How to Organize Your Clothes in a Small Space
posted on September 25, 2014 | by Amanda Holstein
One of the biggest challenges when moving from San Francisco to New York? Finding enough room in my apartment for all my clothes! In San Francisco, I had a big six-drawer dresser plus a pretty large closet, so fitting everything wasn’t much of a problem. But now I’m in a smaller space with quite a tiny bedroom. With my love of design and organization, it felt taboo to have my clothes pouring out of drawers in such a messy fashion. So not okay with me. I was determined to find a way to make this work. So if you’re looking to organize your clothes in a tight space, here are some helpful tips I learned along the way.
Use Every Bit of Space
Seriously, every bit of space. Get creative! My scarves and clutches, for example, I store in my TV console. I leave lipgloss and sunglasses by my front door, so I can grab them on my way out. There’s no need for everything to be in your room – use the space! Use any corner of the apartment to fit a small bookshelf or add floating bookshelves to wall space. Your clothes and accessories don’t always have to be hidden behind drawers. If you have space on a shelf or a cabinet, use it!
With small spaces, I always recommend using the wall space and building up. I got rid of my large, horizontal dresser and swapped it for a narrower, vertical one. This was a huge space saver in my tiny bedroom. Shoes are always tough in small spaces as well. Try finding some wall space and displaying them on a thin but tall bookshelf. It’s not only a great way to keep them organized without taking up much room, but they also look pretty gorgeous on display too!
Organize by Season
With the change of seasons in New York, I don’t need my whole wardrobe all the time. So instead of trying to fit everything in places I can access, I folded up my (many) sweaters in a place slightly less accessible than the rest of my clothes. Once the seasons change, I can swap them for my shorts and tanks. Do the same with your heavy coats and winter accessories. Might as well pack them under your bed and hold off until the cold season hits.
Finding a way to stay neat and organized, even in the smallest of spaces, is a must-do in my book – and these tips prove it’s totally feasible. While moving across the country was difficult enough, being able to master this challenge definitely gave me a much needed confidence boost not only on my organizational skills but on my ability to be independent as well.
How do you stay organized in a small space?
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I am a big seasonal organizer. I have three totes of sweaters, coats, and jeans that I set aside so I can have room in my closet for my summer clothes, and then as the weather changes, I make the slow transition and trade them out.
I also love shelving. It can be a life saver. And if there isn’t any room in the closet to build up, I just move it outside the closet and put pretty fabric on the front of it to hide the clothes.
I have bins on my top shelf for out of season shoes. I label everything, so one side says boots and the other says sandals. When I swap them out, I simply flip the bin around.
Ellen Faith Says
I live in the tropics so we don’t even have seasons, but I’m very lucky to have a built in wardrobe with both shelving and rails for hangers. But I won’t lie, sometimes organising it can be a brat. P.S Your apartment is looking so cute!!
Audrey Friedman Says
You are so clever, everything looks fabulous.
Love you soooo much,
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Your apartment looks so cute! I love the brick walls and white accents. Kudos!
Bob Strong Says
My wife and I have been living like this for so many years now. It’s going to be incredible to finally move into our new home and have a build in wardrobe. I can’t wait to have all of that open space. We will finally be able to fit all of our clothes in the closet. http://www.wardrobeselectioncentre.com.au/wardrobes/built-in-wardrobes.html