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    28 Easy Solutions To Your Closet Problems

    How to make the most of your home's smallest, most stubborn space.

    1. Build your own.


    This can be expensive, but it's also totally customizable for whatever space you have.

    2. Use bookshelves to store and display pretty shoes, hats odds an ends.


    Shelves available at IKEA.

    3. Store extra garments — especially out-of-season clothes and things you don't wear very often — under your bed.

    Under bed storage crate from Serena & Lily. (Again, there's always IKEA.)

    4. Or, use decorative benches for storage.


    Think of it as a makeshift dresser.

    5. Cool trunks work, too.

    Check flea markets and eBay.

    6. Display them in a glass dresser or vintage cubbies.

    7. Or, find a pretty shoe rack.

    8. Take advantage of high-up wall space by installing hooks to hang luggage on.

    9. Use your pretty suitcases to store out-of-season items, thus freeing up closet space.

    10. Or hide your ugly luggage behind room dividers.

    11. Store scarves, belts and ties in PVC pipe.


    Available at your local hardware store.

    12. Make cubbies out of paint cans. Use them to store accessories like small handbags, clutches, wallets, or sunglasses cases.

    Tutorial here.

    13. Jewelry can be hung on sturdy hangers or bulletin boards.

    14. Install hooks for umbrellas.

    15. And use your umbrella stand to hold a yoga mat.


    Try rope lights.

    16. Install automated LED lights.

    Simple tutorial here.

    17. Or motion-sensor lights.

    Like these from Phillips.

    18. Buy or DIY closet rods with LED lights.

    See how here.

    19. But don't over-think it.

    Find a lamp that can hang on a wall or doesn't take up much space, like this one from Urban Outfitters.

    20. Add temporary wallpaper.

    Tempaper has great, long-lasting stick-on designs.

    21. Paint your shelves.

    22. Replace the doors with screens.

    23. Or turn your doors into chalkboards.

    Tutorial here.

    24. One rule: No more wire hangers.

    25. Turn your closet into an office.

    26. Put in a full-length mirror.

    27. Or an ironing board.

    28. Or a colorful chair.