Rotate your clothing in accordance with the season to reduce clutter and free up closet space. Once the cool weather starts making an appearance, pack your summer wardrobe into storage containers and keep them under the bed, where they’re still accessible. You can also stash “lightweight out-of-season items in suitcases” and hang them on durable hooks attached to the closet door, points out Apartment Therapy. You can also tuck them into the back corner of a closet or under your bed.
This empties the closet for jackets, sweaters, pants and other autumn essentials, which need more room than summer apparel.
Create a Mudroom by the Door
Take advantage of wall space near the entrance of your apartment and design an improvised mudroom for anything that’s haphazardly strewn around the apartment. You may be thinking, I don’t have space for a “mudroom!” But remember, this space, “doesn’t have to be a ‘room.’ It can be an area that you designate for outdoor gear,” suggests Freshome.
Install hooks, shelves or cubbies to store backpacks, shoes, coats, umbrellas, purses, wallets, keychains, sunglasses and other items you need in the morning. You might lack space for an elaborate organization system, but old milk crates or a standard shelving unit are likely all you need. You can even get creative by adding a storage bench, which adds to both the aesthetic of the apartment and solves your “mudroom” needs.