Closet organization consists of dividing a closet into sections to accommodate different sizes and lengths of items needing to be stored and hung. The potential to create a useable, functional space is huge since most closets are simply empty spaces waiting to be filled.
Closet Organization: Hiring a Professional vs. Do-It-Yourself
Closet organization is big business; many people seem to be lacking in visualizing how best to maximize a space. Hiring an independent licensed closet organizer or a company specializing in closet design is an option, but several home improvement centers offer many closet systems that can be self-installed. Walk-in closets can be more challenging to design but offer the most variety in storage solutions. Reach-in closets are standard in most homes and still have the potential to house more items than the accompanying single bar.
Different Types of Closets
A closet design depends on the location and use of the closet. Clothing closets require more space for hanging items of different lengths such as trousers, skirts, shirts, dresses, and long coats. Storage closets in the kitchen require shelving that can hold pantry items such as cans, bottles, and dry goods. Good ventilation is important in pantry closets. Laundry closets not only can hold laundry in different stages, but also detergent and other cleaning products. Brooms and mops are often kept in a laundry closet as well. Linen closets mostly consist of shelving, but often house seasonal items, photo albums, and other hard-to-place things.
Types of Shelving for Closets
Closet shelving can be made from plastic-coated wire or solid wood. Clothing and kitchen items are best-stored using wire shelving since proper ventilation will prevent mold and mildew. Utilitarian closets such as in the laundry room or hallway are good places to use sturdy wood shelving since they can handle more weight.
Closet accessories will help maximize space. Items such as sweater and garment bags, shoe and tie racks, and stackable bins can neatly store most personal belongings. Drawer units and pull out cubbies can also fit in nicely to a closet system. Choose accessory and shelving units that can be adjusted to your changing needs. Organize clothes based on the seasons, colors, sleeve length, or materials. Adequate lighting in closets is a nice feature to have and is an easy job for an electrician. There are also battery-operated fixtures that can be mounted to walls and ceilings. They don't provide a lot of light, but can be an economical alternative to installing a light fixture.