text by Alyssa Clough
illustration by Phuong Nguyen
Walk-in closets, while dreamy, are not in every home. Especially those tiny New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. apartments where you’re lucky to even have a closet at all. Often, even if you do land a sweet closet, it might be oddly shaped and annoyingly not optimized for maximum storage. If you’re suffering from unused (and unusable!) closet space, read on for our tips on how to best organize your rods, shelves, bins, and space!
First, identify what you have AND what you need. Where is your empty, unutilized space located? Then, what do you need more storage for? Once you’ve answered both of these questions, you’re ready to start figuring out a solution.
1. If you have a deep closet…
This is the toughest negative space to tackle, but you have a few options to achieve optimization.