It’s common for communal storage spaces to get cluttered and messy. With multiple people using the space and a variety of items being stored there, it’s no wonder.
All is not lost, though. You can have an organized family closet – no matter how many people are using it – if you just follow a few simple storage tips. Below, we give you several clever ways to increase the amount of storage space you have in your family closet, as well as ways to keep the space neat all the time.
Step One: Sort The Closet’s Content
The first thing you need to do is take stock of what’s being stored in your family closet. Sort the items, keeping like items with like items, making sure to keep the separation simple.
A good rule of thumb to use when placing items in the closet is to keep items you use often between waist and eye level.
Step Two: Shelving
If your closet lacks proper shelving space, you’ll want to consider getting an adjustable wire shelving unit. These units give you ample shelving that’s adjustable to fit your closet’s contents.
If space permits, a sturdy wooden shelf installed at counter height works well as a workstation inside the closet.
Step Three: Containers/Boxes
To help contain all your sorted items, you’ll want to invest in containers and/or boxes. Straight-edged boxes with flat covers work great as they stack easily and create a simple, yet striking, display in the closet.
Feel free to mix up your container choices. Purchase large and small boxes or opt for baskets instead. Whatever fits your needs and personality best. Be sure to label the outside of each container so you know exactly what’s inside.
Step Four: Door Storage
Over-the-door shoe pouches are ideal for storing small items. This ingenious storage solution comes in fabric or plastic, but we recommend the clear plastic ones as it allows you to see what’s inside each pouch quickly and easily.
Step Five: File Boxes
File boxes make great storage on the floor of the closet as they are lightweight and easy to maneuver from underneath shelving. Use sturdy file boxes to store the current year’s schoolwork or financial paperwork within easy reach.
If your home has a family closet, it’s likely a source of chaos and stress because it’s so unorganized. Use the tips above to create an organized family closet that’ll stay that way no matter how many people use it.