Who has enough closet space? I know I don’t! And I’m not a
clothes horse, either. I do have a lot of bicycling clothes and coats though.
So does my husband. In our house we share just a single 8-foot wide “reach-in” closet in our bedroom.
With additional shelves above the hang bar and shoe shelves
below, our closet is more efficient than many, and we do pack a lot in there. And we do have other closets in our house.
Here are some of our strategies:
If there are two of
you and one closet, divide the available space in half and respect it.
or make a natural divider in the closet. In ours, the hang bar has a bracket at
dead center, so we use that. The nice thing is that neither of our hangers can
slide past the bracket into the other’s space.
If you’re using a
handy on-line closet design system, like this one from Elfa, design two closets,
each in half the space of your full closet.
I found these automated designs
often divide the available space in thirds, which is a hard way to divide
anything between two people.
If one of you has a
lot more clothing than the other, and there is plenty of space, talk to each
other about a dividing line that is not a perfect half.
If you’re the one
with more clothing, realize your spouse or partner is giving up his or her
rightful ownership to half the space even if it is completely obvious you have
more stuff. Make sure your partner has enough space, take what is left, and if
you still need more space, either rotate your clothing seasonally into another
closet or get rid of some of it.
Decluttering is never
a bad idea.
Keep things you don’t wear out of the main closet space, and
donate it if you haven’t worn it for more than a year. Trust me, unless it’s a
very special item, you won’t wear it again. Ever. If you have less stuff, you’ll
have more space for the stuff you actually do use.
Maximize your closet
space with extra shelves or a closet organizing system.
My house has a lot
of original clear fir shelving in all the closets. I would not be happy about
removing it, so I added a full-width shelf with cubbies above the existing one
and at the floor for extra shoe storage instead of installing a full closet
system. Plus, I added a bunch of hooks at the back of the door on my side for jackets,
robes and sweatshirts.
“His” and “Hers”
closets work, too, if you actually have them.
In most houses there is only
one closet per room but if you’re lucky you have two. Draw straws or discuss
who gets the big one if they’re not equal. If one is big and the other is tiny,
use the small one for jackets, linens or sporting goods, and split the big one
Usually it’s pretty obvious what to do, but talk about it if
it’s not. How does it work at your house? Let us know!
Labels: closet organization, closet storage ideas, Closets-to-go, sharing a closet