Closet Makeover & Organization Tips for an Efficient Tiny Closet
5 June, 2018
Let’s Makeover your Closet!!
When you’re living in a small house with tiny closets, the organization will always be your best friend. Clearing out the clutter, choosing your clothes more carefully, and storing items in the right places will help you to maintain a more manageable space. It’ll also mean that you spend less time desperately trying to find your favourite shirt for a night out.
Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home and you’re discouraged by the size of your closet, or you’ve been living with storage struggles for years, don’t worry. There are plenty of clever ways that you can make your space more organized and streamlined. Here are some of my tips below…
- Get Seasonal
When you’ve only got so much space to work with in your single-story home, it’s important to be as creative as possible. One option is to embrace a “seasonal closet rotation” a couple of times a year. After all, there’s a good chance you’re not going to be wearing your big bulky sweaters in the middle of summer or your short shorts during the cold season.
Keep only the clothes you need in your closet during the right season, and then box the rest up and store it somewhere else in your home. If you’ve bought a creatively-designed abode, you should be able to find at least a handful of alternative storage spaces – even if you simply opt for the loft.
2. Prepare to Purge
Getting rid of the jeans you used to love just because they have a tear or two can be harder than it seems. Unfortunately, if you want to make the most out of your tiny closet space, you’re going to need to be ruthless. No matter how often you tell yourself that one day you’ll fit into your pre-baby dresses, it might be time to give up and throw something away. Remind yourself that you can always treat yourself to a new dress if you do meet your weight-loss goals.
Not only will purging your clothing and accessory collection help you to create more room for your must-have garments, but it will help to bring more order to your home too. If it makes you feel better, don’t simply throw perfectly good clothing away – donate them to someone in need!
3. Clear out The Clutter
Did you know that clutter can have a negative impact on your emotions? The more cluttered your house is, the more likely you are to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Unfortunately, pushing all of your excess clutter into your closet doesn’t fix the problem. Clutter in a cupboard can apply to more than just extra clothes and shoes. It also addresses plastic coverings that come with your dry-cleaning and hangers that you’re just not using.
Go through your closet and ask yourself what you really use on a day-to-day basis, and what you can cope with getting rid of. Try to make sure that your wardrobe doesn’t become a catch-all storage space for other items in your house that you don’t know how to home. Just because it’s behind a door doesn’t mean it’s in the right place.
4. Follow the First in, Last Out Rule
How often do you actually wear all of your clothes? According to Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, most people only wear about 20% of their closet, 80% of the time. We stick to a handful of items that we like the best, and the rest simply piles up somewhere unused and unwanted (sound familiar!?) Following the first-in, last-out rule helps you to avoid wearing the same small percentage of your closet each week. After you’ve worn an outfit, you place those clothes in the furthest, most remote part of your closet.
This pushes you to address pieces that you haven’t worn recently, so you’re always keeping your look fresh. If you feel like you don’t want to wear the outfit that presents itself to you, it might be time to consider throwing it away.
5. Access Every Inch of your Wardrobe
When you buy a new home, your reach-in wardrobes might come already installed. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re already pre-organized to give you the most out of your clothing collection. Most wardrobes only have one rail running across the middle of the space. However, if you adjust that rail, and add extra components to your wardrobe, you can get a lot more out of a small space.
For instance, look at the floor. Could you add some wooden boards and storage boxes to make sure that you have additional room to use there? Maybe you could add an additional railing for small pieces of clothing that won’t touch the floor from their hangers. Look at the upper shelf too. While most people stock storage bins up there, you can also consider shelf dividers that will turn the space into a place where you can put clothing that you’re ready to grab and use later.
6. Discover the Power of Doors!
(And I don’t mean closing them with mess behind them haha) Speaking of making the most of every inch of space in your wardrobe, don’t forget about the doors either. You’d be surprised how much extra space you can access simply by using hooks on your door to store scarves, belts, and handbags. You could even line the door with corkboard which you can use to hang your jewelry up too. This means that you’ll have to devote less space in your bedroom to accessory organizers.
There are plenty of DIY projects that you can implement to make the various parts of your wardrobe more accessible. For instance, one good tip is to add lighting to your wardrobe. It’s easier than you think and adding extra lighting will mean that you don’t’ have to struggle as hard to find the items you need. Additionally, something as simple as an LED closet rod can make your cupboard look bigger too!
7. Making the Most of Your Tiny Closet
Living in a smaller home with limited storage space doesn’t have to be a nightmare. After all, not only are small homes more affordable, but they also mean less maintenance and cleaning time, so you can devote more of your life to doing the things you love! All you need to make the most out of even the smallest closet, is a little bit of creativity!
This post is sponsored by Vision One Homes.