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Organizing Tips for Closets

We tend to store too much stuff in the closet without realizing. Don't delay. Pull out and check everything inside today. You may find something you don't need to keep or otherwise something that means a lot to you.
Be ruthless and purge things you've forgotten for years and therefore don't really need. Take preventive measures against damage from moisture or insects on the things you find precious before putting back in the closet.
Humidity and heat levels easily go up especially in the closet, depending on the season and the layout of your home. The thing is, you might want to use a self storage (trunkroom) service to store guest bedding you use only occasionally, different season-appropriate bedding, and objects of memory, for your peace of mind.
But there are a variety of trunkroom services out there, some of which come with a lot of moisture and mold, so watch out for them. Choose the right―fully climate-controlled and well-maintained trunkroom facility, and take advantage of it freely as “another closet.”

~Don't you keep any of these (in the closet)?~

  • Mysterious cardboard boxes you've never opened for many years
  • Bedding for future guests but you have no idea when they come
  • Packaging boxes for home electronic products occupying unnecessarily lots of space
  • Brand-new linens and towels that have already yellowed
  • Clothes you haven't worn for years

Top 3 Closet Storage Tips

1.Divide the storage space “front” and “back”
If you store things in the closet with a certain depth without careful consideration, you will have trouble when you want to pick something in the back of the space.
Put things less frequently used in the back, and things more frequently used in the front.

2.Use storage accessories appropriate for each space: “upper space,” “lower space,” and “top shelf (or storage space above the closet)”
Select the right organizer or accessory perfect for the space: For the lower space, use clothing storage drawers or those on castors. Steel racks, shelf organizers, and closet racks/shelves are more useful in the back of the upper space, and storage bins with handle are perfect on the top shelf.

3.More importantly, don't put too many things
Your closet has a much bigger space than you think. The more you put things in it, the more likely you will forget what's inside. Store things moderately, and use up to 80% of the whole space for ventilation purposes.

Various tips on closet storage

~On basic futon/bedding storage~
With its low humidity, the upper section is the best place to keep futons and bedding. If there is ample space, it is easier to just store futon and bedding as-is, but you can also compress them in vacuum packed bags if space is limited. Compressing down comforters is no good, however, as it would damage the feathers, causing the shafts of the feathers to break.
If you have futons and blankets that are for guests, or that you only use seasonally, the wise choice would be to skip compressing them in vacuum packed bags and instead, store them in trunk room storage space. This will free up plenty of space so that you can store more and more of the various things that you use all the time and the things that you usually just leave lying around, which in turn will allow you to tidy up your room.

When you compress your futons and stand them up in the dead space, you can effectively make use of all your space. It is best to use tension rods to keep the futons in place when you stand them, so that they will not fall over.

These specialized shelves are particularly useful among storage goods made for closets, and you get a set of two for about \1,500. You can find them at a hardware/home improvement store or online retailer. Stack the shelves for storage at the back of the closet, or set them in the front and back horizontally so you can put futon and bedding on top of them.


Various tips on closet storage

~On clothing storage~
Set a tension rod in the upper area and hang clothes on it. Be sure to check the load capacity of the tension rod, because hanging clothes in excess of this capacity could make the rod fall, causing major problems.
If the closet just seems to get packed no matter what, one way around it would be to take bulky seasonal outerwear like down jackets and coats for the winter, or things like formal wear, and move them to trunk room storage. This would free up space so that you can choose the clothes you want to wear everyday with ease.

Set up clothing cases with drawers in the lower area, where you can keep clothes that you fold up.
Some people put these drawers in the upper area, but it is hard to see what you have inside, which in turn increases the likelihood of storing things away that aren't used.

Where did you put your pajamas when you took them off this morning? Surprisingly, a lot of people don't have a particular place where they put their pajamas, putting them on the bed, on a chair, or just tossing them on the floor. It is handy to set out a basket as a temporary place where you can put things like pajamas or knitted garments that you have worn once but that don't need to be washed yet.

~On storage while raising a child~

Set a tension rod in the upper area, and then hang your child’s jackets on it.
The point is to make good use of the space below these jackets, because they are short.
It is best to arrange a group of sets that you can readily access right in the front, such as a change of diaper set, a grab-and-go tote bag set, and the like. You can also keep your child’s naptime futons/bedding here. Put less frequently used items—such as decorations for seasonal festivals, seasonal event goods, keepsakes, and the like—on the uppermost shelf.

Store your child’s toys in the lower area. Spread out play mats in the space inside to create an excellent play area. This space also seem like a secret base to your child, which they will also enjoy. But even those who think “I don’t have a space big enough to create a play area!” should try to create more space by storing less frequently used items such as keepsakes hand-me-downs and the like in trunk room storage space. Even if the space gets a bit messy from playing with toys there, you can just close the sliding door and the room looks tidy—which is a relief for Mom, because she no longer has to constantly say, “put away your toys!”

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