Trick out your closet situation
If you’re lucky enough to have a closet (congratulations!), installing some shelving inside of there is also an ideal storage solution. “Whether you’re going to The Container Store or Home Depot, it’s easy enough for under $100 to do what you need to do,” Mellen notes. If you’ve got a bunch of stuff you don’t use often, like guest linens or seasonal items, put those on the highest shelf, and add door hangers and a hanging shoe rack for extra jacket and small item storage. Lowenheim recommends the hanging shoe rack for storing shoes, belts, sunglasses, gloves, and other small accessories. For clothes that need to be hung, Mellen suggests the thin, felt Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers for saving space.
You can access all those high shelves using an apartment-appropriate ladder, like this Ultraslim Aluminum Step Stool from Williams Sonoma. It folds to be 1¾in thick and can easily be hung on the wall or slid between the oven and refrigerator.