Diagnosing and Curing “Closet Fever”

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 04 Jan, 2016
I like the colder time of year for reviewing and improving our indoor spaces. Our closets hide what we often aren’t able to get to in warmer months. And they work double duty this time of year. Brimming with coats and hats and boots and gear leftover from Summer–It’s time to regroup. Our room closets generally […]
I like the colder time of year for reviewing and improving our indoor spaces. Our closets hide what we often aren’t able to get to in warmer months. And they work double duty this time of year. Brimming with coats and hats and boots and gear leftover from Summer–It’s time to regroup.
Our room closets generally are built with only 2 functional elements: one rod to hang things and one shelf to store things. Yet we need our room closets to do more than these 2 things. We need convenient shoe storage that is not on the floor. We need to store certain cleaning items and have a place for the sweeper to go. We need to put away items for walking the dog. We need to have certain gear available as we walk out the door. And in some rooms, we may need toys and games and occasional items that are not in plain sight.
How do we manage these overworked and overstuffed spaces? The two best strategies include: 1) increasing the number of functional elements in your closet to better match your inventory and 2) allowing only 3 to 4 categories of things in each closet so that they aren’t stacked full of miscellaneous items.
The top five elements that will go the farthest in your general closet include:
  1. Hooks, Hooks, Hooks! Quite possibly the easiest way to use vertical space in your closet.
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  3. Horizontal shelving in the low and high underutilized areas.
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  5. Baskets for the horizontal shelves, with labels, to clearly identify items.
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  7. Shoe Storage
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  9. Redesign. Imagine how much more useful a short double hang rod may be rather than one that spans across the open space? What if the shelving was located in the immediate reach-in region of the closet? What if slide-out wire baskets were a better alternative to flat shelves? Just a few tweaks can make a huge difference.
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