35 Tips That'll Finally Organize Your Closet Once And For All
For your very own before and after.
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Choose a system to help you decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss — if you even want to get rid of anything at all.
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!
Magically create more room on your closet rod — which means it'll be easier to see what you already own
and easier to fit new clothes — by switching to non-slip slimline hangers.
Plus, you'll never have to worry about your tanks or wide-shouldered tops slipping off of them again! A pack of 50 is
$19.95+ on Amazon (three colors).
And layer five pairs of jeans, leggings, or slacks on specialty
pants hangers to immediately halve the horizontal rod space they all take up hanging next to one another.
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
Stack hangers using the tabs from soda cans to hang multiple blouses or shirts in a single spot.
Slot in a multi-tier
shoe shelf to take full advantage of every last inch of the space beneath your hanging clothes.
Or mount several of those builder's-grade
wire shelves upside-down to put all of your shoes on display.
And if you have more pairs of shoes than you can count (or at least more than you have space to store neatly),
shoe doublers can conjure the square inches needed to fit even more of your collection in a single spot.
They work for basically any kind of shoe, from flats, to boots, to sandals, to pumps. A set of 10 is
$24.95 on Amazon.
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? They're on Amazon,
$12.99 for a pack of three.
Slide on some 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.
A set of eight of the shelf dividers pictured on the right are
$34.99 on Amazon.
Cut down some
pool noodles (and, optionally, wrap 'em in fabric) to help boots stand up nice and straight instead of constantly flopping over and becoming trip hazards.
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 find pool noodles on Amazon, of course:
$17.81 for four.
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 (and you can totally use them in your laundry room to air-dry clothes).
You can also use a pull-out-style
valet rod to help plan your outfit every night before bed.
Stack your favorite clutches or wallets on a
lid rack's so you can always find the perfect one to match your outfit, no digging through an old bin required.
Fold and stack your t-shirt collection vertically in a drawer so they a) take up less space overall and b) you can see each and every one of them in a single glance.
Then repurpose shoe boxes as drawer organizers for all your folded items, including tees, yoga pants, and sweaters.
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
Stow all of your small items like bras, tights, and underwear in precision order using
divided organizers, like this set of four.
A place for everything and everything in its place. Get them on Amazon for
Display scarves on
shower curtain rings and an over-the-door towel rack so you can see every single one you have, and quickly pull it (and only it) down when you want it.
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
$14.99 and a pack of 12 plastic shower curtain rings for $6.98 from Amazon.
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. (Reviewers say it also works great for leggings!) It's on Amazon for
Burgeoning belt collection? Shower curtain rings and a simple curtain rod can display 'em just as well as scarves!
Or, of course, so does a
hanger made especially to organize belts and ties...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
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.
Give every pair of sunglasses you own a designated place using clear
Instantly multiply your hanging space with a sturdy, adjustable-height
double-hang rod that takes basically zero effort to install.
Besides that, it can help young kids reach and choose their own clothes! This particular model works with both wire and wood closet rods, and adjusts both width- and height-wise (between 27 and 31 inches in either direction), so it's flexible enough to suit different needs for years. It's
$13.96 on Amazon.
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.
Outfit the back of your door with baskets, extra rods, hooks, and other ~organizing essentials~ so it works for you.
The back of the door's also an excellent space to store the bags and purses you use most often.
Wellesley And King, who uses one of the Container Store's Elfa rack systems. You can choose between completely building your own from scratch ( $10+ per "component"), or picking one of the standardized options they offer (starting at $111).
Or it can be the ideal spot to display all your jewelry, so you actually wear everything you have. A
hanging organizer and Command Hook system works even if you have bi-fold doors.
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.
One more way to use the back of your door: it's the perfect spot to stack your baseball cap collection with a
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 (available in four colors).
And file away those shoes that you wear less often but don't want to completely forget in their own
under-bed bag that you can quickly pull out anytime you need a pair.
Compress bulky items for storage with a plastic garbage bag and your vacuum, so you have more space for everything else.
Or if that's a little too tricky,
Space Saver bags can quickly shrink up your sweaters, coats, and extra bedding with exactly zero hassle.
They're airtight and waterproof, so you don't have to worry about bugs, spills, or mildew getting to whatever you have stored. You can get them in four different sizes (small to extra large, and some combo packs) depending on what it is you need to store. A pack of five medium bags is
$24.99 on Amazon.
If you have the square footage for it, replace random baskets and bins just sitting on the floor with a
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. A similar ottoman is $85.99+ on Amazon (available in 11 colors/fabrics).
Now step back and admire your organizing success!
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