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How do I organize a reach in closet for a maried couple?

Whether you have a reach-in or a walk-in, the organizing begins with dividing the space. Once you decide if you’re splitting the space 50/50 or some other percentage ratio, you can start planning the closet.

Reach-in closets are usually between  four-feet to 8-feet across. In order to make the most of this small space for two people, you don’t want to try to add too many hanging levels or shelves as these take away from the overall hanging space (taking up room for brackets).

This configuration works for many:
Divide your space into thirds.
Use 1/3 for long hang at 72″ high (for dresses and long coats if coats being stored there)
Use 2/3 (or half) for short hang – double hang at 72″ and 36″ high. One of you takes the top and the other takes the bottom.
Under the long hang you will have room for your most often worn shoes.
Above the 72″ hang, use a shelf to hold shoes and accessories less often used (dress shoes, purses)

This is a quick sketch of what it may look like when configured:


You will likely need to get creative to find places for shoes, accessories, and sweaters. Under-bed organizers may be a good option for you.

You can also use the side walls of the closet to hang belts and scarves or put them onto accessory hangers and hang them in the long-hang area.


Allison Carter likes fun and funky organizing. She is a creative, right brainer and thinks it is more fun to organize if you love how your space looks. So she utilitzes color, shape, pattern and texture to keep herself and her stuff organized. Check out her web site at The Professional Organizer!

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