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Easy Ways to Get More Closet Space

Store Clothes That Are Off-Season

Make more space in your closet by putting away clothes and shoes that you won't use until the weather changes. You can buy containers for storage, or use cardboard boxes if you're on a tight budget (cover them with wrapping paper if you want to brighten them up). Pack sweaters, purses, and shoes in separate containers and label them clearly so you can easily find what you're looking for when the temperature changes. Storage boxes can be placed out of the way on a high closet shelf, or out of sight under your bed. 

Make the Most of the Space You Have

Now that you've purged your closet of items you never wear and put away off-season clothing, you should have more space to work with, and it's important to make the most of it.

An easy way to do this is to add a second closet rod. These rods, available at many hardware and storage stores, hang from the original rod, and extend partway across the closet so you can double the space you have to hang shorter items, like blouses and slacks.

A hanging sweater shelf that attaches to your closet rod can be used to hold purses, scarves, and belts as well as sweaters. Depending on the configuration of your closet, you may have a corner to store a small chest of drawers or plastic bins for shoes and other items.

Smallin points out that many people don't take advantage of closet wall space or the back of their closet door. "There are all kinds of ways to use that space: a rack on the back of the door or pegs on the wall are great for hanging ties, scarves, hats, or shoes," she says. "You can also hang items you use a lot, like your bathrobe, your PJ's, or a favorite sweater." She recommends adhesive plastic wall hooks, which can be purchased at any hardware store and attached without even getting out the toolbox.

Move Shoes off the Closet Floor

If you keep your shoes on your closet floor, you're likely to wind up with chaos, no matter how neatly you line them up -- especially if you share your closet with your partner.

A hanging shoe rack is one way to get shoes of the floor, but it may take up too much closet rod space. Smallin prefers storing shoes in plastic boxes, shoe dressers, or shoe racks that hang on the back of the closet door. Kimberly Beyer notes that storing shoes in bins has the added benefit of keeping them dust free.

Smallin suggests another function for hanging shoe racks: "I like to use shoe racks in kids' rooms to store toys or other easily lost items like socks, gloves, head bands, and scarves," she says.

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