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    Posted on Dec 5, 2015

    18 Ways To Actually Keep Your Closets Organized

    You're still going to have to get rid of that sweater you haven't worn in three years.

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    1. First things first: Pare down your clothes inventory.

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    Yeah, it sucks. But if you don't have space for it, you don't have space for it. Laura at Organizing Junkie has a few tips to make it a little easier, or you can try the KonMari Method.

    2. If your room has the space but your closet doesn't, build a little extra rod space.

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    You can put frequently worn items like cardigans and coats here, or choose your favorite dresses to display. Black Oak Vintage's rack is multifunctional: you can store shoes on the bottom shelf, and hang bags and accessories on the hooks.

    3. Learn how to actually fold and store t-shirts so they take up less space — and so you can see them all at a glance.

    This is also a great technique for sweaters, which can lose their shape if you store them on hangers. Read more at Darkroom & Dearly.

    4. Repurpose old shoe boxes as drawer organizers.

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    That's if you have built-in drawers, or a separate chest of drawers that you use for clothing storage. From I Heart Organizing.

    5. Double your hanging space with soda can tabs.

    Watch a video demonstrating how to do this here. But don't overdo it: If you hang too many hangers this way, the weight of the clothes could break the hangers, but if you either have strong hangers or stack only three or four pieces, it should hold fine.

    6. You can also use chains and s-hooks.

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    Vertical space is the name of the game, and this will cost you less than $20. From Instructables.

    7. Too many scarves? Use shower curtain rings to organize them on a hanger.

    8. A dowel and some rope can double your rod space, and help make kids clothes easier for small hands to reach.

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    Then you don't have to splurge on a fancy double hang closet rod. It's also a great option if you have a lot of separates. From Alex Haralson.

    9. Keep the shoes you don't wear everyday organized somewhere else, like on a tray under the bed or other furniture.

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    Birch and Lily flipped over an old picture frame. Just put anti-scratch pads on the bottom so it'll slide out easily without ruining your floors.

    10. Or display them on tension rods.

    And if your shoe collection isn't quite this extensive, you can put the tension rods in the bottom of your closet for functional storage. From A Loyal Love.

    11. Find ways to use every bit of space, like with this rain gutter guard jewelry hanger.

    Most useful if you have a large collection of earrings, but you can also hang other things from this DIY from Blue Cricket Design.

    12. Put all of your tank tops on one mega hanger.

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    Life. Design. and the Pursuit of Craftiness used a cheapo tie hanger to put them all in one spot.

    13. For ties (which hang super flat), stick the tie rack up against the wall.

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    That way, it doesn't take up any valuable rod space. On Instructables. You could also use a command hook and a tie rack with a hanger.

    14. Use a cute trunk to store out-of-season clothing or shoes, which can also double as a bench in small spaces.

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    Use vacuum-packed bags to store your out-of-season clothes, so they don't take up precious space in your closet. You can find a variety of vintage trunks at different price points here.

    15. Hang catchalls on the inside of the door.

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    For those of you without sliding doors. From Heather Freeman, designer and decor coach.

    16. Or add a couple of rods for easy scarf and belt organization.

    See how this closet transformation came together at Lindsey Crafter.

    17. If there's no space for shelving, you could still put a pretty hook on the inside of your door for planning the next day's outfit.

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    Or on the wall next to the closet, like they did over at The Chic Site.

    18. Find ways to use all of your awkward spaces.

    View Along The Way went all-out with this DIY closet ~makeover~, and has helpful tutorials and plans for every single bit of it, from the shelves to the drawers to the wallpaper to the chandelier.

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