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How to Share Space With Your Spouse

A well-split space

Nobody likes to have to dress out of the hall closet. If you’re trying to split a bedroom closet with your spouse, there’s a good chance one of you has had to move into other areas to keep their wardrobe organized. Especially if you’re dealing with standard rod and shelf closets, keeping your and your spouse’s wardrobe organized and easy to access can be quite a chore.

We’re here to share with you one method of keeping your wardrobes organized without having to boot your spouse out of the bedroom closet. If you’re looking for the best way to share your space, a custom closet from Closet Factory will make the most out of any space you have.

Evaluate The Space

The first step is to look at what storage options you have in your home. We want your clothes to be accessible, so focus on closets and cabinets, particularly those with doors or drawers. How many places can you put folded clothes? Hang clothes?

Look at your existing wardrobe storage. How many clothes are in the bedroom closet? How much do you think it could fit while maintaining style and accessibility? If it fits all of your wardrobe but only most of your spouse’s, that can help give you an idea of how it can be divided more equitably.

If you have limited storage options or most storage spaces are not easy to regularly access, we recommend considering a wardrobe rotation like the one we discuss in our last post. This will allow you to make full use of less ideal storage options while retaining the day-to-day convenience you need.

Ultimately, how much drawer and shelf space you have compared to how much hanging space you have is going to determine how you store your clothes.

Evaluate Your Inventory

You’ve probably organized your clothes by whose they are. In order to make the most of the space you have, organize your clothes by how they need to be stored. Clothes than need to be hung can all be stored together, because you and your spouse both know that if it’s on a hanger, it’ll be where the hangers are. The same is true of folded or rolled clothes, fancy and street shoes, etc.

Look at what you’re hanging and what you’re folding. You probably have at least one item hanging that could be folded, and you may have some folded items that really should be hung. Office clothes should generally be hung if for no other reason than to reduce wrinkling.

You may find you have to break your wardrobes down into further categories. The general rule we’re following is to treat your wardrobes as one for now. Once you get them back into the closets, you can put your clothes on one side, your spouses on the other, and make finding what you need far simpler than trying to remember which closet that sweater is in.

Storing Your Clothes

Now you get to fill your closets back up! Talk to your spouse and figure out which items absolutely must go in the bedroom closet. These could be work clothes, both suits and rugged clothes, that are worn daily. Your favorite casual-wear should also go into the bedroom closet. On the other hand, heavy winter clothes can be put somewhere out of sight, while lighter cold- and wet-weather clothes can be kept in a hall closet, ready to be accessed when needed but otherwise out of the way.