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Divide and conquer an overstuffed bedroom closet with affordable solutions that maximize storage and space.
A typical closet comes with a shelf and a rod. Carpenter Eric Stromer from TLC's Clean Sweep suggests installing a "T" divider to upgrade the closet's efficiency. This will separate it into two compartments -- one for long items and one with two rods for shorter items (hang double rods at least 36 inches apart).
Hanging canvas units create eye-level shelf space for folded T-shirts and jeans. Keep shoes you wear most often here as well.
Choose one style of hanger for your closet but color-code them by type of clothing. Group according to how you dress. "Aim to have your closet no more than 75 percent full," says Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer. "It's easier to find things, and they don't get all wrinkled." You'll have space for new purchases, too.
A pretty hook next to your closet provides a place for dry cleaning or the next day's clothes.
Over-the-rod S-hooks hold purses and totes face-forward for easy selection.
Closet not hardwired? Shed some light in its corners with this battery-powered peel-and-stick fixture.
If you lack space for a dresser in your bedroom, keep panties, socks, and hosiery in a dedicated basket or tote, which slips easily on and off any closet shelf.
Store dressy and out-of-season shoes high in clear drawers. You can easily spot and retrieve any pair, even if it's on the bottom row.
Bookend-like acrylic shelf dividers keep folded items from migrating and allow you to stack items higher.
Demarcate hanging spaces with plastic garment dividers like those in clothing stores, advises Vicki Norris, author of Restoring Order to Your Home. Clearly defined space makes it easier to stick to your organizing system.