8 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Closet

Think you're wasting closet space? You're probably right -- these tricks will help you maximize every square inch

Rihanna may have turned three of her bedrooms into closets for her clothes, but let's be honest, most of us don't have that kind of square footage to throw around (or that many denim thongs to put away). Still, that doesn't mean you have to accept your current closet situation. These totally doable hacks, tips and tricks will help you maximize every square inch of storage space.

Add Over-the-Door Storage
Ana White
Folks who live with small closets know you can't afford to squander a single square inch. If you hang over-the-door organizers, you can eke out up to two extra square feet of storage space, according to this how-to from Ana White.

Use Clear Storage Boxes

Live Simply by Annie

If you replace shoe boxes with clearly labeled clear plastic boxes, you'll always know what you have and where to find it. Plus, same-sized boxes won't eat up as much real estate in your closet. Check out pics on Live Simply by Annie.

Use Vertical Space

Live Simply by Annie

In a small closet, you'll want to make use of all the vertical space, right up to the ceiling. Try hanging seasonal items, like winter hats, high up, as shown in this pic by Live Simply by Annie.

Consider Shelf Dividers

Simplicity in the South

Besides keeping a tiny space tidy, giving everything a proper home prevents clutter and keeps items from ending up in the wrong spot. Consider adding shelf dividers and labels to areas where you're storing linens, towels and sweaters, as Simplicity in the South shows.

Hang Your Hamper


A closet's floor is valuable real estate, so don't waste it on an upright hamper. Instead, get a hanging one for the back of the door, Lifehacker suggests.

Use a Double Rod

Engineer Your Space

You can literally double your hanging real estate by adding a second dowel to your closet rod. Engineer Your Space has the straightforward DIY.

Add On

Young House Love

If you're handy with a hammer, there are plenty of creative ways you can add supplementary closets. We love this idea from Young House Love: these bedside built-ins increased closet space and added visual interest and dimension to the master bedroom.

Go Hook Wild


Wary of permanent storage solutions? Consider command hooks, which are removable and don't create holes, hold just about everything and can help you make the best use of every inch of wall space. Lifehacker has ways to use them in every closet or room in the house. 

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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