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by Susie Steckner on Mar 17, 2017

When you are downsizing or moving to a new home, the challenge is figuring out how to get all of your stuff in a new space,” said Dan Moyer Jr., national director of social media for Closet Factory.

Have no fear; if it helps your psyche, you can resist the urge to massively purge. Instead, focus on a closet makeover to create a space that is functional but still fits your style — and your budget. You can mix and match all kinds of organizational components to meet your needs — from slanted shoe shelves and cubbies to adjustable hanging rods and wall-mounted hooks. “It’s about creating a system that works for you,” Moyer said.

Form and function

Whether you work with a closet company or tackle the transformation yourself, you have plenty of options to maximize the space. Before diving in, it’s probably a good idea to visit a closet-organizing company’s showroom or a well-stocked retailer focused on home organization solutions.

“If someone has never seen a closet system before, visiting the showroom might be the way to go. They can really see all of the options,” said Chris Johnson, general manager and designer for Classy Closets.

Indeed, showrooms will show you how to use cubbies to show off a purse collection, drawers that keep craft supplies organized and/or slide-out shelves to keep clothing easily within reach. Even the simplest accessory, such as a valet rod used to assemble the next day’s outfit and accessories, can help you stay organized regardless of closet size.

“No two closets are alike just like no two people are alike,” Johnson said. “You really want to individualize the space.”

Budget and other considerations

You can add functionality to any closet with just about any budget.

First, consider materials. For instance, a system created with crisp white melamine will probably be more budget-friendly than a system made of natural woods.

Next, think about organization and storage solutions. For instance, if you have a large jewelry collection, velvet-lined jewelry drawers may be the best way to keep pieces organized and accessible. Simple hooks, pull-out racks for ties and stacking boxes with lids can be the answer to using space wisely and keeping organized without breaking the bank.

What’s more, small inexpensive changes can pack a big space-saving punch. For example, a low-profile divided tray can neatly store a collection of sunglasses. A slide-out fabric hamper can easily be lifted out when it’s laundry time. If you frequently iron clothes, a built-in ironing board system may be worth the extra cost to save space and make life easier.

If you just can’t squeeze another inch of space out of the closet, think about putting up a slat-wall outfitted with hooks in the same room, Moyer said. You can move bulkier items like hats or purses out of the closet and onto the wall, making it easy to grab and go.

Think outside the closet

Downsizing can present space challenges throughout your condo or townhome, so think beyond bedroom closets, Johnson said. You can transform many spaces using closet systems, from the bathroom to the laundry room to the kitchen pantry.

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