It often seems that we have more things than space. We need storage for books, gardening tools, toys, clothes, computer peripherals, etc. We also prefer storage that puts all our things out of sight. So closets are easily the preferred choice.
Closets free space in the home, and make a room multiple purposed. For example, a living room for entertaining might double as a child’s playroom. During the day the child can use the space for playing. Then in the evening you can store the toys in a closet, making the room ready for company.
Here are some ideas for using closets to make room in your home.
- Odd spaces not suited for anything else can be transformed into closets, rather than remaining dead space. There are probably countless bits of dead space around your home: tight corners, under stairwells or eaves, etc.
- Build a closet into a wall so that it does not diminish space within a cramped room. Floor to ceiling inset closets have the double advantage of offering extra space (suitcases, boxes and other less regularly used items can go on top) and of making a room appear larger.
- As with all storage, efficiency comes first. Many people simply need is to organize the closet space they already have. A poorly organized closet employs only a fraction of its true capacity.
- Store according to how regularly you use items. Reserve the most accessible middle section for items often used. Top shelving gets items that are rarely used such as Christmas ornaments, etc. Items such as shoes or cleaning supplies can stay on the floor of the closet.
- Do not underestimate the order that a bit of shelving can create in your closet. A shoe rack brings greater storage and neatness.
- In walk-in closets install shelving on the back wall. This creates space for things like hats or jewellery.
- In tiny clothing closets, create space by hanging clothing according to length; shirts and folded slacks offer space below, dresses do not. Closet organizer kits, available at Rapid True Value, make this task easy. They come in a variety of sizes and shelving, hanging poles etc. can be adjusted to suit your priorities.
- In closets used to store none clothing items such as art supplies or tools shelving is extremely important. Separate items into groups, and put them in transparent boxes so it’s easy to find
Well organised closet using shelving, plastic boxes and labels.