How to Organize the Top of a Closet

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

The closet in my daughters’ room has a wonderful set of shelving units that holds all of their current-season folded clothes on one side, and then a hanging bar on the other to hold skirts and dresses. Underneath the hanging bar, I added another shelving unit created from a DIY black grid “kit”, that holds fabric bins where my girls keep their socks, underwear, and other accessories. While it’s true that this black grid system is not necessarily the most efficient use of the space (clearly I could fit 4 bins across if the unit had smaller cubbies), I already own the grid system- so it’s a free solution (which always wins in my book!)

But the challenge in this closet was in storing all of the off-season clothing up on the upper shelving. The shelves were long and too very tall- and since it was just one long shelf without anything breaking up the length- it made it very hard to organize anything that was stored on these shelves. And because of their difficult-to-access location, it made it challenging to fit any sort of bin or organizing system up on these shelves.

And who in their right mind would willingly give up shelves?

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Well as it turns out, I would. I figured out that if I removed the top shelf, I would be able to store 4 large Sterlite bins on the remaining shelf. The clear bins make it super easy for me to store each girl’s off-sesaon clothing (currently packed with shorts and tank tops…. will it ever be warm again?), and when I take it down to switch out the clothing, I will quickly be able to go through and make sure everything fits before storing it on the lower closet shelves. Two bins are for off-season clothes, one bin is for clothing that my youngest daughter has yet to grow into… and one is for precious momentos that we definitely want to keep around, but that we rarely access.

And of course, I had to add labels to my bins…. which I showed you how to do in PicMonkey using this tutorial!

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So while it seemed crazy that this organized Mama would intentionally rip out perfectly good shelving… in this case it was the best way to get the most storage out of the top of a closet!

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3 Responses to How to Organize the Top of a Closet

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    Becky Lowmaster says

    It worked for you and that’s a plus for you. You can maybe use that shelf somewhere else in your house? I use sterlite containers in my closet as well for various purposes. Christmas ornaments, wrapping paper, sacks, tissue paper and ribbon. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon at Momof6 says

      I definitely saved the shelf…. not sure if/when I’ll use it, but you never know! Thanks Becky!

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    Davonne Parks says

    Great ideas for keeping out-of-season clothing close by. Thanks for sharing!


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