From a roomy walk-in design to a barely-there wall nook, a well-appointed closet is a valuable amenity in every household. A customized closet system is an easy way to elevate a basic closet by incorporating shelves, storage bins, and hanging rods.
Streamline storage and add an extra layer of efficiency to your closet with an organization system for your pantry, clothes, cleaning supplies, and more.
Label, Label, Label
Storage labels are key to optimizing closet spaces, especially in food pantries or multipurpose closets. Clearly note the contents of each container using picture, text, or color-coded labels so there's never a question of what's what. Adhesive food labels are especially helpful for sorting bulk items, personalizing gifts, and noting expiration dates.
Make It Functional
When planning a multipurpose closet, design the space with function at the forefront. Divide shelves and cubbies by use, such as dedicating one area for sporting gear and another for pet supplies. If you have the space, enlist a freestanding shelving or drawer unit to accommodate your family's storage needs.
Location Is Key
It can be a chore in itself to find the right place to store cleaning supplies. A clever hallway closet right off the kitchen is a great place to corral tall brooms, mops, and vacuums, as well as paper towels and cleaning products. Choose storage containers that can stand up to moisture and spills, and if any item is a hazard to family members or pets, keep it out of reach.
Boost Narrow Spaces
Give a narrow closet an organizational boost with shelves you can install or customize. A slender niche neighboring the home office is ideal for file boxes, crafts, and gift-wrap storage -- and is easily concealed when not in use.
Streamline Small Closets
Small hall closets make daily access difficult, and they often become a cluttered catchall. First, take an inventory of what you truly need to have on hand at the moment. Corral seasonal and rarely used items in stackable containers, and place them on a high shelf. Organize essential coats and bags using hangers and hooks. Incorporate a foolproof storage method, such as cubbyholes or a multilevel shoe rack, to instantly free up floor space.
Make ironing easy. A recessed cabinet with an electrical outlet hides a wall-mount ironing board in this master closet, meaning there's no need to store a bulky ironing board and go to the trouble of dragging it out when needed.
Borrow from Other Built-Ins
If you want a closet to really work for you, consider borrowing design ideas from other closets around your home. This walk-in closet takes a cue from kitchen pantry storage. Shallow pullout shelves keep accessories visible, while a stationary top shelf is perfect for folded clothing.
Choose Flexible Kids' Storage
When kids are growing, it's important to use flexible storage systems that work for both you and them. Double bars made from tension shower rods can be installed without making holes in the wall and are the perfect size for short, slender kids clothing. Maximize underused hanging room inside a young child's closet by installing flexible shelves that can hold toys today and folded clothes later.