Storage Solutions: The Closet Edition
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Organising tips for closet storage
When it comes to closets, the golden question to ask is not how big or small your closet is but rather: how much can it truly fit? As one of the most versatile storage spaces, closets require a little planning for you to harness its full potential. Here’s how to get started.
Practicality is key when cleaning out your closet. If things are starting to look over-packed, it’s probably time to plan a donation trip to the Salvation Army, or consider moving seasonal items like winter clothing or sentimental items (school jerseys, college tees that you can’t throw away yet) offsite to an external storage unit.
A general rule of thumb? If it can’t fit, ditch it! It’s also good practice to eliminate something old every one to three months or when you add a new item to the closet — that way, it won’t be as painful to part with that comfy but tattered old t-shirt, and you will never run out of space.
You can also try digitally organising your closet with third-party apps like Closet+, which allow you keep track of your outfits so you’ll know which to keep and which to chuck!
Consistency and coordination
Apart from keeping your closet tidy and maintaining the size of your wardrobe, having clean, minimalist aesthetics create the illusion of an uncluttered closet. An easy way to do so is to coordinate storage boxes and/or hangers to be of the same size and colour in order to achieve a unified image.
Two organising systems: colour or type
Gone are the days of going through your messy wardrobe in search of an outfit. By arranging your clothes appropriately, you save both valuable space and time.
If you’re more of a visual person with extra space to boot, arrange your garments by colour. Otherwise, it’s a lot better to organise by type — this not only helps when you’re looking for a specific clothing item but also when deciding what to fold or hang… which brings us to our next point.
To fold or to hang?
Apart from maximising space, the decision to fold or hang your clothes comes down to an item’s durability. Pieces like blouses, shirts, jackets/blazers, and dresses are better hung to avoid wrinkles while thicker pieces like knitwear, jeans, or heavily embellished garments are better folded — this prevents them from losing their shape. T-shirts, on the other hand, can be folded or hung, depending on space constraints.
Have more clothes than you expected? Double up your hangers by hanging one on another to maximise space at no extra cost. Make sure to also hang your clothes in order of short pieces to long pieces to allow for extra floor room, where you can place storage boxes or even drawers for added storage space!
Behind closed doors
If you think you’ve maxed out your space with our aforementioned tips, think again. Work the space in your closet to its fullest by making good use of the space behind the door. Simply install hooks or rails on the backside of the door for hanging up accessories like bags, purses, belts, ties, and scarves!
Still want that walk-in closet but can’t afford it? Opt for the cheaper alternative of having an external rolling rack in addition to your built-in wardrobe. You don’t necessarily need to display all your clothes, just a handful of your favourite sartorial pieces. If your room is spacious enough, you can even curate a whole corner as your dressing area.
Tried out all our tips and still can’t fit your extensive wardrobe? Consider renting out an external storage unit with us to create your dream closet with us.