Closet Organization: 47 Expert Tips for Getting It All Together
Published in 10.14.2021
Now may be the best time for you to get your closet organization systems in order as we transition through the fall season.
Those who have a tendency to procrastinate on organizing their closet, may eventually become overwhelmed and just give up. One reason you may not have begun organizing your closet is due to a lack of inspiration. Or, you may have no idea of where to begin. Fortunately, I have you covered.
Keep reading to explore 47 closet organization hacks and how to use them now. Moreover, I'll cover additional frequently asked questions organizers may have to help ease you into your new project.
What Will You Need to Organize Your Closet?
To organize your closet system, it would be best if you had the following:
- Clothes hangers: it's going to be difficult to hang your clothes if you don't have any clothes hangers.
- Storage bins: baskets will work too; it depends on what type of style that you want to aim for; however, containers will work well to give you the most storage space.
- Bags: if you end up getting rid of any clothes, you will want to use bags to store them
- Closet organizers: office organizers, shelf dividers, drawers, and whatever else you can get your hands on to maximize your area for hanging clothes and storing accessories.
- A creative mind: you don't have to have the most creative mind in the world; however, it would be best to think outside of the box when coming up with additional ways to maximize existing space and repurposing things that you already have.
- A closet designer: if you don't want to deal with closet organization yourself and have some investment money laying around, I recommend paying a professional closet organizer to save you time and make the most of your results.
You may also want to consider investing in additional organizer accessories like a shoe rack or two, hooks specialized for what you want to hang, and a set amount of time each day dedicated to your closet project.
However, throughout this piece, I will cover some do-it-yourself (DIY) closet organization ideas. That way, you don't have to spend a fortune to develop a closet system where you can easily find your clothing.
47 Creative Ways To Keep Your Closet System Organized
If you're looking for closet organization tips and tricks, you're in the right spot. Keep reading for more closet storage ideas than you can think of to create the best closet for your needs.
1: Use Your Room's Corners. Every inch of your room or closet serves a purpose. However, many people who take on building a closet system fail to consider corners. So, what do you do from there?
First off, get yourself to the store and invest in some corner shelving to get started. Moreover, you could add corner stools into the mix. That way, you have somewhere to sit and additional storage for bags underneath your seat. These are usually easy to install as well!
2: Deal With Out-of-Season-Clothing. Do you have space under your bed? If so, you have more opportunities to organize your clothing. If you find yourself with out-of-season clothing, I highly recommend storing it in rolling crates or plastic organizers.
However, if you're living in a humid place, you may also want to consider investing in vacuum bags to prevent mold from eating at your clothing while they're in storage. With less to manage in your closet, you will have a lot more room to work with.
3: Declutter. The best way to get yourself started with organizing your closet is first to declutter. Empty your wardrobe, closet, shoe rack, and everywhere you have your clothing, accessories, and whatever else. Afterward, take a bit of inspiration from Marie Kondo and determine what clothing sparks joy. Otherwise, you could figure out what you never wear or plan to wear.
Finally, it would be best if you organized your clothing into different baskets or bins. For example, one storage basket could be for stuff you want to keep, and the other baskets could be for things you want to donate and sell.
4: Find Other Ways To Store Bulky Items. You can either approach this with a DIY attitude or reuse existing organizing accessories around your home. For instance, if you have an extra shoe organizer laying around, they can act as storage for more than just your shoes.
You can also roll bulky clothing like sweaters and store them in these organizers that way. You don't have to deal with your clothes wrinkling or saggy shoulders.
5: Pick the Right Clothes Hanger
If you want your clothes to treat you well, you should consider returning the favor to them. While you could simply pick up a bunch of free wire clothe hangers, those will eventually damage your clothes. For instance, they will cause the shoulders to sag.
Consider satin hangers. They have contoured padding, they're padded with fabric to prevent your clothing from slipping from the hangers, and they come in various colors. Using these allows you to protect your clothing and help create an elegant closet.
6: Shelf Dividers Are Your Best Friend. Do you want to utilize every inch of space in your closet? Shelf dividers help you do so. With these organizers, you can stack your clothing on separate shelves rather than on top of each other, which may lead to piles of clothes that'll eventually topple over you. Moreover, these organizers present you with an opportunity to transform your closet into a display.
7: Invest In a Mirror. Do you have a walk-in closet? Great! You have a lot of options to assemble a station for when you get yourself ready every morning. Here are some ideas: you could move your dresser inside the closet and position a mirror on top, or you could mount a mirror on the wall and put a bench in front of it. That way, you have somewhere to sit.
Are you out of luck if you do not have a walk-in closet?
Don't worry. Even if you have a small closet, you can still set up a mirror inside and open up space. However, if you have a lot of clothes to deal with, you will need to find ways to fill the rest of the space in your closet.
8: Protect Your Purse's Handles. You may have invested a lot to get your hands on your purse, so why not make it last? You can either invest in hooks specialized for your purse, fold your handles, store them in plastic while your handbags aren't in use, or take a DIY approach.
If you have an extra hanger rod and shower hooks lying around, you don't need to throw them out. Instead, consider hanging your purse from these hooks. That way, you won't eventually find misshapen handles.
9: Baskets Will Add Additional Style to Your Closet. Adding baskets to your closet doesn't only give you the potential to provide you with a chic style, but they also enable you to store your loose items.
10: Place Jewelry and Fragrances on Trays. Remember what I said about creating a station for whenever you get ready? You can take it to the next level by making your jewelry and fragrances easily accessible. Do this by adding either one or multiple trays or small containers on top of your dresser and placing your jewelry and fragrances inside. They'll add style and ease of accessibility.
11: Manage Your Shoe Storage. You may find that shoes can be one of the trickiest items to store. You can either add shelf dividers, place them placed on top of each other, or install more shelves to your closet.
12: Utilize Vanity Drawers. You can use vanity drawers to house accessories that you regularly use. These include wallets and jewelry.
13: Clear Your Floors. If you don't want to trip over your clothing, keep your floors clear of any clutter. With this extra space, you could add dimension to your room with furniture like an armchair.
14: Your Closet Can Double as a Display. Do you want your wardrobe and closet system to look dazzling like retail boutiques? Install floating shelves to your wall, and you could house items like shoes as decor.
15: Create a Jewelry Wall. Take a DIY approach and prevent tangles by building a custom jewelry organization wall. A setup like this will also make it easier for you to access your jewelry.
16: Organize By Occasion. Consider organizing your clothing by when you will use them. For instance, going out, garment type, season, and whatever other occasions you can think of.
17: Utilize All of Your Wall Space. Are you out of closet space? No worries. You can use brackets on your wall and floating shelves as other places to "display" items that you can't fit inside your closet.
18: Double Your Closet Space With a Rod. You can add a lot more space to your closet by installing another hanging rod. However, these work best if you have mostly shorter clothes.
19: Coordinate Your Colors. To quickly find clothes to coordinate your style with, organizing your clothes by color will make it a lot easier to find what you need.
20: Use Modular Shelving. Modular shelves give you a chance to display pretty items that you can't fit inside your closet. Moreover, you can adjust this space so you can fit the most stuff possible.
21: Consider Clothing Racks. If you have a small closet and no other way to pack it with more items, you can use clothing racks as an extra place to store your clothes.
22: Pair Office Organizers With Your Organization. You can get creative with office accessories such as file dividers to house wristlets, clutches, and other jewelry to give you more table or vanity space.
23: Weave a Curtain Into Your Design. If you don't want to install more doors to exposed spaces, curtains act as an elegant way to hide exposed closet space.
24: Position Your Rods Higher on the Wall. Hanging your rods higher on the wall allows you to double your storage space for shorter clothing.
25: Hang Rails for Heels. You may find heels to be difficult to hang. You can mount hang rails for heels on your walls or doors to optimize your space and prevent toppling heels.
26: Use Clothing Dividers. A creative solution to knowing what clothing fits a particular occasion is to use a clothing divider.
27: Consider Using a Boot Organizer. Are you having trouble storing your boots? Do you notice that they topple more than you want? Invest in a boot organizer to prevent them from doing so.
28: Repurpose Closet Space. Use closet space for more than just clothes. For instance, with a kid's closet, you can also double it as an area to house books and toys. Organizer accessories like over-the-door hangers will help you tidy your child's closet.
29: Expand Your Closet Into Your Room . Do you have an extra room? Who needs a small closet when you could create a walk in closet!
30: Stash Hampers . If you don't have an area dedicated to laundry in your laundry room, hidden hampers prevent you from piling your floors with clothes.
Related: Our post on laundry closet ideas.
31: Opt for Clear Acrylic or Glass Shelves. If you don't want to use labels to show you what's where you may want to consider using acrylic or clear glass drawer fronts and shelving. These clear materials will make it easier for you to see accessories when you're getting ready.
32: Use Over the Door Organizers. You can use over-the-door organizers to house items that are usually difficult to fold, like belts or scarves. At the same time, you're utilizing any space between the inside of the door and your hanging clothes.
33: Mindfully Place Long and Short Items. Not all garments are the same. Some are long, while others are short. Consider this when planning on where to hang clothing in your closet. That way, your longer garments don't drag against the ground and collect germs.
34: Lazy Susans Can Prevent Needless Digging. Do you have many beauty products that you store on your dresser or inside your closet? Instead of digging for what you need, using a lazy susan can save your shelf space while making it a lot easier for you to access your items.
35: Use Space at the Top of Your Closet. If you find yourself with extra space at the top of your closet, you're not using all of your space. You can either add additional shelving or shelf dividers to house items that you don't use much.
36: Consider Task Lighting. With all of these hacks that you'll be using to make the most of your closet space, it may be harder to see stuff. If you don't want the lighting to take any additional space, recessed lights are the best way for you to go.
37: Use All of Your Vertical Space. Do you notice any bare vertical space in your closet system? Use this opportunity to fill it with hooks that can organize extra scarves, neckties, belts, and purses.
38: Get Creative With Sunglasses Storage. All you need to store your sunglasses is a frame, wire, and some DIY.
39: Consider Bypass Doors. If you don't have much room to move around inside and outside of your closet, using bypass over swing doors give you a lot more wiggle room.
40: More Doors. If you have exposed space, consider adding more doors if possible. That way, you can hide your clothing and make your closet (or room) feel more open and less crowded.
41: Add More Shelving. You can never have enough shelving. More shelving along with shelf dividers gives you the most space possible to store clothing and baskets.
42: Use Reusable Labels To Keep Track of Everything. Are you using baskets? Or do you have clothing dedicated for certain occasions? Using reusable chalk labels doesn't only add a splash of style to your room, but it also makes it, so you'll know what's what without having to think.
43: Use an Island for More Storage. Using all of the closet's space means using "all" of it. For example, a closet island or dresser, stool, or whatever else you have in your home can act as an area where you can fold your laundry and as additional storage. If you want to take a DIY approach, you could craft a hidden laundry hamper under a table and use it as a laundry station.
44: Don't Forget About Drawer Organizers. You don't have to deal with unorganized drawers anymore. Instead, get yourself some drawer organizers to divide your clothing. They'll prevent clothing from collapsing on itself in your drawers and make everything a lot easier to find.
45: Use a Dresser. Do you have the funds to get your hands on a dresser? Excellent. If your closet doesn't have built-in dressers, I highly recommend measuring the space under your closet's shelves before you shop for one, so you can get a dresser that you can store underneath to maximize space use.
46: Use a Soda Tab to Double Your Closet Hanging Space. Do you or someone you know drink soda? Before you throw out those cans, consider this DIY approach to organizing your closet.
First, you'll want to wind off the tabs, sand the sharp parts, and clean off any sugary residue. Afterward, you can use them to double the amount of hanging space in your closet by hanging them from cloth hanger hooks. These allow you to group clothes, making it easier to find what you need and giving you more hanging space.
47: Start With a Clean Slate. The easiest way to pursue a tidy closet starts with closets that are empty of all your clothing and accessories. Doing so gives you a chance to, first off, deep clean your closets. Afterward, you can decide whether you want to paint your walls a different color to fit the style of your room or make your closet look more extensive.
From there, you will have a blank canvas, which allows you to have way more flexibility with organizing your closet. Don't forget to combine this tip with our earlier tip of decluttering. That way, you'll have less to deal with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Keep reading to explore what others had asked before they began organizing their closets.
How Do You Organize a Low-Budget Closet?
You can organize a low-budget closet by taking advantage of storage hacks that I've covered throughout this article. Moreover, you may want to invest in additional storage bins and other organizers.
How Do I Organize My Custom Closet?
To organize your custom closet, you will need to first declutter and donate or sell anything you don't need. Afterward, you will want to take a DIY approach and install additional rods in your closet to ensure none of your hanging clothing touches the floor.
What Is the Best Way for Me to Organize a Small Closet?
The best way to organize your small closet is to explore small closet organization ideas. While I believe that investing in additional organizing tools will manage a small closet the best, DIY solutions may offer an alternative to organize your small closet better.
How Do You Make a Small Closet Look Bigger?
If you want to make your small closet look more prominent, you can do the following to make it look like you have more space:
- Reserve an area in your closet for jewelry: also add a decorative mirror, and you'll have a glamorous closet.
- Buy more shelves: this will give you more storage options, a closet kit will provide you with the best results.
- Aim for matching baskets and bins: it will tidy your closet and make it look bigger.
What Color Makes a Closet Look Bigger?
White or off-white paints and wallpapers act as the best color that will make your closet look more extensive. Why? Because lighter colors will brighten your space and not make it feel as closed in as darker colors.
Whether you have a small closet, large closet, a room as a closet, or anything in between, you now have an arsenal of tips and tricks to store everything you own and make it look good while doing so. Moreover, I have gone over various walk-in closet organization ideas to make the most of your space.
If you can, I highly recommend investing in additional closet organization tools to make the most of your space.