You Don’t Need to Minimize to Open up Some Space – Consider These Closet Tips

We all know the struggle of never having enough storage space. Closets that were once perfectly organized become an abyss of misplaced objects and random clothing that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else. 

You may be considering going the minimizing route, but don’t start breaking out the trash bags just yet. What you need is to determine the different closet types you have in your home and how you can maximize the space they offer. We have some great tips for you, so stick around!

What Type of Closet Do I Have?

It’s essential to determine the types of closets you have in your home before thinking about how to maximize the space they offer. There are three main types of closets found in most people’s homes, so let’s discuss how you can identify which category yours falls into.

Walk-In Closets

These are the most modern closet design, and they’re easily recognizable. A walk-in closet typically has enough room for you to step into it and turn around. Some walk-ins are much larger and look like small rooms, but others are just big enough for you to walk into. 

Reach-In Closets

Reach-in closets typically have a bar for hanging clothes and a couple of shelves or cubbies along the walls. You can’t walk into these closets, but they provide ample storage space, especially when you get creative about maximizing the space!

Linen Closets

As the name suggests, linen closets are generally used for storing linen. They’re typically smaller than a reach-in closet and have several shelves and cubbies but no bar for hanging clothes. 

Maximize Space for All Closet Types

It’s time to get to the good part. Here are some tips for how you can maximize your storage space in every closet type.

#1 Get On The Hanging Organizer Trend

Hanging organizers come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. This is a great way to open up some space in reach-in closets, where the central bar is often taken up by hanging clothes. 

Take down any clothes that aren’t formal wear and don’t need to be hung. Fold up those clothes and put them in the hanging organizers. You’ll still have several cubes left to fill in those organizers that you can use for virtually anything. 

#2 Install Wire Shelving 

This tip will work best in a walk-in closet, especially if you have an empty wall. You can use your closet wire shelving for organizing shoes, out-of-season clothing, holiday decorations, or anything else that you need out of the way. 


The best part about wire shelving is its ability to hold heavy objects. If you have a few hefty boxes of old knickknacks or holiday decorations gathering dust in the bottom of your closet, then this is a great option for you!

#3 Keep Everything Separated With Shelf Dividers

Closet shelves tend to become a catch-all spot for the things people have no other spot for in their homes. Your closet shelves may be filled with seasonal clothes, knickknacks, out-of-season decorations, donation items that never made it to the donation bin, etc. 


The best way to maximize your closet space is to use shelf dividers. These nifty dividers come in all shapes and sizes, so you can grab the exact types you need to help organize your space more efficiently. When everything’s in its proper place and contained, you’ll find that you have a ton of unused space you can devote to storing other items.

#4 Add A Bookshelf In Your Closet

This may seem like an unorthodox tip, but it’s actually a very efficient way to open up some storage space in walk-in and reach-in closets. This is an especially great idea for reach-ins because a small bookshelf should fit right in the center of your closet underneath the clothes hanging bar. It’ll add an aesthetic appeal to your closet and help it look like a more modern closet design.

You can take some items off the hanging rack to fold and place on the bookshelf, or you can unpack those dusty old boxes taking up floor space in your closet and put your old knickknacks on display.

Update Your Closet’s Storage With Harkraft

Here at Harkraft, we want to help you make the most of your space. Whether you need help installing some wire shelving or you want help maximizing your storage in other ways, we can help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.