What do you do when you don’t have a closet? This becomes especially important a question to answer when you are renting or live in a PMQ. Many of the PMQs were built with little to no closet space, or have odd add-ons, none of which seem to have been planned-out very well at all. It’s not like you can dig into another room’s space to add a closet, and what do you do if simply need more storage in a limited space?
Sounds like you need some closet solutions for PMQs and rentals.
A great option – as long as you don’t have kids or cats – is hanging curtains around the space you want to use as a closet, will help to close it off. Use as much of the space as you need, and then hide your mess behind the curtains! Floor to ceiling curtains will help to draw the eye upwards and make the ceilings feel higher (which will minimize the fact that you just blocked-off part of your room.) You can use a set of curtain rods and store-bought curtains, buy tracked rods for the ceiling, or make your own version with shower rods and drop cloth. What ever works for you!
Rolling clothing racks are actually quite useful. I bought one for our PMQ before we had our bedroom dresser to deal with all my clothes. It was incredibly helpful to see all my clothes laid-out, and it added quite the array of colour to the space as I got to artfully arrange my clothes, shoes, and accessories just-so. You can buy them at a couple of price-points at your local Canadian Tire, Walmart and Target. A fun way to trick them out would be to spray-paint them gold or brass, and change up the wheels (frame permitting) for something fun like castors or furniture wheels (many different kinds available at Home Depot).
Turn your bedroom/guest room/space into a walk-in closet! This is really on doable if you have zero children…unless you live in a massive house and can close them off into their own wing. Hang shelves on the wall to hold shoes an accessories – the odds and ends that can’t be hung – place hooks on the walls. add a hanging bar, so on and so forth. If you have the time and space to create a boutique feeling in your bedroom, go for it! Go for the details: vases to hold jewelry, a hat stand for some fascinators or headbands, apothecary jars for your lipstick and brushes. I would totally do this if I didn’t have a man sleeping in the same room. DH loves me dearly, but I don’t think he would settle for a boutique bedroom… not yet.
For pure practicality and ease, you could invest in a bookcase system that allows for baskets or drawers. Use them for socks, undies, bras, t-shirts etc. stuff you wouldn’t want to hang or necessarily fold. Or you could acquire a hutch or cabinet of sorts and use it to display collections like shoes, purses etc.
Having large rubbermaid bins dedicated to seasonal wardrobes that you can easily identified and stored in the basement, is also the safest way to store clothing you don’t want to purge and can’t keep in your limited closet space. Most of our basement is currently taken up with large bins full of army kit, sports gear from sizes past, and coats. When we have a house to call our own don’t think I won’t have turned a room in my house into a space like this!
How would you handle a room with no closet?