Making Your Closet Functional

Okay, you’ve finally reached your breaking point.  Your closet is overflowing, the stack of handbags and purses on the top of the closet shelf toppled over on top of you again, not to mention the mountain of shoes you trip over every time you have to get something out of the closet. You’re at your wits end and really have to do something with it, and you haven’t a clue where to start this project.


You have to figure out an attractive, workable, and affordable solution to make your closet more user-friendly.  Let us discuss a few affordable options that you can try to help get your over flowing closet space under control.


A basic simple solution to the question “where do I hang all my clothes” is to install a double rod system. This will double the available space you now have to hang tops and sweaters, etc  You can also hang  shoe bags from your existing rod or purses and handbags, hats, and other accessories and place them within easy reach.  There are also several very clever options that hang off the back of your closet door.  Wooden or plastic clothing hangers are much better for your clothes.  They’re durable and long-lasting, too. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, it might be expensive to replace them all at once, so you might want to consider replacing them gradually


To get a look at all the options I suggest you take a stroll down to one of the big box home improvement stores and look at the displays. Take a look in the shelving and organizational section of the store for some very clever ideas in affordable storage.  Sturdy bins and colorful baskets that function much like a dresser can be an easy and affordable addition, adding space to your closet by letting you store items outside of the closet in an attractive manner.


And since you’ve most likely got a sizable investment in your wardrobe, it makes sense to do your part to care for your garments properly.  Place coats, suits, furs, formals, and other expensive items in protective storage bags. Invest in some good, strong wooden hangers.  Protect these items by having them properly cleaned before storing, and enclose in zip-up hanging bags. Off season clothes can be moved to another less crowded area of the house, such as the attic of basement, if protected in quality garment bags as I earlier discussed.


The plastic bins I mentioned earlier can also be used for shoes, hats, gloves, etc and then stacked neatly in the bottom of the closet.  You can purchase an attractive coat tree and keep it by the main door, using it for jackets and coats as well as umbrellas, hats, gloves, etc.


There is only so much space in our closets so sometimes we must look for other storage alternatives and attractive options for storage outside of the closet walls.

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