If you have a small closet, you know that keeping it organized and attractive can be a challenge. Despite their importance, closets are rarely well designed. They often are tiny, making it hard to access all the nooks and crannies, and lack good lighting.
Unless you have the luxury of an oversized closet — or can live with three turtlenecks and two pairs of jeans, Steve Jobs style — conquering your closet is a necessity.
Below are some small closet products that will not only help you organize your clothing, shoes and accessories, but also add storage space and beautify your closet.
The Container Store’s Clear Shelf Divider ($10) is a clever way to keep sweaters, jeans and other items neatly stacked on your closet shelves. It serves double duty, thanks to a built-in valet hook for hanging items.
An LED light is a closet necessity for many reasons. The quality of light this battery-powered fixture ($20) emits is excellent, replicating bright daylight. Your space will look bigger, clothing colors will read true and you’ll be able to more easily see what’s in your closet.
Mount the light to the ceiling with the included screws, or simply stick it on using adhesive strips. The motion-activated light will turn on when it detects movement, and turns off after 30 seconds of inactivity. It runs more than 35 hours on one set of batteries.
Easy to hang over a door and outfitted with 24 clear pockets, the Whitmor shoe organizer ($15) can be used for more than just shoes. Store small items such as belts, wallets, scarves and accessories in the pockets, and say goodbye to rummaging around for them in dark drawers.
Pegboards are versatile wall organizers. The Wall Control versions ($35 for two) are made of galvanized steel, which happens to be magnetic. Mount them on a door or wall and add pegs, hooks and other accessories to organize small items in your closet. The Home Depot also has wood pegboard painted in a variety of colors.
This organizer ($5) is a good alternative to the over-door style when doors aren’t available. It hangs on your closet rod and offers storage options for ties, jewelry, scarves and other small items.
Easy to disassemble when not in use, these stackable shoe boxes ($12 for four) are ideal for storing shoes or other items. Vent holes allow the items to breathe. Whitmor’s larger Boot Boxes ($24 for four) are useful for not only boots, but also bulky or seasonal items such as jackets or blankets.
Maximize your closet space by hanging smaller items such as tops, pants and jackets over one another. The Double Hang Closet Rod ($13), made of chrome-plated steel with a wood bar, literally doubles a section of hanging space.
Attractive in a combination of black and steel, the Tjusig shoe rack ($20) is stackable. Reclaim your closet’s floor space while protecting your shoes from getting scratched and crushed by using one or more of these racks to organize your shoes.
Maximize the space under your shelves with this handy under-shelf basket ($7-$9). Available in three sizes, the open wire basket slides onto your closet shelf to hold items easily lost in the shuffle, such as underwear, socks or belts.
Before you organize your closet, go through it and get rid of any items that you haven’t used in the past year. Once you’re down to your favorites and essentials, pick up some of these small closet products to help you free up valuable space. An organized closet will make choosing and storing your clothes more pleasant and less stressful.