A Simple Trick To Squeeze More Storage Into Your Small Closet Space
I’m keeping it brief today, with sincerest apologies (or not). Only, I was in Chicago last week-weekend, and am currently in the midst of orchestrating a major move-in, and, listen, I am just a little Annie at the end of the day.
Here’s a quick tip that if you already knew you’ll have the pleasure of rolling your eyes at and then you’re welcome for making you feel like a total pro. If you didn’t know it before, prepare to have it make that crucial bit of difference in your closet space.
If you find delight in clothing the south-of-ankle region, you’re probably the owner of a somewhat robust collection of shoewear. Given reality, you may also be the possessor of a closet space that is less than robust.
What’s a feet-aesthete to do?
Rather than storing all your shoes facing the same direction–either all toes pointing out or all heels pointing out–alternate the direction of each shoe within a pair to increase the number you can fit on a shelf. It doesn’t matter whether the right faces out and the left faces in or vice versa, so long as you repeat the same layout for the entire shelf of shoes.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll tell you this tip isn’t a total guarantee. There are cases where, alternate or not, that shelf just isn’t going to comfortably accomodate another Thumbelina-sized slipper. But, in the spirit of hopeful encouragement, I will tell you that more often than not, this little trick frees up the precious inches (inch?) needed to fit that extra pair. And anyone who knows anything about anything will tell you: that extra pair makes all the difference. And also they’ll tell you that my persuasiveness evidently decreases proportionate to my fatigue.
Even if you don’t end up gaining a full extra shoe-spot, alternating the direction of your shoes will allow you to space them a bit further apart. This will make them easier to access, which will increase the likelihood you’ll wear them, so you really can’t lose.
Plus, when you alternate you get the benefit of the dual-angle; party in the front, party in the back–both, at once. What haircut or storage technique can say as much?
Image credits: Glitter Guide, The Coveteur, Lonny, The Coveteur
Annie Traurig was born with the ability to see order through clutter. As a child, she spent playdates organizing friends’ closets and packing their duffle bags for summer camp.
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