31 Tips That'll Finally Organize Your Closet Once And For All

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1. Choose a system to help you decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss.,

If you've read my posts before, you know I'm partial to the ~spark joy~ method outlined in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ($9.69 on Amazon) because it worked for me, and also like the more approachable 20/10 (twenty minutes of work, ten minutes of break) system from Unf*ck Your Habitat ($13.25 on Amazon).

But you can also simply make multiple piles and decide on your own terms what works for you, like Pretty Handy Girl. Or enlist the help of your most critical, honest (but kind!) friend. Or just decide you're keeping everything and organizing it!

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2. Use simple shelf dividers to instantly make an open shelf functional: they keep purses standing up straight, and stacks of sweaters in line.,

Plus they're infinitely adjustable, so you can customize the way your shelf's divided whenever you need to — if you used boxes or baskets, you'd be stuck with that pre-specified width! From blue i style.

Get a set of eight shelf dividers on Amazon for $34.99.

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3. Install stick-on, motion-sensing lights in any dark corners so you actually notice that cute dress that got buried in the back.

Every time you come up to them, they ~illuminate~. What could be simpler or more useful? Get a set of three on Amazon for $13.99.


4. Non-slip flocked hangers can make room to hang more clothes and help you actually see everything you have.

Plus, you'll never have to worry about your tanks or wide-shouldered tops slipping off of them again! Get a pack of 50 flocked hangers on Amazon for $20.99+ (three colors).

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5. And specialty pants hangers let you hang five pairs of jeans while taking up less than half the horizontal space.

If you hung all five pairs on their own hanger, they'd each take up at least half an inch of space on your closet rod, using maybe 2.5 inches total — but layer them on a specialty hanger, and suddenly they take up less than 1/2 an inch! Get them on Amazon for $9.87 each.

6. To hang multiple shirts or blouses, stack the hangers using the tabs from soda cans.

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An oldie but a goodie!


7. Pool noodles help boots stand up straight instead of constantly flopping over — just cut them down and (optional!) wrap them in fabric.

The fabric pretties them up a little. To cut pool noodles, all you need is a serrated kitchen knife! From A Spotted Pony.

Since it's currently summertime, you can probably find the noodles at a nearby store. But in case you're reading this in the dead of winter, worry not! You can still get pool noodles on Amazon, of course: $18.88 for four.

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8. Valet hooks are basically extra rod space in disguise: they stow away flat when you don't need them, but can fit several pieces of clothing when you do.

See how they used them in this itty-bitty closet on Live Simply By Annie. Get similar fold-up ones for $29.69 each, or a set of two that swings flat to the wall for $25.99, both on Amazon.

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9. You can also use a pull-out-style valet rod to help plan your outfit every night before bed.

From Graceful Order. Get a similar valet on Amazon for $15.86.

10. Make every inch of the space beneath your hanging clothes functional by slotting in a multi-tier shoe shelf.

Get this particular shelf with two shelves for $21.99, the shown three shelves for $23.99, or four shelves for $20.99, all on Amazon.

11. Or mount several of those builder's-grade wire shelves upside-down to put all of your shoes on display.

From Epbot. Get 20-inch wire shelves on Amazon for $20.36 each.


12. If you love to collect and wear scarves, shower curtain rings and an over-the-door towel rack make it easy to see everything you own.

And even when you spot one in the very back row that you want to wear, it won't be a pain to disentangle it from everything else. This would work for tank top organization, too! From DIY & Crafts.

Get a similar over-door towel rack for $11.99 and a pack of 12 plastic shower curtain rings for $8.96 from Amazon.

13. Or opt for a scarf hanger that can stash away on your closet rod until the moment you need it.,

Because of COURSE there's a specialty hanger for scarves. Get it on Amazon for $9.87.

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14. You can also hang your belts from shower curtain rings.

Then, you can either hang them directly on your closet rod or on a smaller curtain rod, as Live Simply By Annie did here.


15. Or, of course, on a hanger made especially to organize belts...that some reviewers use as a space-saving tank-top station, instead.,

Because who said you HAD to use a closet organizer the way it was designed to be used?

Whether you're hanging belts, ties, tanks, or some other random thing, get it on Amazon for $8.55.

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16. A lid rack's the easiest way to stack your favorite clutches or wallets so you can always find the perfect one to match your outfit.

From Fabulous Fashions for Sensible Style. Get a similar rack on Amazon for $13.86.

17. If you have a t-shirt collection, fold and stack them vertically in a drawer so they take up less space and you can see every single one of them.
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18. BTW, a folding board makes the process a thousand times faster and neat as can be.

Step one: lay the shirt out flat on the board. Step two: quickly flip three panels. Step three: enjoy your immaculately folded shirt. Get one on Amazon for $19.99.

19. Repurpose shoe boxes as drawer organizers for other folded items, like yoga pants or all your white t-shirts.


20. And keep all of your small items like bras, tights, and underwear in precision order using divided organizers.,

A place for everything and everything in its place. Get them on Amazon for $13.87.

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21. Stretch a length of chain between pushpins or nails to make a quick and elegant earring organizer on a cork board or on a small stretch of bare wall.

22. Give every pair of sunglasses you own a designated place using clear Command Hooks.

From Graceful Order. Get a pack of seven clear oval hooks on Amazon for $9.99. (More curious about the bracelet organizer? Get something similar on Amazon for $24.95.)

23. Instantly multiply your hanging space with an adjustable-height double-hang rod that takes basically zero effort to install.,

It can also help young kids reach and choose their own clothes. Get it on Amazon for $17.99.

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24. Make use of *all* the vertical storage you have — if your built-in shelves don't go high enough, layer small shelves on top so every bit of space serves a purpose.

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From Apartment Therapy. Get a similar shelf (to what they use in the top of the closet) on Amazon for $17.99.


25. Outfit the back of your door with baskets, extra rods, hooks, and other ~organizing essentials~ so it works for you.

From Lindsey Crafter, who went a very DIY route; you can also get an easy-to-install system of narrow baskets instead, $32.99 on Amazon, or a classic over-door pocket shoe organizer, $7.97 on Amazon.

26. The back of the door's also an excellent space to store the bags and purses you use most often.

From Wellesley And King, who uses one of the Container Store's Elfa rack systems. You can choose between completely building your own from scratch ($9.99-$24.99 per "component"), or picking one of the standardized options they offer (starting at $100.92).


27. Or it can be the ideal spot to display all your jewelry, so you actually wear everything you have — a system that works even if you have bi-fold doors.

From A Proverbs Wife, who uses a hanging jewelry organizer on one part of the door for earrings and bracelets (get a similar one for $7.37 on Amazon), and clear Command Hooks ($6.36 on Amazon) on the other part.

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28. One more way to use the back of your door: it's the perfect spot to stack your baseball cap collection with a cap rack.

Get a set of two on Amazon for $9.99.

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29. Pack seasonal items away in protective fabric bags that can either sit at the top of your closet or slide under your bed.

These have a clear panel that let you see what's inside, and three compartments to keep everything neatly sorted in stacks. Get a set of two on Amazon for $19.99.

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30. Compress bulky items for storage with a plastic garbage bag and your vacuum, so you have more space for everything else.

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Learn how from Apartment Therapy. If it's a little too tricky, you could also use Space Saver Bags, $25.99 each on Amazon.

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31. If you have the square footage for it, replace random baskets and bins just sitting on the floor with a storage ottoman.

It'll be even more functional, because you can sit on it to put on your shoes, or stand on it to get to something up high — plus it'll just look neater! From Fab Everyday. Get a similar ottoman on Amazon for $79.59.

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Now step back and admire your organizing success!

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