Closet Drawer Organizers
Learn how to turn cluttered closet drawers into efficient storage space with these suggestions for closet drawer organizers.
If you've ever had to dig to the bottom of a drawer to find a matching pair of socks, then it's simple to understand why closet drawer organizers are essential to keeping a storage space in order.
Take Inventory of Your Closet
Lisa Adams, CEO of LA Closet Design Company, knows what it takes to transform your closet into a space you'll actually want to spend time in. She suggests going through your closet and taking inventory of all the items as the first step. Once you know what you want to keep, separate them into categories to help you organize them in the best way possible.
Use as Much Space as Possible
"The best way to maximize space in a closet is to effectively use the corner, depth and height spaces in a closet," Lisa says. Make sure you have access to all these spaces by incorporating pull-down rods or pullout shelves. In corners, consider a carousel or a custom corner hanging rod so you are using every square inch of space possible.
Add Some Pullout Hooks
Use hooks to organize clothing and handbags. Many people don't think to add hooks to their closet rods because they can take up too much room, but Lisa considers them a must-have for any closet. "They are essential for packing and getting dressed" and will save you unexpected space, she says.
Hang Plenty of Mirrors
If your walk-in closet doesn't have much space, Lisa recommends designating a wardrobe space in your bedroom instead so you have more room for storage in your closet. Add mirrors wherever you can to create the illusion of a larger space.
Add Personal Touches
Make your closet into a space you want to spend time in by decorating with personal items. "This is an opportunity to include your favorite designer books, photos, paintings, etc.," Lisa says. Bringing in an oversized chair and installing carpet gives the space a relaxed, comforting feel.
Install Wallpaper on an Accent Wall
Use Combination Storage
To store shoes, Lisa uses a combination of storage options, including boot rods, flat shelves for most shoe types and angled shelves for heels. Use pullout shoe shelving if you have depth in your closet.
Choose the Best Lighting
Many people only think to add lighting through a lamp or pendant light, but there are several ways to bring it in, such as LED lights in hanging rods. "With lights built directly into the hanging rods, it allows you to see every piece of garment hanging," Lisa says.
Separate Your Jewelry With Inserts
To store your jewelry, place loose items in decorative pottery, and purchase drawer inserts to help you organize and separate all of your pieces. "Create space for every item that way, everything has its place and it's much easier to stay organized," Lisa says.
Incorporate Some Color
Bringing color into your closet will not only breathe life into the space, but it will make it feel like every other room in the home instead of just a storage area. Tie in colors from the bedroom through decorative pieces like a comfortable chair, flowers or lighting, Lisa suggests.
Use Cabinetry Where You Can
"Most people only consider adding cabinetry to the perimeter of the closet," Lisa says. "By adding a full height peninsula, you are creating more wall space for storage." Install glass doors to the cabinets to give the space a boutique-style look while making the space appear larger.
Before organizing any drawers, sort through clothing and accessories, and decide which items should make the cut. Remember, the key to closet organization is reducing clutter, which will make it much easier to maintain a tidy space.
Store-bought drawer dividers made from plastic or wood are a great option for keeping large items neatly folded and small clothing pieces, such as undergarments, from becoming a messy heap of disorganization.
Homemade closet drawer organizers can also be designed using materials ranging from cardboard to wood, depending on your budget. Using a few simple measurements, the dividers can be customized to fit any drawer space, helping to keep clothes in place.
For closets without drawers, consider makeshift options like baskets that can easily slide on and off of shelves.
See also: Closet Planning Guide
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- How to Build a Closet Storage Unit
- Clothes Racks and Portable Closets
- Best Uses for Rods and Racks
- Store Seasonal Clothing
- Closet Storage Bins and Boxes