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Designing Closets

Closets serve a specific purpose: they provide an out of sight storage area for items we want to be able to quickly retrieve (or at least faster than the time it takes to get stuff from the basement, attic, local storage center, or all-too-good friend's or relative's house). Keeping with this, we imagine that closets should be the empty rooms pictured in the closet organizer ads, but we also know that in reality they are the tightly packed, box on sagging box, disarrayed, off limits to guests, black holes of our homes.

It's not as hard as you might imagine to make your closets more efficient, and the payoff in convenience as well as neatness is great. Designs for a "real world" closet recognize the fact that few people have an extra rooms in their house to dedicate to being closets, and even if we did, they would soon fill up and we'd still need more space.

The challenge of closet design is to optimize the trade off between the use of space (best done by packing the closet like a moving truck) and the freedom of access (where items are neatly displayed like a retail store). Shoes and suits have a different set of requirements than your baby pictures; consequently, the designs for closets should vary with the type of stuff to be stored there.

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