Closet Storage Containers

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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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Closet and Blue Floral Wallpaper

To give a walk-in feel to this closet, the sliding door and hanging rod were removed and replaced with custom built-in shelves, drawers and a vanity. The brilliant blue Gracie wallpaper was lacquered for high resistance performance.

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

Walk-In Closet With Chaise

Let favorite heirlooms be the elegant decor in a large closet. Here, a wedding dress occupies pride of place in a display case while a chaise gives the room relaxing potential.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Jewelry Storage in Custom Closet

You would never know that this fabulous walk-in closet was created from an outdoor storage room. An exterior door and window were closed and removed to allow space for custom built-in shelving, providing ample room for clothing, shoes and jewelry. Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ, is responsible for the dressing room design in this North Carolina home.

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

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.

Photo By: Rev-A-Shelf LLC

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

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

Style Master

An orderly closet with shoes arranged by color helps keep admitted clothes horse Michel Boyd organized. "When you have a lot of things, it's important to have systems," says Boyd, "and for me, color works."

Photo By: Chris Tsambis

Rich Wall Treatments

The bathroom, closet and dressing area of Boyd's apartment features an array of rich wall treatments—including Fornasetti wall covering—and details like this gilt and velvet chair to anchor the space. In a small bathroom space Boyd recommends having a little bit of fun. "Powder rooms are the one place you can be indulgent" he says.

Photo By: Chris Tsambis

Walk-In Closet With Shoe Rack

A large walk-in closet like this one makes it a cinch to stash anything and everything—and be able to find it again!

Photo By: Design Styles Architecture

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.

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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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