Closet Customization

How about some quick upgrades to the structure of your closet to better accommodate the wonderful new wardrobe you’re going to create?  It doesn’t have to be a full build-out (not that you aren’t entitled to that if it’s your choice).  But just a few simple, budget-friendly DIY tweaks can make a big improvement in the practicality of the storage space.

To improve visibility, remove the ceiling light’s decorative cover for maximum light.  Trade out the old bulbs for new, cooler LEDs or CFLs and get much brighter lighting with comparable wattage.  No more mistaking the black pants for navy in dim lighting.

If rod space is short, create a double-hanging area. Hardware and organizing stores offer options from wire shelves to supplemental bars that hang from the main rod above.  I found this one at Bed Bath & Beyond, or you can make one yourself with S-hooks, lightweight chain and a sturdy dowel.


And while you’re at it, get those flimsy metal hangers back to the dry cleaners to recycle and invest in some nicer quality ones.  Plastic tubular ones are a big improvement for as little as a dime each.  My client Sue outfitted her closet with luxurious options from

My preference is somewhere in the middle… the flat plastic swivel-head style for tops and dresses, the Z-shapes for fold-hanging pants without making a crease and the clamp style for skirts of for pants hung full-length.  (Tip: clamp pants by the hem edge so the weight of the waistband/pocket area will pull out any sit-down wrinkles.)



As you make upgrades to your closet we’d love to hear about them or see pictures.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Karen on February 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

    My closet is extremely small to I get the shirt hangers that attach to each other and 5 shirts can hang in the space of one. Same for skirts and both can be sub-organized by color, fabric, use,. When the shirt or blouse goes in the laundry basket, so does the hanger so when the item comes out of the washer or dryer it goes right onto the hanger, ready for the iron, line outside or closet.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Great suggestions for maximizing a tiny space. And I love the idea of getting the hangers right to the laundry area too. Thatns for adding to the discussion.

    • Katharine in Brussels on February 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Hi Karen, I also grab empty hangers as I take out clothing – less things on the closet rod, the easier it gets.

  2. cptmelissa on February 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Love these short cuts!! I need to turn all my hangers around again. I did that when I moved 3 years ago and got rid of a lot of clothes I didn’t wear the first year. I’m lucky enough to have a closet big enough so I don’t have to change out my wardrobe by season.

    I also love the tip for hanging sweaters. You are so right that what you don’t see, you don’t wear. Now I wear mine!

    Thanks so much!!

    Melissa Miller

  3. Diane on February 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Done and done…

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