Closet Storage Containers

Try a closet storage container to corral clutter instantly.

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Closets can collect more random stuff than any room in a house. Tame the overflow with storage containers that complement your room's decor and restore order to the space. Whether you plan to use bins, boxes, baskets or bags it's important to evaluate how you will use them so that you can identify which will work best.

Boxes with tops or covers are terrific for storing seasonal items, protecting them from dust, moisture, light or pests. They stack easily on high shelves above hanging clothes and are a great way to use an area that can often be underused. Plastic boxes, clear boxes, cardboard boxes and wooden boxes protect while keeping the contents in easy reach.

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Walk-In Closet

An attached walk-in closet offers plenty of storage space with a double-hang system for pants, shirts, skirts and more.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Nursery Closet With Hamper

Fabric bins and a clothing hamper in a graphic print tidy up the nursery closet. Fabric Bins: The Container Store

Wine Storage in Chicago Closet With Wooden Bottle Racks and Stone Flooring

Wooden bottle racks stretch from floor to ceiling for optimal wine storage in this closet. The natural stone floor adds the feel of a wine cellar while the closet keeps the storage at a convenient location.

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Baird and Warner Real Estate

Photo By: Baird & Warner, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Closet: Cindy Barshop's New York City Apartment

The master closet houses Cindy's large collection of shoes, jeans and other apparel.

Photo By: Christopher Lane

Shelves Open to Reveal Closet Storage

To accommodate the homeowners' desire for storage, designers created a set of doors that would open to reveal a closet, but would also give extra storage space to the gym area.

Walk-In Closet With Plant

This walk-in closet has all the style of a well-organized shop! Spot favorite shoes, handbags and dresses in an instant. Baskets are a tidy way to hide (and corral) harder-to-store items like belts.

Folding Hangers

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.

Photo By: Quirky

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.

Photo By: Simple Human

Closet With Pinstripe Wallpaper

Pinstripe wallcovering is used in the back of this closet to soften the space and whimsically tie in with the clothes hanging in front.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Wireless Sensor Closet 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.

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Vacuum storage bags are very popular, efficient and affordable. They are great for large seasonal items like sweaters, jackets and blankets and when space is at a premium they can be a terrific way to maximize it. The clear bags allow you to see what's inside and their vacuum seal protects clothes from moisture, dust and bugs.

Bins and baskets with open tops are useful to maintain order on shelves and help keep clothes folded and unwrinkled. You can get colors, sizes and styles to match any decor and fit anything from socks to blankets. The other great thing about bins and baskets is how easily they travel from the laundry room to the shelf. Bins and baskets are also a terrific way to keep track of toys, balls and sports equipment in children's closets.

Organize Your Closet With Storage Containers

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Storage bins, boxes and other containers come in a huge variety of materials. Plastics, metals and cardboard are all affordable and sturdy enough to hold a variety of types and weights of items. You can also create an eclectic look using recycled or repurposed items as storage containers. Keep in mind that the inside of any storage containers should be clean and baskets should be lined to prevent snagging clothes.

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