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6 Ways To Store Your Stuff When There's Not Enough Closet Space

07/13/2014 11:58 am ET

A bedroom without a closet can seem like a major inconvenience -- and an absolute horror to anyone who loves clothes. But with a little imagination and minimal repurposing, closet-free folks can thrive. The design ideas below might make those of us who are lucky enough to have a full-sized closet a tiny bit jealous.

Display everything on shelves.

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What shoe lover wouldn't want to do this with their carefully-curated collection, anyway?

Transform a nook with a curtain.

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There's no better way to take advantage of an awkward space than turning it into extra storage.

Implement a wardrobe rack.

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A vintage bellhop cart also does the trick nicely. Plus, it's a great way to see what you're working with and plan your outfits for the week.

Employ double duty furniture.

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If you don't have a closet, any real estate you do have is precious. Use ottomans that double as storage cubes. Find a cool, vintage trunk can function as nightstand and store off-season clothing.

Look under the bed.

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While you don't have to go to the extreme of lofting your bed high enough to fit a closet itself underneath, a couple of smaller risers will really give you options. Look for coordinated baskets that work with the room's decor scheme and physically fit in the space.

Repurpose a cabinet or bookshelf.

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If you don't have enough room for a standard dresser, you're not out of luck. Transforming these smaller goods will offer the flexibility you need.

Go for a combination.

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Because nothing is better than having organizational hacks look like an art gallery or high-end boutique...

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