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13 Ways To Make Your Room Without A Closet Work

13 Ways To Make Your Room Without A Closet Work

We’ve all been there. You rent an apartment, maybe a studio, that is less than ideal but perfect on the budget. Unfortunately, sometimes that apartment has a bedroom without a closet. Don’t be discouraged! There are many ways that will keep your place organized and looking like it’s straight out of “Better Home And Gardens” magazine.

1. Buy An Armoire, Chifferobe, or Dresser

Dresser

    This is an obvious and simple solution to the problem room without a closet. Head to a thrift store, a resell shop or a big box store and find something that fits the space and your taste. If you can’t stand the thought of having your clothes out on display for the world (read: your friends) to see, this route is your best option.

    2. Make Or Buy A Clothes Rack

    clothes rack

      Clothes racks are a wonderful thing to have in your room without a closet. Whether it’s one you’ve made (there are so many tutorials for doing this on the internet) or simply one you’ve bought, clothes racks are a great asset to a room without a closet.

      You can go all out and create more space by adding a shelf on the bottom. This serves as a great way to display your shoes and give them a place at the same time. Or you can go all out and get one with multiple hanging levels. The options are endless. It all depends on what works for you and what you need.

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      As an added bonus, these things have become pretty trendy lately. Talk about a win win.

      3. Create A Wall Hung Organizer

      Hanging Clothes Rack

        This may sound pretty daunting if you’re not exactly the “do it yourself” type, but it doesn’t have to be. Create a hanging clothes rack pretty much anywhere in your apartment and or room. It’s as simple hanging two strong ropes or chain down from your ceiling and using them to hold a pole in place. Clothes rack not quite your thing? Just hang a chain along the wall and hook your clothes hangers into the chain. Viola! You not only saved space, but now your beautiful pieces of clothing double as art. Do you have a lot of scarves? Try hanging a curtain rod on your wall and drape them along it. Now you can enjoy your beautiful scarves any season!

        4. Raise Your Bed

        Ikea Bed Riser

          A simple, classic trick to adding more space to your bedroom. Bed risers can be bought in many places and for different heights. Buy some storage containers and store your out-of-season clothes, shoes or anything else you may not have a spot for under your bed.

          5. Or Better Yet – Loft Your Bed

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          lofted bed

            By lofting your bed, you open up a lot more floor space to get creative with. You can use that space to create a closet, an office space or anything really. You can build your own or you can buy one, but just make sure you give yourself enough room to sit up in your bed!

            6. Create A Faux Headboard With Your Clothes

            clothes rack headboard

              It may not be the best Feng Shui, but it is definitely an in interesting look. If it’s too much for you to see your clothes all the time, just hang some fabric across and disguise your wardrobe.

              7. Build Your Own Shelves

              Crate Shelves

                Whether it’s vintage crates, wooden boxes or just a simple plank of wood, building your own shelves creates a lot of additional space. Hanging or stacked, they’re a great spot to place pants, shoes, books – whatever your heart desires. Paint them in accent colors to add a little fun pop to your wall, or paint them in the same color of your wall to make them a little more seamless.

                8. Hit Up The Antique Market And Get Yourself A Trunk

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                wicker trunk

                  A decorative bench or a trunk add for a touch of flair to your room and a lot of storage. A great place to keep your out-of-season clothes or shoes. You could also use shoe boxes and turn it into a smaller, makeshift dresser.

                  9. Get A Room… Separator

                  room divider

                    A folding screen adds a lot to a room without a closet. By dividing the room and providing a disguise to your wardrobe, they create the feeling of having a closet while helping to prevent the mess, often hidden behind closet doors, from being seen.

                    10. Re-purpose A Ladder

                    ladder

                      Granted, this would work best for children’s clothing, but it will create a unique look either way. Use a wooden ladder and hang clothes, scarves, or belts off the rungs or use it as a way to cover…

                      11. Build Your Own Shelves

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                      shelves

                        Hang some shelves on various levels to display odds and ends, create a home for your shoes or simply a place for you to put your pants. You could even go so far as to install your own clothing rod under the shelves and create a custom sized closet. You can get as advanced or as elementary as you want! Display your clothes (and craftsmanship) proudly or…

                        12. Cover It Up

                        Curtain Closet Cover

                          Not everyone feels their wardrobe and personal items should be on display, so if after following a step above you feel a little exposed – cover your closet. It’s as easy as getting fabric! Just pick up some curtains and rods or make a cabana. With a little bit of sweat, your wardrobe will have a place to call its own.

                          13. Did You Luck Out With A Nook? Great! Use It!

                          closet

                            If you were lucky enough to find a place with a small nook in the room, use it to your advantage. Use any of the ideas above and create the closet of your dreams.

                            Featured photo credit: Eliot’s Room/Amy Gizienski via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on October 30, 2018

                            How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                            How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                            What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                            To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                            All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                            There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                            With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                            What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                            1.Think big.

                              From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                              “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                              There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                              Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                              Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                              Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                              Instead be ambitious.

                              2.Find what you love to do and do it.

                                From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                3. Learn how to balance life.

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                                  From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                  “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                  All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                  If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                  However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                  If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                  In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                  To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                  4. Do not be afraid of failure.

                                    From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                    “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                    There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                    Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                    His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                    He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                    Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                    Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                    5. Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.

                                      From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                      “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                      This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                      It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

                                      If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

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                                      Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                      6. Be a person of action.

                                        From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                        “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                        Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                        Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                        When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renissance era Italy, we think of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

                                        Or think about the present day:

                                        Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                        You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                        All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                        Applying this to you?

                                        Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                        7. Avoid conflicts.

                                          From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                          The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                          The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                          People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                          This is key to good leadership.

                                          It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                          But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                          What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                          As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

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                                          8. Don’t be afraid of introducing new ideas.

                                            From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                            “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                            It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                            Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                            If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                            9. Believe in your capacity to succeed.

                                              From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                              “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                              Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                              It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                              Keep dreaming!

                                              10. Always maintain a positive mental attitude.

                                                From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                11. Don’t let discouragement stop you from pressing on.

                                                  From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                  “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                  It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

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                                                  When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

                                                  Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                  If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                  Take a look at these 5 Ways to Stop Self Doubt in its Tracks.

                                                  12. Be willing to work hard.

                                                    From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                    “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                    You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                    Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                    True success comes from work.

                                                    You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                    Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                    13. Be brave enough to follow your intuition.

                                                      From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                      “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                      In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                      If you strongly believe and desire something, the chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                      It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                      Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                      Final thoughts

                                                      What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                      Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this:

                                                      How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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                                                      • Ray Zinn — An inventor, entrepreneur, bestselling author and the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley

                                                      Featured photo credit: Ryan Wong via unsplash.com

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