ground again.
What are your favorite space saving tips for squeezing your wardrobe into a tiny closet?