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Everyone wishes they had a closet like the one pictured above. Essentially a spare room converted into a dream walk-in closet. However, this is not generally a reality. In my current home, we have the standard 5' reach in closet in every bedroom. When we first moved in, the closets were outfitted with the usual single bar to hang clothes with a wire shelf above to store items. So, to maximize our space we purchased a closet organizer system from a local hardware store and installed it ourselves to maximize the amount of storage in our small closets. In our room we chose a dark espresso color. The system can be customized online to fit your specific space and has numerous options to choose from. We chose a mix of drawers, shelves and hanging space to maximize our closets. Each of our bedrooms is outfitted with them. Although these were not inexpensive, they were certainly more cost effective than a custom closet system.
There are many ways to organize a closet on a budget. Here are some of my favorites.
Use a dresser and inexpensive shelving. Slide a dresser in the closet and hang shelving outfitted with bins above. Use the space on the sides to hang tension rods for hanging clothes.
Think outside the closet by utilizing things like bookcases. This makeover involved using IKEA Billy Bookcases placed next to each other and outfitted with baskets to organize items to make them easier to find. Paired with hanging rods the closet is organized and stylish.
For a really inexpensive makeover simply hang fabric storage hangers from the existing rod. Folding items rather than hanging them makes the most use of your existing space.
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Use storage cubes to create additional storage. Standard stackable storage cubes found at your local home store are versatile and add a significant amount of storage. They can be configured to suit your space and needs.
No matter the size of your closet, add some details like paint or a glamorous light fixture to give it some style.
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Give your closet a custom look with these simple changes. You don't have to spend a small fortune to make big changes. As with any organizing project decide what you are keeping and what you are getting rid of before starting the project. Take inventory of what you will hang and what you will fold so you know what items you need before you begin. Creating an organized closet does more than make it stylish, it also makes getting out the door a whole lot easier.