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    Easy Ways to Get More Closet Space

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    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.

    Shelf Dividers

    These dividers attach to existing shelves and are easy to install. They don't actually create more space but they'll add to the order in your closet, which creates a feeling of spaciousness. The dividers allow you to store scarves, sweaters, hats, and extra purses in separate sections on your shelves, so they don't topple over on each other and create an avalanche.

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