02 Nov 5 Bedroom Closet Problems (and Solutions)
No matter how big (or small) your closet is, you’re liable to come across a number of different problems – with organization, with access to your clothes, or even (dreadfully) with moths. We’re going to look at five of the most common problems people have in and around their closets, and some of the most efficient ways of tackling those problems. Ready? Here we go:
Too Much Clutter
This is probably the most common problem of the five – we don’t bury the lede in our blogs. There are a number of ways to tackle this problem, so let’s start with the most obvious.
You may, as much as it pains us to say, have too many clothes. You’ve almost certainly heard of the Marie Kondo method, but in case you haven’t, here’s a refresher. You’ll sort all of your clothes into piles – opting to sort by seasons is a really good way of going about things. Then, you’ll hold items close to your chest, and if they don’t spark joy (i.e. make you feel something special), then you should get rid of them.
It’s worth noting that there are other considerations here – you still want to be able to put together great outfits – but it’s a good place to start. You might find some things that you obviously don’t want, from trinkets you’ve hoarded to shirts you haven’t worn in decades. Get rid of old junk.
You might also try to employ a number of storage solutions, from purchasing a shoe rack and storing your shoes in another part of the home, to buying over-the-door hooks.
Finally, if you’ve tried all of the above options and still find you don’t have enough space, it may be worth it to look into a custom-designed closet to suit your needs.
Not Enough Light
Light presents an interesting challenge when it comes to closets. Optimally, you’d want to install a light fixture so you can really get a good look at what’s in the closet. The problem is that fabric hanging near the ceiling and light fixtures hanging from the ceiling are one heck of a fire hazard.
The solution? Buy a battery-powered, easy-to-affix, LED light. You can even find LED closet rods if you’re looking for a 2-in-1 solution. You can find LED strips, pucks, and motion-sensing varieties of both, so no matter what size or shape your closet is, you can illuminate it safely.
You Can’t Find Anything
More often than not, it’s pretty easy to find clothes that are on hangers in your closet – it becomes even easier when you add lighting like we discussed above. The things that are folded in your closet, on the other hand, can be a bit trickier to sort.
There are a couple of potential solutions to this problem. One of the simplest is to simply add labels to your shelves. Short sleeve, long sleeve, shorts, pants – you get the idea, and you can get creative. When you’re folding up your clothes, simply put them in the appropriate spots.
In a similar vein, some people have items stored in bins in their closets. These bins should be labelled, and, perhaps even more importantly, they should be transparent.
Things Are Hanging Loose
This problem is probably the simplest to fix. A lot of folks buy dollar store hangers, thinking all hangers are equal.
They’re not. Dollar store hangers are worth what you paid (per hanger), and your clothes will almost certainly fall off of them. They’re plastic, and they’re not designed with appropriate divots.
Instead, opt for wooden hangers with divots or rubber stops at the end. You won’t break the bank, and you’ll never again be greeted with the horrible sight of all the clothes you just hung up, scattered across the floor.
You Have Moths
Well, that’s unfortunate. If you have moths, you’ll want to call an exterminator. You’ll also want to be sure to seal any off-season clothing in airtight, transparent containers. Be sure to clean your closet regularly, wiping it down and vacuuming it. If you choose a cleaning service for your home, add closet cleaning to their service (if they don’t include it automatically). You can also deter moths using things like cedar sticks.