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Maximizing Bedroom Closet Storage Space

Aug 23, 2008
There are many advantages to maximizing bedroom storage space. Whether you are trying to entice potential buyers or simply relieve yourself from the stresses of clutter and disarray, extra storage space is always beneficial. Luckily, increasing and maximizing storage space does not have to be stressful and expensive. There are many easy, affordable, and creative ways to rearrange your closets.

The first step to creating space is ridding your closet of all unnecessary space consumers. This may seem obvious, but most people suffering from closet claustrophobia have all the space they need hidden underneath items rarely used. So, before you invest in an expensive closet expansion, determine what you can sell, donate, and throw away. Minimizing is also helpful. Many people use a large hamper and large storage bins but never fill them completely.

Once you have purged your closet of the unused and unnecessary, evaluate its arrangement. Oftentimes, the actual size of a closet is less important than how it is organized. People tend to equate closet space with floor space, without taking advantage of overhead and wall space.

Adding multiple shelves above or below a hanging rod takes advantage of overlooked overhead space, and installing an extra hanging rod above and/or below the original one can provide an extra space for storing clothes that are out-of-season or rarely worn, thus doubling or even tripling your hanging space.

An alternative is replacing one full hanging rod with a half-length rod and two double-decker rods. This increases space for shorter garments, such as folded pants, skirts, and shirts, while maintaining enough space for longer garments, such as jackets, robes, and dresses. Hanging rods are generally more affordable and easier to install than shelves.

Smaller garments and accessories can be better organized and stored by adding a small dresser or building drawers. Another option is using stackable baskets, which can be easily moved and rearranged, as the space needs of your closet change.

Hanging organizers are both affordable and convenient for folded garments, allowing you to pack your clothes tightly but still find them easily. Over-the-door racks are useful for hanging shoes, belts or ties. If a door-hanging shoe rack does not free up enough space, a multi-tiered standing shoe rack can be added to the back corner of the closet.

Standing racks are also a great way to organize hats and purses, which are often stored in a way that makes it difficult for you to see all of your options. Revolving racks eliminate this inability without monopolizing all of your floor space. Furthermore, many standing racks have adjustable heights so they can work with the limits of your closet arrangement.

When all else fails, think out-of-the-closet. Storage space does not have to be strictly limited to the four walls of your closet. Under-the-bed storage containers are great for shoe and garment storage. Mounting hooks on the bedroom walls can create easily-accessible storage of ties, belts, scarves, or robes. Wall hooks are also useful for bulkier garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. Hanging hats on the wall can even be used for decoration.

If additional space is required, instead of expanding surroundings, try reducing them. Minimal construction can turn vaulted bedroom ceilings into additional closets, good for storing clothes that are rarely worn or household items infrequently used.

There are many easy and affordable ways to increase your bedroom storage space. All it takes is a little creativity and a trip to your local hardware or home improvement store. If you simply do not have the time to take on this task yourself, bring in a professional. Many businesses offer affordable services for your closet and storage needs.
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