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Storage Setup Basics

Closets keep up appearances, store things we're not currently using and are just generally helpful. Like anything else, closets can be used with degrees of effectiveness and there are certainly better and worse ways to arrange them. There are several potential points that can influence effective usage of the space. The first point is goals and parameters. Goals for your closet will dictate what you want to do with your closet and parameters dictate what you can do with that space. The second point is arrangement basics. Arrangement basics are the fundamental rules and ideas that govern effective storage usage.

Goals and Parameters

The parameters of your closet are going to dictate a lot. Parameters are factors like the dimensions of the closet, the condition of the space and the location of the closet. Dimensions, obviously, are the first concern; a tiny space may not be the best place for a walk in wardrobe or a pantry. The condition of the space is obviously also important: if you're looking to store food or valuables, you don't want to have to be concerned about the ceiling of the closet collapsing onto the things you're storing. The location of the closet is important as well. The closet's location is paramount, if you're looking to store clothes that you'll need soon, it's less useful to store them further away from where you'll be putting them on. Also if a given floor is more or less likely to accumulate moisture or to be stiflingly hot, that will influence what types of things make sense to put in a closet on that floor or in that area.

The goals for your closet can vary significantly. Factors that may affect your goals are what you need to store, how many closets you have available and your home or apartment's overall spacing concerns. Common goals are the functional and easily accessible storage of clothing, storage of long term supplies, pantries for less perishable foods and the like. Your parameters will influence your goals and your goals will influence your methods.

Arrangement Basics

The parameters of your closet, as previously discussed, will significantly influence the ways you can arrange your closet but there are some ideas and principles that are more or less universal. The first universal truth of space arrangement is being clear. Being clear means understanding what the dimensions of the area are and how much you're looking to store there. The next universal truth is efficiency. Efficiency is using the given space in a way that maximizes the amount you can store there. Using space well isn't complicated but usually involves thinking about angles inside the space, folding or in some way arranging materials to keep it neat and efficient. An example of an efficiently used space is as follows. You want to store 10 pairs of shorts and 30 tee shirts for the winter in a relatively small space. Being clear about the reality that the shorts will likely take up more space will cause you to consider how to use this knowledge to your advantage. Being efficient with the space may mean arranging the shorts in a way to minimize the space they take up, like folding them in half and them rolling them up and piling them up along the back wall of the space. You might then fold the shirts and stack them in front of the shorts so that the shorts don't roll out or unroll while they're in there.

Keep in mind that these are just some ideas about how to use spaces you're using for storage that you can use to be more effective at storing. As always, consider your own circumstances and needs, and do your research when considering how to use your space. Good luck!

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