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no closet? no problem. 3 fixes for a closet-less apartment

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

Moving into an apartment in New York City without a closet is a common and very annoying issue. There are a few different ways to deal with it but before you make a decision, there are a couple of questions you should ask yourself.

1.) How long do you plan to be in this space? Is this a one-year lease or do you plan to be here for the long haul?

2.) How much money do you want to spend? There are less expensive options that will work and look fine and more expensive options that will work and look great.

Once you’ve answered those questions, here are 3 suggestions for how to fix the problem:

1.) Inexpensive – try an Ikea armoire or wardrobe, they’re relatively inexpensive and they do the trick. Plus, many come with a full-length mirror on the front, which solves a second common problem. The only drawback is that Ikea furniture doesn’t usually travel well so this is most likely a one-time use situation.

2.) Moderately Expensive – Build an Elfa wall closet from The Container Store. It comes off the wall and if you keep it neat, it can look really nice and be very functional. Plus, you can move it to your next space.

3.) Expensive – Build a closet, which would involve some light construction and if you’re renting, you’d have to have your building sign off on it. If you’re in a space permanently, and you want it to feel that way, this is your best option.

I’ve had clients try all three of these options and it really comes down to how long you’re going to spend in the space. The longer you’ll live there, the more money it usually makes sense to spend. The main point is that not having a closet is not the end of the world, there’s always a fix!

Try my tips and tricks above and let me know how it goes! You can email me at and follow me on Instagram @toritheorganizer.


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