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    29 Closet Organizing Tricks That'll Actually Work

    Because how will you wear your best pieces if you can't find 'em?!

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    1. If you're trying to pare down, loop in an *honest* friend who'll tell you what looks good and what doesn't. (And maybe watch a few eps of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo beforehand to get in the right mood.)

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    No need to make room for stuff in your closet that doesn't fit, looks worse for wear, or you're just not into. We only wanna organize the stuff worth the closet space! You know Naomi would tell you if something looked horrible. Or, she'd just look at the item like this. And really, if that isn't telling you, I dunno what is!

    2. And as your organize, keep track of the stuff you have (including items that haven't recently seen the light of day) in a digital system. We dig Finery and Stylebook.

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    Not only will these help you keep track of WHAT you have, but you'll be able to find new ensembles with existing items. Oh, and you can figure out holes in your wardrobe that need filling!

    Get them from The App Store: Finery for free or Stylebook for $5.99

    And in case your organizing reveals that you could use some fresh sneakers to wear with everything, check out our top picks for the best everyday sneakers, the best white T-shirts, and the best leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. Turn to a closet organizing system out of the box if you're starting from scratch. Which, honestly, is a great problem to have!

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    Having your bedazzled box clutches on display makes for gorgeous 'grams but not so much for everyday function. This set has everything you need (including the hardware) to turn a blank closet into a great start. The larger size includes 132" of hanging space, 216" of shelf space (includes 36" shoe shelf), and is configured for 5'–8' wide closets.

    Promising review: "This is great. I tripled my storage capacity on the back wall of my closet. I also cut down the old 8' section of shelving and integrated it into this shelving system with some extra brackets from a local hardware store. No part of this unit touches the floor like the cheaper version of this unit does. It is very sturdy. I had studs on 16" centers so this unit was perfect. I didn't have to drill new holes in the hanging bracket and most of the verticals caught studs, as well. I wish I had bought this sooner." —Ed

    Get it from Amazon for $69.50+ (available in two sizes).

    4. Mount motion sensor lights (like I did!) in there to see the differences between your two denim jackets.

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    These stick on with 3M adhesive pads and take AAA batteries. These are the lights I have in my closet and they put out A LOT of light. Now I can actually see which of my 20 LBDs I want without pulling them all of my closet rod.

    Promising review: "I put one in my closet, which has very little light. I love that it turns on when it senses motion and then turns off automatically again. I wound up gluing a flat metal washer to the wall to which the magnet on this light sticks. That way, if I need some detailed lighting, I just grab the light off the wall, take a look at what I need, and then stick it back to the wall again. It's a lot more convenient than trying to find where I put the flashlight." —Debbie

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in white or warm white light).

    5. Get rid of your sliding closet doors and hang up some floral or pom pom–trimmed curtains so you can better access everything inside while making your newly organized closet a design focal point.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: floral curtains for $9.98+ a panel (available in 17 styles) or a set of pom pom sheer curtains for $19.99+ (available in six colors and three lengths)

    6. No matter WHAT your wardrobe holds, sort by type and then color of clothing because your line of thinking is most likely "Oh I need a jacket, a black jacket, my black jacket with the patch on the back..." when getting dressed.

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    This tip is free! Sorting your stuff will help you reimagine all the ensemble possibilities and resurface that second chambray shirtdress you bought with the embroidered flowers because you loved the plain version so much!

    7. If possible, switch out your seasonal pieces so your Penny Lane coat isn't obscuring your light rain jacket in July. (Perhaps you could use some vacuum storage bags?)

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    I *know* you've heard it before. But it's an oldie-but-goodie for a reason! There ARE ways to make the impossible a reality, like storing your winter coats when you live in a small apartment! Check out our storage ideas for when you have no more space.

    Get an eight-pack of vacuum space-saving bags from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two size combos).

    8. Fill that dead space below your hanging tops with an adjustable closet doubler that does exactly what its name says.

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    This one's horizontal bar can expand from 18''–30'', with 7 spring position in 2-inch increments. The wired vertical rod is adjustable in 1-inch increments.

    Promising review: "Perfect closet stretcher for us. The bar is adjustable low enough to get two layers of clothes in (great for a child's reach). The locking mechanism is just like The Container Store (inter)metro. Take the two plastic pieces and fit them together along the pole at the height you want the bar. Holding them steady, slide the bar down on top of them. You can do one side at a time. The weight of the clothes will help keep the bar from sliding down if you've done it right. To adjust the height of the bar, just re-position those little plastic pieces and slide the bar down on them again." —arlington shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.87 and check out another option for $13.99.

    9. Avoid an avalanche of (neatly) folded garments thanks to ThreadStax. (Every other closet-organizing story says to stack them, but you need some extra help to keep 'em tidy!)

    Threadstax

    The magnetized separators let you get something out of the middle of the stack without making everything topple over!

    Get a 16-piece bundle from ThreadStax for $50 (BTW, it comes with a folder).

    10. Get scrappy to make room for stuff you need, like doubling up regular old hangers with a soda tab when you require more space ASAP.

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    Check out a video explaining the genius hack on YouTube.

    11. Make stuff stay put — lest a shirt fall off the hook and you don't find it until six months later — with thin non-slip hangers. AND you'll be able to pack more into your space with these vs. plastic hangers.

    Boxed

    I swear by these things! Really, they're fantastic and switching from plastic hangers to these let me pack *so much more* into my closet space. Plus, another BuzzFeeder loves them too and she discovered that this is the cheapest place on the internet to buy them.

    Get a 35-pack from Boxed for $8.99 (available in black or ivory).

    12. Or convert your existing wooden hangers into non-slip models with some moldable glue as a budget-friendlier option instead of replacing your investment wooden beauts.

    Amazon

    Get an eight-pack of single-use portions from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. If your hangers tend to bunch up and wrinkle your clothes, slip on some hanger spacers to keep garments tidy.

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    Promising review: "These create a uniform appearance in the closet, prevent overcrowding, and help you see what's there. Whenever I bring a new item to the closet, an unneeded one goes out. This keeps the closet curated, neat, and up- to-date without needing to do periodic purges." —ModernLove60

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    14. Need some detailed division? Label these blank dividers (with the provided 60 labels or a marker) to make telling the difference between your rompers and your dresses SO much easier. They look the same hanging up!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the cheapest, quickest, and easiest life-changing trick for saving time with regard to clothing storage and closet organization! If you struggle with a messy, disorganized closet or quickly finding items to wear, these are easy and make closet organizing fun! With slim-line hangers and these dividers, I can see everything in my closet at a glance. I was also happy to see that these came not only with a great range of labels for different garment types (also in Spanish), but a few blank labels so I could create my own. There's even a label for items that need to be mended — finally, I can quickly see which items need repair." —Cat Lady

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. Install a valet rod to hold on to your next day's ensemble 'til you get an IRL butler to manage that shit. Anyone who puts out their clothes the night before will ADORE this.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This valet makes it so easy to hang up outfits to choose your outfit for the day, hang out what you would like to pack, to put away laundry, and even to steam your clothes. When I have a larger closet I will definitely buy another one because, for me, one is not enough." —DoubleB

    Get it from Amazon for $15.70.

    Or if screwing something into your closet is a no-go (hi, renters!), opt for a 5 lbs. capacity Command hook for $4.29.

    16. Plan out a week's worth of outfits or just hang up your outerwear or fancy ballgowns on a clothing rack with lil' shelves up top and below for extra storage.

    Amazon

    A clothing rack will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

    Promising review: "This clothing rack is sturdy and very well-made. It will probably outlast me. Don't forget to align the locking wheels either on the front bars or back bars so you can lock it well. It also holds a lot of weight. It's holding heavy jackets and long coats, and due to design does not even bend a bit. Definitely worth buying this over the cheaper ones that bend in the middle within a short time. You end of paying more in the end because you have to buy another one. Best to buy quality." —noelani

    Get it from Amazon for $42.73.

    17. Like you did with your clothes, group your shoes together by type and color so zeroing in on your embroidered velvet ankle boots will be NBD.

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    Get a similar shoe rack from Amazon for $25.49.

    And check out more handy closet organizing tips from A Beautiful Mess.

    18. Line up your shoes on open shelves? *Safely* shelve them in less room with these stacking shoe organizers that put your best foot(wear option) forward.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shoe holders are fantastic. I'm using them for heels, casual shoes, and sneakers. For people with smaller feet (I'm a 7) it doesn't 'double' your space, but you can get three pairs where you had two. For people with larger feet, you really will double the space." —silversong203

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $17.95.

    19. Or transform an empty niche into a storage solution you'll wanna ogle with some nondescript tension rods.

    FINERY

    See this shoe storage in action in an *unreal* NYC closet on Coveteur.

    Get a two-pack of spring tension rods from Amazon for $11.70+ (available in two lengths).

    20. Hang up knee-high boots with a specially designed boot rack because those puppies take up a lot of room on shelves and floors — even if you do stuff them with old pool noodles to help keep their shape.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Sometimes I'd waste time digging for the matching pair I was hoping to wear. I've been wanting to buy the Boot Butler, but was hesitant because of the price. After some time and frustration (especially with boot season approaching), I bought the Boot Butler for myself in October, as an early Christmas gift. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! I loved it so much, I bought a second set a couple months later and am now contemplating buying another. I love that my boots aren't in a pile anymore; that they are easy to find and see, and I don't have to shuffle huge plastic boot boxes around, (an option I tried before and was not happy with)." —ZAR

    Get a set for five pairs from Amazon for $69.99.

    Check out my deeper dive into the Boot Butler hanging boot organizer.

    21. Force a door to work for its supper with an OG shoe organizer because damn if it isn't effective for things like flats, scarves, and leggings.

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    Promising review: "Great solution for having all my summer sandals in plain view and out of the way at the same time. I put a pair of flat sandals in each pocket instead of a single sandal shoe per pocket, like you would do with sneakers and other bulkier shoes. I managed to hang it inside my closet on a wall, not over the door. Each time I need to figure out which sandals to wear today, I see them all in one place. What a breeze!" —Julia Yampolsky

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    22. Store your investments (aka your bags) up and off the floor. If you're fortunate enough to have the shelf space, keep them upright with clear dividers.

    Christopher Patey for MyDomaine / Via mydomaine.com

    Look close enough and you'll spy the ~super sneaky~ clear dividers. Prepare to slobber over the rest of actor Jaime King's closet tour on MyDomaine.

    Get a pair of clear dividers from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. Maintain your bags' shape by stuffing them with bubble wrap when they're in storage.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: crossbody bag for $18.99+ (available in 12 colors) and a 12"x30' roll of bubble wrap for $7.99

    24. And if you're short on shelf space, you can put them on a purse hanger.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These really solve the problem of storing purses and totes for me. Well-made and elegantly simple. They are very sturdy and each hold several handbags — I was able to double up on some of the hooks (this would depend on the style of your purses). No more bunching or creases in the leather or fabrication. I have the white wire closet shelving in my bedroom closet and I hooked the handbag holder at the end of the unit where I have a tiny bit of empty space. The configuration really takes advantage of otherwise useless nooks and crannies in a closet. I couldn't be more pleased." —Joyful56

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. Finally see the baubles you have with this simple jewelry organizer (complete with loops for necklaces!) that fits on your clothing rod or hooks onto other surfaces.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "One side is a lot of little divided clear pockets to put bracelets, rings, earrings, etc., in and with the pockets not being too deep and with them being clear then you can see what is in each one and retrieve it very easily. The other side is a lot of little Velcro loops that you can hang necklaces and bracelets from. The top is made so that you can just slip it over a regular clothes hanger and hang it from a hook of some type. I will be hanging mine from one of the coat hooks that I have hanging over the back of the door, or possibly having my husband put me up another hook somewhere:). I am very pleased with this jewelry organizer and am excited to finally get my jewelry in some order!" —ALong

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in black).

    Need some more help? Check out more products that'll help you organize your jewelry.

    26. Stash like-minded accessories in clear storage boxes so you can find the perfect sunnies for that outdoor wedding you're going to this weekend.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed. I kind of collect glasses, now that I discovered Eye Buy Direct. Before this, they were lined up on my bathroom counter, always in danger of scratching each other and often getting hit with hair spray and collecting dust. This organizer is perfect for protecting my frames. It has drawers that move in and out easily, and dividers between each pair of glasses. Because it's clear, you can find the pair you want quickly. Love it, but have already outgrown it. Now I have to buy another." —Indydi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four configurations).

    27. Find some detailed organizers to keep everything in your drawers nice and tidy. Finding your fave Edgar Allan Poe printed socks shouldn't hold up your morning routine.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These boxes are perfect for organizing my closet. I was able to use them for T-shirts, underwear, socks, and all sorts of odds and ends that end up in my closet. It is so much easier to store things and keep the closet looking great and orderly. I am able to sort things by color in these boxes and I love them. I wish I could get several of the same size, for blouses, since these come in assorted sizes." —Wifesk1

    Get them from Amazon for $9.87.

    And while you're at it, check out some stackable jewelry organizing trays. Psst, I've had those Edgar Allan Poe socks a few years and love them!

    28. String your belts onto a belt/scarf ring that takes up a criminally small amount of space.

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    Promising review: "Great way to organize belts in the closet. Hangs nicely next to clothes. Easily rotate the ring to remove the desired belt." —Jennifer Sokolis

    Get it from Amazon for $2.67.

    29. Line shelf edges with washi tape, put down a pretty rug for legit shoe selfies, and find other ways to make your closet feel homey!

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: three rolls of washi tape for $5.99 and 2'x7' runner for $26+ (available in nine colors, a several sizes)

    And while you're at it, make your closet even prettier with our products that'll transform your closet.

    You reveling in your gloriously organized closet:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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