22 closet organization ideas – closet organizers and storage hacks that save space

Abbie Silverman

If the proud owner – er, tenant, lol – from a shoebox sized apartment in New York City, I learned how to maximize closet space and get creative when it comes to storage. I’ve also spent a lot of time and money figuring out what works and what doesn’t in terms of shelves, bins, baskets, hanging systems, closet rods, clothes racks, and basically any other clever construction or space-saving solution floating around the internet. Now I’m sharing everything I’ve learned – plus my absolutely must-have closet storage products! – because you (and your clothes) deserve the best of the best.

Behold, 22 closet organizing ideas that will make your life So Much easier. If you’re working with an intimidatingly large open shelving unit that could use some structure, we’ve got plenty of hanging organizers, acrylic drawers, and even a rolling cart to fill up the space in a way that’s fully functional. On the contrary, if you’re trying to organize a super small or oddly textured closet, small must-haves (like sturdy velvet coat hangers, cloth totes, or a handbag hanger) will make all the difference (hint: you can find all that and more below). So keep scrolling to unleash your inner Marie Kondo!

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Use chic and functional hangers

Home-it Premium Velvet Heavy Duty (50 pieces)

Fold bulky items like sweaters and jeans

The Laundress 6-Tier Cotton Hanging Organizer

Organize your closet rods with a hanging organizer

StorageWorks Hanging Closet Organizer with Clothes Rail

Use storage baskets

West Elm bamboo fabric storage bins

Invest in a closet organization system

17 floors freestanding closet organizer system

Hang up your handbags

Yamazaki Home Chain handbag hanger

Or! Organize them above your hanging clothes


Yamazaki Home Handbag Organizer

Hang up your boots

SUNTRADE double adjustable clips boot hangers

Add a cute stroller

Container Store Sage Green 3-Tier Rolling Cart

Buy a shoe rack

Container Store White 12-tier over-the-door shoe rack

Take apart your coats

Yamazaki Home leaning shelf clothes hanger

Embrace wall hooks

West Elm Loop Metal Wall Hooks (Set of 3)

Choose acrylic drawers

Pottery Barn Teen Wood & Acrylic Beauty Tower

Let the whole family fold clothes quickly and efficiently

Geniusidea shirt folding board

Use a clothes rack

Homary contemporary freestanding rail cloth rack

Use dividers

Kosiehouse shelf divider for wooden cabinet

Show off your jewelry

Pottery Barn Aubrey Wall Mounted Jewelry Organizer

Use stackable baskets under your hanging clothes

Modern woven rattan round storage bins

Label everything

Phomemo D30 Labelmaker-Mini Labelmaker Machine

More! drawers!

Elfa Platinum wide drawer solution

Maximize your space

ClosetMaid closet system

Separate pieces by season, color or clothing type with dividers

ERA Accents 30 closet dividers for hanging clothes

Hanna Flanagan is the associate shopping editor at Cosmopolitan with four years of experience researching, writing and editing stories ranging from the best high-waisted jeans for women to Bridgerton lingerie dupes season 2. An authority in all fashion and lifestyle categories, she regularly tests and analyzes products while working with the industry’s top design experts to review new launches and spot trends.

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