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8 Ways to Maximize a Small Walk-in Closet

Walk-in closets serve your need for an efficient storage system, but what if you can only work with a small space for all your things? If you love clothes, shoes, and accessories, it would be easy to find yourself surrounded by clutter. Without a streamlined closet, organizing gets extra difficult–and it just gets tougher with limited space.

To get out of this headache-inducing scenario, follow these tips for maximizing your walk-in closet.

 

1. Do Clear Outs Every Once in a while

Make space in your closet by doing clear outs

Closet clear outs can be done once a year or every six months. Not only will this practice save you space, but it will also keep your wardrobe updated.

 

2. Bring in the Baskets

Use baskets to maximize closet space

A basket is a go-to item to declutter and free up space in your walk-in closet. Baskets or storage boxes work best for storage systems that lack drawers. Here you can roll up your clothes, socks, and underwear–in which case it also makes a good storage system to keep hard to find items at arms reach. Lastly, to free up floor space, use stackable baskets as your primary choice.

 

3. Organize Your Drawers

Organize your drawers

At the beginning, you would see your drawers tidy and organized, but before the week ends, it always ends up in a chaotic jumble. To do away with this problem, you can use your shoe boxes as dividers so you can easily find your socks, ties, undies, and whatnot.

 

4. Make Use of Vertical Space

Fold your laundry neatly and keep them vertically

Hangers are notorious for eating up much valuable vertical space that is precious for those with a small closet. Shelves are more flexible than closet rod as they can be used for your accessories and shoes, along with folded clothes. To really save up space, go for a shelving solution that stands from floor to ceiling. Lastly, if you can’t let go of a hanger, keep it short and reserve only for overcoats.

 

 

5. But if You Need to De-Clutter, Use Hangers Efficiently

Make use of closet hangers

You can free up space if you group your short hanging clothes together. The space made available below these short hanging items can be used for storage boxes, additional drawer, or for a shoe rack. So next time you organize your hanging items, group them by length and use the space beneath the short ones for storage.

 

6. Get Some S and L Hooks


Make use of S and L hooks

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Make use of S and L hooks Make use of S and L hooks

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These cheap and small items are actually great space-savers. L shaped hooks work just intuitively when you want to use a blank wall such as the sides of your closet, the inside of drawers or just right up to the wall. It works best for hanging your tank tops, ties, scarves, and even your jeans. If you place a metal rod in between two hooks, you can make a closet rod to hang your clothes. The S hooks, on the other hand, can make your closet rod twice as useful. And when you run out of space to hang your S hooks, you can simply stick it up on your cubbies and shelves

 

7. Use the Corners Wisely 

Floating corner shelves with storage

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The most unused space in a walk-in closet are the corners. While many consider it a dead space, it doesn’t have to be especially when you need every inch of your space for storage. One way to maximize the corner is with the use of carousel for your shoes, coats, jeans, scarves and mostly anything. Another way to maximize the corner is to install a DIY shelf.

 

8. Don’t Forget the Back of the Door

Make use of space behind your door

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Oftentimes, the door is left untouched, when in fact you can use its vertical space for hanging pieces. Your door makes a good space to keep your scarves, ties, handbags, and belts. You can also use the cabinet door where you can place L hooks for your accessories, tank tops, and whatnot if your walk-in closet door runs out of space. Also, the space above the door makes a good place to install a shelf for your winter boots, bedsheet linens, and other items.

 

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5 Essential Room Divider for Small Spaces

A good room divider for small spaces is one that does not occupy a lot of space or in case it eats up a portion of the floor area, it should at least serve multiple purposes.

Here are 5 room divider options you can consider to adopt for your home.

1. Wallpaper or Color Paints

Wallpaper or Color Paints
Left without space even for a divider? A tonal separation can do the trick. You can make an illusion of separating living areas by using different colors or texture on walls. A good contrast without compromising the unity of design is what you want to achieve here. For instance, a distinct wallpaper can signal the end of the vestibule.

2. Curtains

Curtains

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Curtains are a handy device to physically separate areas of your home. You can easily extend curtains to separate space and have plenty of privacy, or slide them out to dismantle the division and connect living areas. Its decorative element also allows you to spruce up your space with posh fabric or subtle patterns. Lastly, installation is a breeze. You don’t need to have carpentry skills to have them

3. Pony wall

Pony Wall
One subtle way to create boundary while not compromising the flow and continuity of space is by installing a pony wall. You can make a DIY faux pony wall by using common household items or create a real one using MDF as your basic wall.

4. Open-backed bookcase

Open-backed bookcase

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An Open backed bookcase is multipurpose that you can use to separate space, add more storage and decorate your space. A good-sized bookcase, when placed perpendicular to the wall, is a solution to layout your space. The best choice is a tall bookcase, however, you can choose whichever you want so long as it serves the purpose you want/hope to achieve.

5. Floor Contrast

Floor Contrast

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Much like using contrast in wallpapers or paints, floor contrast is also an effective way to differentiate rooms in your home. Again, contrast is key to perfectly signify boundaries or division. This is best if you want to set limits but still want to preserve the continuity of the space, for instance between the kitchen and dining area.

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