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Friday fashion: Making the most of your closet space

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Making the most of your closet space is always a struggle on move-in day. Dorm rooms do not have a ton of closet space and some apartments are closet-less. Having too many dressers takes up space and doesn’t leave much room for creative decorating. So here are some ways to use up every inch of what you’re given to make your room fabulous and functional.

Hanging closet rod

These gems are absolute lifesavers for many dorm rooms and small closet spaces. Since one rod is usually not enough space for all your shirts, pants and dresses, this will give you twice the rod space. Try to find one with an adjustable string so that you can tailor it to fit your needs. You also want to find one with an adjustable rod so that you can use as much or as little of your lower closet space as you want -just don’t forget to leave room for boots and shoes.

Hanging shoe racks

Depending on what kind of shoe rack you invest in, this portable shelving unit can hold sweaters, handbags or pairs of jeans. Trying to make the most of shelf space in a closet can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a ton of room to work with. Think about how often you use certain items in your closet. The clothing you use less frequently, put in the harder to reach places while keeping your everyday clothing at eye-level.

Rolling clothing racks

Think in terms of a fashion warehouse. If your room doesn’t come with a closet, rolling racks can be a fun and innovative option. The grungy warehouse look of the racks brings a new look to your room and your clothing. You’ll feel like you’re shopping for a new outfit every morning. Make sure to look for racks with lockable wheels to avoid having your portable closet roll away.

Stackable bins

Bins are a great way to keep small accessories, electronics and beauty products from getting lost in the black hole that is sure to become your closet. If you’re worried about people seeing your mess through clear plastic bins, opt for cloth bins that fit into a small shelving unit to keep your closet looking clean and pristinely organized. You’ll have all your friends fooled!

Temporary hooks

Hooks of all shapes and sizes are essential for any college closet, but drilling holes into the wall to put them in can cost you a pretty penny on move-out day. Opt for temporary hooks that stick to the walls for worry-free clean up. Hang bags, towels, belts and scarves on hooks to keep them in your sight and off the floor.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking an expert at any home improvement store is always a good way to go. They will be able to tell you about all the latest inventions to make your closet college-ready and affordable so you and your parents will feel better about all those suitcases you brought with you.

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