How to Install a Closet Organization System

Closets come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is that they’re not big enough. Whether a closet is small or large, we inevitably manage to fill every available inch. As a result, we can become overwhelmed with clutter.

The best answers to this problem are 1) minimizing the stuff we accumulate (good luck!), and 2) installing a closet organization system that will take better advantage of every available cubic foot. The latter is what we explore here—employing a closet organization system to improve closet storage.

The best storage maximizes the use of space and keeps things appropriately accessible. A raft of closet organization systems can do this.

Modular cabinet-style closet organizers can be installed by closet organization pros, or you can go the do-it-yourself route and install your own ready-to-assemble (RTA) kits made of melamine or wood-veneered panels.

Professionally installed systems can be extremely efficient, effective, and expensive. RTA systems are more affordable, and most are relatively easy to assemble and install if you have a few basic DIY skills. Wire closet organizer systems are also relatively easy to install and can be a great answer for some types of organization. A combination of various products is often the best solution of all.

Wire Closet Organizers

The easiest and least expensive path to an organized closet is to buy coated wire shelves and organizers. These come in kits to accommodate various sizes of closet; you can also purchase individual components. The standard shelves are not suitable for holding small clothing items such as socks or underwear, but small mesh wire baskets work well. Such systems are easy to install, inexpensive, and sturdy. Heavy-gauge steel shelves coated with vinyl or chrome stand up to weighty objects and the test of time, resisting the expansion and contraction common with wood shelving units and the sagging or warping that can occur with plastic storage.

In a simple wire shelf organization system, shelves attach to the wall via hooks, and diagonal metal supports affix to each shelf end to provide increased support.Begin by cleaning out the closet. Use a hammer and flat pry bar to remove the existing shelving and rods. Patch the holes with spackling compound and paint before any installation, as painting will be difficult after the shelves are in place.When choosing the best products for organizing your closet, focus on what you want to store. Using a tape measure, check the hanging length of dresses, coats, shirts, blouses, and pants. Then figure out how many lineal feet of hanging rods and shelves you will need to hang your clothes so that they’re not crowded.Plan to put items that you use frequently on open shelves. Top shelves are fine for bulky articles, sweaters, hats, and the like. Make a rough drawing on graph paper, including basic dimensions. This can serve as a map for working out your needs once you know the dimensions of the storage systems you might employ.

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