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9 Storage Ideas for Small Closets

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Are you struggling with the lack of space in a small closet? Whether you need more room for clothes, accessories, or are looking for more shoe storage, there's a closet organization product or DIY project for you. Use these nine easy tips to get organized and maximize your small closet storage.

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Closet Case


Closet with organization

Install a ready-made storage system with a combination of shelves, drawers, baskets, hanging rods, and shoe racks to maximize your small closet organization.

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On Display


Shoe racks made of moulding

Are your shoes in a messy pile on the floor? Show them off and save space by hanging your favorite pairs from pieces of wide moulding with this closet organization tip.
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Stow Away


Drawers on wheels to store items under the bed

To free up closet space, store out-of-season clothing and shoes under the bed. Make your own containers by sanding and painting old drawers. Add casters for easy accessibility.
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Double Duty


Closet with a double hanging rod

Use a double rod to increase hanging space with. While you're at it, trade in your bulkier hangers for skinny velvet ones to give you even more room with these small closet organization ideas.
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Just Bin It


Closet with storage containers on the top shelf

Store off-season clothing or accessories in baskets above your hanging rods.
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Tie One On


Tie rack

Add a tie rack to keep ties and scarves organized and within easy reach.
Make Your Own Accessory Rack


Store on the Door


Closet with over-the-door organization

Take advantage of every inch of your space with this small closet organization idea. Over-the-door organizers can be used to house shoes, small handbags, scarves, jewelry, and more.
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Put a Ring on It


A towel rod with shower rings and accessories hanging from them

Keep jewelry tangle-free by attaching a towel bar to the back of your door. Add shower rings and hang necklaces and bracelets.
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Hang Ups


Several hooks on a wall

Affix hooks and pegs to unused wall space in the closet for additional hanging options.
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Additional Tips

  • Space is at a premium in a small closet, so determine what you really need. Place items in three piles: keep, donate, and toss. If you haven't used it in a year, it's a safe bet that you can get rid of it.
  • Use drawer organizers to keep folded clothes in neat stacks.
  • Use a combination of single and double rods in the closet to accommodate shorter clothing items.
  • Fold sweaters and jeans, and place them on shelves above rods to free up space for hangers.
  • Hang a pegboard and hooks for hats, purses and scarves.
  • Hang shadow boxes on the closet wall as a decorative way to store and show off jewelry and small accessories.

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