Although most of your storage potential depends on the size of your space, a bare-bones closet should have the following, according to Clea and Joanna:
- Extra sets of sheets
- Extra towels
- Toiletry items, especially toilet paper rolls
- Bins and labels to easily sort and identify each category
Everything else — from extra pillows, blankets, and spare toothbrushes to hair straighteners and phone chargers for guests — are optional.
And as for those must-have bins?
It’s all about picking items that are practical and fit the dimensions of your space. “If your shelves have extra height, you want to choose something stackable,” they said. “If your shelves or drawers are extra deep, pick a bin with depth. Once you determine what makes the most sense, then make a selection that matches your aesthetic. Some people prefer natural materials to clear plastic, or opaque to transparent.” Bottom line? “The style of the bin should always come second to the function.”