This is the closet in our master bedroom. The house was built in 1948, a time when wardrobes were much smaller than they are today.
As much as I try to keep my (seemingly all black) clothing wardrobe tightly edited, I still have a 2011 library of clothes and a small closet to fit it in.
How do I do it? Here are a few of my tips–and compromises.
How to fit a big wardrobe into a small closet
- Maximize existing closet space. As you can see, I have a shoe hanger over the door, and a pants hanger rod hanging from the single closet rod to double the hanging space. I have swimsuits and coverups in baskets on the floor, as well as my taller boots. Handbags (in the dust cover bags) are on the shelf above. Finally, I fit the maximum number of shirts on the top hanging rod with Huggable Hangers. Yes, they really do work!
- Use other available space. I have foldable seasonal clothes in storage tubs in the basement, hanging seasonal clothes in the (even smaller) spare room closet, current seasonal folded clothes in my dresser, dresses hanging on a hook on the back of the bedroom door, and a few more things that I should probably get rid of in a storage tub that fits under the bed.
- Add an armoire. Before there even were closets, people hung their clothes in armoires, and they still do. I have a dual set from IKEA; one side is folded clothing (T-shirts, lightweight sweaters, tank tops and camisoles, exercise clothing) in the baskets with wallets and small leather goods on the top shelf, and the other is shoes + hats. See? You don’t have to be Paris Hilton or Mariah Carey to have a shoe closet!
- Kick your husband out. Remember what I said about compromises? I got the entire bedroom closet, such that it is, and my husband took the closet in our downstairs addition. (Lest you feel bad for him, his closet is bigger. Come to think of it, who got the better deal here?
- Keep on editing. Although it apparently sounds like I’m drowning in clothes, I do try to minimize the sprawl! One good rule of thumb is to remove one garment for every new one you add. I won’t pretend I’m always successful at this, but I do try. And every season, when I swap out the seasonal clothes, I re-evaluate these things that have been sitting for 6 months and almost always find something to prune.
- Do you have a small closet, too, or are you one of those lucky ducks with a great big walk-in?
- If you have a small closet, how do you fit everything in?
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