Apartment living has its benefits but space is not usually one of them. Renters must master the art of maximizing every square inch of available space. This is especially important with storage and closet areas. The average person has many more items than will fit within the designated spots in the apartment, unless these are arranged properly. Here are some ways to organize the small amount of space that you do have.
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Step 1: Empty the closet and give it a thorough cleaning, wiping down shelves, and cleaning the floor.
Step 2: Separate the clothes into categories: those you regularly wear, those that can be stored elsewhere, and items to donate. Bulky winter clothes are perfect for storing because they take up a lot of space but are only needed during part of the year.
Step 3: Review the layout of the closet and determine what shelves and storage can be added. New wire racks or special organizing compartments for hats, belts, or shoes are some possibilities. Purchase enough storage totes to hold the clothing that will be stored.
Step 4: Install new shelving by following the manufacturer instruction. The mounting hardware is usually provided with the shelving product.
Step 5: Put the clothing, shoes, and accessories back into the closet, organizing them by color, season, type, or another system that makes items easy to find.
Step 6: Put the items that will be kept, but stored, into the storage totes. Donated items should be placed into moving boxes to be dropped off later at a donation center.
Step 7: Do not put the filled storage totes back in the closet. Instead, clean out the apartment storage closet or compartment and put the totes there.
Step 8: Add a pegboard to the storage closet so you can easily find your tools. Use the cordless drill and included pegboard fasteners to install the pegboard on the wall. Add peg hooks to the board in the desired configuration and hang tools on the hooks.
Step 9: Rather than leaving the bike outside in the elements, install a bike rack in the storage closet. A rack that keeps the bike off the floor helps conserve space in this area.