Solutions for a Well-Organized Closet: High & Low

Solutions for a Well-Organized Closet: High & Low

Mat Sanders
Sep 6, 2011

Well, that’s all she wrote for summer! Though (finger’s crossed) we still might have a few sunny and warm days ahead, it’s about time to make that big closet transition into the fall season. For many, this is good opportunity for a complete storage overhaul. If you are looking to revamp your organization systems, check out these resources, both high and low, for getting your closet in order.

Storage Systems

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I invested in a custom Elfa system a while back and that’s just what it turned out to be – an investment. They are easy to install and disassemble, and I've been able to carry it with me and reinstall in my second apartment. If you have no pre existing built-in storage, this system will pay for itself in no time. Consult an Elfa specialist for pricing.

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If you happen to have a 6’-10’ space, this Shelving System by John Louis Home could be a great solution. Stylish shelving at a low cost, the standard system features mahogany construction and can provides up to 18ft. of hanging space. $199.99

Creative Storage

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I’m a big fan of using unexpected items as storage solutions. I always keep my eye out for unusual baskets to store things like rolled up socks or scarves. This Collapsible Wire Basket would give your closet an industrial charm, and is a perfect stowaway when not in use. $39.95

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Legit vintage baskets are pretty easy to find at flea markets and garage sales for cheap. Even on Ebay you can snag one for just around $10.

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The space below hanging clothes is often the most misused area of the closet. Try stacking boxes on a rolling a unit, like this Clear Rolling Side Table to easily pull out and put away when necessary. $258

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For a more affordable option for rolling out your stored items, pick up a simple plastic dolly and stack with brightly coordinated boxes. $70


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If you have the space, wooden hangers are great for creating that well-merchandised look in your closet. Though a bit pricier, they look great and are less likely to become tangled and disheveled like wire hangers. Pictured here: Walnut and Natural Hardwood, $42, set of 36

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If you are short on space, check out these Slimline Hangers by Real Simple. A more attractive option than unsightly wire hangers, the ultra-slim design also features built-in hooks that allow them to cascade. $30, set of 50


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Lighting can play a key role in helping you organize and maintain your closet. For a well-lit space, try installing under cabinet lighting on the ceiling or under shelves. At LampsPlus, several options are available for both wired and plug-in lights ranging for $70-$200.

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One of my favorite design secrets on-the-cheap, rope lights make for easy and versatile lighting options, especially in small, modular spaces. Many brands of rope lights are available on Amazon for around $20.

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For complete convenience, consider installing an automatic light switch in your door jam. With a simple install, the Perfectline Door Jamb Light Switch will cut power going to the light when the button is depressed and reconnect when the door is open. $40

Image: Easy Closets

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