5 expert tips from local designers to maximize your closet space


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Small closet? No problem. (Riley Campbell / Bham Now)

Wish you could make your closet bigger without calling in a construction crew? For tips on how to maximize small closet space, we reached out to Senior Designer Miki Matsumoto with Closets by Design. Here’s what we learned.

1. Learn to let it go

When you open your closet, do items fall out and crash to the floor? Or do you have to fight your way through loads of junk to find what you’re looking for? It’s a common problem—especially with small closets. 

To turn your closet from mess to Pinterest-worthy success, you’ll need to set aside some time to remove unnecessary belongings and free up some space.

Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

“Turn on Netflix and watch The Konmari Method. It’s a great way to learn how to let things go.”

Miki Matsumoto, Designer, Closets by Design

Get organized with Closets by Design! Schedule a free in-home design consultation online or call 205.777.4000.

2. Master “the fold”

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Get your fold on. (Closets by Design)

To hang or to fold: it’s the classic closet debate. When trying to maximize closet space, which should you choose? According to Miki, it all depends on the item and size of your closet. 

Here are three clothing items you should fold for better closet space and why:


Whether you own two pairs or 10, jeans are one clothing item you’ll likely find in most everyone’s wardrobe.

Why you should fold them:

  • They are durable, hold their shape + are easy to fold.
  • They can be stacked on shelves or inside drawers.


When cooler weather rolls in, clothing items get bigger and bulkier. While sweaters are great for warmth, they can make closet storage tough.

Why you should fold them:

  • They will stay in better condition + keep their shape.
  • They will fit neatly on a closet shelf or inside a drawer.


As many jeans as you own, you likely own double the amount of T-shirts. With limited closet space to store them, folding your T-shirts may save the day.

Why you should fold them:

  • They can be stacked on shelves or inside drawers.
  • Want to avoid wrinkles? Rolling your T-shirts is another way to “fold” them like a pro and save space.

3. Roll with the seasons

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Dedicate your closet to a specific season. (Closets by Design)

If you’re like me, your closet houses all of your clothes, mixing all the seasons together year-round. If your closet offers meager space, consider rotating your clothing with the seasons. 

“You don’t need sweaters hanging in your closet when it is 95 degrees outside! Pack up these items and move them to another location like the garage or attic until you need them again.”

Miki Matsumoto, Designer, Closets by Design

4. Use the right containers

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Small organizers are key. (Closets by Design)

I find the toughest part of organizing is figuring out how to best store small items. Instead of shoving all of these items into a box, Miki has a better solution.

“Use baskets, stackable containers or drawer dividers to organize small items on your shelves like belts and scarves.”

Miki Matsumoto, Designer, Closets by Design

5. Give the illusion of more space

Wave your magic wand—it’s time for the ultimate illusion. Here are some easy ways to make your closet appear larger:

  • Add lights
  • Hang a mirror on one wall
  • Keep the floor clear
  • Install a sliding door

For all your closet, storage and organization needs, Closets by Design can help. Schedule a free in-home design consultation online or call 205.777.4000.

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