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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

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 September 20, 2018

                            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                            1. Breathe

                            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                            2. Loosen up

                            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                            3. Chew slowly

                            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                            4. Let go

                            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                            It’s not. Promise.

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                            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                            5. Enjoy the journey

                            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                            6. Look at the big picture

                            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                            Will this matter to me…

                            • Next week?
                            • Next month?
                            • Next year?
                            • In 10 years?

                            Hint: No, it won’t.

                            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                            8. Practice patience every day

                            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                            Final thoughts

                            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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