Ah closets, they are so easy to organize, right? Just pop in to one of those stores and let the pros plan the layout and even install the closet for you. Without lifting a finger, you are left with something looking like this:
or like this.
If only it was that simple! Although these pictures are great for inspiration, we don’t always have the luxury of swapping out our whole closet for an elfa system. Not everyone can have a customized, built-in closet, whether you’re lacking the budget, time or even circumstances (renters want organized closets too!). We’ve got to make use of what we have, even when it can be challenge.
Flip flops corralled in a container is a great strategy to keep shoes in order and the separation of short hanging items (thanks to the use of a double rod) mazimizes the shelf space.
Do you notice the drawers peeking out behind the lower hanging clothes? A perfect place for off-season storage. So many great organizing ideas in just one picture!
This closet from the blog, Freckles Chick maximizes her limited space on a limited budget. The tower of 4 shoe racks on the floor creates shelves that most stock closets are missing. Perfect inspiration for those who are renting and can’t create a custom closet.
Although these next couple closets have built-in shelves, the layouts are an example of what could be made with stand alone pieces.
For instance, this single door closet, has a small opening, which can creates a problem when trying to keep your things within reach. Cutting the hanging space in half and adding cubbies allows you to view and access all your things easily.
You could create a similar effect by adding Cubby Shoe Organizer without taking out a hanging bar as pictured above.
It also might be advantageous to take off the closet doors like this little girls’ closet from Hi, Sugarplum. I love how the books are down low to create a cozy little book nook too.
A similar design could be used in a stock closet by using a tall set of drawers to break up the hanging space. The top would create a little dressing area counter, just add a mirror and you are set.
With a little creativity, you might just come up with a better solution than pricey built-ins or at least a solution that is just as good.
How do you spruce up your closet without breaking the bank?
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