A few clever clothing storage tricks can help with making more space in a cramped closet.

A few clever clothing storage tricks can help with making more space in a cramped closet.

 

Decluttering and donation

If you have items you genuinely don’t wear anymore, it makes sense to clear them out first. This will make organising and maximising closet space easier. Your local charity shop or shelter will also appreciate any donations, especially during winter.

 

Tips for maximising closet space

Clever tricks and storage hacks are your best friend when it comes to making the most of limited closet space. Here are our favourite clothing storage tips.

 

Use tiered hangers

use tiered hangers

 

Because they make use of both horizontal and vertical space, clothes hangers with multiple hanging rods can almost quadruple your hanging space. Each hanger can take multiple shirts, cardigans or pairs of trousers depending on the design.

 

Or create your own

create your own

 

You can emulate a tiered hanger by using a short length of chain to string multiple hangers together. An even cheaper option is to use a soft drink tab to double up your hangers. This is a really quick, easy way of making more space in a cramped closet.

 

Add a tension rod or two

tension rod

 

A tension rod is a temporary way to add extra rods without damaging the cupboard. The rod can be added in the middle of the cupboard to double your hanging space or towards the bottom to add extra shoe storage.

 

Get a freestanding rail

freestanding rail

 

For easy access, hang your more attractive pieces outside your closet on a freestanding rail. The ones on wheels can be easily repositioned if they get in the way and some also have shoe space at the bottom.

 

Install a door rod or two

door rod

 

A couple of rods attached to the inside of the closet door can create extra hanging space for less bulky items, such as scarves. You can also use hooks for the same purpose.

 

Create an extra shoe level

shoe level

 

An extra shelf at the base of your closet will double your shoe and boot storage space. If you can’t install a shelf or find a freestanding one that is small enough, sturdy storage boxes placed on their side will also work.

 

Use the top of the cupboard

top of the cupboard

 

If you have access to the top of your cupboard, you can add a few big baskets to hold loosely folded jerseys, hoodies or your bulkier pairs of boots.

 

Utilise the sides

utilise the sides

 

The sides of cupboards, both inside and out, are dead space that can be used to create extra storage.

 

Hooks, rods or small shelves can be installed to hold small items like ties, socks and beanies. Suction hooks will also work on some cupboard surfaces.

 

Consider self-storage

consider self-storage

 

Using self-storage for seasonal clothing storage is one of the most effective ways of making more space in a cramped closet. Pack away the winter woolies, jackets and boots in summer. Store summery beachwear, sandals and dresses when they’re not needed in winter. Just remember to keep a few overlapping items out for those in-between days.

 

At XtraSpace, we offer affordable, secure self-storage units in a wide range of sizes. They’re ideal for storing out-of-season clothes, shoes and even sports equipment. Contact us for more information or browse to find a branch near you.

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