3 Smart Closet Upgrades
Tools to Upgrade Your Closet 02:08
Closet space. Is there any commodity more precious? I think not. And yet it’s always in short supply, anywhere I have ever lived. So while I dream of a palatial saunter-in closet with a folding island and other luxe amenities, I’ll be on the hunt for small things — and high tech— that can give my small closet a big upgrade.
Many closets have tons of vertical space, which is pretty impractical (I’ve found that if you can’t reach it, you’re never going to wear it.) Exception? This telescoping rod from Rev-A-Shelf that you can pull down, load up with clothes, then send to the out-of-reach regions of your closet. It’s like adding a third rod to your storage that’s easy to yank down when you need it. This is a great space-saving solution, and also fabulous for seniors or anyone who has trouble reaching high spaces. Because fashion should never be out of reach! (Ahem.)
Fold-Out Ironing Board
Install a pop-up ironing board, like this model from Rev-A-Shelf, into a closet drawer and you’ll be able to touch up your clothing without having to wrestle with that beast of a regular ironing board. In can be installed in any drawer that has an opening between 14-1/4" and 21" wide. If only all wrinkles would disappear so easily.
Pull-Down Closet Rod
Straining to reach those too-high spaces? This ingenious side mounted, pull-down closet rod lets you maximize closet space. It comes in three sizes and is adjustable from 34" to 50". Hang clothes you don’t need every day on it, then send them up for out-of-the-way storage.
X-Frame Laundry Hamper
Go on, slam-dunk your towels into Simple Human’s x-frame laundry hamper, it can take it. The hamper is made from heavy-gauge steel bars, and has a wide, non-skid base to keep it stable. It has handles so you can pick the whole thing up to take it to the washer, and politely folds flat for storage.
Watch in amazement as you remove a blouse from its hanger … with one hand! Folding hangers by Quirky pop open and closed for easy removal from the closet. They also allow you to insert a hanger without having to stretch out the shirt collar or unbutton the top button. Magic, indeed.
With apologies to Kenny Rogers, “you gotta know when to fold ‘em.” Folding boards, like these FlipFOLD by Debbee, save time in the laundry room, but also save valuable space in closets and drawers. Clothing folds flatter, which also comes in handy when packing a suitcase.
Shoe Storage Ottoman
Psst! This plush, microsuede ottoman is secretly storing 10 pairs of shoes within its 20 shoe pockets. Your spouse does not need to know about this. The lid has an anti-slam feature, so you can access your covert shoe stash safely.
Wireless Sensor Light
Fling open your closet door and a motion sensing 10-LED wireless sensor closet light will turn on. It features LED FloodLight technology, for ultra-bright, glare-free light that lets you clearly see the colors of clothing. It’s easy to install and if you remove it from the wall bracket, it can double as an emergency flashlight.
When grappling with life’s most challenging question, “What am I going to wear?” my closet can become a battleground, full of tossed sweaters and projectile shoes. Sometimes I wish I had a personal stylist at my side, putting together ensembles and helping me get dressed. Mirrow.me is the next best thing: An app that organizes your entire wardrobe into coordinated outfits, and even factors in the weather to make sure you’ve got the right layers on if it’s breezy. Just enter your clothing in one at a time (this could take a while, but hey, it might be a good time to prune your wardrobe!) and the app does the rest. You can even share outfits and get feedback from friends.
Lastly, a revolution in clothing care! You know when you wear something that isn’t quite dirty but definitely needs some freshening up before a second wear? How do you handle those clothes without washing them (AKA shortening their life) or taking them to the dry cleaner (AKA shortening your finances)? A Swash machine takes that not-quite-dirty article of clothing and freshens it, smooths its wrinkles, and shrinks it back to its original form factor, all in 10 minutes. Just insert a single-serve-coffee-style pod into the machine and press a button — steam and magical scented solution work their magic on nearly anything you can wash, and some stuff you can’t, like lace, sequins and other delicates. Cheaper than a trip to the dry cleaner, and a lot gentler on your clothes, Swashing is my new favorite pastime.