Economy of Style Closet, Part II

Today, we complete the two-part Economy of Style Closet series (see part I on jewelry storage).  This post highlights some of the tools I use to maximize the space in my  tiny 43″W x 21 1/2″D closet.  Space is limited, but all my clothes fit in the closet.

Small closet organization, Add-on skirt-pant hangers

Shoe storage, Handbag Storage, dressing room decor

Small Closet Storage Essentials

1.  Huggable Hangers
Earlier this year, I replaced all of my plastic hangers with velvet huggable hangers.  That was a crucial space-saving decision because the slim-design of these hangers allows them to occupy much less space than traditional plastic or wood hangers.  An added bonus is that the velvet surface of these hangers prevents items from slipping off the hangers.

2.  Add-on Skirt/Pant Hangers ℅ Anna’s Linens
Add-on skirt hangers allow me to hang several skirts or pants in the space that a single hanger would typically take up.  This feature is a major space-saver.  I hang similar skirts and pants together (for e.g. black dressy skirts).  Anna’s Linens carries 3 packs of add-on skirt hangers for $3.99, making it affordable to adopt this system, so I stocked up on a few packages.

3.  Bookcase (similar)
Fancy shoe shelving can be pricey.  So, I use an inexpensive bookcase as storage for my shoes.  Whether you choose to display your shoes or keep them boxed like I do, a bookcase is a great option.

4.  Original Shoe Boxes (alternative)
I like the idea of keeping items on display in my closet, but I insist on storing shoes in boxes to avoid having to dust them.  For now, I keep my shoes in their original boxes.  I’ll eventually start phasing in the use of crystal clear shoe boxes that keep the shoes protected and visible.

5.  Chevron Storage Boxes (similar, similar)
These storage boxes are ideal for storing small items like clutches, sash belts, gloves, and knit hats.  It keeps them contained and the box looks decorative on the shelf.

See how my dressing room has changed by looking back at my 2011 post, Organizing a Small Closet on a Budget.

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored in part by Anna’s Linens.  All of the images and opinions are my own.


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  1. Nerd Girl
    December 12, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Do you have a whole room as a closet? Or are the shoes and jewelry stored in your bedroom? I'm confused.

    • December 12, 2013 / 4:58 pm

      Sorry for the confusion. This is my dressing room/office. I'll update this post with a link to the original post on the setup of the room.

  2. December 13, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Wow! You've done a really good job without goint to the expense of custom closets. I have a bit of a shoe problem and not enough storage space so your bookcase idea is a great solution for me. Off to Target this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • December 13, 2013 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks, Mary! Good luck at Target. I actually bought this bookcase at Target. It's that one that's about $30. I couldn't find it online to link here.

  3. December 13, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Love these posts, Pysche! I find it so interesting to see how people make use of their space. I also use a bookshelf for my shoes, and recommend it for clients too, but I do like to have them out of boxes just so I can see them.

    • December 13, 2013 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Dacy! Bookshelves for shoe storage is so amazing, right? Most people I know prefer to have their shoes out of the boxes too. It certainly is prettier that way.