No matter how big they are, closets never seem to have enough storage space. Whether yours is overflowing with clothes you never wear or packed with miscellaneous storage items, a quick refresh can help streamline your closet storage and make room for the things you actually wear. Start by clearing out these 11 items, including out-of-season attire and space-consuming accessories. Once they’re out of the closet, you can either store them elsewhere in your home (such as in the basement or an entryway closet) or get rid of them altogether. Take just a few minutes to relocate or toss these items now to make your closet feel more spacious and organized. (Trust us, you’re not going to miss them.)
Clunky hangers can occupy valuable closet space, so don’t hold on to more than you need. Designate a hanger for all of the items you like to hang, then ditch the rest. (You might also consider replacing bulky plastic hangers with a more space-saving design.) If you buy something new, make it a rule to get rid of one item before hanging the new one.
Warm, waterproof boots are essential when winter weather hits, but in July, your bulky boots are taking up precious storage space. The same is true for your sundresses and strappy sandals in December. Stash out-of-season items in the basement, attic, or spare room, or under your bed rather than the closet, and switch out items as the weather changes.
Whether you wear all black, prefer skirts to pants, or have a thing for sparkles, you probably know your own style by now. Rid your closet of items that don’t match your personal brand. As a bonus, maintaining a distinct style can make it easier to get ready in the morning since everything you own already goes together.
Coat closets exist for a reason. House bulky parkas, umbrellas, and outdoor accessories like hats and scarves in your entryway or an extra closet outside the bedroom. This will not only free up space in your clothes closet, but also stop dirt, salt, water, and other debris from tracking into your sleep space.
Whether it was a gift or clearance rack steal that was impossible to pass up, we all have those items we never wear. Purge any clothing item that is too big, too small, stained, or threadbare. As a general rule, if you haven’t worn an item in a year, it’s time for it to go.
Instead of storing luggage in your closet, stash it under your bed or in the basement or attic. Before you pack it away, however, take advantage of the empty space inside and use that suitcase to store out-of-season items or extra linens.
Clear hats, scarves, and mittens out of your closet and store them by the door instead. A small basket or the drawer of an entryway console table works well for storing outdoor accessories in a convenient spot. Then you can bundle up right before you head out the door.
Pretty jewelry can double as art if it’s displayed correctly. Keep necklaces on a tree and rings in a decorative dish, but keep them out of your closet. Closet space is typically tight, so you might knock valuables over when pulling out a dress or grabbing a bin from the top shelf. Storing jewelry on a vanity is a much safer (and more easily accessible) option for small accessories.
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