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Closet for Two

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I'm Jill Waage with Better Home and Gardens. At first glance, all bedroom closets may appear to be created equal. But like many things in life, it's what's on the inside that really counts. We've outfitted one basic closet to meet the needs of 2 on-the-go individuals. Instead of 2 hanging bars to organize his wardrobe of shirts and pants, we started with 1 bar then rolled in a versatile trouser trolley for his slacks, khakis and jeans. Neckties hang from a wire insert. Folded sweater stay fresh by placing them on top of a specially-sized [unk] pallet. Canvas drawers hooked on vertical braces just like hanging bars or shelves. And with the addition of inexpensive canvas bins, these drawers are ideal for organizing folded garments like t-shirts, underwear, socks and accessories. A low-angled shelf makes it easy to pick out the right pair of shoes. While acrylic boxes protect favorite footwear. Just press down on the tab to open. Her side of the closet also features well-mounted drawers for folded garments. Choosing solid frame drawers means she can have a small vanity area. It's perfect for trying on jewelry and other finishing touches. In addition to more cubbies to corral her footwear, her side also includes acrylic shoe boxes. But these are sized for her shoes and even include a special slot for extra high heels. And rather than sacrificing limited space inside the closet to long hanging garments, an over-the-door rack holds her favorite dresses and long coats. 2 people sharing one small space requires clever strategies to keep both parties happy. In this closet, vertical dividers keep garments organized by type and by person. To gather laundry for 2 people, place a hamper in an accessible spot. This door-mounted canvas bin is a great way to squeeze a hamper when floor space is limited. Make the most of upper shelves in a shared closet by labeling the bottoms of the containers so they're easier to read. And, by including a step stool so everyone can easily get purses, extra bedding or off-season clothing. Sharing a closet requires some creativity, but with a little planning and some great storage add-ons, you can transform an ordinary closet into a smart storage space for 2. For Better Homes and Gardens, I'm Jill Waage.