Finding the perfect apartment is an almost possible task, especially if you want to stay within a budget. Most of the time, the main thing missing is enough space, and that often means that a reasonably sized wardrobe can’t be part of the deal. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and find a way to keep your clothes neat and organized, which is exactly what an open closet is for. At first it might seem like the opposite of tidy, but open closets and wardrobes can certainly be trendy and practical interior design assets. If you’re ready for a challenge, here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Declutter First

The main reason you need to set up an open closet is that you probably have more stuff than you can fit within a limited space. The main challenge is to keep everything organized and not let it get out of hand.

Have you ever seen those staged closets on Pinterest with their four (surprisingly) matching dresses, 2 pretty pairs of shoes and a stylish hat? Yes, that is totally realistic, isn’t it! Well just in case you have more clothes than that, you might want to consider taking another look at your belongings. Figure out what you actually wear and then donate or sell the rest. Not only will this make your wardrobe look better but it will be easier to keep it neat and tidy and not let disorder rule.

If you’re up to decluttering and re-organizing every season, which is highly recommended, you can put your out-of-season clothes and accessories in a storage unit and leave your closet with even more space to breathe.

2. Maximize the Space

If you’re opting for an open closet, then you’re not afraid of taking some risks. Don’t hesitate to go beyond the space an actual closet would take up and use the vertical space above and below to add baskets with clothes or accessories. Since everything’s out on display, you shouldn’t feel restricted by space. The only challenge is to keep it organized, so feel free to arrange it any way you want, as long as it stays efficient and looks good.

If you have any stylish-looking suitcases that you won’t be using very soon, store your less-used sweaters or out-of-season linens in them and arrange them nicely in a spare corner of the room.

3. Organize Smartly

The key to enjoying an open closet is to keep it functional. Find a system that works for you and fits your personal needs and then design your wardrobe according to that.

For instance, you can organize your clothes by season, by frequency of use or by level of formality. If you choose to reorganize your wardrobe every season, put your out-of-season clothes out of the way and keep only what you’re using at that moment. Another option is to store the most-used items at eye level so that your morning routine will be quick and efficient.

4. Harmonize the Colors

With an open closet in plain sight, you want to make sure your bedroom remains aesthetically pleasing. The perfect method for keeping it stylish is to pay attention to the colors of your clothes. You probably have items of many different colors in your wardrobe, but placing them chaotically will lead to a visual mess, so you must unleash your inner designer and arrange them by color.

If you have too many multi-colored shirts, hang them in a range from colder to warmer colors. If your dressing style is more minimalistic, keep the whites and light colors separate from the blacks and darker colors. Apart from looking more beautiful, you’ll be able to see your clothes more clearly and you’ll be able to pick your outfits more easily.

When it comes to the rest of the room, try to keep it as simple as possible, because the open closet will probably steal all the attention. Let it be the centerpiece of your bedroom and be as monochromatic as possible when you’re designing the surrounding area.

5. Improvise Unconventional Décor

When an open closet is done right, it can accessorize your space and become the main statement of the room. We all know that saving space is a prime consideration nowadays, and that is why you’ll always have to think creatively and efficiently. If you don’t have enough space in your closet for your hard-to-store accessories, you can double up their purpose as decor. Take the extra special pieces that you love, such as beautiful bags or unique hats, and show them off on some stylish stands. Have some fun and let your pretty accessories have some well-deserved attention.

Setting up an open closet can be a fun DIY project and if it’s done right it has only benefits – it keeps the clutter under control, looks nice, and assists the morning routine of choosing an outfit. Consider the advice above and design your own open closet.




Diandra is a creative writer for RENTCafé.com. With an academic background in English literature and linguistics, Diandra has a strong passion for real estate. She covers a variety of topics, from marketing trends to entertaining articles about urban development. When she’s not catching up on the latest real estate deals, she’s usually busy traveling, reading, or learning new languages. You can get in touch with Diandra via email.

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