Big house, small closet; it’s an interior situation CHAPTER FRIDAY’s Marijn can relate to. Today, she tells us all about her latest moving story and how she made the most out of supersmall closet space.
“Finally, I’m a grown-up (at least, I’m guessing this is how it feels)! I’ve just moved from a very tiny, cute attic apartment into a new, bigger home. For the first time in my life, I have a dishwasher – you can’t even begin to imagine how happy this makes me – a huge living room and even a tiny garden. The only downfall: there’s very little closet space in the bedroom to house all of my outfits.
Going from two big wardrobe closets to only one is quite the challenge (and a first world problem, I’ll admit). I discovered that I own a ridiculous amount of clothes which I have trouble parting with. Mind you: I’ve already shed a lot before the big move, but I can’t possibly throw away my pink tutu? What if I have a theme party next year? What about the high heels that are too small and can’t even wear to a dinner with lots and lots of sitting?
That’s when I knew I had to come up with a smart closet-bedroom-plan. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite small-closet inspiration and wrote down a few of my tried and tested experiences. Here we go!
Box it up
Get storage boxes for the space underneath your bed and on top of your closet. You never use it, so this is perfect to store ski clothing, snow boots, spare sheets, blankets and so on. Stuff you only need every once in a while and you can’t throw away.
Make a mighty nightstand
Make the most out of your nightstand. If you have a tiny bedroom, you can create extra storage space by taking a multi-layered nightstand. This way you will not only have room to store your alarm clock, a light and a book, but also have space to store your favourite magazines and jewellery.
Shelves are your best friends in a small and crowded space. It’s not very difficult to put them up, and they can create a lot of extra storage. This way you can stuff your not-so-photogenic items in the closet, and stack up your prettiest belongings in plain sight. Don’t forget nooks and corners: corner shelves are an excellent way to put them into good use.
Embrace your shoe collection
I’m by no means an Imelda Marcus, but I do own my fair share of shoes. I used to have plenty of room in my closet to stack them all, but since the move I’ve got a lot less place to stall them. These shoeboxes are a lifesaver: they allow you to stack them on top of each other without your shoes losing their buddies.
Step it up
With the ladder and the wooden rack making a huge comeback, pretty wooden racks are not hard to come by. They form an excellent way to store magazines and hang pretty clothes you wear a lot.
With a little help of these simple tips, I’ve managed to fit the content of two closets into one. How do you keep your bedroom neat, tidy and organized?”