Repurposed Closet

If you’re lucky enough to have an extra closet in your home, you may be able to repurpose it for something else. Sometimes you can just reorganize in a way that will make closet space available. For example, if you organize your cabinets, you may be able to empty your pantry. If you create a usable entryway and coat storage system, you may be able to convert the coat closet into something else. Open your mind to the possibilities of using a space for something other than what it was intended for and you could find that your personalized spaces are your favorite spaces in the house.

In our first example, we mentioned organizing your closets to free-up pantry space. This may not be as impossible as it seems. If you slowly replace large casserole containers and mixing bowls with ones that nest, you can make a lot of room. A simple rack for frying pans and a hanging space for pots can also make a lot of room. Rather than keep two cabinets full of plastic storage wear, get one set that nests and the lids stack neatly on top. You rarely need more than a couple of these at a time. If you need a bigger one, just use two. If you run out, use plastic storage bags or cover a bowl with plastic wrap. You really don’t need 200 sizes of containers “just in case”. If you get your pantry cleared out, you can use it to store important papers, cookbooks, a bill paying station, recycling center, hobby supply storage, whatever you need.

Storing coats on clothes hangers somewhere other than the coat closet can open up a world of possibilities to you. A rolling garment rack in a spare bedroom or corner of your bedroom can take the place of the cramped coat closet, leaving you that space to help get your entryway under control. Most people rotate between a couple of coats in the winter. The rest are for dressing up, hiking, or just leftover from many seasons ago. Storing most of your coats and just leaving a couple out to hang on hooks or a separate hanging bar by the front door can give you your coat closet for organizing all of that junk that accumulates at the front door.

Figuring out ways to personalize the space in your home will make it easier to keep clean and organized.

About the Author: Charlie Hafter is on the staff of Closet Hanger Factory, a leading online resource for clothes hangers. Get all of the closet and clothes hanger accessories you could need at, which is recognized worldwide for their excellent quality hangers.