It seems really unfair that we have seasonal wardrobes—tank tops in the summer, jackets and jeans in the winter—but we can't have seasonal closets. I don't know about you, but I feel like I need double the space just to stash my thick sweaters. I want to detach my normal closet from my apartment and tack on one twice its size.
Until LEGO gets into the architecture business, I think we're all stuck with the closets we have. So it's pivotal to make sure they—or any other space in your home you can option for clothes storage—work extra hard with smart organization solutions. And what better place to start than IKEA for some under-$15 bargain finds.
In a drawer, on a shelf, or even on top of the dresser, the SKUBB compartment box ($7.99) can be dropped in to provide a divide-and-conquer strategy wherever it's needed.
If you have a too-tall shelf, don't let that space go to waste. A hanging organizer like the leather-and-fabric KALLAX organizer ($15) turns that dead space into valuable storage for gloves or any other small accessories.
With a couple of temporary hooks and the KNALLBÅGE hanging organizer ($5.99), you can turn the back of a door or a skinny blank wall into a storage opportunity.
You can forge shoe storage on any open wall with this inexpensive DIY idea from IKEA: String up shoelaces between wall hooks, like BÄNGBULA hooks ($2.99 for 2), and nestle your shoes in the space in between.
Or skip the laces and just hang wall hooks for your shoes. You can do it for a single pair or, as IKEA demonstrates, hang a bunch on a rack like the SVARTSJÖN hook rack ($5.99).
Here, IKEA's repurposed their SORTERA recycling bin ($9.99) as a stackable laundry hamper—putting a laundry bag inside each one and labeling them with different wash temperatures. If you don't have the floor space to dedicate to a typical divided hamper, you could do the same. Or just use it to stash seasonal overflow.
Don't underestimate the power of an inexpensive curtain rod. Here, we see that IKEA's $2.49 IRJA curtain rod set can be fashioned to hang and store accessories like shoes, hats, scarves, and belts.
Don't forget about maximizing the sides of your furniture. You can mount one of IKEA's kitchen rails, like the KUNGSFORS rail ($3.99), on the side of a wardrobe or dresser to give yourself the perfect place to set out the next day's outfit (or handle a bit of closet overflow).
If you want to get really serious about outfit planning (or just to remember what you have in storage), try this IKEA hack which turned AVSKILD cork place mats ($4.99 for 4) into a bulletin board. They also used the place mats to create small clothes icon cut-outs to label the drawers.
When it comes to out-of-season gear, stash them away in some simple, affordable boxes like the TJENA lidded storage box ($4.99). You can write directly on the box so you know what's what.