Here's the closet BEFORE. The client had already done quite a bit of work on her own. She went through all of her clothing and purged about 4 or 5 bags of items to be given away or donated. Much of her "keeper" items were stored in a closet in a different room. The client complained that the closet was too jam-packed when all of her clothing was in there. She had some products in place to help maximize space, but they weren't really working for her. In the picture on the left, you can see a double closet rod was added below the shorter hanging items, but it was wobbly and not very functional. There was an obvious need for some kind of shoe storage as well. One huge structural plus to this closet is the built-in shelves, which were being used to store cleaning and toiletry supplies (the closet is off the master bath), but they were clearly under-utilized.
What made all the difference in this project was adding some space-maximizing products. Here are the products we used, all purchased at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or The Container Store.
Our main goal in this closet was to increase the hanging "real estate" so that clothing would not be wedged in too tightly. We used the products pictured above to accomplish this goal. Previously, the client had all of her t-shirts on hangers. Instead, we used labeled canvas bins (1) to sort her t-shirts into categories and placed them on built-in the open shelving (see AFTER picture below). We used more open canvas bins in various sizes to containerize bulk cleaning supplies, handbags, leggings, scarves, camisoles, and even boots! (For the record, I love open bins
. . . here's why.)
Bulky denim jeans were also taking up a lot of the hanging room, so we folded them down and placed them in short stacks below this expanding closet shelf (2). On top of the expanding shelf we placed more canvas bins, making better use of the closet's vertical space.
To increase hanging space even further, we added this double hang closet rod (3) and utilized a variety of hanger types (4-6) to increase vertical hanging space versus creating more side-to-side bulk.
Instead of taking up shelf space for shoes, we added this shoe rack (10) on the ground, then used shelf dividers (9) to organize sweatshirts on the shelf above the client's athletic wear.
It's not visible in the AFTER pictures, but this awesome little cart (7) fit perfectly into the awkward space betwen the open shelving and the wall (the cart is only 6 3/4" wide!). It holds the client's bulk toiletry items, as well as bath and body products she saves to give away as gifts.
The cleaning supplies remain on the open shelving towards the top, and we added this turn-table (8) to make items in the back more accessible.
Here's a glimpse at the results!