Let me warn right at the beginning, finding or making the right closet is not going to be a cakewalk. A lot of research should go in before you finalize on the exact design of your closet that makes storage efficient and is not too hard on the eyes too. The dilemma really arises when there is a budget and space constraint.
This post will be a great guide to help you know and decide what exactly should go into your closet and what should not. Without any further elaboration let’s go straight to the must have’s or makes of a great closet.
Take Advantage of the Door
An open closet is still believed to be for the slightly adventurous sorts. So a door becomes pretty innate to all closets. The optimum utilization of the closet door can actually lead to a great closet and a much larger amount of space. Let us see what we can do with the door to increase efficiency of our closet.
One awesome idea I came across for smaller closets was to mount a pegboard on the closet door. Use hooks of different sizes and types to hang all from belts to bags to jewelry pieces. You could also create smaller racks to store some essential lotions, creams, kohl. What you get is almost a mini dressing station. I almost forgot, you can always hang a portable mirror as well.
If you are not too keen on a pegboard, you can always put in some hooks and use a lot of organizer hangers and over door rack pockets. They are so frugal (saves you a lot on the built-ins) and so damn convenient. You could use those awesome pockets for storing folded t-shirts, regular, flat footwear like tennis shoes, flip-flops, etc.
Thumbtacking a basic towel rack or valet rod to the door could also be a useful trick to store your scarves and longish necklaces, bags.
Cubbies are synonymous with organization. Whether a DIY closet or one that you are getting made or is already made, cubbies are never a bad idea. They come in different shapes and sizes and so you can design them according to your needs and preferences.
One tip though would be to have some cube cubbies in the bottom of the cupboard. A common mistake I have seen in many closets is insufficient utilization of that space. Cube cubbies are great helps. You can put sweater bins in them and stuff them with all the stuff you do not use regularly like your travel wear, beach wear and rest.
Two-Tiered Hanging Bar
While the traditional closets have one hanging bar, the best way to maximize space and efficiency in your closet is to have a two-tier hanging bar. The picture below shows you how exactly this lower bar suspended from the upper bar, doubles up your storage space. One side is left for the longer clothes while the upper and bottom rod are used to hang shirts, skirts and trousers.
Some clothes simply cannot be rolled, folded or stacked. They need to be hanged properly to maintain their style and structure. You will need to invest in some fabulous and slim hangers (that do not take up much space). Get the sturdy hangers for coats and jackets and satin padded ones for the more delicate garments. I purchased mine from onlyhangers.com
Transparent drawers and boxes
If you are not such a great fan of cubbies you can always opt for these – pull out drawers and stackable boxes. They are available quite easily. Perfect for storing formal and occasion shoes, underwear. T-shirts and towels and scarves can be easily stored in them too and so can accessories with proper compartmentalization in them.
Why I recommend them to be transparent is obvious. Easy visibility leads to less waste of time and also greater recollection of what we have. I mean so many times, we end up buying things that we already possess simply because we don’t know where we have kept ours. So yes it is an economic option as well.
With the makes in place, let’s move to the breaks now
Sliding Door in a closet usually means you can access only one part of your closet at a time. Also things stacked up or stored in the center get very little visibility and often end up being unused. So for a good and functioning closet avoid sliding doors.
Not having Laundry or Dumping Place in the Closet
One of the essentials of a good closet is having a pull out cubby or drawer or big sweater bin, designated as the laundry area. We all get a little lazy when it comes to laundry. And just imagine the piles and piles of clothes lying in your closet everywhere if there is no place to dump them. Check out this video for simple features you must include in a closet.
The hide-away and ironing board space is great innovation for a great closet.
Too Many Drawers
Having too many drawers can eat up into your closet space. Cubbies, racks, hangers, are equally essential parts of a closet. Moreover drawers have limited functionality. You cannot hang things in a drawer, nor can you have too many stacks coming up in them either. Besides, another problem with drawers is things often get overlapped with constant pulling out and shutting in of the drawers especially in case of accessories if you are not using a compartmentalized organizer.
So keep the usage of drawers limited and don’t overcrowd them.
Other tips to keep in mind for having a great closet is using of closet dividers and hanger snaps. They are very useful organizational tools.
Color coding clothes placement also keeps the closet more organized.
Finally the ultimate way to achieving the nirvana called a good and organized closet is to purge often.