Using Closet Organizers to Maximize Storage Space

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Using Closet Organizers to Maximize Storage Space

Rachael Weiner · Dec 22, 2009

Closet organizers are an effective organizing tool no matter what the size of your apartment. Unless you live a minimalistic lifestyle with very few belongings, you’re going to need well planned closet space to store many of the things you own. As you’re looking to make better use of your storage space, consider purchasing one of the many types of closet organizers on the market.

Know that Not All Storage Is Created Equal

Storage comes in many forms. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything fancy. In fact, you could essentially stuff your belongings under your bed or pile boxes of random items in your closet. While that is certainly one way to store things, it’s neither the most effective way or the most organized method. Truly, there is something special about a well organized closet. Closet organizers help you create storage space that is above and beyond standard box stacking or hiding items under your bed. Not only is it functional, closet organizers are aesthetically pleasing. With a closet organizer you can find what you’re looking for at any given time-and not worry about being embarrassed when someone decides to go searching in your closet.

Figure Out What Kind of Storage You Need

The range of closet organizers available fit any budget and taste. While you can go all out and purchase a professionally installed organizer, like one made by California Closets or a similar company, you’re probably best to wait until you live in a house before doing so. In the case of an apartment, you have less expensive and portable options. First you need to figure out what the purpose of your closet is. Will you primarily store clothing in the closet or will it be used for general items like sporting equipment, holiday decor and other less frequently accessed items? Once you know what you’re planning on putting in your closet, you can purchase a closet organizer accordingly.

Find the Appropriate Organizer

In general, closet organizers are built to store clothing or everything else. In the case of clothing, hanging canvas shelves are especially effective. If you have limited drawer space in your apartment, these shelves can be used to place any folded clothing items. You can also purchase over-the-door shoe organizers. You can also purchase short shelving units to line your shoes upon or to place canvas baskets.

Your hallway closet will likely function differently. This closet will likely contain a mixture of frequently used items and items only used every now and then. Canvas baskets are great to use in hallway and linen closets. You can organize items based upon their function into each basket. If the closet already contains shelves, these baskets are virtually all you need. If it doesn’t contain shelves, purchasing an inexpensive and shallow shelf to place in the closet will be effective. You can also buy large Rubbermaid containers for infrequently used items, such as spare blankets and holiday decor.

When it comes to using a closet organizer, you’re best to go out and explore your options before making a decision. You may find something suited exactly to your needs. When in doubt, however, simple solutions are always available.

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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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