Give 'Em The Boot!
Boots can pose a substantial storage problem. They're often too large for conventional shoe racks, and when they do fit, their tops flop over. Meet your snowy footwear's new best friend: The Whitmor Boot Organizer stores up to three pairs of boots, maintaining their shape while at the same time helping them air out between uses. Available on Amazon; $29.99.
Just a Little Loopy
Keep scarves, ties, or belts on view and easily accessed with the InterDesign Axis 18-Loop Scarf Holder. The sturdy steel hanger includes loops of varying sizes to fit even the chunkiest of scarves, and its sleek design deters snags. But the best part? This unit hangs on a standard-size closet rod with the rest of your hangers. Available on Amazon; $6.99.
Divided and Conquered
Store more, and store more neatly, by stacking your stuff between InterDesign Classico Shelf Dividers. Sold in sets of two, these handy wire dividers slide right over standard shelving and require no special tools or mounting hardware. Available on Amazon; $14.99.
A Real Hang-Up
Stash any combination of accessories—purses, shoes, shades—quickly and compactly inside the fabric cubbies of a Kennedy Home Collection Hanging 16-Shelf Organizer. The Velcro tabs wrap easily and firmly around a closet rod and let it all hang out. Available on Amazon; $24.99.
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Issue a Retraction
When space is at a premium—and, really, even when it's not—this handy Spectrum 35000 Hanger Holder can help you maximize your hanging storage. This wall-mounted system closes up vertically when not in use, and holds empty hangers when folded or a variety of items (up to 12) when fully extended. Available on Amazon; $6.69.
Customize Your Closet
Create a custom shoe storage unit to exactly fit your space with this easy-to-assemble VonHaus Interlocking Shoe Storage Organizer. The 16 individual compartments can be fit together to form a square, rectangle, cross, or even a pyramid to fit under the stairs. Available on Amazon; $74.99.
Create Something from Nothing
Stuck without a closet altogether? Enter the Whitmor Double Rod Freestanding Closet. This freestanding black metal unit is not so bad on the eyes if you need to leave it out in the open, or it can slide into an existing closet for extra organization. Leave your toolbox behind: no tools are required to assemble the unit, which features two hanging bars and five wire shelves. Available on Amazon; $41.99.
Tidy up sewing supplies, craft items, or other small articles without a home using this attractive Southern Enterprises Over-the-Door 3-Tier Basket Storage Unit. Its three rattan baskets probably match the ones you use to corral stuff elsewhere in the house, but these hang conveniently on the back of any closet or bedroom door. You can never have too many baskets. Available on Amazon; $54.99.
Create space in crowded closets with Closet Complete Magic Cascading Hangers. Each cascading hanger can hold five items—and we don't just mean T-shirts. Each one is sturdy enough to hold a family's worth of winter coats. This set of 10 can fit up to 50 garments in the same space that a dozen hangers might fill. Available on Amazon; $8.25 for 10.
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Like a mirrored medicine cabinet for your closet, the Mirrotek Over-the-Door Jewelry Armoire organizes jewelry and accessories neatly behind a full-length mirror. Hang this cabinet over a door or mount it to a wall, and you'll gain space for up to 36 necklaces, 48 pairs of earrings, 96 rings, and more. Available on Amazon; $99.76.
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