Short on Closet Space? Stock Up on These Storage Must-Haves

Crate and Barrel Fields Natural Storage Cabinet
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Closets are important features in every home; they give you a designated space to store those unsightly products that you don't want out in the open. Plus, they're critical when it comes to organizing your clothes, coats, and linens. Unfortunately, not every home comes with ample closet space—but that doesn't mean that you can't make what you have work for you. With the right storage methods and products, you can maximize even the smallest of cabinets.

It all comes down to clearing clutter first, then adding space where you can. When you don't have enough closets, you need to be strategic about editing down to the essentials and purchasing functional furniture, says Ashley Murphy, the co-founder of NEAT Method. "A great first step is implementing a dresser large enough to hold folded items," she says. "Then consider purchasing a really pretty clothing rack and matching hangers." For linen and utility needs, consider adding an armoire in your hallway.

And then make sure the space you do have is functioning as best it can. "We frequently find that people don't maximize the vertical space in their closets," explains Marissa Hagmeyer, the other founder of NEAT Method. "Try double hanging rod space in clothing closets or implementing stackable shoe racks." If that doesn't meet your needs, consider adding a cubby system. "They can easily be added to closets; then sort items into labeled bins," she says. And don't forget the wasted space above your top shelf. "Many closets also have enough height to implement another shelf at the top." Whether you're lacking a closet, or the minimal space you do have isn't cutting it, the products ahead can help.

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Miracle Hanger

Bed Bath and Beyond 6-Pack Wonder Hanger MAX™ in White
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Maximize your clothing rod's storage capabilities with this hanger, complete with six extra hooks. After you fill them, remove one of the hanging hooks from the rod and watch how quickly six shirts become one as the contraption inverts.

Shop Now: Bed Bath and Beyond 6-Pack Wonder Hanger MAX in White, $9.99,

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Added Storage

Crate and Barrel Fields Natural Storage Cabinet
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This stand-alone storage unit provides extra closed-door closet space (perfect for items that need to be hidden away), but has plenty of air flow, so you don't need to worry about your garments getting musty in the dark. It's also an aesthetically pleasing piece that works across a myriad of décor styles.

Shop Now: Crate and Barrel Fields Natural Storage Cabinet, $2,199,

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Shoe Holders

West Elm Soft Closet Shoe Storage
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Keep your shoes neatly stacked with this soft structured holder, which allows you to make better use of precious vertical space.

Shop Now: West Elm Soft Closet Shoe Storage, $35,

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Closed Shelves

Kartell 3-Drawer Componibili
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Looking for something a bit different for storing smaller, seasonal items? Try this multi-drawer shelf by Kartell. It offers three different levels of storage and a sleek look, to boot.

Shop Now: Kartell 3-Drawer Componibili, $230,

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Separate Spaces

The Container Store The Home Edit Large Drawer
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Take advantage of that space above your closet with these large drawers. They're clear, which means you'll have no trouble seeing what you store inside of them, and they're small enough that they will stack up neatly.

Shop Now: The Home Edit Large Drawer, $29.99,

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Lingerie Chest

Latitude Run "Towns" 5 Drawer Lingerie Chest
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Looking for storage solutions for your smaller accessories? This tiered unit is the ultimate choice. Its five removable drawers provide ample room to tuck away scarves, socks, and more.

Shop Now: Latitude Run "Towns" 5 Drawer Lingerie Chest, $68.99,

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Hanging Storage

Umbra Dublet Adjustable Closet Rod Expander
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If you're short on room for hang-only garments or coats, this extension is for you: It instantly doubles your closet's hanging space. Just remember that it will cut your vertical space in half, so you will not be able to hang extra-long items in the new space.

Shop Now: Umbra Dublet Adjustable Closet Rod Expander, $14.99,

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Hang Your Shoes

Urban Outfitters Metal Over-The-Door Shoe Rack
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Save the space at the bottom of your closet for something else and store your shoes in this over-the-door shoe rack, instead. There's room for 18 pairs.

Shop Now: Urban Outfitters Metal Over-The-Door Shoe Rack, $59,

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Over-the-Door Storage

Umbra Estique Over The Door Organizer
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Step away from the hammer and nails and use this over-the-door storage rack to add more raised storage to a small closet. It can hold handbags, hats, and coats with ease.

Shop Now: Umbra Estique Over The Door Organizer, $22,

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Customizable Shelf

Floyd Home The Floyd Shelving System
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No closet? No problem—try a clothing rack, instead. We're partial to this customizable shelf by Floyd Home, which allows you to create an open-air storage space for your clothing. Best of all? It's easy on the eyes.

Shop Now: Floyd Home The Floyd Shelving System, $695,

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