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Organizing Your Closet

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Closet organization is a task that doesn't necessarily require tools and measuring and can, therefore, be taken on by pretty much anyone. Spending a little time and money could have you shocked at the amount of extra space you have. So, before you go building an addition to hold all your extra shoes, read this guide to find out a little about closet organization.

What to Buy

Organizing Your Closet
There are countless closet organization tools out there available for purchase. A good place to start is simple plastic drawers or tubs. These can be placed on the floor of your closet and used to hold clothes that are out of season, bedding, or whatever else you want. These allow you to keep items out of the way but still have them easily accessible.

Hangers and hooks are other useful tools. Placing hooks on the back of a closet door or on an open space of wall can give you a place to hang bathrobes, towels, and more. There are also all kinds of space-saving hangers out there, helping you to maximize your hanging space.

Shoe storage is another area to look into. Shoe racks, door-hanging shoe organizers, and other tools can help keep your shoes organized and out of the way.

Another option is to buy a premade closet-organization system. These usually include draws, shelves, and places to hang clothes. In most cases, they come with all the tools you need to put them together (except for maybe a screwdriver). These are great for closets that are completely lacking any kind of storage tools.

Installing Shelves and a Closet Pole

If you're looking for a more customizable option than a premade closet-organization system, you could install your own shelves and closet pole. There are many ways to go about doing this, but the simplest is to buy a shelf kit and a closet pole kit. These kits will provide you with all that you need (minus a few standard tools, probably) to quickly and easily install these storage helps. For the shelves, you'll have to mount channels or some other form of support to hold the shelves up. Make sure to mount these on studs or else to use anchors to hold them in place. The closet pole is a similar process, involving mounting two brackets on opposite sides of the closet (again, into studs or using anchors), making sure the brackets are level, and putting the pole in place between the brackets.

Though closets are the smallest rooms in the house, as you can see, there's a surprising amount of things you can do with them to make them more useful. Just shop around your local home improvement store, and you're sure to find the right organization solution for you.

Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

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