Everyone’s biggest clutter culprit has got to be the bedroom closet. Shoving in the excess clutter and closing the door to hide them? Don’t worry, it’s normal.
When lazy off-days creep in or you just had an overwhelming week at work or school (or life, as a matter of fact), you don’t feel like organising things in your closet. Eventually they grow to be a pile of mess.
Keeping things neat and organised takes a bit of effort, but you know you’ll thank yourself for it. One of the ways to maintain a system inside your closet is to maximise your closet space and introduce some tidy organising essentials.
Applying the 80/20 rule in the clothing world, there is a huge probability that 80% of your clothes are worn just about 20% of the time.
Before we get to the nitty-gritty part of things, we should have a good purge of items that you haven’t used for a very long time or those which do not fit you anymore.
Keep only those that you can confidently wear, make you feel good and you are positive of wearing them often. Some might find this first step difficult – letting go of clothes you once loved.
Here’s a tip: if you have not worn them or used them in the last 6 months, chances are, they don’t spark joy in you anymore.
Decluttering journey starts with 4 large boxes labelled as such:
For the closet ideas to work effectively, this step is actually really vital. Keeping rarely worn items or seasonal clothes separately in a nice storage box, away from your closet will help you create more space for the ones you wear on a regular basis.
Away from the closet means it will be stored in the basement or attic or garage, whichever place you made your storeroom.
Just 2 main rules:
- Take time to purge your stuff.
- Be responsible enough to have the ones in the ‘sell or donate’ box to be in decent conditions for the next owners to have.
After all that purging is done, now you can properly access your space and see how you can best organise your things.
Pause and look through your things once more. Anyone can buy organising items. Making them useful to you is knowing their purpose.
- What are you storing?
- How big would you need the shelf/drawer to be?
- Is there enough space to place them inside the closet?
Here are the top 4 best closet storage ideas to keep your collections neat and proper.
SHOWER RINGS AND HOOKS
Besides rolling up those scarves or ties, you can hang them to shower rings. Attach the shower rings to a single hanger to make full use of space.
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The shower rings will create sub-hangers. Simply clip them onto your hanger and just slide in your scarves and or ties. 3-5 rings is good enough without it looking too bulky.
Personally I prefer to hang these small accessories as such instead of rolling them into cute sushi roll shapes. When they are hung, I find it much easier to visually pair which scarf to go with the outfit that I’m wearing for the day.
Alternatively, some would opt to drill in a rod on the wall – which works fine too! Functionality-wise, both ideas work. The biggest question is whether displaying your scarves and ties out in the open would make your bedroom look a tad bit… unkempt. I’ll leave that for you to decide for yourself.
The rod would be a great addition for those who are not able to make hanger space in their smaller closets. With the rod, you would require shower hooks instead of the rings. Since rods are relatively wider than your hanger, opt for hooks instead of the shower rings. And this time, you can also start hanging a couple of your most used bags or purses too!
I’m recommending this Industrial Pipe Bar from Amazon. Unlike a clothes rod, this pipe is just 7 inches from the wall – which is perfect for hanging just your accessories. It’s originally sold as a bathroom towel rod, but honestly, this works on your bedroom walls too. A black steel pipe would go well with any interior styles.
The next one is one of the most genius space-saving solutions for clothes I’ve ever come across: Cascading hangers.
They can be hung vertically, stretching downwards and reducing space on the closet rod.
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You can simply see from the image itself how much lesser the cascading hangers took for 10 pieces of clothes as compared to regular hangers. A 10 out of 10 must have.
Calling it the ‘magic hanger’, the highly reviewed and recommended cascading hangers on Amazon come in a pair that can fit 6 garments each. You can trust this one made of steel. Steel is more durable as compared to plastic so this guy will most likely last for quite some time! It will be sturdy enough to hang the heavier clothes like a jacket or a sweater. Each individual wavy grooves removes the chances of your clothes slipping out.
If you have the time, try organising your garments according to colors, shades and types and you’ll have a beautiful gradient of systematic closet. I have the hangers at home and they really are amazing. Sure, a pack of 12 is pricier than regular hangers. But when you can buy some closet space with money, you just have to spend it.
Having this hanger does not mean you can add more clothes! Do not get tempted to do that. Spare your eyes and your actual closet rod some mercy.
Personally I find the hanging shelf a very useful closet storage idea. Ease of access and completely in display for that few items that you use most often. For some, it’s used to place the outfit to wear the next day, from head to toe. Much like a display casing.
You’d want to find one that is sturdy to hang on your closet rod and one with the individual shelves that would not cave in. Something that can hold up your jeans and shoes well.
Simple Houseware’s shelf hanging organiser comes with 5 shelves and 6 side mesh pockets for extra storage room to slip in. What I love about this organiser is the quality of the fabric. It is thick enough, making it sturdy.
Despite its positive reviews of durability and value for money, be mindful of the things you store in this organiser. Best to keep within a reasonable weight limit!
GOOD OL’ BOXES
Most closets don’t come in with a lot of drawers and that’s really alright. It gives you more freedom to design your own drawers.
Literally, however you want them to be.
The one organising idea that will never let you down. When we don’t have enough closet rod space to hang anymore things, and drilling a rod on your wall out in the open is not your thing – you get back to basics.
These organising cubes keep the overall look of your room neat by storing the clutter in them. A parent’s favourite to store their kids’ toys. Especially those boxes that come with a handle on the side that can act as a pull-out drawer.
From clothes and toys to bath towels or office supplies. There are literally hundreds of organising boxes out there that will suit to your taste! Label your boxes as you like.
I like my boxes plain so it’s easy to match with whichever furniture I have at home. Neutral tones like black, beige or grey gives you more flexibility. Simple Houseware Store has the cubes in more than 5 colours you can choose from, should you feel like the neutral tones would not fit your bedroom’s colour palette.
It really does help when it can be collapsed (or flattened) when I’m not using them too.
THE SECRET IS DISCIPLINE
You can purge your unwanted items and buy all the four ideas suggested in this article. You can succeed in having a clean and organised closet.
How long can it last?
Like you, I get lazy too. Work is tiring. So is school. I know for a fact that being a parent of young children is SUPER tiring.
Still, when things are starting to look messy, remind yourself of the initial hard work of all this.
Train yourself to get into a weekly cleaning routine to maintain the system that you placed! It takes effort to begin this and it takes a bigger effort and discipline to keep it up. And soon enough it will be a programmed routine for you!
*Last edited: 23rd December 2020.
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