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Maximizing Limited Closet Space

Let’s face it; the average person’s storage space is no match for the amount of stuff they want to store. The problem is especially hard for urban dwellers like myself. Are we then all sentenced to a life of clutter?

ClosetNo. As it is often the case, the answer lies in creativity, a little forethought and the right organizational tools. I’ll use my personal challenge to illustrate the point. My wife and I don’t have the benefit of a front hall closet. We live in a beautiful old Victorian home that’s high on charm and low on practicality. Beyond the ones in the bedrooms, we only have one closet that has to serve as a linen/pantry space.

What we’ve done is used the Configurations Closet System to give us a flexible space that can change with the seasons. In the non-winter months (which are quickly abandoning us) we have no need for winter jackets so they are stored on a garment rack in our basement. This allows us to use the entire hallway closet for linens and extra food supplies while still housing our (my wife’s) overflow footwear at the bottom.

Now that the colder weather is back some of the jackets need to rise from the basement and sit in the closet. Thanks to the Configurations system I’m able to remove half of the shelves and replace them with rod hangers and a rod so that they I can hang the jackets (see picture 1). The extra food supplies now move to our sun room (also know as the "situation room"). This space is a great reading/conversation nook in the summer but lies useless in the winter months. I’ve used the new Steel Reinforced Shelving to keep this area organized just like my grandfather’s old cold room or cantina. (see picture 2).

SunroomThis little "rotation" is specific to my very peculiar space issues and opportunities. A lot of you will have more then one hallway closet and may not have the luxury of a "situation room." That said I’m sure you all have storage problems that could be solved/eased with some version of the seasonal rotation.

The first step is to use the Configurations Closet system so that you have the flexibility to tailor your design to changing needs…..then find some extra spaces.

Does anyone have any other examples of how they change their storage spots to meet seasonal needs? I’d love to hear them.

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