Easy Ways to Get More Closet Space
Kimberly Beyer, a professional organizer based in the San Francisco Bay
Area, agrees. Beyer often has to press her clients to get rid of clothing that
doesn't fit them anymore. "Our bodies change with time, and a lot of
people who've lost or gained weight hang on to clothes for years in case they
someday fit again," says Beyer. "I tell clients, 'If an item of clothing hasn't
fit for a year or more, you're probably never going to wear it. If you used to
be a size two and now you're a size eight, you're probably not going back
there. And if you used to be a size sixteen and now you're an eight, you
don't want to go back there!'"
Beyer also recommends getting rid of miscellaneous hangers. "If you hang all
your clothes on the same type of hanger, it streamlines your closet and makes
it easier to find what you're looking for," she points out. Beyer recommends
felt-covered hangers, which are thin and lightweight. Plus, the felt prevents
clothing from sliding off onto the floor.
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.