How to Create More Storage Space in a Tiny Closet
Whether it’s a minuscule closet in a studio apartment or a normal-sized closet that feels tiny due to your ever-expanding wardrobe, the battle for space is a constant one. Closets are our allies in the war against a messy, cluttered home, but they can also become unsightly, disorganized, and cramped.
If you’ve ever struggled to simply find a pair of shoes or watched a tension rod collapse under the weight of too many coats, you know how hard it is to deal with the lack of storage space in a tiny closet.
So what’s the solution? No, you don’t have to move—you just have to follow these tips and tricks to creating more storage space in your closet. Trust us; even if you’re sharing a 36” wide closet (the average width of a dorm room closet) with—gasp—two other roommates, these small closet hacks will help.
Make Decluttering a Regular Thing
Sorry; there’s no way around it. The number one way to creating more storage space in any closet is to regularly declutter. And by regularly, we don’t mean every few years when it occurs to you. We mean put it on your calendar and do it annually—or better yet, seasonally. You know the drill: If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss, recycle, or donate it.
Identify Wasted Space
Whether you realize it or not, your closet is filled with items that take up unnecessary space. The number one offender? Suitcases and backpacks. Avoid storing these in your closet. They’re better suited for under your bed, in the garage, or even in the trunk of your car. If you have to store luggage in your closet, let it do double-duty by storing other items inside suitcases (skip this if you’re a frequent traveler) or at least nesting suitcases and travel bags inside one another.
Use Vacuum Storage Bags
Approach your small closet like you’re trying to fit as much stuff as possible into a carry-on bag. One travel-inspired solution that applies here is vacuum storage bags. These wondrous contraptions can reduce the volume of bulky items, such as sweaters, by as much as 80 percent.
Hang Items on Hooks
Even just a little wall space in a small closet can do a lot of work in freeing up storage space. Install hooks on whatever wall space is available to you in your closet. Use hooks to hang purses, coats, and other items.
Store Behind the Door
You probably already know about over-the-door shoe organizers, but did you know about the many other options for behind-the-door storage? You might be surprised to learn about other easy-to-install options. Some of our favorites include behind-the-door cabinet organizers and over-the-door hanging rods. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned over-the-door shoe organizer. These don’t have to be used to organize just shoes; they can provide storage space for rolled-up t-shirts, scarves, gloves, underwear, and other items.
Add Shelving Under Hanging Clothes
Make the most of the space beneath your hanging clothes by adding a short shelving unit that sits on the ground. You can also use storage baskets for this. The key is to utilize floor space without forgoing organization.
Have a Seasonal Wardrobe
You’re not wearing the winter coat in July and you’re not wearing that gown outside of wedding season (unless you happen to work in the world’s fanciest office), so why let these items camp out in your tiny closet year-round? Rent a storage unit and use it to store seasonal items that would otherwise take up space in your closet.