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How to Gain More Closet Space Without Renovating
Closet space is a luxury, but you don't need a walk-in closet or plan a major renovation to make smaller spaces work. READ: 37 Easy Ways to Add Storage to Every Room ThisOldHouse.com consulted with closet-design pros from across the country to learn the secrets to creating the ultimate storage unit, no power tools required.
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Double Up

You need to dedicate only two-thirds of your closet to hanging rods. To maximize that space, mount two of them—one well above eye level for longer garments and one a little more than three feet off the ground for shorter (or foldable) ones. Position both at least one foot from the back wall. READ: TOH Guide to Garage Storage
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Put Small Items in Their Place

Designate a container (a bowl or bin on a shelf, or a pouch that hangs on the inside of the door) to serve as a catchall for loose change, receipts, or other items that accumulate in your pockets.
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Add Guiding Lights

Closets should be wired for lighting. If yours isn't, use battery-powered stick-up LED pucks, such as Sylvania's Dot-its along the top and under shelves so that you can find what you're looking for.
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Divide and Conquer

Avoid jumbled piles of folded clothes by limiting shelf stacks to a height of 10 inches and partitioning them with thin bookends, like Highsmith's steel versions. Highsmith.com, $9 each
(Illustration: Arthur Mount | ThisOldHouse.com)

How to Gain More Closet Space Without Renovating

Closet space is a luxury, but you don't need a walk-in closet or plan a major renovation to make smaller spaces work. READ: 37 Easy Ways to Add Storage to Every Room ThisOldHouse.com consulted with closet-design pros from across the country to learn the secrets to creating the ultimate storage unit, no power tools required.

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