Level of Difficulty: Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
A well-designed closet is crucial to eliminating clutter and maintaining organization in the home. Good planning and observation skills will help you maximize every square inch of available space. Modular storage, adjustable storage, shelves, drawers, rods, hanging storage, hooks: there is a whole range of storage solutions to optimize closet use. Here are a few ideas to help you make the choices that will best meet your needs.
1. Get rid of unused items
Disorder is generally the result of an accumulation of new items crowding a collection of old items; eliminate all unused, obsolete and old items in your closet.
2. Measure the available space
Measure and make a note of the size of each closet in the house: width, height, depth and the space taken up by shelves and doors. These measurements will help you decide how you can best make use of each closet.
3. Allow for easy access
Inaccessible storage is akin to throwing an item away: out of sight, out of mind! So ask yourself this question: “How often am I really going to use this item?” As much as possible, items should be stored close to where they are going to be used.
4. Identify your needs
Make a list of everything you want to put away in a particular closet. If possible, store out-of-season articles somewhere else. List what should ideally be stored in each closet of the house.
5. Calculate the space needed
To determine the space you need, sort items into categories. Then, next to each item make a note of its approximate size; this will give you a fair idea of the space required. Bulky items may be stored elsewhere, such as the entrance or kitchen closet. Remember to allow for 5 cm between pieces of clothing; lack of space and ventilation can lead to stuffy smells and unwanted creases.
6. Choose a storage system
If you don’t like how your storage space is organized, you probably won’t use it properly (i.e. put things away). There are different ways to store an item (hanger, basket, shelf), and your choices should reflect your personal preferences. Of course, take into account the item’s size, closet doors, etc.
7. Make a drawing
Use grid paper to make a scale drawing of the closet design you’ve chosen and how you plan to organize it.
- Drawers of varying sizes;
- Stationary or sliding shelves;
- Cubic organizers;
- Different racks (for shoes, pants, jewelry, belts, etc.).
There are different kinds of adjustable shelves:
- Simple shelves
- Clothes hanging shelves, that combine shelf and rod
- Corner shelves
These components make it possible to set up a basic installation. However, you can add certain accessories to accommodate the items you want to store in the closet, such as:
- Shoe racks
- Tie and belt hangers
- Hanging storage, made of hard-wearing textile material, is hung from closet rods and includes small units of space. Use a number of them to store a whole range of items
- Baskets, which can be placed on shelves and replace drawers
- Hooks of all kinds, perfect for belts, ties, jewelry, hats, etc.
- Shoe racks, which can be installed on the inside of closet doors
- Multiple hangers and rods designed specifically for hanging up several pairs of pants
- Add a shelf above the closet rod
- Double up your closet rods, one above the other, to double your hanging storage space for short clothes such as shirts and blouses
- Put baskets on shelves instead of installing drawers
- Install special features if you have sufficient space, such as an island to facilitate folding clothes, a comfortable seat, a lamp or a mobile storage unit
The modern closet has come of age. With the range of styles and storage solutions available, closets have become prominent features of a well-designed home. Take note: no more excuses for neglecting your closets!
- On common walls
- On north-facing walls
- In dark corners
- On windowless walls
- In the space under the stairs
- In the space next to the hot water heater or other household equipment
Every bedroom should have a regular closet for everyday use. As for the master bedroom, a ‘master closet’ is in order; these days, the celebrated walk-in closet has become a must-have in many homes