Since I have a large huge wardrobe and limited space in my flat, I have had to be creative in how I store my clothes. Here are five handy tips on how to store different types of clothing:
The cheapest and easiest way to store shoes if you have a large collection is in regular Billy bookshelves from Ikea. They are cheap, easy to assemble and take a lot of shoes each. They come in different colours, heights and widths, and with a top extention that adds another two shelves. You can also buy as many loose shelves as you’d like to fit in all those ballerinas. If you have smaller shoes that fit inside the shelves, you can add chic glass doors.
After struggling with a heap of entangled belts in an old hat box, I hung all my belts by their belt buckle on a hook rail/coat hanger. Several belts fit on each hook, so you can probably fit your entire collection on one or two hook rails. If you need two, hang them one above the other. Behind the door is a great place, as they are out of sight until you need them. If the belts have loose loop keepers, store these in a pretty container within easy reach. NB: Delicate belts with fragile buckles should not be store this way, as they might get scratched. Keep those in a pretty box.
Clothes on deep shelving
Deep shelves where you can stack clothes two layers deep are very hard to work with, as you never see the clothes in the back. You usually end up spending a lot of time searching for what you want to wear. Ikea Pax and other wardrobe solutions have drawers that can be installed in your existing wardrobe. I use the Ikea Pax drawers and these pull out quite far and let you see what is at the back of the drawer. You will loose a little wardrobe space with the drawers, as they are slightly narrower than the shelves and can’t be stacked as high, but this is a small price to pay for actually seeing and wearing all your clothes. Ikea’s drawers come in different coloured wood with a glass or wood front in two different depths and three different widths.
Out of season clothes
When you live in a smaller flat you need to make use of every inch of storage space, including under the bed. While there are plastic containers with wheels that fit under the bed, these tend to have limited storage capacity. I use the zippered plastic Dimpa bags from Ikea for my out of season clothes. When filled, they fit perfectly underneath the (my) bed, keeping the clothes dust free. The handles and long zipper also make it easy to pull the bag out and retrieve any piece of clothing that I would like to wear. They cost Nok 39 (£4) each.
While some suggest storing sunglasses in a drawer, either on display or inside their cases, I for one don’t have a drawer to give up for these items. Since I love pretty cardboard boxes — they are useful as well as pretty to look at — I bought a large one from Søstrene Grene to store my sunglass collection. The box sits open by the front door, so I can easily grab a pair on my way out.