How to Cleverly Organize a Small Walk-in Closet

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How to Cleverly Organize a Small Walk-in ClosetClutter - that depressing word!

Worse if you're a bit untidy or even something of a hoarder who can't bear to throw anything away.

No matter what - lack of order in your personal stuff can be exasperating at times. Trying to find matching shoes and socks first thing can be a real hassle when you're running late for work.

It's a problem. Still, it could be worse - like poor Imelda Marcos who apparently had over 1200 pairs of shoes to worry about. Where could she possible put them all - you could almost feel sorry (maybe not) for the woman!
So, is your storage so messy and unorganized there isn't even room for a skeleton in your cupboard?

Time to declutter!

Luckily, there's a solution that lets you make the best use of the limited room available. This post will show you how to cleverly organize a small walk in closet to make life a teeny bit less hectic for yourself.

Here are 12 tips for re-organizing your space. Some suggestions cost nothing but some need a little outlay - others are a great solution if you're good with your hands.

One thing - you don't need to implement all the tips to achieve that extra space in your wardrobe. Don't get hung-up in you're not a handy person. No problem - yes, you can build your own storage boxes, but there are umpteen free-standing products to choose from online or at your local store.

Supplies Needed

18 inch Timber Crate (for Tip No. 9)

18 inch Full Extension Drawer Runners (for Tip No. 9)

Tip No. 12
Tension Rods
File Folders

Tip No. 11

Tip No. 10
No supplies needed

Tip No. 9
Miter saw
Random Orbital Sander
Cordless Drill
4′ level
Tape Measure
(3) 18″ Full Extension Drawer Slides
(4) Large Wood Crates
(1) Half Wood Crate
(2) Small Wood Crates
(2) 8′ 1×4 pine furring strips
Chalkboard Stickers
1-5/8 Wood Screws
Wall Anchors

Tip No. 8
No supplies needed

Tip No. 7
Colored Hangers
Shoe Hangers
Clothes Dividers

Tip No. 6
Command Hooks
Wardrobe Rails (Cut lengths to suit)

Tip No. 5
No supplies needed

Tip No. 4
Felt Sheets
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

Tip No. 3
No supplies needed

Tip No. 2
Rubber Bands
Wooden Hangers
Screw Hooks
Ring Pulls
Lengths of Chain
S Hooks

Tip No. 1
Electric Rip Saw
Hammer Drill
Glue Gun
Measuring Tape
Straight Edge
Marking Pencil
Pegboard Hooks
Large Picture Frame - Deep set
Spray Paint
Glue Sticks
Slotted Angle - cut lengths
Wall Plugs & Screws (to fix angle)
2 x 8 X 11/2" Woodscrews (for each frame)
8 x No. 8" Washers (for each frame)

Step by Step Instructions

Tip No. 12
Shoes can be awkward to store because of their size and shape.

One quick and easy way is to use tension rods that jam between the sides of the closet. These come in a wide range of sizes that will cover most cupboards. The rods are used in pairs, either level or angled. You can build them up like shelves - using as many as you need or can fit into the space available.

Another quick and cheap way to organize your shoes and boots, it to use rigid file folders. They sit firmly on the floor or on a shelf and can hold the different styles. Your footwear is then in easy reach. As they come in a variety of colors and finishes, the can be matched with your decor.

Tip No. 11
Use baskets or plastic boxes to keep your linen and clothes neat and tidy.

Use whatever size of basket and box that suits your needs. Make sure they are transparent so that you can see what's stored in them at a glance. Place the baskets and boxes on the cupboard shelves or rails. Boxes can be stacked to increase your storage space.

Tip No. 10
Arrange your hanging wardrobes into "hot & cold" areas.

The hot area is where you put the clothes and accessories that you use the most, so that they are within easy reach. They should be right in front of you when you open the closet door.

Items that you don't wear or use regularly can be placed in the cold area - at the sides or back of the closet or on the higher shelves.

This simple piece of reorganization should save you time as well as create extra space for your most-used clothing.

Tip No. 9 - NOTE: Click on link at the top of this page for detailed video instructions.

DIY timber box fitted on drawer runners inside the wardrobe.

This ingenious method will create tons of extra space especially in smaller closet. The instructions on how to make this simple system are easy to follow and implement if you use the right materials and tools and stick to the method shown.

The supplies are all readily available online. The fitting is straightforward and if you're handy you can build the system in a reasonable time. It's worth the effort for the extra room created.

Tip No. 8
The best way to fold socks.

Another space-saver method that doesn't need any outlay. See the video to learn how to fold socks into a trim bundle that fits tidily into any pigeonhole storage (see Tip 4). To fold, the socks are laid across each other, then each half is folded over. The last half is used to tuck in the end to keep the socks neat.

A very quick way to stores socks that you will master easily. Forget losing socks ever again!

Tip No. 7
Arrange your clothes on the rail more efficiently.

Use different colored hangers and clothes dividers to separate your clothing into work, leisure, sportswear etc.

Suspended shoes racks can doubles as shelves to hold smaller items like T shirts.

You can mark the clothes dividers with each clothes type or you can buy pre-printed rack dividers to save you time.

Tip No. 6
Effective way to store high heels.

Another inexpensive way to store shoes. Use utility or command hooks to hold wardrobe rail sections close into the wall. It is simple to screw the hooks onto the wall and simply lay on the rail and you're ready! You can quickly fix these shoe rails to any clear bit of cupboard wall.

You can buy the hooks and short lengths of rail in a variety of materials and matching finishes. So you will not have any problem toning in with your color scheme.

Tip No. 5
How to hang a woolen sweater safely to keep it's shape.

The video clearly shows the method. First fold the sweater in half. Then, fold the body of the sweater over the top of the hanger and tuck under the bottom part. Do the same with the arms on the other top side of the hanger and tuck them through. Now your woolly jumper will not lose shape and take on hanger marks.

A simple yet effective method that won't cost you a penny!

Tip No. 4
How to make low-cost drawer organizers.

Glue four 12 x 9 inch 1.6mm felt fabric sheets together by using a cheap gun to run strips of glue down the felt as shown in the video. Once the 4 sheets are together cut the bundle in two length-ways and stick the two parts. You can now pull out the concertina into a sock or accessory store for your dresser drawer.

You must decide what size and how many layers you need to suit the drawer space you have.

Felt sheets come in a wide range of colors so you won't have any conflicts with your decor if that's important to you.

Tip No. 3
Simple but highly effective time-saving shirt folding technique.

Takes only a couple of folds to neatly stack shirts. Start by laying out the shirt flat. Gather the shirt at two points on one side - the first at the shoulder and the second point at the middle. Pick up and flip to the bottom corner of the shirt. Pick up and lay flat again then simply fold over once. There - it's done in a trice.

Tip No. 2
Tricks to avoid problems with limited hanging space.

To prevent garments slipping off hangers, put a rubber band on each end to act as a stop - it works really well.

Re-cycle ring pulls from cans by using them for extra hanger space. Just pop them over the hanger hook and you've got a ring to hold another hanger. Use as many as you can fit.

Similarly, fit S hooks with a length of chain attached over the wardrobe rail. Then merely hook as many hangers as you like into the links of the chain.

Fit screw hooks into the face of wooden hangers to hold your jewelry, light clothing etc. Drill pilot holes into the hanger face and then screw in the hook. You can buy hooks in different finishes to color match.

Tip No. 1 - NOTE: Click on link at the top of this page for detailed video instructions.

Make wall-mounted and framed white pegboard used to hold accessories - especially useful if you have lots of jewelry to sort. Paint it to match your room decor.

It's a straightforward process to make this storage unit and the finished product is certainly worth the effort.

If you're determined to be better organized, it should not prove difficult for you to put these tips into practice. Even if you just learn one thing like folding your socks and shirts, that will save you a lot of space and keep those clothes tidy and handy for use.

If you apply yourself in a determined fashion, and keep it up, your cupboard woes will be banished for ever.

Give it a try and make room for that skeleton in the closet!

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