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And are you willing to post pictures? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
I keep seeing closet organizing tips in magazines and the closets are all HUGE. Like, the size of my bathroom or something, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> What about those of us who live in older houses and have closets that are the size of a standard door? (or smaller - my linen closet is about 3/4 of a door). I just want to see some pictures of some nicely organized *small* closets to get some inspiration and ideas.<br><br>
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Ohh, I lust after having 1 closet!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
First thing that comes to mind is some type of over the door organizer.<br>
Some type of stackable bins.
 

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Yeah, I love my closets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I didn't mean to sound like I was complaining because I'm not. We have a closet in every bedroom (3) a hall closet where we put the coats and a linen closet where I have (duh) linens and the dog food. I just feel like I'm not using them as well as I could. Mine is stuffed with clutter I need to deal with. DD's is largely unused space. I don't want them chock full of stuff, but I'd love some photos with ideas of what to do to make them work better. Looking at pictures of closets the size of my bathroom doesn't help me much, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We have an over the door shoe holder on the coat closet and I *would* say I love it except it doesn't exactly fit, LOL! That closet door is larger than the linen closet but apparently it's smaller than the ones that they sell those things for. It works but at least a few times a day you have to adjust it so you can shut the door. I wonder if they sell narrower ones? Because other than that glitch it really works well. All the house shoes now go there instead of on the floor.
 

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This is my <a href="http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q90/frogguruami/DSC01736.jpg" target="_blank">craft closet</a>. It is the only closet we have besides our pantry and the closets in the bedrooms.
 

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Still interested in pics? We just moved to a house with small closets. Kids closet space was cut in half, master bedroom cut to a 6th of what we previously had. I'd be happy to share pics if you want.
 

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I have a victorian that has these terrible closets that have sloped walls, so really nothing can be done with them. I finally gave up and got armoires and those portable closets (not the plastic-wrap looking ones cuz yucky) to use instead. We also use shelving instead of dressers, and the one little bar in the closet is for long stuff like ball gowns and whatnot that just has to hang. I also stow seasonal clothes in there in plastic storage containers. I cut the last row of shoe holders off the shoe hanger that goes over the door so it would fit and I didn't have to keep jamming it back in the door to close it. Instead of hanging the shoe thinger over the top of the door (looks tacky from the outside) I screwed it in using the hanger holes right into the door. Much more stable this way too. One thing that helped a lot with decluttering in this place was this issue--you know, where in the h am I going to put these things--then I realized I didn't really need these things anymore. The other day I went hunting for an old sheet and low and behold there wasn't one! I used to have 20! I stopped by goodwill and got one for 50 cents. Then I gave it back when I was done. I also dumped 20 pairs of shoes and then didn't need some kind of shoe keeper anymore. the for-special ones are in plastic bins in the "closet".
 

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Yes, I still want pictures <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
frogguruami thanks!<br><br>
Part of what I'm wondering is if I should use the bedroom closets for "stuff" and put all the clothing in the dressers, or find a way to put all the clothing in the closets and get *rid* of the dressers. Like my daughter - she doesn't have too much clothing and what she owns could easily fit in either the dresser or the closet so why have both? But then dresses wouldn't work too well in the dresser now would they.<br><br>
I read a tip in a magazine last night about putting in two bars in the closet so you can hang short things (like t-shirts) on the bottom. Or maybe I could use those wire bins like froggurami has. Put them on one side of the closet and put undies, socks and pants in them and then still have the other side of the closet for hanging dresses and shirts. I *think* all of her stuff would fit if we did that. Then either get rid of the dresser or (if she doesn't want to) use it to put toys in or something like that. Her room isn't huge so IMO just getting rid of the dresser would be good.<br><br>
One bedroom closet is larger than the others but it's weird. It's not a walk in but extends about a foot or two on either side so you have to reach in and around the wall to get to anything there. Not overly practical and it just begs to be filled with clutter (and we oblige <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: ) I'll leave that closet for last and do the easy one (Bridget's) first.
 

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We have a small closet right now and I have two bars for hanging clothes as well as two shelves. Right now it is full of a lot of clothes I could put in a dresser but the only dresser I have is short and long. So when we move I plan on finding a tall dresser with drawers for shirts and hopefully that will cut back. Also I have a 3 drawer plastic organizer that I use for my socks/ underwear/ bras.
 

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The boys share a room by choice. So we have one bedroom and one playroom. In the bedroom closet I store stuff. Holiday stuff mostly. Int he playroom closet I store both boys clothes. The reason we decided on this is because I always fold laundry at night. Then I couldn't put it away because they were asleep. So this way I can always get the laundry put away. I can also hunt for dirty laundry after they go to bed since they don't get dressed in their room I don't have to disturb them and I can still do night time laundry.<br><br>
We have a small dresser for shorts and socks and underwear. Everything else gets hung up, shirts and pants. We have two bars in the closet for more room. We don't need room for long things just more room in general.
 

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OK, here goes. These closets may seem large to some, but for us it was a reduction by at least half.<br><br>
Master Closet (1/6 size of our former closet which was 14x4, like a whole nuther room, lol):<br>
Door mounted shoe rack is KEY! Love this thing. Shoes on the floor = mess, at least for us.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGTL&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGTL&notag=1</a><br><br>
DH's side. He's tall so needs length to hang clothing. I pushed aside his clothing so you can see the 5 tier pants hanger. Great space saver ($5 at Target). He hangs his ties on a rack behind clothing, out of the way, but accessable. Top shelf is sweaters and sweatshirts. Bottom shelf is casual pants, jeans, and under that shelf are slippers and his suit shoes.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGTa&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGTa&notag=1</a><br><br>
Back wall:<br>
Considered a shelving unit, but thought that would cramp an already cramped closet. Hooks are great! We each have one for belts and for jammies/after work clothing to reuse. Also hooks up high for DH's hat collection.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGTp&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGTp&notag=1</a><br><br>
My side:<br>
I'm pg and have less clothing than normal. I'm a SAHM, so have less need for dress clothing and I'm short, so I wanted a lower pole with an extra shelf. Shelf above the pole is casual pants, jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts. Top shelf purses and beach bag.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGT4&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGT4&notag=1</a><br><br>
Hall Closet:<br>
We have nothing but a small medicine cabinet in the bathroom and this is less than half the storage we had at our last house. On the floor is the humidfier, tp, cleaning supplies (just bs and vinegar so I don't worry about kids getting into it), pet bath supplies. Next shelf is cleaning rags and eventually beach towels (once they're unpacked, lol). Then we have bath towels. Next is sheets. We have 4 sets for our bed, two for summer, two for winter (can't give up my flannels!). One set of sheets for pull out bed in basement. Then bathroom storage, medical supplies, a basket for my stuff, one for DH's. Can't say enough about keeping toiletries in baskets, it's a lifesaver. Top shelf is breast pump, pads, and extras in the big bin. Also love the over the door shoe holder for odds and ends - lint brushes, extra bars of soap, dust cloth, etc.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGUG&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGUG&notag=1</a><br><br>
DD's closet:<br>
I don't bother hanging most of her clothing, just stuff a size up, special occasion dresses and play dresses. Most of her clothing is folded in a dresser. Self on the floor is great for little shoes! Self above clothing has a basket of sunscreen, hats, water shoes, one for hair pretties and the 3 tier drawers is just misc stuff. Upper shelf has her sheets.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGUX&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGUX&notag=1</a><br><br>
To be fair we have a decent sized cedar closet in the basement. If you can manage this, I REALLY recommend doing this. It gets clothing that's only used once or twice a year out of the closet - a few dress pants, sweaters, dresses and skirts for me. DH hangs his summer clothing and suits down there as well. It's not large, but works great.<br><br>
Front door closet:<br>
Probably the biggest closet in the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> All coats are hung, boots on the floor. Vacuum cleaner lives here. The 3 drawer cart is my "desk", bills to pay, receipts, etc are all stored in there. I pull it out to the table when it's time to pay bills. Top shelf is phone books, pet toys and misc storage. We use another shoe holder on this door, it's awesome! Holds winter hats, gloves, summer hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, pet meds, leash and collar for the dog, poo bags for walks, etc. DH also has a pocket for his pda, cell, wallet and keys so the don't end up on the table.<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbMmjJi0ctGUk&notag=1" target="_blank">http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...0ctGUk&notag=1</a><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Part of what I'm wondering is if I should use the bedroom closets for "stuff" and put all the clothing in the dressers, or find a way to put all the clothing in the closets and get *rid* of the dressers. Like my daughter - she doesn't have too much clothing and what she owns could easily fit in either the dresser or the closet so why have both? But then dresses wouldn't work too well in the dresser now would they.</div>
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This is what we're in the process of doing. If everyone can be not-sick for longer than two days, we can finish it.<br><br>
Our room has a small walk-in closet and a second 'regular' closet. Most of our clothes (currently in the walk-in) don't need to hang up. I have a couple of dresses that need hanging, and the husband has a few suits that likewise need to hang. Everything else is being transferred to the dresser and armoire. That leaves us with so few hanging items that we plan to transfer those over to the smaller closet with plenty of room for shoes, handbags, and costume bits (Ren Faire and such).<br><br>
Once that's done, I'm repurposing the walk-in closet for my craft supplies. That'll clean up most of the mess from elsewhere in the house.
 

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We actually have a huge master closet. I wish we just left the space for a bathroom or something in the future b/c it is half empty! I never want enough clothes or junk to fill it up. We don't even have dressers or anything, just a half full closet. Enjoy your small closets!<br><br>
Sorry to be off topic, just saying enjoy your small spaces.
 

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I actually turned our Master closet into a sitting room! I took out tha hanging rod and put in some shelves on the side. I love it and it made us get rid of a lot of unneeded stuff. DH uses the built in dresser and I have a freestanding one.<br><br>
If anything needs to be hanged (Not much) It goes upstairs.<br><br>
I should mention I do not like doors either! I have taken doors off most of the closets and kitchen cabinets in the house.<br><br>
The first two pics are of the Master closet before and after. I LOVE it in there now!<br><br><a href="http://www.photos.yahoo.com/lee51701" target="_blank">http://www.photos.yahoo.com/lee51701</a>
 
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