Open Closets: Bringing Visible Order to Chaotic Rental

ace of space, tammy strobel, closet, storageHave you ever considered bringing your closet into the open?

The concept of open closets has been popping up all over the internet. I love this idea, especially for small spaces. It's a great way to display your beautiful wardrobe and it's a fun design idea. This might not be for everyone, but it's something to consider. Especially, if you're tight on storage space and live in a pre-war apartment building.

Many older apartment buildings were designed before built-in closets became standard. And that can be a big problem if you live in a little apartment. If you lack standard closet space there are a number of options to store your stuff out in the open. A few ideas include devoting a portion of a wall to storage, using a freestanding rack or converting a shelf to storage space.

Let's look at a few creative closet ideas:
Whitney's IKEA Wall Unit
Whitney, her husband, and their little pup live in a 300-square-foot apartment in New York City. To keep their clothing and office stuff organized, Whitney purchased an IKEA wall-organizing unit. She says, "It is home to our desk, extra closet space and storage. It's the central hub of our home and small business. Without this unit, things would probably be a bit more chaotic."

Laura's Convertible Closet: Laura lives in a beautiful 250-square-foot apartment and is a profession organizer. She doesn't have a standard closet in her teeny tiny apartment. Instead she created a convertible closet that fills one wall of the bedroom. Laura's "clothes and shoes are not behind a closed door but are as beautifully displayed and on view to all who have access to her bedroom."

I hope these two examples inspire you to bring your closet out in the open and to keep your clothes well-organized.

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free and Smalltopia.

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