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Even a small closet can give you tons of storage space if you have the right solutions in place. Let’s look at 10 Amazon products that will make your small closet feel bigger!
Make Your Small Closet Feel Bigger With These Three Steps
- Prepare your space.
- Shop our list of closet organization products.
- Follow our tips and tricks for making a small closet look bigger.
Do you have little to no storage space in your home? Trust me, I feel your pain. My house is really old, and while I love the historical features like glass doorknobs and high ceilings, I don’t love the lack of closet space. I’ve got small closets, y’all, and it can be frustrating!
My home wasn’t built for modern storage needs, so I’ve had to find a lot of work-arounds and DIY ideas for storing the things I want to keep without having my home look like a clutter bomb went off in every room. Don’t spend your time wishing you lived in a home with bigger closets! Use our guide to making small closets feel bigger instead. Walk-in closets are great, but small closets can be just as functional and beautiful with these tips and products.
Let me show you what works for me.
Small Closet Makeover Step One: Prepare Your Space.
Shopping is so much fun! I love buying things that I know are going to give me real solutions to my home’s problems. However, before you start pressing “add to cart”, we’ve got some work to do first.
1. Name what you want this space to be.
What do you want this closet to be used for? What makes the most sense? If this small closet is in your home’s entryway, you might want to use this space for storing coats, shoes, umbrellas, and other things you use to get out the door. If this small closet is in your bedroom, it will be the best space for your clothing. The thing to avoid here is having this closet be a mishmash of lots of different things. You don’t want to store your camping gear next to your extra bed sheets and towels, you know?
2. Time for a little declutter!
I tend to stuff my small closets with as much stuff as I possibly can, sometimes doing that move where you stuff things in quickly and slam the door behind you so things don’t come crashing out. I’m not proud of it.
Yes, we are going to show you how to store your things in a functional and happy way, but the truth is, any closet big or small will always function better when there is less stuff inside. We’ve got some awesome tips for getting rid of clutter. If you’re having a hard time deciding what clutter to get rid of, read our posts on clutter.
3. Measure your space.
Before we start buying storage items, it is a good idea to know what kind of space we are working with. Now is a good time to measure how tall the inside of your closet space is, how deep the closet is, and how wide any shelf space is. Nothing is worse than buying a product and then finding out it won’t work because it’s the wrong size!
Small Closet Makeover Step 2: Shop Our Amazon List!
When it comes to small closet storage, you’ve got to use every inch of space you’ve got. That means looking above the clothing rack and below the clothing rack for usable space options.
This storage shelf is awesome for creating a ton of extra space in your closet. I love this shelf because you don’t need special hardware or handy skills to install it. Just press it into place, and it’s ready to go. If you want to really up your storage shelf game, try some shelf dividers to add extra organization.
Now, you need something to store all of the smaller items in your closet, and these bins will fit perfectly on your new mounted shelf. Bins and baskets keep small items from cluttering up your space.
What can you put in bins? If this is your clothing closet, put scarves, hats, headbands, jewelry, or any other small accessory. If this is your linen closet, you can put extra pillowcases or towels. This bins will work great to corral all of the small items that normally might get just thrown onto the bottom of the closet floor and lost forever!
With a small closet, there is only so much space on the hanging rack inside. Who else has pushed and pulled on the clothes hangers trying to make room for just . . . one . . . more. . . shirt.
That’s why I really love this over the door clothes hanging rod. All you have to do is hang it over the outside of your door, and it’s ready for use. So easy! It provides a ton of extra hanging space.
Shoes take up a lot of room, and with a small closet, we don’t have a lot of room. Shoes also easily get disorganized when we kick them off our feet here, there, and everywhere. This shoe organizer holds a dozen pairs of shoes and fits neatly behind your closet door.
Hooks are a small closet’s best friend! You can’t have too many hooks. Heavy duty hooks are great for hanging up purses and bags, neck ties, scarves, and coats. The possibilities are endless! Plus these heavy duty hooks are super affordable and durable.
These space saving pants hangers are genius! Each hanger can hold five pairs of pants. That’s going to save so much space!
These hangers are versatile too. Use them for pants, skirts, scarves, ties, or belts. They are so slim and flat that you can get so many of them on a hanging rack at once!
These hangers are another awesome space saving invention that are going to give you the ability to hang more clothing in less space. Use them hanging horizontally or vertically to hang 5 items per hanger.
We’ve already added storage space to the top of our closets. Now, let’s add storage to the bottom of our closets. This storage rack adds options for storing things in more bins or storing folded or stacked items like folded sweaters or stacked shoes.
Don’t forget about under the bed! The space under your bed makes a great area to store things that would normally go in a closet. I store bulkier clothing items like sweaters and out of season shoes.
These storage bags are designed to easily slip under your bed, and they hold a lot of stuff!
While we’re considering storage solutions that are out of the closet, consider putting a coat rack in the room near the closet. A coat rack in your bedroom near your clothing closet could be a great storage solution for storing coats and hats. A coat rack near your bathroom closet could be a great space for hanging towels. Next to your kitchen pantry, use a coat rack to hang pots and pans.
Small Closet Makeover Step Three: Try these small closet ideas!
Now that you’ve prepared your closet space and done some shopping for storage solutions, let’s talk about more tips that will make your small closet feel bigger.
Consider taking the door off the closet.
A closet door can be great for providing more storage space, but removing the door can make a small space feel more open and spacious. Removing a door can be easy to do and easy to put back on if you try it and change your mind.
Only store one season at a time.
Storing just the items you need right now in this season in your closet means you aren’t having to fight through your summer dresses to get to the coat you need on a winter’s day. It also means that you have to store fewer items at once, and that’s good for saving space.
Place your out of season items in large storage tubs and store them out of the way. This will make using your small closet easier and less stressful.
Consider storing shoes in another area.
Shoes take up a lot of space. If you’re finding that shoes are cluttering up your small closet, consider finding an alternative storage space for shoes. An entryway is a great place to store shoes. A shoe rack by your front door or in another closet works well, and then you can save your clothing closet space for just your clothing.
Don’t forget about alternative storage areas.
If you worked through this list and still have storage issues, don’t forget about storage furniture like dressers, wardrobes, and wall shelves. Storage furniture can add much needed storage solutions for affordable prices. A dresser with drawers can provide a lot of good storage.
Wall space can be a good area for storage space. Shelving is a great space for stacks of books, folded t-shirts, or hanging necklaces.
Thrift stores are great places to search for dressers and shelves at very affordable prices. Big box stores like IKEA and Target always have a selection of wardrobe cabinets that provide lots of storage, and they look pretty too.
Small closets can be a challenge, and sometimes, we can feel really frustrated with the limitations of our homes. Instead of fighting against what our homes have to offer us, let’s work with what we’ve got to create solutions that work for us right now. Don’t fight against your small closet. Instead, use our guide to make your small space into a functional space that makes you happy every time you see it.
Do you have a small closet storage solution? Let us know in the comments!