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Small-Closet Organization

When closet space is at a premium, it's important to make every inch count. Keep your small closet organized with these storage-rich tips to make it live large.

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Even the slightest sliver of closet space can produce major storage results when you think creatively. Maximize the space you have by identifying how to hang, fold, and organize everything inside your small closet while keeping it visible and within reach.

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Divide & Conquer

Wire shelf dividers keep stacks of sweaters, T-shirts, and jeans from toppling each time you change outfits. Encourage order by shifting seasonal items to the top shelf and organizing everyday items at eye level. Label shelf edges so everyone knows what goes where to avoid mix-ups.

Embrace Storage Accessories

Accessories from shelf dividers to stackable bins are a small closet's best friend. Innovative, off-the-shelf products from local home improvement centers can organize wardrobe and grooming essentials for convenience. Over-the-door hooks and organizers can save valuable hanging space by stashing coats, bags, or drop-zone items.

Customize Creatively

When a spacious closet system is out of the question, consider an easy DIY closet project. In just a few hours, you can customize a small closet with removable drawers. Basket-style drawers on runners easily slide in and out for easy access. Depending on the closet's width, you might need to install a vertical dividing board to support the runners. Use screws to secure the board to the bottom of the closet and the shelf above.

Shoe Storage Solution

End the hunt for a matching pair of shoes with shoe storage that lets you see and access everything with ease. Open shelves eliminate piles of jumbled footwear and keep shoes perfectly paired. Adjustable shelves can accommodate any shoe style and make the most of narrow closet spaces. Use shelf liners to add a slip-resistant layer of personality to plain white shelves. If built-in shelves aren't an option, consider a freestanding bookcase.

Hardware Hang-Ups

Keeping items off the floor makes any closet feel larger. Easy, inexpensive solutions, such as hooks and hardware, create distinct places for every item. Here, hardware handles turn a tight space inside a closet into storage for hanging ties and scarves. Gently knot scarves after hanging to keep them from slipping to the ground.

Choose the Right Light

Install "white" bulbs in your small closet, which will enable you to see colors more accurately. Place the light source in the center of the ceiling and ensure it's bright enough to illuminate your space. Track lighting and recessed lighting, which both generate considerable heat, should be used only in room-size closets.

Tame Closet Clutter

Adhesive storage labels come in all shapes and sizes, but they all prompt organization and make life easier by answering the ever-present question of what goes where. Metal-frame label holders allow you to revise signage as storage needs change and are easily affixed to shelf fronts.

5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Closet

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