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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Walk-In Women's Closet With Ample Shelving and Hanging Room

This spacious walk-in closet provides plenty of room for clothing and shoe storage, as well as a neutral ottoman at its center. A gray area rug and hardwood floors provide finishing touches.

Walk-In Closet With Chandelier

Clothes remain organized and tucked away behind white, French-style built-ins. A chandelier hangs above the island, which stores even more accessories. Glass panels on the doors allow for quick-viewing and a place to store "wow" pieces.

Spacious Green Closet Features Built-In Storage

This spacious master closet features built-in cabinets and drawers and a handy storage bench. A window, skylight and soft green walls ensure the space feels fresh and bright.

Black & White Closet With Shoe Storage

Five drawers and two cabinet doors provide essential storage for the tween's clothes and accessories. Skinny, built-in shelves on either side neatly organize shoes and purses.

Walk-In Closet: Historic Craigmuir Castle in Wenatchee, Wash.

For added convenience, the luxury walk-in closet boasts glass-front doors to easily view the hanging clothes with separate areas for men and women. A center island stores jewelry and accessories for maximum organization.

From: Windermere Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Spacious Walk In Closet With Triple Stacked Hanging Rack & Wooden Dresser

This huge walk in closet has hanging racks stacked to the ceiling for ample clothing storage space. A wooden dresser allows for folding storage and supports a blue table lamp. A crossed design on the door adds a decorative design element.

Master Bedroom Closet in HGTV Green Home 2010

The master closet, measuring approximately 6 feet wide by 10 feet long, provides open shelving space, clothing racks and drawers to accommodate both wardrobe and bed and bathroom linen storage needs.

Traditional Men's Walk-In Closet With Large Skylight

This spacious walk-in closet provides ample room to keep clothes organized and readily available. A large skylight keeps the room bright highlighting the neutral marble floor, double layer hanging space and floor to ceiling shelf unit.

From: Linda Evans

Walk-In Closet With Tie Trays and Pullout Shoe Racks

In this spacious and organized walk-in closet, pullout shoe shelves allow you to see shoes at the back of the shelf while also taking advantage of the closet's depth so you can store two to three rows of shoes together. Similarly, pullout tie trays allow you to see all of the ties in one glance because they are organized into separate compartments.

White Walk-In Closet With Central Island

This spacious closet features a white shelving unit with a shoe rack and plenty of hanging space. A white island with dark countertops sits in the middle of the closet for a convenient place to set necessities and provides extra storage space.

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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