Monday, November 7, 2011

Make Your Closets Look Larger. Here's How.

The great thing about a closet is that you can shut the door (or at least you should be able to!) because people don't go peeking into closets when they stop by to borrow some butter.

But, when you're selling your house, all bets are off.

You know what the first thing people will do when touring a home.

They walk into a room is slide open that closet door to see whatcha got in there.

They're gauging whether or not everything that they've got is gonna fit in there.

Closet and cabinet space can make or break a deal for house hunters, so my challenge to you is to make some space in your closets to make them every home owner's dream: spacious and organized. 

No matter which closet is your biggest obstacle, I have a few easy solutions that could just leave you wondering what to do with all of your extra closet space.

Answer: leave it clear for your buyers' imaginations!

Here are the common closet problems and three solutions for each.

If your linen closet is overflowing

Store one extra set of bed sheets in each bedroom.

Fold clean towels neatly on a shelf in your laundry room.

Put the extra blankets to use by draping one neatly across the foot of your bed.

If you lack space for cleaning supplies

Keep a small cleaning caddy under a bathroom sink.

Place every item in the room it is intended for: extra laundry detergent in the laundry room, dish soap under the sink, garbage bags in the bottom of the trash can.

Create a small space for a broom and dustpan combo next to your washer or dryer.

If your coat closet is jammed

Hang a row of hooks in your entry to catch backpacks and purses.

Pare down the coat selection to two coats per person, and either part with the rest, or put them in a space saving bag out of site until the move is over.

Keep hats, scarves, and other small items in a box on the shelf.

If your pantry is out of control

Stop buying in bulk. Unless you have abundant and well organized basement or garage storage, it might be worthwhile to put your bulk wholesale membership on temporary hold. Nothing shrinks a cupboard like an over-sized supply of food and paper goods.

Empty prepackaged snacks out of their boxes and use a few large plastic or glass containers to organize the snacks.

Double your shelf space with a few risers to stack things like cans or spices.
Assigning a purpose to each closet simplifies things. Family Circle photo.

 If your bedroom closets leave something to be desired

Invest in slim space-saving hangers.

Get into the habit of rotating your clothes seasonally so that half of your clothing is out of site at all times.

Add additional storage, such as a free standing drawer unit, or a double-hung closet rod.

If you are the secret owner of a "junk closet”

Inventory the contents and define a purpose for the space. Then, find homes for random items that do not fit with the purpose.

Prepare yourself to part with infrequently used items. It's not called a "junk closet" because it's filled with your most beloved belongings, now is it?

Hide odds and ends in pretty storage options that unify the space rather than draw attention to its hodge podge contents.
Once the contents are under control, each and every closet is automatically going to seem larger. You can proudly leave your closet doors open and let the compliments roll in!

You'll find plenty of other tips for staging your own home in my $4.99 eBooks. You can download now and start planning your homestaging immediately. 

Top Photo: Real Simple

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