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
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.
Follow the links below to learn
ideas for these types of closets: