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    Updated on Sep 17, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

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

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    Header that says "The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet"
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    1. 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.

    prettyhandygirl.com, amazon.com

    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 ($11.28 on Amazon) because it worked for me, and also like the more approachable 20/10 (twenty minutes of work, ten minutes of break) system detailed in Rachel Hoffman's book ($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!

    2. 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.

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    Plus, you'll never have to worry about your tanks or wide-shouldered tops slipping off of them again! A pack of 50 is $20.58+ on Amazon (available in three colors).

    3. 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.

    The hangers; they look like three layered es-es stacked on top of each other and stretched out, so the top, middle, and bottom of each es is flat. Folded pants, towels, and scarves are on each flat part
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    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 $9.99 each.

    4. Stack hangers using the tabs from soda cans to hang multiple blouses or shirts in a single spot.

    Three blouses on their hangers; a soda tab sits at the base of each hanger head, each with the top of another hanger head looped into it
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    An oldie but a goodie!

    5. Slot in a multi-tier shoe shelf to take full advantage of every last inch of the space beneath your hanging clothes.

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    Get one with two shelves for $19.99 or the shown three shelves for $22.99.

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

    A blogger's closet; five upside-down wire shelves, hung at an angle, fit and display three pairs of shoes each
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    From Epbot. Similar 20-inch wire shelves are available on Amazon for $23.39 each.

    7. 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.

    Before: four shelves holding four pairs of shoes each; After: the same shelves, now looking half empty because the shoe doublers hide the second shoe under the first
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    They work for most kinds of shoes, from flats, to boots, to sandals, to pumps, although reviewers say it doesn't fit heels higher than about two inches. A set of 10 is $24.95 on Amazon.

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

    The white stick-on puck light in a drawer, under a bookshelf, under a closet shelf, next to a bed, and on a kitchen wall
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    Every time you come up to them, they ~illuminate~. What could be simpler or more useful? They're on Amazon, $15.99 for a pack of three.

    9. 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.

    blueistyleblog.com, amazon.com

    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.

    10. 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.

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    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: $11.99 for four.

    11. 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).

    livesimplybyannie.com

    See how they used them in this itty-bitty closet on Live Simply By Annie. A similar fold-up one is $15.99, or a set of two that swings flat to the wall is $23.95, both on Amazon.

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

    A top and necklace on a hanger, which are on a valet hook that's pulled out from the side of a purse shelf, where its back is mounted
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    From Graceful Order. A similar valet is $21.25 on Amazon.

    13. Or skip the install and hang one directly over your closet door.

    An over-door hook; it's sturdy enough to have the four hangers on its "tongue", which can flip up when not in use
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    That one's $16.25 on Amazon, and can hold up to 20 pounds of weight.

    14. Stack your favorite clutches or wallets on a lid rack so you can always find the perfect one to match your outfit, no digging through an old bin required.

    1 - A blogger's collection of clutches 2 - their lid rack from Target 3 - three clutches filed away neatly in the clutch rack

    15. 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.

    16. Then repurpose shoe boxes as drawer organizers for all your folded items, including tees, yoga pants, and sweaters.

    A dresser drawer organized with "filed" folded tees, pants, and sweaters; the tees are in a shoebox
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    17. BTW, a folding board makes the process a thousand times faster and neat as can be.

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    Step one: lay the shirt out flat on the board. Step two: quickly flip three panels: one each for the sleeves and sides, then one to fold the bottom half up. Step three: enjoy your immaculately folded shirt. Get one on Amazon for $23.99.

    18. Stow all of your small items like bras, tights, and underwear in precision order using divided organizers, like this set of four.

    The set of four grey organizers with colorful garments in each
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    A place for everything and everything in its place. The set comes with: the square bra organizer for seven bras, the square 6x4 gridded organizer for socks or undies, the rectangle (half-size) 2x4 organizer for more / bigger socks or undies, and the rectangle (half-size) organizer with six horizontal compartments for tights or leggings. Get them on Amazon for $14.97 (available in four colors).

    19. 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.

    Blogger's scarves on three-tier over door rack, each looped in a shower curtain ring
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    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 $24.99 and a pack of 12 plastic shower curtain rings for $4.99+ (available in white or clear) from Amazon.

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

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    Because of COURSE there's a specialty hanger for scarves. (Reviewers say it also works great for leggings!) It's on Amazon for $9.97.

    21. Burgeoning belt collection? Shower curtain rings and a simple curtain rod can display 'em just as well as scarves!

    Row of belts hung on a small rod with the curtain rings
    livesimplybyannie.com

    Then, you can either hang them directly on your closet rod or on a smaller curtain rod, as Live Simply By Annie did here. If you have just a few belts, I'd try something with Command Hooks.

    22. 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.

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    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 $12.82.

    23. Stretch a length of curb 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.

    Blogger's medium jewelry chain hung with earrings
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    From Sugar Bee Crafts. You can get 82 feet (!!) of similar chain on Amazon for $13.59.

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

    Blogger's five sunglasses hung on a side wall of a closet over a three-tier T-bar jewelry stand sitting on some drawers
    gracefulorder.wordpress.com

    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 $24.98, or check out a brass or nickel option for $19.99.)

    25. Keep track of which masks you've worn already with "wear me" and "wash me" bags, or by simply hanging the clean ones on a rack or even a basic carabiner (and tossing the dirty ones in your laundry pile).

    tolittlearrows / Etsy, GCcustomcharacter / Etsy

    The bags are from tolittlearrows Etsy for $18.99, the wood sign's from GCcustomcharacter on Etsy for $9.95+ (a few finishes available), or the set of 10 carabiners are $12.99 from Amazon.

    26. Instantly multiply your hanging space with a sturdy double-hang rod that takes basically zero effort to install.

    The rod has two thin, long metal pieces that hook onto the top closet rod, which hold the second lower-height rod
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    Besides that, it can help young kids reach and choose their own clothes! This particular model is just over 33 inches tall, works with both wire and wood closet rods, and is $20.69 on Amazon.

    27. 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.

    A closet with lots of vertical space above the top closet shelves, so smaller shelves are stacked on top and store various items
    Liana Hayles Newton / Apartment Therapy / apartmenttherapy.com

    From Apartment Therapy. A similar shelf (to what they use in the top of the closet) is $31.99, or a slightly smaller option is $11.92, both on Amazon.

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

    Cute pink closet door with two copper baskets holding belts and tights, and two copper bars holding scarves and other belts
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    From Lindsey Crafter, who went a very DIY route; you can also get an easy-to-install system of narrow baskets instead, $33.99 on Amazon (available in two widths), or a classic over-door pocket shoe organizer, $9.87 on Amazon.

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

    Blogger's closet door with hook rack at the top for three bags, then four wire shelves filled with clutches and other purses and bags
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    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 ($10+ per "component"), or picking one of the standardized options they offer (starting at $109).

    30. 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.

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    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 $7.99 on Amazon), and clear Command Hooks ($9.99 on Amazon) on the other part.

    31. 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.

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    Get a set of two that'll hold up to 18 caps on Amazon for $9.99.

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

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    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 $14.99 (available in four colors).

    33. 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.

    A reviewer's sneakers, boat shoes, keds, and sandals fitting neatly in the 2x4 organizer
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    This one's $19.99 on Amazon.

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

    MaryAnne Petrella / Apartment Therapy / apartmenttherapy.com

    Learn how from Apartment Therapy.

    35. 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.

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    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 $28.99 on Amazon.

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

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    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 $108.06+ on Amazon (available in 13 colors/fabrics).

    37. Or skip the small solutions, and revamp things totally by ditching your current setup totally and swapping in a closet system that works for you.

    Wayfair

    There are a wide variety of options out there, so you can find exactly what you need! For example, the two piece set pictured on the left — $679.99 from Wayfair — is part of the Navarra closet system line that several reviewers combined pieces of for a fully custom closet solution. The wall-mounted system on the right, $384.99 from Wayfair, is similar but may work better for reach-in closets (and also has a variety of options and colors available).

    If going at it by yourself feels a little daunting, The Container Store offers its own range of custom closet solutions, too, that (optionally) involve help from someone either online or in-store.

    Now step back and admire your organizing success!

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