How to Overcome Small Closets

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Anyone who has ever resided in an apartment has probably had to live with small closets. Too often are small closets synonymous with apartment living, especially in older buildings. What you get in architectural character and neat interior details from an older apartment you lose in precious closet space. The choice is simple: you either get rid of the things you cannot store or you find other ways to store your belongings. Have a small closet? Here’s how you can overcome the storage shortage.

Look to Hidden Spaces for Storage

Closets help to keep belongings out of sight and out of mind. If you’re lacking closet space, you’ll have to be more inventive in finding alternative spaces to keep your clothes and other items. The space underneath your bed is optimal storage space. Purchase several long and shallow plastic storage bins that will easily slide in and out from the space. This space is best for storing belongings you infrequently access or seasonal clothing. For instance, place your sweaters in bins under your bed during the summer and your sandals and shorts here during the winter.

Buy a Clothing Rack or Wardrobe

Coming up with alternative storage space doesn’t have to break the bank. You can go to just about any home goods store, like Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond, and purchase a simple clothing rack or a collapsible zip-up canvas wardrobe. Where you place these things in your apartment is up to you. Again, you can store season items hanging on the clothing rack or in the canvas wardrobe in your bedroom or take it to another area of your apartment, like the laundry area. The nice things about these closet alternatives is that you can hang clothing on them rather than having to fold and place in a drawer or container. Plus, they’re inexpensive. You won’t spend any more than $25 on either one.

Buy Additional Furniture Storage

When the closets are smaller, the dressers and armoires become larger. Think about purchasing a dresser to store all of your tee shirts and fold-able items so that you can leave the closet space for items that need to be left hanging, like dresses and coats. You can also buy a simple wardrobe instead. Stores like Ikea specialize in furniture for small space living and have a variety of wardrobes from which you can choose. They look nicer than the inexpensive canvas wardrobes mentioned in the last session. Another furniture option is to buy a shelf and place some nice-looking canvas cubes or wicker bins along the shelves. Place clothing items in them so that they’re out of sight.

If you’re without ample closet space you’re not without options for storage. What type of additional storage you choose really depends on how much additional space you have in your apartment and how much money you’re willing to spend.


Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

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