It’s a conundrum shared by men and women (OK, mostly women) all around the world: too many clothes, not enough wardrobe space.
But what are we supposed to do? Throw away the clothes we never wear and stop hitting every sale we see? We’re not even going to dignify that suggestion with a response.
If you’re looking for a solution that isn’t crazy, you’ve come to the right place.
Follow these tips to make the most of your limited closet space. Because that sequin jacket from the ‘80s will come back into fashion before you know it. They’ll see. They’ll all see.
Hanger Time (Can’t Touch This)
Clothes bulging out of your closet? Your hangers might be to blame.
Those handmade padded hangers you received from your crafty Grandma for your birthday (complete with floral fabric and a lace trim) may be lovely to look at. But they’re taking up an unnecessary amount of room on your clothes rack.
Save space by swapping out bulky hangers for slim ones.
Better yet, grab yourself some multi-purpose hangers to hold multiple items of clothing on the one hanger. Not only does this condense your collection of clothes on the rack, but it also allows you to keep your leather chaps and Western show shirt conveniently hanging together and ready at a moment’s notice. Giddy up.
A-door-able Shoe Storage
When your wardrobe is overflowing, you can’t afford to let any space go to waste. If splayed out willy-nilly with no organisation, shoes (God love them) can be a real space hog.
Keep them under control and free up some floor space by grabbing yourself an over-the-door shoe organiser. These affordable life-savers are the perfect way to boost clothing storage for small spaces. This will leave the floor of your wardrobe free for additional storage systems, such as drawers or shelving for folded clothes.
Let’s Get Modular
To use all available space in your wardrobe without just squishing things in wherever they’ll fit, you’ll probably have to buy some shelving or drawers. Modular storage systems are perfect for making the most of the space in the bottom of the wardrobe while keeping things organised and tidy.
Add in a small chest of drawers for your folded sweaters, or a couple of low shelves for your folded jeans.
Or keep the space clear as your designated midnight snacking hiding spot. We’re not the boss of you.
Another creative way to store clothes is to install some towel racks onto the back of the door(s).
This will create the perfect place for hanging bulky scarves and belts, or those colourful neckties that make you feel like a carefree European sculptor, freeing up some extra space in the wardrobe for clothes. It also makes your accessories 247% easier* to grab when you’re dressing in a hurry.
*Not a real statistic.
If all else fails, you may just have to bite the bullet and (gasp!) clear out some of the clothes that no longer fit or you no longer wear. Sell them online or hold a garage sale and use the extra cash to buy your new modular storage systems like the savvy businessperson you are.