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How to Gain More Closet Space Without Renovating

We consulted with closet-design pros from across the country to learn the secrets to creating the ultimate storage unit, no power tools required

No Renovation Required

Illustration by Arthur Mount

We consulted with closet-design pros from across the country to learn the secrets to creating the ultimate storage unit, no power tools required.

Double Up

Illustration by Arthur Mount

You need to dedicate only two-thirds of your closet to hanging rods. To maximize that space, mount two of them—one well above eye level for longer garments and one a little more than 3 feet off the ground for shorter (or foldable) ones. Position both at least 1 foot from the back wall.

Put Small Items in Their Place

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Designate a container (a bowl or bin on a shelf, or a pouch that hangs on the inside of the door) to serve as a catchall for loose change, receipts, or other items that accumulate in your pockets.

Add Guiding Lights

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Closets should be wired for lighting. If yours isn't, use battery-powered stick-up LED pucks, such as Sylvania's Dot-its along the top and under shelves so that you can find what you're looking for.

About $12 for three; lowes.com

Divide and Conquer

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Avoid jumbled piles of folded clothes by limiting shelf stacks to a height of 10 inches and partitioning them with thin bookends, like Highsmith's steel versions.

About $9 each; highsmith.com

Raise It Up

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Only things that can be easily lifted or rolled away, such as suitcases, should be stored directly on the floor; everything else should sit at least 1 inch off the ground to allow for regular vacuuming.