When you have limited storage in a studio apartment, dorm, or even a tiny home, sometimes you need to learn how to make the most of a small closet. Let’s look at how to maximize a tiny closet.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A SMALL CLOSET
Do you need to maximize a tiny closet?
Do you only have one or two closets in your small home, apartment, or dorm?
Maybe you don’t even have a closet and need to add one!
Well, today’s tips and tricks just may help you to learn how to make the most of a small closet!
I don’t know if you saw the sneak peek of my tiny closet-of-shame HERE, but you may be shocked.
It’s not pretty.
After living in My Wee Abode for almost FOUR years (I can’t believe it’s been that long), the tiny walk-in closet needed a MAJOR overhaul.
I’m talking big-time purging, decluttering, and organizing of a little closet!
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What is the Best Way to Declutter a Closet?
Well, I don’t know if my way is the best way, but it did work for me!
Would you like to see how I did it? I’m warning you, these pictures are not “glamour shots” by any means.
Here’s my closet when I first moved in 4 years ago (pardon the awful cell phone pics):
And here’s my closet-of-shame prior to my re-organizing (again… the photos make it look even worse… well, maybe not):
Not proud… at all! Just keepin’ real… And ‘un-pinnable’. Hehe!
And here it is now!
LOTS of people will tell you to clean EVERYTHING out of the closet and start with a clean slate. That’s a GREAT idea, if you have the room to keep your closet contents somewhere else in your home for a day or two. But, I couldn’t do that because this tiny-closet-decluttering-project took me altogether a couple of days to finish, and I needed my bed to sleep on!
So, I took everything out except for my clothes, and this was my living room for about two weeks! (Life gets in the way sometimes… glad I didn’t take out all the clothes and put them on my bed!)
And again, my friends, we will not be pinning these… Hehe!
And then, I forgot to take photos of the nearly empty closet and the progress!
Sometimes when I get busy with a project, I forget that pictures are needed throughout the process!
So, just close your eyes and imagine the very first photo at the top of the post with only my clothes in it. Do you see it? Gooood!
What is the Best Way to Purge a Small Closet?
The best way I found to purge items from a tiny closet in a small home:
- While the clothes are hanging in the closet, go through them one-by-one and get rid of the items that have not been used in over two years (or whatever time limit works for you). Make three piles: donate, give-way, and toss.
- The items that are outside the closet, do the same with them. If they haven’t been used in “X” amount of time, make a donate pile, give-away pile, and throw-away pile. It took a bit of time to get all my items delivered where they needed to go, but it was worth it!
And… after you declutter and purge, you can have a garage sale! No room to keep tables in your tiny home for displaying those items for sale? No worries! Use these makeshift tables for a garage sale!
How Do I Fit A LOT Into a Small Closet?
This is the fun part!
Let me show you how to make the most of a small walk-in closet!
Install an Affordable Closet System to Maximize a Tiny Closet
My closet system was already here when I moved in, but I *did* add another shelf afterwards. I simply went to Home Depot, purchased the shelf and had them cut it to size.
The shelves are great for holding containers, pillows, linens, and clothing. Super-versatile, these closet systems can be configured in dozens of variations.
Use a Cubby Organizer with Pretty Containers
Be on the lookout at yard sales for organizing products. This console was a steal at a garage sale for $15. I just painted the wood part in white chalk paint.
This works great for blankets, fabric, craft items, and more! And the top surface works as another shelf to hold paper towel, small storage containers, etc. (In case you can’t wait to find one while thrifting, here’s a similar one.)
Add some cute tags to the baskets to find items easily.
Once again, I know these aren’t the most glamorous shots, but I worked with what I had and only purchased the blue boxes (scroll down). I think sometimes it’s helpful for us to keep it real and on budget.
Purchase Plastic Containers
Use large flat containers that stack to hold purses, travel items, backpacks, etc. (items that you need but don’t use every day). Then, place your hamper on top for super-efficient use of space!
Use small flat containers with lids for tools, adhesives, and hardware items.
Add Plastic Drawers
When you don’t have a craft closet, add plastic drawers to hold your supplies. Again, the top works as another shelf!
Pretty Containers Add a Touch of Lovely
Add pretty containers with lids (they keep out the dust) to hold utility items, gifts (I keep small gifts on hand for giving for b-days, hostess, etc.), more craft supplies (of course), and decor items. My textured boxes came from IKEA, and were on clearance, but they are still available HERE.
Think Vertical Storage Solutions
Look Up for Additional Storage Space to Maximize a Tiny Closet
Don’t forget inside and above the door! Use every inch of space you can! Adding another ClosetMaid shelf above the door is the perfect place for flat boxes.
If you want more ideas for organizing, take a look at the best closet shelves and cabinet organizing products.
I’m super happy with the final outcome of this space, and the organizing items have been perfect for my tiny closet. Actually have a place to be able to STAND in the closet has been great, too!
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How Do YOU Maximize a Tiny Closet?
Do you have a closet that needs organizing? What have you used to make the most of your small closet? Share your tips in the comments, and let’s learn together!