Organizing small closets

The clothing storage is fairly generous in our 5th wheel – yes I just said that, out loud. The three of us share a 5′ wide closet and four drawers. There is a small vertical (hanging) closet where we store our linens and towels.

We all shared one small walk-in closet in our townhouse for several months to prepare for the Epic Mini Life. We had all of our clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, towels, and a few random extras in there and it all moved over to the RV nicely. We actually opted to remove the additional six drawer dresser because we thought we’d prefer a desk in the bedroom as a place to have quiet calls for work. The work area never manifested or at least hasn’t yet. Even still, we don’t miss the space or need it for our clothing.

We’ve gotten rid of a few items along the way and try to adhere to the “one in, one out” rule to keep things manageable. The closet still seemed chaotic even with so little in it. It just seemed stuffed and catawampus all the time so I have been experimenting with the way items are placed to help make it more streamlined. I think I have two neat tips that will solve our cluttered closet problems. Perhaps they will help you as well, even if you aren’t so strapped for space.

Drape everything

Instead of hanging items like “normal,” I folded shirts and skirts in half and draped them over the rod. Two to three shirts can be placed on each hanger. This decreased the number hangers by half freeing up space. Plus, I replaced the tubular plastic hangers with thinner, velvet coated hangers. They help hold the shirts and pants on without slipping off. The before photo doesn’t fully represent the chaos as I had already started the drape method. I like how this frees up space underneath as well. Now I can access the shoe bins without having to tread through Narnia.

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The closet is not quite as deep as a traditional closet. This creates a fun game of jack-in-the-box, where long sleeves and coat arms are shoved in and you try to close the doors before they pop back out! It’s a time bomb, they will be there to greet you next time. However, if you pull the arms to the inside of their shell they no longer spring out to scare girls and boys! As you can see in the before photo I had already started this method as well. I love not being accosted by the outer wear upon opening the door!

The consistent hangers for everything, the drape method and the “arms-in” technique have tamed the unruly closet! Now we just need to finish painting and put the flooring in. I hope this post has been helpful for you! Come back to visit us for more small space storage solutions, frugal meal planning, and tales from the road.

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