For most people the ideal closet is the size of a room with ample space to hang clothing, lots of shelves to tuck and stash away things – a place where you can walk around and assess all your personal belongings.
In reality, most people's closets fall well short of this ideal. And few of us stop to consider the full potential of the closets we do have – tiny as they may be. To understand their true potential, take a good objective look inside the closets you already have – and the empty spaces that could be turned into closets or cupboards.
Closets are not the sort of thing most of us like to face. By their very nature, they invite us to avoid them. As long as the living space looks good, what's inside the closets doesn't really matter. It is said that both home and self improvement often start with your closets. The more effective and organized your closets are, the more effective and organized you feel.
The main things to consider when organizing your closets are budget, space and lifestyle. Even the tiniest closet can be maximized, and not necessarily at a high price.
Also, the contents of a closet don't necessarily have to fit the contents of a room. A hall broom closet can be turned into a pantry; a kitchen nook can be turned into a place to hang a wardrobe.
And you don't have to just hang things in closets. You can add shelf units, baskets, bins, or whatever fits, to store things in. Consider an air plane, a boat or a mobile home, where space is at a premium. Storage spaces are found above, below and to all sides of furnishings.