35 best ideas for organizing closets

Whether your closet is small or an expansive walk-in closet, chances are you feel like you don’t have enough space to keep everything you own in order. But having an organized closet isn’t the insurmountable challenge it seems — and no, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a built-in system.

From the most basic of tricks – using matching thin felt hangers to keep clothes from slipping – to more surprising hacks – adding acrylic folders to organize a handbag collection – there are plenty of DIY solutions that can help you. maximize the footprint of your closet (and some of the stress in your life!). And if you’re really inspired, there are even more constructive solutions, such as adding an island for extra storage or maximizing the space at the top of the cabinet.

Ready to say goodbye to cluttered shelves and hanging rods and take back control of your closet? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Pinterest-worthy ideas for organizing a closet filled with lots of clothes. We’re talking about everything from chunky sweaters to sneakers to travel bags. No Kondoing needed!

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Invest in matching pendants

A set of matching hangers not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but also ensures that clothes sit nicely together, saving valuable space in your closet.

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Allocate hanging space for long and short items

Instead of folding dresses over themselves or having them pee on the floor, plan a series of different sized hanging spaces. This way everything stays tidier and you have dedicated areas for all your different garments.

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Add a clothes rack to the corner of your room

Adding a clothes rack in the corner of your bedroom not only saves closet space, but can also add a classy aesthetic to your room. This allows you to hang more items that may be taking up too much space in your current closet, while revealing your fashion sense and favorite items to everyone who steps into the room.

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If you use bins or baskets to store smaller items and accessories, make sure to label everything clearly so you know exactly where to find what you need. It’s also a great way to keep track of baby clothes as you can label all the different sizes in the drawers.

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Keep seasonal items low

Fill baskets with seasonal items, such as snow gear or bathing suits. Then, as the seasons change, you just swap out which baskets are on which shelves. In the fall, move cold-weather clothing to lower shelves and warm-weather items to higher shelves. In the spring, do the opposite.

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If your closet doesn’t have built-in elements, you can maximize extra space under shelves or a hanging rod by adding a sideboard.

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Are you having trouble finding what you’re looking for? Arranging your clothes by color not only gives you a better starting point, but also allows you to pick the matching duds in the blink of an eye.

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Learn better folding techniques

Another key trick to optimizing space is learning better folding and hanging techniques and incorporating them into your closet. Some basic steps are to assemble bras to save drawer space and to tuck small purses or bags into larger ones. Another helpful tip is to use the vertical folding method instead of stacking when storing sweaters or shirts in a drawer.

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Hang a wardrobe with shelves

Investing in hanging storage is the perfect solution if your closet happens to have less built-in shelf space or drawers. By placing it on a rack, you can maximize the available vertical space in your sweater or bag closet.


If you don’t have a dedicated jewelry drawer, these hanging organizers with compartments small enough for baubles like earrings, bracelets and necklaces are perfect for that too.

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Use acrylic file dividers on the top of the cabinet

Office accessories, such as clear acrylic filing dividers, have a dual function in the cabinet. Use them to organize small accessories, such as clutches, which are usually on a shelf.

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Make room for a basket

Consider reserving space for a basket to keep things organized. This way, dirty duds are more likely to find a home in the laundry pile than in a heap on the floor. Bonus points for storing two baskets: one for dark and one for light.

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Use clear glass or acrylic shelves to make it easier to spot things

Clear glass or acrylic shelving and drawer fronts make it easier to identify exactly what’s in each storage space. It’s a particularly good option for accessories like jewelry, as you can quickly pick something to match your outfit of the day.

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Maximize every inch of space

Use extra wall space to store smaller items that are difficult to place. Think hats, necklaces, scarves, ties, belts and more.

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Use over-the-door organizers for hard-to-fold items

Do you have some difficult to fold items, such as cloths, blankets, scarves or even belts? Use an over-the-door organizer usually reserved for shoes to neatly organize these tricky items of clothing and accessories.

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A lazy Susan can save precious shelf space by organizing beauty, grooming, or diaper products in one convenient location. Because it rotates, you don’t have to dig through your shelf to find exactly what you need.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a particularly large walk-in closet, consider adding an island in the center of the space. Not only does this add storage space in the form of shelves and drawers, but it also provides a surface to store folded laundry.

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Likewise, a vanity can add a little more storage space for the smaller things your closet holds. It also serves another purpose: it serves as a place to complete the rest of your morning routine, including your makeup.

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Double the storage potential of your closet by raising the top clothes rail above the standard height to free up usable space below. Install drawers or bring in a freestanding dresser to fake a built-in look.

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Need more hanging space? Raise your top clothes rail and install a second level in the open space. If you don’t feel like installing a new organization system, you can maximize your closet capacity by adding an adjustable extension that hangs from an existing closet rail.

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Another alternative to make more room in your closet space is to completely remove non-seasonal clothes and instead store them in pockets under your bed or in another common closet of the house. You won’t be reaching to wear them anyway, so this gives you more room to better organize the clothes you’ll be wearing regularly. It also allows you to revisit your clothes each season and potentially get rid of or donate items you use less.



Store bags upright with dividers

No matter how much you love an item in your closet, if you can’t see it, you don’t use it. Store clutches and purses in a mail organizer to keep them visible and within reach. (Storing them upright also helps them keep their shape.)

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Make use of wasted space

Instead of storing scarves, belts and other accessories in boxes or on hangers, take advantage of unused wall space and install a towel bar or hooks to display your collections.

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Large purses and bins can take up a lot of valuable closet real estate. To keep them off the floor and ready, hang bags from hooks installed on the inside of your door. Still low on storage space? Stash swimsuits or various accessories inside.

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Winter coats tend to take up the largest amount of space on a rack, leaving little to no room for the remaining dresses or pants you want to hang. That’s why you can make the most of your space by adding a coat rack, in your bedroom or in the entrance of your house. A plus: It makes it easier to just grab your coat and go when you run out of the house!

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Invest in sweater storage

Is there anything worse than opening a previously spotless closet only to be knocked over by clothes? Look to shelf dividers or shirt boxes to turn sweater chaos into rest.

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Make baskets and totes your BFFs

When it comes to closet organization, there are some things that just don’t have a logical place to go. To keep clutter at bay, use storage baskets to keep the clutter together.

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Move your furniture indoors

Do you have a little space left in your closet? Move furniture, such as a jewelry cabinet or sofa, inside. This not only makes your closet more functional, but also saves space in your bedroom.

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Choose space-saving hangers

Ditch those plastic or wooden hangers and opt for a sleek, velvet version instead. The sleek, non-slip design doubles the amount of hanging space in your closet and helps keep clothes off the floor.

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Take advantage of the space at the top of your closet

Most people make insufficient use of the vertical space in their closets. Make the most of every inch by adding shelves llllllll the way to the top to stash less-used items, as blogger Olivia Rink did here in her New York City closet.

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Hang a branch on a wall

Need extra hanging storage? For a beautiful and practical solution, hang a branch on an empty wall to double as a clothes rack.

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Just because your closet is small doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. A nice wallpaper and a whimsical lamp can go a long way in brightening up a dull room for dressing – and storing clothes! – make it a more pleasant experience.

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Make the most of every inch

Leave no space untouched! Create an organization system that puts every square inch to good use, then fill all open shelves with bins, jewelry organizers, and folded items.

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Display clothes

Don’t have a good closet? That is good! Install an organization system along a free wall and hide it with a curtain or let it function as a makeshift headboard like Siw Haveland from Design Shimmer.

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