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It happens more often than you might expect. You’ve moved into your new apartment or dream house, or maybe you’re off on an extended stay somewhere far away for school or work.

You walk into your new (or temporary) living quarters and look around, only to make a horrifying discovery: you don’t have a closet!

It’s okay! Now isn’t the time to panic. Instead, now is a great opportunity to look into some alternate clothing organization strategies and see just how you can get your bedroom organized without a closet. (Don’t be scared, we’re right here to help!)

 

Get some storage furniture

The first step is to review your surroundings and see what you have (other than a bed and nightstands) to work with. Take stock of any storage options you might have like shelves or clothing tacks, and then work from there—bedroom dressers are always a good call in places like this, so you might just have an excuse to pick up that vintage armoire you’d been eyeing.

 

Look under the bed

Speaking of beds, no bedroom is complete without one (it’s right there in the name!) and you can use this to your advantage. If your bed sits high enough to hold some plastic storage bins or other flat clothing storage boxes, use those to keep less-frequently worn things like dress clothes, seasonal outfits, and the like. (And if it doesn’t sit high enough, a lot of places sell bed risers for exactly this purpose.)

 

Get some shelves

By now you might not have a lot more floor space to devote to this plan, so the next step is to use wall shelving. Keep anything folded up there like shirts, pants, or even shoes (if there’s no room elsewhere for those), and in a pinch you can devote your shelf brackets to a space for hanging clothes like dresses and blazers. Speaking of…

 

Look for hanging space

You don’t have to be a diehard “do-it-yourself” type to make the most of this step—you just need a little imagination. A lot of wall shelves let you slide a bar in between the brackets or hang it off the bottom to simulate the closet racks you might have seen if, you know, you had a closet.

 

Use the door

Over the door storage is a perfect solution for situations like this. Hang something up over the back of your bedroom door for coats, hats, accessories, bags, or anything else that doesn’t fit on your other storage options.

 

Have you ever had to deal with a room that didn’t have a closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you did!

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