5 Ways to Make Extra Space in a Small Closet

Winter clothes are bulky and take up three times more space than our summer clothes. This is definitely a problem when faced with small NYC closets! Today, we’re sharing five ways to make extra space where you didn’t think you had any.

Winter clothes are bulky and take up three times more space than summer clothes. This is definitely a problem when faced with tiny NYC closets!

Today, we’re sharing five ways to make extra space in a small closet.

1. Remove Out of Season Clothes

The first step in making extra space for your winter clothes is to remove anything that’s out of season. From straw hats to sundresses, pull these items out of your closet. Make sure everything is clean, then store seasonal clothing in inexpensive plastic bins under your bed or couch. If you have a deep closet, install an extra bar, then hang summer clothes in the back of your closet.

Needless to say, do a thorough purge, too. Throw out anything that’s damaged or donate unworn items.

2. Think Vertically

Many New York closets come with one clothes bar and that’s it. Unless your wardrobe is filled with long dresses, adding extra shelves and bars is a great way to make extra room in your closet.

Start by taking stock of your clothing. For example, if you only own a few dresses, but lots of shirts and pants, leave a little space for the dresses, then hang an extra bar to double your space for the rest. You can find affordable closet organizers at the Target in Harlem. They even have car service so you don’t have to juggle your purchases on the subway.

Another way to carve out extra space in a tiny closet is by installing a shelf or two above the clothes bar. This is a great solution if you have tall ceilings. Store items that you don’t often use, like suitcases, up high.

3. Invest In Skinny Hangers

If you haven’t already, replace your mismatched hangers with skinny flocked ones. These hangers are a lifesaver and will double your hanging space. We like the original Huggable Hangers variety, but you can also find discounted versions at Home Goods on the Upper West Side and other discount stores.

These hangers grip delicate items while saving space, plus using the same hangers throughout your closet gives it a cohesive, organized look. Keep a few wooden hangers to hold heavy items, such as winter coats.

4. Contain and Conceal

Scarves and accessories have a way of taking over a closet. Keep these items contained and concealed in baskets and decorative boxes.

Hats and scarves are a must for New York winters. Store these items in a cute bin within easy reach, either on a shelf above your clothes or right under your hanging garments. A small rack under your clothes can also hold shoes and boots.

Another option for holding seasonal accessories is in a storage ottoman or bench in your entryway. That way, you can grab what you need, bundle up, and go!

5. Take Advantage of Unused Space

Every closet has walls and doors. Take advantage of these unused spaces, too.

A shoe organizer hung on the back of your closet door is perfect for holding shoes, accessories, or even nail polish. Add a few hooks to your walls for bags and hats. Hang a scarf or belt organizer flush against the wall; it will only take up a few inches of space, but it will keep your accessories organized. Hang a few hooks (or use a rolling rack if you have space) in your entry way for coats that take up valuable real estate in your closet.

Keep these tips in mind when organizing your NYC apartment this winter!

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