Wardrobe Closets Help Organize

by Matt Goering

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Wardrobe closets are nothing new when it comes to providing extra space for hanging and storing clothes. They have been a fixture in homes for hundreds of years, and they come in a wide variety of styles, everything from more traditional wood wardrobes to cheaper, trendier wardrobes made of composite materials, to built-in wardrobes and closet organizers. Whatever your needs, there's a wardrobe storage solution out there for you.

Stand Alone Models
C.S. Lewis made the stand alone wardrobe closet a legend when he made a traditional, antique, solid wood wardrobe the gateway to Narnia in his book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You're not likely to find a gateway to another world in the back of most wardrobe closets, but you will find an attractive, sensible solution to small closets and too many clothes.

You can find these beautiful pieces of furniture, which most often provide a place to hang clothes as well as a set of drawers, at just about any quality furniture store starting at a few hundred dollars. If you're not into antiques or heavy wood furniture, look for more modern closets available on the market. Several more trendy furniture manufacturers offer contemporary styles, often with options such as specialized racks for ties, skirts, pants and shoes that you can mix-and-match to customize your wardrobe to fit your specific needs. If you just need a place to store clothes in the garage or basement during off seasons, there are less attractive stand alone wardrobes made of cloth and cedar that will do the trick and keep the moths away as well.

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Don't Want More Furniture?
While stand alone wardrobes are an easy and effective solution, many homeowners either don't want a huge piece of furniture cluttering up their bedroom or simply don't have room for them. The truth of the matter is that the reason most closets fill up so quickly is that they're not organized for optimal space usage. If your closet is jam packed with clothes hanging on odd hooks and there are shoes littering the floor, look into having closet organizers installed in your closet before making a major furniture purchase.

Organizing consultants, interior designers, and specialty closet organizers and installers are available for your consultation and can provide organizing solutions that you never would have thought of. Here are some possibilities:

Sliderobes are essentially closets that you can have installed in your bedroom without undergoing any major construction. They consist of sliding doors that are installed along the length of your bedroom, creating a storage space behind which you can store clothing and other wardrobe items. Far from a quick fix, sliderobes are very attractive, with a variety of door styles available (including mirrored doors, screens, bamboo, and other options). And since they are installed by companies who specialize in organizational strategies as well, you're not just buying doors, you're purchasing a full closet organizing system.

Closet organizers are systems of shelves and racks that you can have installed into your pre-existing closet. You'd be amazed how much difference these can make once everything has a place to go. To get the most out of closet organizers, it's a good idea to consult with a professional organizer or interior designer. They are up on all the most cutting edge products and strategies and will be able to provide you with a tried and true plan to solve all your closet organizing needs.

The short and fat of it is you don't have to put up with that stuffed and cluttered closet any longer. Whatever your situation, there's an answer to your wardrobe storage woes out there somewhere.

Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.