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Clever Storage Closets

Built-in closets are the ultimate storage solution, but why not take things to the next level by creating a functional room within the hidden space?


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    • Closet to Mini Kitchen

      This handy closet eases prep and cleanup time by curbing kitchen clutter. A rolling cart pairs small appliances with utensils for an efficient workstation. Over-the-door hooks provide an accessible spot for dishrags and oven mitts, and a mounted towel dispenser makes for easy cleanup.

    • Closet to Home Office

      This repurposed closet reveals a chic office retreat. A sleek desk and a bright filing cabinet keep the space simple and task-specific. Wall-mounted shelves create more room for fun d├ęcor, and a bright rolling chair ties the color scheme together.

    • Closet to Gift-Wrapping Station

      Gift-wrapping supplies can easily make a big mess. Store everything tidily in a made-for-wrapping closet unit that hangs over a closet door. The wire unit organized rolls of wrapping paper, spools of ribbon, and gift bags. Clear glass containers keep things such as cards, gift tags, embellishments, tape, and scissors highly visible and perfectly organized.

    • Laundry Room in a Closet

      A stackable front-loading washer and dryer combo fits easily into a wide closet, leaving ample space for a freestanding shelving unit to corral linens and kitchenware. This closet's location near the kitchen makes multitasking while cooking or cleaning easy.

    • Changing-Room Closet

      Making space for baby stuff can be tricky. Here, a hall closet is converted into a convenient diaper-changing station. A pretty chandelier provides ample lighting and big baskets hold linens below.

    • Work Zone Closets

      These twin closets combine storage and organization for a convenient spot to tackle projects. Labeled magazine holders and colorful document boxes are perfect for stowing project-specific materials. When you are finished working, tidying up is easy: Just draw the curtains.

    • Cleaning Closet

      Finding a place to stow cleaning supplies can be challenging, especially if storage space is limited. Here, a narrow closet nook corrals essential supplies near the kitchen. Small bins organize bottles and brushes, and a door-mounted holder secures taller tools.

    • Pantry in a Closet

      This pantry keeps organization at the forefront with storage that supports on-the-go needs. Stash favorite snacks and extra spices in lidded, labeled jars to extend freshness and ensure efficiency. Clear containers ease preparation, giving you an easy read of what's inside.

    • Creative Closet

      Fashion a creative hub in a wide closet with overhead shelves and a wall-mounted desk. Fabric-covered paint canisters and books are pretty ways to collect project supplies, while swatch baskets below the work surface keep clutter at bay.

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      Closet Communication Hub

      Turn a small, cramped closet into a communication hub. Remove closet doors and install a length of countertop at bar height. Outfit the new desk with plenty of boxes and containers to corral papers and office supplies. Tuck baskets beneath the counter and along the sides of the closet for extra storage. Make your communication hub tech-savvy by wiring electrical outlets and add a charging station to the countertop. Consider adding a phone jack to house your wireless router inside the closet, tucking all the equipment and cords out of sight.

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      Office in a Closet

      A closet intended to house clothing cradles a charming desk just as well. Its doors removed and walls refreshed with paint, this former closet now boasts a work space as efficient as it is elegant.

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      Locker Room Closet

      If afternoon practices and outdoor hobbies keep your kids running in and out the door, this handy closet-turned-locker-room could help to organize your entryway. Mounted hooks and thin shelves leave extra space inside the closet.

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      Craft Room Closet

      Supplies tuck away easily within this hidden crafting corner. Pegboard mounted to the door provides ample storage while rolling containers make the space easily accessible.

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      Top Organizing Tips for Closets

      Get your closets in order using our favorite closet organization ideas. Learn how to adapt strategies and plans to work for your home's closets and see what savvy tricks can help keep closets clutter-free.
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