Simple Closet Ideas to Upgrade Your Storage Space Quickly

Organized Interiors is renowned for our showpiece closets but that’s not the only type of closet design we specialize in.

Not every home has the space for a large walk-in closet with features like an island and decorative add-ons such as crown moulding, baseboard, sculpted edges, and glass cabinet doors.

And naturally, a more elaborate closet project doesn’t fit into every homeowner’s budget.

A custom reach-in closet or smaller walk-in closet with a simpler design can still work wonders for your bedroom’s storage functionality, while still providing high quality and stylish looks.

Advantages of choosing simple closet ideas

Transforming a closet space of any size with a smarter layout and features to maximize storage space is a great investment and comes with undeniable benefits.

Most importantly, you’ll streamline your daily routine by having a home for everything, which makes the closet easier to keep tidy.

Your closet’s old interior may have consisted of little more than a well-worn hanging rod, sagging top shelf, and poor lighting. A closet makeover will refresh the appearance of your wardrobe storage space.

There are also some specific benefits to using more simple closet ideas when you’re having a closet’s design put together by a professional:

  • they’re obviously more affordable, allowing homeowners with more modest budgets to still have a closet designed that fits their needs
  • your order will usually be able to be turned around in less time, so you can get your closet storage needs addressed quickly

Get inspired with these simple closet ideas

We wanted to show you some simple closet ideas that we’ve incorporated into some of our completed projects. 

The photos show that a less elaborate and modestly priced reach-in or walk-in closet makeover still projects a stylish, elegant, and very tidy look.

Take a look and maybe you’ll see a concept that based on some simple closet ideas that are right for your home.

Double reach-in closet with Chocolate Pear finish

Here is a double reach-in closet in a master bedroom. For this space, we used a melamine finish called Chocolate Pear that’s one of our most popular dark finishes.

Chocolate Pear’s rich, appealing look is one reason for the finish’s popularity. Another reason is it tends to be available in all the various materials (like thermo and formica/arborite in addition to melamine) we use when making our cabinetry on-site at Organized Interiors’ manufacturing facility.

We created a space within the closet that has useful access from both doorways. As you’ll see in the next image, this closet is completely open inside and there’s no dividing wall between the door openings.

The name “reach-in”, of course, is derived from the fact that the closet’s shallow depth typically doesn’t allow you to step inside of it. With this particular closet, you could technically walk between the interior space between the closets but for all intents and purposes, it’s a reach-in.

Double reach-in closet with a Chocolate Pear finish.

Utilizing a smart closet layout design is crucial

Two separate closet spaces with identical dimensions can deliver drastically different levels of functionality and storage space, purely because of how the layout was conceived.

Our design consultants always strive to devise creative and practical designs that enable each of our clients to get the most out of their remodelled closet.

With this closet, the absence of a dividing barrier between the closets allows for flexibility with the closet’s layout.

We set up the left side of the closet with double hanging rods for short clothes. The biggest part of any closet renovation is freeing up the “real estate” by doubling up closet rods and opening up the length of the space.

The right-hand side of the closet is split. On the left is a tower of shelves for folded clothes, handbags, shoes, etc. To its right is space for hanging long clothes.

Remember that long hanging does not mean just dresses. Oversized shirts and suit jackets typically need more vertical space than other short items. And if you prefer to hang your pants long by the pant cuff, they too will need more vertical clearance than shirts and blouses.

More simple reach-in closet ideas

This closet features a very common setup for a small reach-in closet design.

Trying to shoehorn drawers into a narrow closet such as this one isn’t always practical. Instead, a narrow bank of shelves can still accommodate plenty, whether it’s folded shirts, pants, sweaters, or even smaller items like socks in baskets on shelves.

Although it’s difficult to tell from the photo, the upper shelf in this closet is recessed. The shelf tower itself is a good depth (around 16″) for storing folded adults’ clothes. The top shelf is shallower at 12″. This choice was made to provide better access to the shelf, considering it’s at the same height as the doorway.

Once again, we’re showing a combination of double and long hanging for clothes – how that is split or not is entirely up to you.

If you don’t need to hang many items in the closet (such as with a guest closet), we can simply install a single rod. Don’t have anything long to hang? We can set your entire closet space up with double hanging rods.

A standard white closet never goes out of style.

Simple closet ideas for walk-ins

Here’s an example of a straightforward walk-in closet. Clothes on the left side of the photo below combine double short hanging with long hanging on the right for a bathrobe.

A shelf tower uses the wall as the back for the shelves. The closet rods are suspended between walls and gables.

You may prefer to use some of the space on the closet’s side for a full-length mirror. Perhaps you’d favour moving the placement of the shelf and drawer tower to another location in the closet’s design. Whatever your space allows for, Organized Interiors is all about meeting your specific storage needs.

Luxury walk-in closets feature lots of decorative detail that certainly enhances the appearance of the closet space. These additions don’t always serve a functional purpose.

Every inch counts when you’re striving to boost the functionality of your closet storage. Unless you have a particular look in mind for your closet, you don’t need to add extra decorative touches and features.

 

Don’t forget the linen closet!

The linen closet tends to get overlooked as a home storage space worthy of an upgrade.

Yes, it’s a utilitarian storage area but that doesn’t mean it can’t function better and look nicer. Simple closet ideas apply perfectly to a linen closet, which doesn’t require quite the same level of design detail as a bedroom closet.

This catch-all space for towels, bed sheets, blankets, and other linens can easily become overwhelmed and untidy.

Adding custom cabinetry with adjustable shelving will make the space function more efficiently. You can space your shelves close together to store soaps and other bath essentials or open up the spacing for thick blankets and pillows.

A linen closet in a Toronto condo.

Simple closet ideas for a unique closet space

“Simple” definitely doesn’t need to mean inferior or low quality when it comes to your closets. The simple closet ideas and designs featured here are unique projects that, we think you’ll agree, look great.

Organized Interiors specializes in closet makeover projects of all sizes that can accommodate any budget.

Whether you’re searching for an affordable simple closet design that you can have installed quicker or are looking to splurge on a dream closet, we have a solution for you.

Request your free in-home design consultation to get your closet project started.

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7 Shared Closet Tips and Ideas to Create a More Harmonious Space

For some couples, sharing a closet space can be quite the challenge.

A shared closet space unquestionably has a different dynamic than a one-person closet space.

Adapting to using a shared closet as the result of a new living arrangement can be one of a couple’s biggest challenges once they start living under the same roof.

Even if you’ve been with your spouse for a long time, maybe you’ve never quite seen eye-to-eye on your shared closet arrangement.

And if one partner’s organizational skills aren’t exactly their finest attribute (to put it diplomatically), that only makes things more of an uphill battle.

shared closey

Couples commonly clash over closet clutter

A survey by self-storage company SpareFoot found that clutter was the cause of arguments for 48% of the cohabitating couples they polled.

Not surprisingly, messy closets were the main reason for couples arguing about clutter.

Another study of 3,000 adults in the UK for Esure Home Insurance found that 40% of respondents argued regularly with their partner over lost items.

Stop having the same arguments over and over with your partner about your shared closet.

Use these seven tips to make the closet you share a harmonious space, instead of a space that causes tension and conflicts.

1. Declutter first and organization becomes easier

51% of the couples arguing about closet clutter from that SpareFoot survey ended up getting rid of some clothing to appease their partner.

When you’re working your way towards creating a harmonious shared closet space, it’s essential to ensure the closet isn’t being occupied by non-essential items.

One group of organization experts (the National Association of Professional Organizers) estimates that 80% of your clothes are only worn 20% of the time.

That sobering statistic explains why it’s such a challenge keeping any closet space tidy.

Simplify things by decluttering your closet and getting rid of things you and your partner never (or rarely) wear. Start by moving your out-of-season clothing somewhere else, which will make the closet space easier to manage.

2. Divide and conquer

Another reason to declutter before making over your closet is you’ll get a much better idea of how much space you both actually need.

Once that’s been established, start divvying up the space. A 50/50 split probably won’t be practical, as one of you will likely have more to store.

For this process to truly work, some give and take needs to happen, which hopefully results in a space-sharing arrangement that works for everybody.

Be open-minded about the fact that some flexibility may be needed with your setup once it’s in place.

3. Leverage a closet designer’s expertise

Leaving your shared closet redesign to a professional will be beneficial because of the expertise they can bring to the project.

Most importantly, a professional closet designer will know how to plan smartly in order to maximize the storage space your closet can provide.

They’ll also have ideas and suggestions you may not have considered that can improve and enhance your closet design.

One major factor that impacts the effectiveness of a shared closet space is how carefully each individual’s needs were taken into consideration when the closet was designed.

Does your closet design give each of you enough hanging space? Were the right closet accessories incorporated into the closet design?

Is the closet laid out perfectly to accommodate the users’ heights in order to make things easy to access? This one is an important detail that can get overlooked if you buy a one-size-fits-all closet organizer from a store, instead of investing in a custom closet system.

4. Utilize effective closet storage systems

Squeezing the wardrobe of two people into a confined space and making that space function efficiently requires both creativity and well-chosen closet storage systems.

A reach-in closet makeover will be the “foundation” of the space. This organization system makes it easier to group like items together and will enable you to keep your closet tidy with less effort.

You’ll enhance the reach-in closet’s functionality by adding useful accessories like tie and belt racks, shoe racks, and pullout valet rods.

If one partner has a large watch collection, keep the timepieces properly wound and displayed with some watch winders. To keep a jewellery collection organized, jewellery drawers can be incorporated into a closet’s custom cabinetry design.

For drawers that are being shared, use drawer dividers to ensure easy organization. And no one likes to look at or smell their partner’s dirty laundry. Solve that problem with some hidden laundry hampers.

drawer with dividers in shared closet

Add drawer dividers to shared drawers to keep things organized.

5. When small won’t cut it, go big

While a closet makeover will make wardrobe management easier for a couple, it may be a simple fact that your main bedroom closet is just too small. That’s a common problem in old houses.

If you have a spare room that’s rarely used, converting it into a large walk-in closet (also known as a dressing room) is one effective way to keep a shared closet organized.

You’ll both have much an ample amount of storage space to work with. That minimizes the likelihood of arguments that result when one partner’s belongings start migrating too far into the other partner’s space.

Here’s another bold idea to consider if your home’s space allows for it – just avoid sharing a closet altogether.

If you have a much bigger wardrobe than your significant other, take the entire dressing room while leaving your partner with all of the space in your bedroom’s existing closet.

6. Use supplemental bedroom storage solutions

If you lack the space in your home to create a large walk-in closet/dressing room, there are other practical storage options available.

Use other bedroom storage products to add storage space that supplements what your closet can provide. Here are some suggestions:

  • wardrobe
  • bed surround
  • add another closet with a quick and easy solution like create-a-closet
shared closet, create-a-closet

Expand your storage options with added bedroom storage solutions. create-a-closet adds closet space anywhere.

7. Maintaining your shared closet space

Making your shared closet space function without any issues requires work, even when the best storage and organization systems are being used.

To be sure, they’ll make it much easier to keep your closet organized, but a consistent, ongoing effort from both parties will result in fewer arguments over the tidiness of your closet.

It doesn’t hurt to have some checks and balances in place. Perhaps once or twice a year, you can each take a little time to take care of decluttering your part of the closet.

Respect each others’s closet space boundaries. And keep the lines of communication open (in a civil manner) about closet-related matters.

Doing so will result in keeping this part of your relationship healthy and headache-free.

Transform your shared closet space

If a makeover of your shared closet space sounds like a smart way to restore harmony in your relationship when it comes to how your bedroom closet is used, we can help.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with Organized Interiors. One of our talented design consultants will show you and your partner how we can turn your closet into a stylish, highly efficient space.

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5 Reasons a Custom Closet Makes the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day gift
This year, you’re really looking to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift that’s guaranteed to make a lasting impression on mom.

Traditional Mother’s Day gift ideas like flowers or a spa treatment are just that – traditional. While thoughtful, they don’t exactly stand out for being very original.

For all mom does, she deserves something truly special this Mother’s Day. Let’s get creative.

Give a Mother’s Day gift she needs (and won’t expect)

Any gift is nice to receive. One crucial element that makes some gifts more memorable than others, however, is the recipient really needing what they’ve been given.

Combine that with the element of surprise and you have a winning formula that adds up to the perfect gift.

The Mother’s Day gift that checks both boxes for many moms is a custom closet makeover. Here are five reasons it will make the perfect gift idea this coming Mother’s Day.

1. Mom’s existing closet could use some help

What are the most disorganized areas in your home? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably your garage, medicine cabinet, kitchen cupboards, home office, or bedroom closets.

In a OnePoll survey of 1,000 American women, 25% of respondents admitted that they’d describe their closets as being disorganized. In that same survey, 10% of the women actually said they felt depressed when they opened their closets.

For the mom or wife whose closet is a perpetual disaster, a Mother’s Day gift that addresses an area she needs help with will be greatly appreciated.

Perhaps mom has mentioned that she’s been meaning to look at ways to improve her closet, but has never had enough time to follow through. She’ll love the fact you’ve taken the care and initiative to help transform her closet space.

Mother’s Day gift closet organizer

Is mom’s closet a disaster? Transform her wardrobe storage space with a reach-in closet makeover that will make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

2. Maximize mom’s closet space and functionality

Buying too many clothes contributes to closets becoming disorganized. While there’s no disputing that fact, one of the main reasons a closet becomes a mess is because it’s simply not designed properly to maximize storage space.

With the expertise of a custom closet professional, mom’s closet can be designed to provide an optimal level of storage space and functionality.

Consider these statistics:

  • women’s closets contain an average of $550 worth of unworn clothing (10 Yetis survey of 2,137 American women)
  • 47% of women struggle when it comes to deciding on which work outfit they should wear (OnePoll survey)
  • an estimated 80% of our clothes are only worn 20% of the time (National Association of Professional Organizers study)

Clearly, clothes that aren’t even being worn, yet are taking valuable closet space and limiting its overall functionality isn’t ideal.

Gifting mom with a reach-in closet makeover that’s supplemented with helpful closet accessories will transform a dysfunctional closet space into a functional one.

3. An organized closet helps simplify mom’s life

Moms deal with more than enough stress. Maximizing her closet storage space and the ease with which it functions helps to alleviate just a little bit of that stress and simplify her life when it comes to choosing an outfit.

She’ll reclaim a lot of the wasted time that results when your closets are in a perpetual state of chaos. We all waste literally hours each week looking for lost or misplaced items. Our messy closets are a major reason much of that time is wasted.

Using a tidy, well-lit closet that features a pleasant décor makes for a much nicer start to anyone’s day. Everything will have its place. This enables you to maintain order within the storage space.

Wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate the daily stress mom experiences because her disorganized closet is limiting her ability to find a particular item of clothing?

4. A custom closet provides long-term value

A Mother’s Day gift of a custom closet makeover may require a bigger financial commitment than flowers or a nice restaurant dinner.

Unlike most Mother’s Day gifts, however, there’s a lot more long-term value in a closet upgrade that will be used every single day for many years to come.

For the ultimate custom closet for mom, you could even consider treating her to a new large walk-in closet. It’s a shame to have a wasted spare room in a home, especially in a major city where real estate prices are so high.

Putting that empty room in your home to work as a walk-in closet gives mom a wealth of wardrobe storage room. It also functions as a private, soothing space that will quickly become her favourite room in the house.

Upgrading mom’s reach-in closet space or adding a walk-in closet won’t just be valuable to mom on a daily basis. Ample and functional closet space also adds value to your home. A majority of realtors agree that it’s one of the most coveted features homebuyers look for.

Mother’s Day gift dressing room

A spacious walk-in closet is the ultimate in luxury and space management for mom.

5. Mom can personalize the closet design

A personal closet space should have a personal touch from the person who will be using it. That’s why it’s a good idea to include mom in the design process for her dream closet.

Organized Interiors offers complimentary in-home design consultations, but we understand maintaining the element of surprise with this Mother’s Day gift may be important to you.

Whoever is giving the gift could visit our showroom for some custom closet ideas and to ask a design consultant any questions they might have. They can view our displays and samples and pick up our Idea Book (which can also be downloaded here), which is filled with inspirational home organization and storage ideas.

You could even get the design process started with us by choosing a closet layout. Mom can then put her personal touch on the project after Mother’s Day by weighing in on certain design decisions. For example, she could choose finishing touches such as which types of closet accessories and decorative hardware to include.

Or you could simply let mom be fully involved with one of our closet design experts in the process.

Give the Mother’s Day gift she’ll never forget

Make this year’s Mother’s Day gift of a custom closet makeover the one that attains “legendary status”.

And if mom’s closet happens to be in good shape and you’re looking for other special Mother’s Day gift ideas, here are a few more suggestions:

Whether you’d like to schedule a free in-home consultation or visit the Organized Interiors showroom to speak with one of our design consultants, don’t hesitate in order to have something special to give to mom on her special day.

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9 Smart Strategies to Get More out of Your Small Closet Storage Space

There’s no doubt that a small closet storage space isn’t exactly ideal.

Small closets typically are more difficult to keep organized, especially if they’re not designed very well and lack important features. And messy closets always result in aggravation, stress, and time wasted looking for things.

A OnePoll survey found that 3 in 10 women believe an organized closet would make their mornings less stressful. The same survey also found that 47% of women struggle when it comes to picking a work outfit from their closet.

While indecision plays a role in how much time is wasted, closet disorganization undoubtedly plays a much larger role in your day getting off to a less-than-productive start.

That’s not to say larger closet spaces are easy to keep organized, mind you. You just have more leeway when it comes to making mistakes with the storage optimization of the space.

How do you maximize your small closet storage space?

Small closets can obviously be found everywhere, particularly in older homes and small condos. So what’s the secret to making the most of such a small space?

The solution to your small closet storage woes lies with smarter storage and organizations solutions that facilitate better space management. Being more choosy about what’s kept in your closet also helps.

A small closet storage space is, in fact, capable of being well-organized and very functional. And we’ll show you how to accomplish this with these nine smart strategies for getting more out of your small closet storage space.

1. Be more finicky about what’s kept in the closet

When you have a small closet storage space, it’s imperative to be more finicky and selective about what’s kept in your closet. You simply don’t have enough space in there to store clothing that’s barely worn. Or never worn.

One study found that American women have an average of $550 worth of unworn clothing in their closets.

Pare down your closet wardrobe so that everyday and weekly clothing favourites are prioritized. Clothing gets lost and buried in disorganized closets. If an item of clothing is easily visible in your closet, you’ll be far more likely to actually wear it.

And if you’re wearing it regularly (or at least semi-regularly), it’s worth the valuable small closet storage space it’s occupying.

small closet storage classic organizer

The Classic closet organizer can make your small closet storage space easier to keep organized.

2. Add closet organizers

You’ll find it easier to keep a small closet space tidy (or any closet space, for that matter) by adding a closet organizer to it. Custom closet organizers are a better choice than the one-size-fits-all types you’ll find at a big box store.

They can be custom-designed to perfect fit within your small closet storage space. Every inch of precious space within your small closet will be considered when your custom closet organizer is designed. That maximizes its functionality.

A custom closet organizer’s variety of design options also gives you more freedom to complement your home’s décor. Our SmartLine and Classic organizers can transform your closet space.

3. Don’t keep seasonal clothing in your small closet storage space

Store seasonal clothing somewhere else besides your small closet storage space. When closet space is at a premium, keeping clothing that’s only worn for half the year (or less) just doesn’t make sense.

Turn to other bedroom storage solutions for keeping your out-of-season-clothing stored. Another option is to store some of it in suitcases to save you space.

4. Make use of every nook and cranny

The storage space in your closet’s upper reaches may not be efficiently utilized because they’re difficult to access. If that’s the case, use a good step stool (like the SlimStep ladder, available in our showroom). They make it easier to access hard-to-reach upper closet areas and also come in quite handy in other areas of the home.

When you’re dealing with small closets, it’s crucial that the storage space be maximized. If you have deep closet shelves with empty space at the back, add small baskets to hold knick knacks or less frequently used smaller articles of clothing. They’ll stay organized in the baskets, which can easily be pulled forward when needed.

When one of our design consultants is evaluating your closet space, they can suggest ways to better utilize underused areas within it.

Use a step stool to access hard-to-reach areas in your small closet space.

5. Use additional bedroom storage ideas

Try and get your closet wardrobe collection leaner by looking to additional bedroom storage solutions. That’ll alleviate some of the burden on your small closet space. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • bed surrounds – your available bedroom storage space expands significantly with this clever integrated storage solution
  • dressers – make sure your dresser drawers are filled (but still functional) with anything that can be moved from the closet
  • wardrobes – complement your small closet storage space with a stylish custom wardrobe
  • create-a-closet® – this unique storage idea lets you add a closet anywhere

6. Add more hanging rods

Add extra hanging rods in your small closet storage space, if space allows. This makes better use of your limited closet space and prevents the clothing hung on your single hanging rod from being crammed too closely together, which causes wrinkles.

A lower hanging rod for short hanging garments like pants, shirts, and skirts ensures that valuable closet hanging space isn’t wasted.

And you can even add a shorter perpendicular hanging rod to maximize your small closet storage space on a side wall. This just means the closet rod is hung from front-to-back in the closet, as opposed to the traditional side-to-side.

It’s best not to hang certain types of clothing (like sweaters), which should be folded instead. Folding your jeans (which are bulkier) and stacking them in drawers or open shelving can also save hanging space.

 7. Use closet accessories

Using the right closet accessories will produce an immediately noticeable improvement in the functionality of your small closet storage space.

Many closet accessories don’t take up much space. That’s important, considering the limited amount of space you have to work with. We’d suggest any of the following closet accessories:

  • hooks
  • valet rods
  • pullout tie racks
  • sliding belt racks

The low profile nature of these space-saving helpers also means you have the flexibility to add them just about anywhere in your small closet storage space.

Other useful accessories that are ideal for small closet spaces include pullout pant racks, shoe racks, and a versatile four position hanger.

small closet storage belt rack

A low profile sliding belt rack is perfect for a small closet space.

8. Get your other closets in order

Make an effort to sort out as many small closet storage spaces in your home as as you can. If one closet is disorganized, there’s a tendency for a domino effect to occur with the level of organization and number of things in the rest of your closets.

And remember, closet organizers and accessories aren’t just meant for the bedroom. Linen closets, laundry room closets, front entryway closets, and home office closets can all benefit from a closet makeover.

9. Add a dressing room/large walk-in closet

Even though your home’s closets may be small, there’s another option that can expand your clothes storage space in a big way. A dressing room (also known as a large walk-in closet) can be created if you have a spare bedroom.

Your small closet storage woes will disappear when you have a spacious dressing room to house whatever can’t fit in your small closets. And besides opening up your clothes storage options on a grand scale, dressing rooms also add luxurious style to your home’s décor.

Our new Monogram collection of custom closet cabinetry is perfectly suited for dressing rooms and walk-in closets. You can fully customize your large closet space with the Monogram collection’s wide range of rich finishes and plethora of built-in accessories.

small closet storage dressing room

If you’re frustrated by your home’s small closets and you have a spare room, create a luxurious dressing room.

Learn more about small closet storage space solutions

The new Organized Interiors Idea Book is filled with lots of inspiring small closet storage space solutions.

Allow one of our closet design professionals to evaluate your small closet space. They’ll show you how our organization and storage solutions can improve how your small closets function and look.

Just schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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Top 7 Ways Disorganized Closets Negatively Affect Your Life

You cringe every time your closet doors are opened, bracing for the catastrophe that awaits within and the inevitable spike in your stress level.

Is this a scenario that sounds all-too-familiar to you? If so, you’re one of many people who have to contend with their disorganized closets every day. And disorganized closets can have more negative effects on your life then you might imagine.

Naturally, there are the obvious ways disorganized closets impact your daily life, such as wasting your time and the stress they cause. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll realize that the many drawbacks of having messy closets should provide plenty of incentive for you to fix the situation.

Identifying the problem is the first step on your pathway to doing that. Do any or all of these seven negative effects of having disorganized closets resonate with you?

disorganized closets

Keeping your closets organized can eliminate some of your daily stress.

1. Disorganized closets stress you out

The universal response to being asked “What’s the biggest negative effect of having disorganized closets?” will likely be that it’s a major cause of stress. Clutter and disorganization is just not conducive to keeping your headspace in a relaxed state.

Some of that stress develops because clutter and disorganization disrupts our focus and concentration. Our brain processes the mess as one more thing on our to-do list that needs to be dealt with.

And the longer we fail to deal with the problem, the more overwhelmed our brain feels. Feelings of guilt and shame manifest themselves in the form of health-threatening stress.

That means you’re adding to your stress level every time you need to go into your messy closets. For most people, that’s an average of three or four times a day. And disorganized closets and home clutter also add to the already-high anxiety levels North Americans have.

2. Disorganized closets waste your time

Another popular answer in response to how disorganized closets affect out lives would be that it causes us to waste a lot of time.

Some of that stress and anxiety disorganized closets contribute to stems from the fact that too much time is wasted looking for specific items.

Consider these statistics from a OnePoll survey of 1,000 American women:

  • 47% of women struggle when it comes to deciding on which outfit they should wear to work
  • 1 in 4 women admitted to having disorganized closets
  • 57% of women believe that having organized closets saves them time when picking out something to wear

Another home organization study conducted by Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine shows that more than two thirds of those surveyed believe they could save up to 30 minutes a day if they were more organized. This is in all areas of their life, not just when it comes to their closets.

But disorganized closets are one of the biggest contributors to the hundreds of hours wasted by the average person yearly. So why are your closets so disorganized? Do you not declutter frequently enough? Is your closet space not being used properly or do you lack an efficient closet organizer?

3. You never have enough closet storage space

Look at any list of the most coveted features for homebuyers and ample closet space is sure to be near the top. And when we don’t have enough of it, we’re not happy. More than two thirds of homeowners polled by HSH.com named a lack of storage space as their biggest pet peeve.

Contrary to popular belief, however, the cause of disorganized closets isn’t necessarily due to your closets being too small. A Soap and Detergent Association study reveals that 80% of household clutter is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.

Yes, small closets make it more a challenge to keep your closets tidy, but there are ways to maximize the available space you do have. This can be done by using a few different solutions:

  • making better use of your vertical space
  • keeping your shoes more organized with a shoe rack
  • having extra hanging rods added
  • adding space-saving closet accessories to enhance your closet’s functionality

Your disorganized closets may also be making you think twice about buying a new clothing item you’d really like, just because you’re worried about adding it to the mess.

Sure, a certain amount of self-discipline when it comes to clothes shopping is a good thing. It is nice, however, to treat yourself to a new dress or pair of pants once in awhile, too (and especially if it’s on sale at a great price).

disorganized closets pant rack

Make better use of your closet’s space by adding smart storage solutions like this pullout pant rack.

4. Disorganized closets are an eyesore

When your closets are a mess, you definitely want to keep them hidden from view. Other than when you need something out of your closet, it’s a good bet that your closet doors will be closed around the clock.

This will certainly be the case if you have houseguests over, but disorganized closets are also an embarrassment to show to the rest of your family. And, most importantly, you’ll be in a constant state of guilt over how out of hand you’ve let the situation get.

With the stylish and attractive looks that closets can be designed with nowadays by a skilled designer, your closets should be a space that you look forward to entering, not dreading.

There are an abundance of appealing finishing options and features available with a custom closet design. You can have a closet space created that actually adds to your home décor, instead of it being an area of your home that’s hidden as much as possible.

5. You frequently misplace and lose items

An overstuffed closet makes it far more difficult to locate specific items. And it’s no wonder our closets have too many things  – the number of household items we buy has skyrocketed in the past several decades.

The Daily Mail newspaper reports that in the past 30 years, Britons’ homes have had a 133% increase in the average value of their contents. And the average closet of an American woman has 103 items in it.

Because we have more clothes and shoes than we need, items in the closet get misplaced or even lost. Often when they are found much later, they’ve become fashion relics or no longer fit.

Consider these additional statistics that illustrate the impact of having disorganized closets:

  • women have an average of $550 worth of unworn clothing sitting in their closet (10 Yetis survey)
  • at least once a month, 44% of women polled say they’re unable to find an item in their closet (OnePoll survey)
  • 61% of women who struggle with picking an outfit from their closet buy new clothes instead of organizing (OnePoll survey)

It’s also estimated that 80% of your clothing is worn a mere 20% of the time. That’s mostly due to owning more than we need, as well as us being too disorganized to find items. As a result, this prevents us from getting our money’s worth out of the clothing by wearing things regularly.

6. Disorganized closets aren’t good for your clothing

A full, poorly maintained closet doesn’t provide a friendly storage environment for your clothing and shoes. Clothing that’s crammed together while hung up is more likely to get wrinkled. It also makes it harder to find items.

Clothing stored on open shelving or in closet drawers that are just thrown there instead of getting folded will also become a wrinkled mess. And shoes left in a disorganized pile on your closet floor will get scuffed and damaged.

Disorganized closets also cause you to take other storage shortcuts, simply because you have fewer storage options. For example, if your shelving or drawers are full, sweaters might be put on a hanger, which leaves hanger marks.

7. Dealing with disorganized closets gets your day off to a bad start

There’s rarely enough time in the morning to adequately take care of all your responsibilities before heading out to work. Being slowed down by hunting for a shoe or belt to match your outfit, or plain old indecisiveness when choosing an outfit, adds to the time we waste every morning.

When you leave the house late, your day gets off to a bad start. You also don’t want to have to just “settle” on an outfit due to time constraints. This doesn’t put you in the most confident, relaxed state of mind you’d prefer to have to begin your day.

3 in 10 women from that OnePoll survey believe that having an organized closet would make their mornings less stressful.

Don’t put up with your disorganized closets any longer

If you’ve been dealing with the headaches disorganized closets for too long, take some action. Disorganized closets cause needless stress and with the help of a closet professional, you can fix your closet problems.

Transforming disorganized closets is what Organized Interiors specializes in. Whether it’s adding a custom closet organizer or suggesting other bedroom storage solutions like a bed surround or wardrobe, we’ve been improving the organization and storage capabilities of our clients’ homes for more than 40 years.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to find out what we can do to transform the disorganized closets in your home.

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