Small Apartment Solutions: Closet Organization!

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I don’t know about you, but closets are one of the hardest things for me to organize! They have a lot of vertical space, which is sometimes hard to use efficiently, and because you can just shut the door on them, sometimes I’m not really motivated to keep them all that clean or organized! But if your storage space is limited like ours (dang small apartment!), having an efficiently organized closet can really help. So when I was given the opportunity to get organized with Rubbermaid All Access organizers from Home Depot, I jumped at the chance!

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization Before And After!

This is the main closet in our living room. It’s wide and shallow and really really tall! To me, the biggest closet organization challenge is to use vertical space effectively, especially if you have 10 foot ceilings like we do. There’s a lot of room in the closet, but if you can’t stack stuff, you’re wasting a lot of space!

This is what the closet used to look like:

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization: Before

Kinda jam-packed, huh? 🙂 The shelf near the top with the closet bar underneath was already there when we moved into the apartment. (There is no closet in the bedroom, so I think this was supposed to be our clothes closet. But I don’t want to have to walk all the way out here just to get dressed in the morning, so we added a closet to our bedroom!) I added the metal wire shelves and wooden shelves to try to make use of the vertical space beneath the shelf, and that definitely helped, but there was still a big “hole” on one side of the closet that was unused.

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization: Before

I put a few buckets of stuff on the ground, but there was still about 16″ of space behind the buckets that was empty, plus all the space on top of the buckets wasn’t being used. And that wood shelf thing is too heavy to slide easily, so it was really a pain in the butt to get anything out of the buckets behind it, especially the bottom one!

When I saw the new Rubbermaid All Access organizers, I knew they were the PERFECT solution! You can open up the side and get at everything inside even when the organizers are stacked!!! And the side is clear so you can see what’s inside without having to write it down or remember which is which. Perfect I tell ya!

So I went to Home Depot, bought four of them, and got right to work cleaning out my closet!

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization

Does anybody else organize like this? The easiest way for me to get stuff organized is to take it all out of the closet (or bookshelf, or dresser, or cabinet, or whatever), put it all on the floor, organize it into piles, and then put each pile back into the closet. No? Just me? Well it takes up a lot of space while I’m working on it, but the end result is a super organized closet!

The first thing I did was fill up my new organizers. One really fun thing about putting stuff in them was realizing that I could open the top OR the side to get my stuff out! So I made sure the stuff near the front panel was the stuff I used most: paint, paint brushes, tape, envelopes and stamps, batteries, and of course, our NERF guns! :-p

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization

Then I moved the wooden shelves over into the unused corner of space and put the Rubbermaid organizers in between the wood shelves and wire shelves. The closet has two sliding doors on it, so you can’t ever actually open it all the way up. But in order to show you how pretty this closet is now, we took both doors off the sliders to take pictures of the whole thing.

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization!

Because the litter box is on the bottom wooden shelf, we have to leave one sliding door open at all times so the cats can get in there. So I don’t even get to shut the door on the clutter in my closet; one half of it is always visible! But it’s so much prettier now that everything is organized.

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization Before And After

Using these organizers in this closet not only cleaned up the clutter and made it much more organized, but it made everything easier to access as well! The organizers stack neatly, and you can still get at your stuff! The lids come off if you want to get in from the top, or the sides open so you can get at stuff from the side! I needed that can of white spray paint for a project last night, and it took me all of five seconds to get it out of the organizer! Before, I had to reach in past the wood shelves, unstack the grey buckets, open the lid, and dig through to find the spray paint, which was always inevitably at the bottom… SO MUCH BETTER NOW!!!

Small Apartment Solutions - Closet Organization

And the best part is the clear, drop-down doors lock back in place when they are shut so you don’t have to worry about stuff spilling out!

I’m totally thrilled with this closet now! Everything has a place, and we can get at anything we need really easily! Now I need more organizers to use in the bedroom… 🙂

If you are looking for more storage solutions and organizing ideas, be sure to check out Rubbermaid and Home Depot on Facebook! There are a ton of great ideas out there!

Disclosure: I received compensation from Rubbermaid and Home Depot in exchange for this post. But these All Access organizers are really amazing! I love that I can store my stuff and access it at the same time, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. carolyn ~ homework says

    11 years ago

    Ooooh – I love getting organized. It’s such a good feeling. Those organizer bins look fantastic!

  2. Kendra @ AProverbs 31 Wife says

    11 years ago

    I love organizing stuff. 🙂 If I’m in the store and killing time, I will often wonder over to the home organization section and dream…. 🙂

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      YES! Me too! I can’t leave a Container Store without spending at least $50 on fun new organizers and stuff!

  3. Paula@SweetPea says

    11 years ago

    I love these organizers and can think of so many ways to use them both my home and classroom. I should go to Home Depot stat before the college kids grab all that are available.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      Haha, go quick! They definitely would have been awesome in my dorm room in college. 🙂

  4. Aly says

    11 years ago

    What a great makeover! Those boxes look awesome. thanks for sharing!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      Haha, thanks Kristine! I don’t mind sharing before photos as long as I have a much better looking after photo to share as well! :-p

  5. Chelsea says

    11 years ago

    Wow! That looks fabulous and they hold so much stuff, don’t they? We love ours, too!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      Yes! They hold tons of stuff, and it is awesome that you can get at it all again without having to unstack or take the lid off to see what’s inside!

  6. jenny@birdsandsoap says

    11 years ago

    I love how all your paint is in one place. I’m jealous!

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