How to Make the Most of Your Home's Closets

How to Make the Most of Your Home’s Closets

While it’s a hot seller’s market right now, prospective home buyers still have their lists of must-have features. The perfect location, an open floor plan, and updated kitchens and bathrooms are all in high demand — as is plenty of accessible storage space throughout.

Well-lit and beautifully organized closets are a great way to add value to your property as well as functionality. 

Whether you’re preparing to sell or you’re there for the long haul, revitalizing your storage areas will help overcome clutter, make your place feel more spacious, and reduce stress. Here are a few hassle-free tips on how to maximize your home’s closet space. 

Fresh and clean closets

The very first step to any closet project is to take everything out, especially things on the floor or the uppermost shelf. Beware of dust! 

A thorough cleaning is your next move. If your storage space is dark, bring in extra lighting so you can examine the walls and floors for any signs of mold, mildew, or pests. Call a professional if you find signs of these unpleasant visitors. 

It’s important to wipe down the walls and ceiling with a cloth or sponge and if needed, a small amount of gentle cleanser. This Old House offers a detailed guide on how to conquer this chore without harming your paint. 

What’s the flooring situation? Is it carpeting that’s seen better days? Repeat vacuuming may do the trick, but you can also make a solution of salt, borax, and white vinegar and use a steam cleaner to destroy dirt and odors.

Keep, toss, donate

Now it’s time to focus on the things you brought out. For pantry items, keepsakes, clothing, shoes, and all of the other miscellaneous items that a household collects, use the “keep, toss, donate” method and divide everything into three piles.

Throw away obvious garbage and recycle any old papers, boxes, metal, or glass. This includes ripped or stained clothing, old magazines, greeting cards, and other unwanted or non-recyclable materials.

Keep the things that bring you joy, as Marie Kondo would say, such as precious family heirlooms, pictures, useful tools, supplies, holiday decorations, and favorite wardrobe bits.  

Have a selection of empty boxes ready for donations. Check with charities in your community to see if they are requesting gently used toys, children’s clothing, coats, and clean linen. You’ll be surprised at the amount of stuff you had packed away that might help those in need. 

Evaluate and measure your closets

Now that you’ve got a blank canvas to work with, you can create a plan for your new storage layout. 

Once you can clearly see how much stuff you need to put away, you can determine if you should invest in some organizational accessories such as shelving, hooks, baskets, cabinets, or even a table or rolling cart, if the closet is large enough.

Take measurements so you know exactly how much square footage you have to play with. What is the main purpose of this area? Do you need more permanent lighting?

Does your pantry, hallway reach-in, or guest room closet have a high ceiling? This overhead space is ideal for things you don’t need all the time, like seasonal clothing, bedding, and decor, stored in clear plastic airtight bins. You can also mount sturdy hooks on the ceiling for stowing bags, luggage, and sports equipment.

If you’re lucky enough to have an enormous master bedroom walk-in, you may want to consider consulting with a custom closet company. These professionally designed upgrades can transform your previously messy space into a magazine-worthy movie star retreat.

Or keep it simple with some easy DIY bookshelves, fabric baskets, and additional hanging rods

Kids and kitchens

Children’s closets can frequently become disaster areas with an overabundance of outgrown clothes, old homework, and general chaos. Removing the closet doors will give you more space and get airflow moving, which assists with eliminating odors. 

Open shelving and wire baskets make it easy to find the things you need quickly and help control clutter and trash. For your pantry, specialized racks for cans, spices, wine, and other cooking supplies enable you to control inventory and cut food waste. 

Lots of light is crucial in any closet upgrade, but especially for keeping both kids’ closets and kitchen pantries neat and organized. However, many closets aren’t wired or only have one hard-to-reach fixture. Energy-efficient LED lights are available in many battery-operated or rope styles that are inexpensive and long-lasting. 

The best closet for your child is one that adjusts as they grow. Spring-loaded hanging bars and movable cubbies will put their clothes and necessities within easy reach.

Make it your own

You can transform your boring closets into useful and attractive features of your home by personalizing them as you would any other room.

Paint the walls a vibrant shade. Add a bold rug as a focal point or bring in some of your favorite patterns. If you remove the doors for a more open look, give your revamped closet space some flair with artwork, low-maintenance plants, or colorful glass lamps.

You can renovate every closet in your house with these nearly effortless ideas, a little time, and a very reasonable budget. Any room in your home will feel more spacious and on-trend with a superbly organized and visually appealing storage space.

Your neighborhood experts

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned real estate investor, Baird & Warner gives you much more than any app or robo-agent can. With over 150 years of experience in the Chicagoland market, we offer a full spectrum of services for both buyers and sellers.

You deserve a partner with in-depth local knowledge who’s passionate about pairing you with the perfect property. To learn more about how we can help, reach out today!

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