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21 Useful Things That Will Actually Organize Your Closet

Clutter = controlled!

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1. A bookcase disguised as custom built-in shoe shelves.

This is the relatively affordable ($79.99) Billy Bookcase from Ikea. While this won’t work so well in a tiny closet, it is an budget-friendly way to make a large closet more functional. Here’s more Billy closet inspiration.

2. A DIY wire hanger shoe rack can give you shoe storage without taking up floor space.

You do need to have the wall space, of course. See how to put it together here.

3. Shelf dividers to make your purse collection stand up straight.

You can get similar ones here, $6.99 for two. Read more about why this system is so functional here.

4. And letter organizers do the same thing for your clutch collection.

Then you’ll actually be able to see all of the bags you have, and use them! Get a similar letter sorter here for $7.99, and see this full closet transformation here.

5. Non-slip flocked hangers to keep all of your tank tops in check.

It’s so nice to hang something in your closet and have it actually stay on the hanger. Read more about them here, and get these hangers here, $8.99 for a pack of ten.

6. Pool noodles covered in fabric that will keep your boots standing straight.

 

Okay, sure, you don’t HAVE to cover your pool noodles for them to be just as functional. But the fabric and ribbon makes them a little prettier. Get the how-to here.

7. A circular belt hanger can keep all your belts in order and accessible — without the danger of all of them falling off when you go to pick out one belt.

You can get one for $2.99 here, and read about why it works so well here.

8. Or shower curtain rings also make great belt hangers.

This tutorial has them hanging on a small curtain rod, but you could also put them directly on your closet rod.

9. A pull-out valet hanger can help you plan outfits in the morning (or the night before).

You can get a similar one for $20.95 here, and see more photos of this closet here.

10. Valet hooks can also disguise themselves as rod space.

 

See how they organize this itty bitty closet here. They can also fold up against the wall. You can get similar ones for $29.99 each here.

11. If you have lots of tights, a row of clothespins can make them easy to find (and put away).

This tutorial hot glues them directly to the wall, but you could use removable adhesive strips instead.

12. Milk crates hung from a shelf can double your storage space.

This tutorial is for a little girl’s closet, but of course you could make it work in a grown-up closet, too. Get similar bins for $2.99 each here.

13. Big Kallax shelves can equal instant organization if you’re okay with ditching your rod space.

Ikea’s Kallax comes in several sizes; the ones here are $149 each. See how they make this closet here.

14. A pull-out belt hanger can work wonders for scarf organization.

This one is $18.48 here — see the rest of this gorgeous closet here.

15. Condiment trays from the dollar store make great drawer dividers.

Or you could use drawer dividers, but these make the drawers feel much less stuffed — which makes it easier to find what you need. You could also use shoe boxes. Learn how to fold clothes like this here.

16. And these DIY sachets can make your drawers smell like clean laundry.

From here. They use these laundry add-ins ($5.89), and cheap bags from the dollar store.

17. A magazine rack can make the back of your door do double duty.

See the rest of this closet here. You can find a similar rack here for $15.99.

18. Garbage bags and a vacuum can compress bulky items taking up valuable clothing storage space.

MaryAnne Petrella / apartmenttherapy.com

MaryAnne Petrella / apartmenttherapy.com

 

Learn how to make this work here.

19. Small tension rods and S-hooks can make it so you never forget to wear that one cool necklace ever again.

This tutorial actually uses this trick in the bathroom, but it would work just as well in the closet. And it’s not just for necklaces — you can hang hats, scarves, or whatever else you need to ~organize~.

20. A dollar store cooling rack makes for a quick wall-mounted earring rack.

If you feel like it looks too much like, well, a cooling rack, you could always spray paint it (and the hooks you use to hang it) gold. See how they did it here.

21. And if you have shelf space, paper towel holders make good bracelet and belt organizers, and magazine file boxes can keep small leather goods in order.

Read more about it here. You can get similar paper towel holders for $6.99 each here, and similar magazine files for $6.99 each here.

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