Table of Contents
- 1. Declutter your clothes by category.
- 2. Empty and clean your closet.
- 3. Design your ideal closet space.
- 4. Store your clothes by category.
- 5. Hang anything delicate, fancy, or sturdy.
- 6. Use coordinating hangers.
- 7. Stack thick items like denim and sweaters.
- 8. Roll t-shirts, pajamas, and workout clothes into storage boxes.
- 9. Store your most used clothes at eye level.
- 10. Color-code your wardrobe.
- 11. Maximize your vertical storage space.
- 12. Use drawer dividers for your undergarments.
- 13. Hang scarves on hangers.
- 14. Utilize empty wall space for hanging jewelry and accessories.
- 15. Organize your drawer contents in the order you get dressed.
- 16. Turn your hangers backward to mark how often you wear your clothing.
- 17. Use the “one in, one out” rule to keep your clothes collection in check.
- 18. Use MakeSpace to easily store the clothes and shoes that just won’t fit in your closet.
- Wardrobe Accessories Home Storage Solutions T-Shirt Clothes Folding Board Folder Large Capacity Cloth Organizer Syst RQI
- Clothing Closet Organizing Checklist
- 1. Shoe boxes make great organizers
- 2. Pool noodles keep boots upright and breathing.
- 3. Stack T-shirts upright. Now you can see which shirts are there.
- 4. Have a system in place for getting rid of items
- 5. Organize nail polish by color using shoe organizer
- 6. Hang a fruit basket for tubby toys.
- 7. Tie all your scarves around a hanger
- 8. The roll-up method saves space in suitcases and drawers
- 9. Organize your clothes in advance
- 10. Get a hanging laundry bag.
- 11. PVC pipe makes for a great organizer
- 12. Organize your shorts with shower rings
- 13. Use pillow cases to keep matching sheets together
- 14. Save those holiday ornament boxes they make great sock organizers.
- 15. Conserve prime closet space: hang suitcases over the door
- 16. Wine boxes make great shoe organizers
- 17. Double hanger space by using tabs from soda cans
- 18. Forget expensive jewelry organizers just use ice cubes
- 19. Oganize and charge gadgets within night stand
- 20. Store out of season clothes in comforter bags
- 21. The golden rule when it comes to storage
- How to Organize Clothes
- 2. Put It In Plain Sight
- 3. Divide and Conquer
- 4. Manage and Maintain
- 5. Dress for Success
- 6. Tap a Door
- 7. Consider All Options
- 8. Think Freestanding
- 9. Customize for Kids
- 10. Go Low
- See How It’s Done: Clothes Closet Organization
- Ornament Box for Storing Baby Clothes
- Matching Wardrobe
- Hanging Shorts
- T-Shirt Drawer Organization
- Wine Box Shoe Organization
- PVC Pipe Scarf Organizer
- Hanging Scarf Storage
- Drawer Labels
- Jewelry Organizer for Scarves
- Slide-Out Closet Drawers
- DIY Jewelry Armoire
- Desk Storage
- The Ultimate Under Bed Storage
- Let Go of Old Clothing
- DIY Clothing Rack
- Pop Can Tab Organizers
- Tension Rod Shoe Organizer
- Tank Top Organizer
- Easy Tie Rack
- Inside the Door Bookshelf
- Perfect Organization
- Wicker Baskets
- Know What You Should Have
- Repurpose Drawer Handles
- Pants Organization
- Linen Closet Organization
- Crown Molding Shoe Holders
- Cheap Hangers for Shoes
- Closet Jewelry Organizer
- Baby Size Labels
- Shoe Hangers Hold More than Shoes
- Drawer Dividers
- Hanging Boots
- Shower Curtain Hooks for Purses and Totes
- PVC Pipe Shoe Storage
- Sideways Bookshelf Storage
- Cheap and Easy Jewelry Organizer
- Crate Storage
- Clothespins for Organizing Tights
- How to Organize and Maintain Kids Closets
6. Organize your closet by color. Pull all your black things together, all your pink things together, and so on. Don’t obsess about shade, fabric or season. Within each color group there will be a range of shades from light to dark, differences in fabric and texture, plain and fancy, solids and prints, casual and dressy, tailored and relaxed. Just by sticking to one color group at a time for a total outfit gives you a stylish, tonal look in two minutes. Fold and stack sweaters, knits and T-shirts by color — belts, shoes and bags, too. Hang like items together within each color group instead of higgledy-piggledy. Put all jackets in a cluster, then all dresses, pants, skirts and shirts, for example, to make things even speedier.
7. Deal with the shoe situation. We love shoe shopping, and it’s where women tend to hoard. Toss any shoe that hurts (stilettos, too small, too stiff), is beyond repair, has an outdated toe box (usually an extreme — too boxy, too pointy, too elongated), or you’re just “over.” Whether you store shoes in a hanging bag or on shoe shelves, arrange by color with each pair toe to heel or heels out. Being able to spot heel height and shape immediately — whether closed-back kitten or block heel, a slingback, wedge or mule — makes grabbing the right pair the first time simple. Keep sneakers in a basket. Stuff tall boots with premade boot shapers (or use old rolled up magazines like I do), and use tissue paper in the toes to preserve shape or lavender-scented shoe sachets for sweet-smelling boots in storage season. Lining them up on the floor against a wall under your hanging clothes is fine if you’re stuck for space. Remember to air out shoes and boots that are waterlogged or have been exposed to pungent odors before storing in the closet. Clean dirty soles with a soft cloth or stiff brush after each wearing.
8. Check the rod heights. Do they make sense now? You may need to adjust them. You shouldn’t need a stepladder to get anything down. If you wear a lot of dresses and pants, is the rod high enough so they don’t drag on the floor — but not too high? Hang pants by the waist or hem, as folding them leaves a dent and takes up space. The exception is, of course, jeans, which can be folded and stacked on a shelf (like stores do) or slipped onto a slim multirod hanger or on individual slim hangers side by side. Store jeans according to wash color (light to dark, as in No. 6); then by fit (skinnies to straight to wide-leg); and last, by length (cropped to long).
9. Protect but don’t overdo it. Get cedar blocks and lavender sachets. They are not a myth and do prevent moths from nibbling holes in cashmere and wool garments. Resist storing bags within bags — with the exception of a tote with matching clutch. Keep everything visible. Ditch dust bags for your leather bags. Hobo bags and totes can be stored flat and stacked on a shelf or hung on a peg or hook. Stuff structured satchels and crossbody and shoulder bags with a little tissue paper to keep the shape (or use old T-shirts as I do).
For more beauty and style tips for women age 50-plus, check out The Woman’s Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life, and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson and AARP’s Beauty & Style issue.
Never worry about organizing your closet again. Our fool-proof, step-by-step guide (with photos) shows you how to easily organize your closet for good. If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably decluttered and organized your bedroom closet many times over the years, and yet every few months it still ends up looking like a bull busted through your walk-in.
Maintaining an organized closet will always be an ongoing process (because updating your wardrobe is an ongoing process), but there are certain things you can do to ensure you never spend more than 20 minutes rearranging your clothes ever again.
Follow these 18 easy strategies to organize your closet for good. It may take a little time, but we promise it’ll be worth it.
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1. Declutter your clothes by category.
A fast, easy way to declutter your clothes is to sift through them by type. Tossing every piece of clothing you own into a massive fabric mountain on your bed is overwhelming and inefficient.
Instead, separate your clothes into categories like pants, dresses, tops, outerwear, accessories, and undergarments. Then sort through every item in a single category before moving on to the next.
Why is this method better?
Because it’s way easier to compare similar clothes when they’re all grouped together in front of you, making it easier to get rid of the things you know you have too much of or don’t want.
As you go through your stuff, make a commitment to only keep the clothes you know you love and wear with frequency.
If anything gives you reason to hesitate, toss it in a pile for donation.
Want more decluttering advice? Check out these 15 actionable decluttering tips from Certified Professional Organizers.
2. Empty and clean your closet.
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Once you’ve made separate “donation” and “keep” piles for your clothes, shoes, and accessories, give your closet a once-over and pull out anything else still lingering inside it.
When only the occasional lone safety pin remains, dive in and give your closet a proper deep-clean. Vacuum the carpet, wipe down the shelves, and scrub any scuff marks or dirt off the walls.
3. Design your ideal closet space.
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Within reason, obviously. If you have the time and money for a full-blown Carrie Bradshaw closet renovation, go for it.
If not, get creative to work with what you have (and yes, it’s possible to organize a closet without an actual closet). Take note of your closet’s best features: Maybe you have tons of vertical storage space, built-in shelving, or multiple hanging rods. Use these to your advantage.
For the areas of your closet that aren’t so great — your hard-to-reach upper shelves or total lack of shelves altogether, for example — figure out what you can do to fix these problems.
Kadi from Wizard of Homes used a hanging shoe organizer to store t-shirts, and large plastic bins to store beach clothes, bathing suits, and hats.
Maybe your open-plan closet would benefit from plastic rolling dressers or a small armoire tucked inside. If you have too many shelves and not enough hanging space, maybe you can remove a few shelves and hang hooks on the walls instead.
The possibilities are infinite.
4. Store your clothes by category.
This tip may seem obvious, but it makes all the difference when you want to locate your cozy gray alma mater sweater in a flash.
Keep like items with like items. Store all your belts in the same spot, hang your sundresses alongside each other, and keep your workout shirts separate from your pajamas.
5. Hang anything delicate, fancy, or sturdy.
Maybe you have enough space to hang every single T-shirt you own, but if you don’t, then stick with hanging the obvious stuff.
That means delicate items like dresses, skirts, and lingerie, fancy items like suits, and sturdy, structured pieces like coats and blazers.
Here’s a tip from Marie Kondo (the most organized person in the world) to give your closet a neat, happy look: Hang everything facing the same direction, with longer items on the left and shorter items on the right so the bottom of your clothes creates an upward sloping line.
Bonus Tip: Use this KonMari method cheat sheet to declutter your home the Marie Kondo way.
6. Use coordinating hangers.
Nothing screams closet chaos quite like a collection of wire and neon plastic hangers trying to peacefully coexist alongside one another.
Limit the visual clutter and give your closet a sleek, streamlined look by using matching hangers for your clothes.
Just make sure you invest in hangers that actually work for what you have. Opt for sturdy velvet hangers over the thin plastic varieties if you have heavy suits to hang, for example, and steer clear of wooden hangers if you have lots of slippery silk blouses.
7. Stack thick items like denim and sweaters.
Save yourself precious drawer and hanging space by stacking bulky winter sweaters and stiff denim jeans (in separate piles, of course). These items make perfect stacks for your shelf space because they’re sturdy and thick, meaning they won’t slump, crinkle, or lose their shape when you stack them.
Not only that, you’ll be able to see each item in a stack clearly, making it that much easier to find what you’re looking for.
8. Roll t-shirts, pajamas, and workout clothes into storage boxes.
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Things like cotton shirts, leggings, and polyester shorts tend to be thin and pliable, making them perfect candidates for the roll and tuck technique.
This technique is a major space-saver if you do it right. Rather than folding and stacking your softer, thinner clothes, simply fold them in half and roll them into neat little tubes.
Tuck your rolled clothing into shoe boxes (great for sliding into drawers), or use wire baskets or clear bins (perfect for shelves).
Pro Tip: Learn how to fold and store a shirt like Marie Kondo.
9. Store your most used clothes at eye level.
A Beautiful Mess
Keep everything you wear on a regular basis in the middle of your closet at eye level so it’s easy to find and grab in your early morning pre-coffee haze.
Put lesser-used pieces directly above or below your most popular clothes, and relegate your least-worn items to the top shelf.
10. Color-code your wardrobe.
It’s true — organizing your clothes by color can be tedious, but the end result will make picking out an outfit so much easier, especially if you’re a visual person.
No need to drive yourself crazy trying to remember the exact order of the colors in the rainbow (but it’s ROYGBIV if you want to be precise). Even creating the most general color distinction will make your closet totally Pinterest-worthy and easy to navigate.
11. Maximize your vertical storage space.
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Every closet has a secret storage weapon that, when used properly, changes the entire layout of your closet: vertical space.
This means walls, top shelves, doors, and even that dead space between your floor and the hems of your hanging dresses.
How do you take advantage of your vertical storage space?
Hang an over-the-door shoe rack over your, ahem, door, or hang it facing sideways on a tension rod. You can also use extra wall space to install DIY shelves that hold jewelry boxes or handbags.
Free Bonus: For more creative vertical storage ideas, check out our collection of 53 insanely clever bedroom storage hacks.
12. Use drawer dividers for your undergarments.
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Drawer dividers are the key to getting dressed with a smile on your face — and to knowing exactly when you need to do laundry.
To maximize space in the compartments and make everything easy to see, roll your socks, tights, underwear, and belts.
Aesthetically pleasing and functional.
13. Hang scarves on hangers.
Just A Girl and Her Blog
Sure, you can roll them up or stack them if they’re really thick, but tying your scarves on a hanger is a way better option for organizing them.
Hanging your scarves keeps them wrinkle-free and easy to see and access, meaning you’re more likely to actually use them on a regular basis.
Bonus Tip: Here are more brilliant ways to store scarves, hats, gloves, and boots in the least floorspace-eating way possible.
14. Utilize empty wall space for hanging jewelry and accessories.
Honey We’re Home
Got a few spare inches of wall space? Get creative and use this area to hang accessories like belts, jewelry, hats, or ties.
How do you hang everything?
You can use nails or towel hooks, or opt for a more personalized approach like a stylish coat rack or LEGO key holder.
Other cool ideas?
A pegboard, canvas jewelry organizer, piece of burlap with safety pins attached, or even a repurposed metal rake head (check out The Thinking Closet’s easy tutorial).
The Thinking Closet Free Bonus: Pinched for time? We are too. So we created a list of awesome DIY storage and furniture projects you can make in an hour or less.
15. Organize your drawer contents in the order you get dressed.
How much simpler would your morning routine be if you woke up and didn’t need to think about where to find all your clothes?
The answer: way simpler.
If you’ve got a dresser or set of drawers that house a substantial amount of clothes, be smart about how you organize those drawers.
In the top drawer, store the items you put on first when getting dressed in the morning — like undergarments. Follow that with pants in the drawer below and tops in the drawer below that.
16. Turn your hangers backward to mark how often you wear your clothing.
This closet hack saves you the hassle of figuring out which clothes you wear all the time and which ones you never touch, despite somehow justifying their utility or beauty every time you do a major clothes purge.
Here’s how it works:
Turn all your hangers backwards. If you’re feeling crafty, you could tie pretty ribbons on the hangers instead or wrap pieces of electrical tape on them with the date written.
Every time you pull an item out of your closet to wear it, turn the hanger so it’s facing forward.
Any items that have backward-facing hangers after six months or a year has passed go straight into the donation pile, which MakeSpace can pick up and drop off at a local Goodwill.
17. Use the “one in, one out” rule to keep your clothes collection in check.
Despite your best organizational efforts, you may still end up with massive heaps of ill-fitting, outdated, or unloved clothes at the end of every year (or every season if you’ve got a serious shopping addiction).
So how do you prevent things from getting out of hand?
You do what 90-square-foot-apartment dweller Mary Helen Rowell does and adopt a simple, ruthless little rule called the “one in, one out” policy.
What is it exactly? Just what it sounds like.
For every new item you bring into your closet, you get rid of another. Got a new pair of sassy fall boots? Let go of the black strappy heels you haven’t worn in two years. Bought a fresh leather jacket? Say goodbye to an old shirt.
It’s simple, easy, and ensures your collection of clothes never gets too large to manage.
18. Use MakeSpace to easily store the clothes and shoes that just won’t fit in your closet.
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Maybe you have stacks of shorts and short-sleeved shirts that need a loving home during the cold fall and winter months. Or maybe your collection of rarely used but very important hiking gear is commandeering your shoe section.
Or maybe you just have too many fabulous clothes to squeeze into your limited closet space. (Don’t have a closet? Here’s how to live without one.)
Whatever you want to store, MakeSpace has you covered.
Here’s the breakdown:
Simply pack up your stuff, schedule a pickup, and leave the rest to MakeSpace. We’ll come to your home, pick up everything, transport it to our secure and temperature-controlled storage facility, and create an online photo catalog of your stuff so you never forget what you have in storage.
Whenever you need something back, all you have to do is log into your MakeSpace account and click the item’s photo. We’ll deliver it to you.
Top image via Flickr/Rubbermaid Products
This article was written by Paige Smith, a freelance writer from Orange County, California who specializes in lifestyle, wellness, and travel topics.
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Clothing Closet Organizing Checklist
- Edit your wardrobe. Take a look at your clothes and assess what you wear most, least, or not at all. Donate the clothing you haven’t worn in a year or more, as well as anything that no longer fits. If an item is severely damaged, toss it out.
- Decide what to store. Let seasonality and frequency of use be your guide in determining what to keep in the closet and what to stow elsewhere.
- Organize hanging garments by type and color. Blouses, for example, can be sorted first by sleeve length and then by shade. By keeping like with like, options for a given outfit are clear at a glance.
- Choose the right hanger. Your closet will look neater if you use just one type of hanger—wood, wire, or plastic.
- Set up zones. A low rod holds tops and skirts; an eye-level pole, dresses; and a high bar, shirts and suits. A high shelf works fine for out-of-season shoes and sweaters.
- Arrange folded items. Any clothing that will stretch out of shape should be folded over hangers. When organizing the folded clothing you’ll store on shelves, place heavier items at the bottom of the pile, and lighter ones at the top. After folding, arrange garments by function (workout tops together, business tops together, etc.) and color (white to nude to bright colors to black). If your closet doesn’t have shelves, consider using part of your clothing rod for hanging canvas ones.
- Get a garment bag. A sturdy canvas garment bag protects fine suits, dresses, and jackets better than plastic. (Leather, in particular, is susceptible to drying and even cracking if kept in plastic.)
- Deal with dry cleaning. Remove clothes from dry-cleaning bags as soon as you get home, and hang your clothes on proper hangers. Return the wire hangers to the dry cleaner for reuse.
- Manage odds and ends. Store bags, belts, ties, scarves, and other accessories in plain sight on hooks or racks, which can be attached to the inside of your closet door.
- Contain what doesn’t hang. Use containers—consider a matching set of baskets—to hold accessories and clothing that can’t be hung, such as socks and undergarments. Smaller baskets or boxes can store a single type of accessory, such as scarves or hats.
- Pick a system for storing shoes. Choose between a shoe rack on the floor, a hanging shoe organizer, see-through plastic boxes, or original shoe boxes with photographs stapled to them to identify the boxes’ contents. Stow shoes you don’t wear frequently in labeled plastic boxes on a high shelf, in another closet, or under your bed.
Here are 21 genius ways to reclaim more space in your closet and drawers.
1. Shoe boxes make great organizers
2. Pool noodles keep boots upright and breathing.
3. Stack T-shirts upright. Now you can see which shirts are there.
4. Have a system in place for getting rid of items
5. Organize nail polish by color using shoe organizer
6. Hang a fruit basket for tubby toys.
7. Tie all your scarves around a hanger
8. The roll-up method saves space in suitcases and drawers
9. Organize your clothes in advance
10. Get a hanging laundry bag.
11. PVC pipe makes for a great organizer
Better Homes and Gardens
12. Organize your shorts with shower rings
13. Use pillow cases to keep matching sheets together
14. Save those holiday ornament boxes they make great sock organizers.
15. Conserve prime closet space: hang suitcases over the door
16. Wine boxes make great shoe organizers
17. Double hanger space by using tabs from soda cans
18. Forget expensive jewelry organizers just use ice cubes
19. Oganize and charge gadgets within night stand
20. Store out of season clothes in comforter bags
21. The golden rule when it comes to storage
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How to Organize Clothes
Clothes retain their good looks longer when stacked neatly or hanging freely. So create breathing room in closets and drawers by donating apparel that hasn’t been worn in a year, that no longer fits its owner, and is decidedly never coming back into style. Install closet systems, over-the-door racks, and drawer organizers to keep your remaining garments in apple-pie order.
2. Put It In Plain Sight
Unlike dressers or armoire drawers, bookcases and open shelves let you quickly see and retrieve what you need. Move a bookcase into a closet to hold stacks of foldable items like sweaters, sweatshirts, and blue jeans. Equip a few shelves with colorful labeled baskets that corral socks and delicates.
3. Divide and Conquer
Create a closet-rod reminder system that tells you what goes where so you can speedily find what you’re looking for and then return it to its proper space. Storing like-minded items together streamlines storage and stops you from stuffing too much in one spot, which in turn prevents other garments from falling off hangers or becoming wrinkled. Look for eye-catching closet and drapery-rod clips to display vivid handwritten tags that define different clothing sections.
4. Manage and Maintain
Employ stylish and matching storage pieces to create a closet system that stows apparel and the tools needed to keep clothes looking their best. You’re more likely to replace lost buttons, stitch a falling hem, and/or press a blouse when a mending kit, button jar, and iron and board are near at hand. Being able to tackle these quick fix-ups ensures that no flawed or rumpled garment languishes unused in your closet.
5. Dress for Success
Hang your best garments on wood hangers (larger hangers help clothing pieces hold their shapes) before compiling a week’s worth of outfits handily separated by day-of-the-week dividers. The benefits of this presorting system are threefold: it lets you pre-check garments, gives you time to clean spots or repair flaws before Monday rolls around, and makes it easy to dress and dash on busy mornings.
6. Tap a Door
Use over-the-door hooks, shoe bags, and multihook racks to temporarily hold freshly ironed outfits, contain ball cap collections, and hold heavy items, such as robes or coats, that are worn daily. Or, add a pegboard to the front or back of a door so you can use hooks to organize smaller accessories such as scarves, neckties, and belts.
7. Consider All Options
Shop retailers dedicated to home-organizing gear, and big box store’s laundry and storage aisles for customizable closet systems, specialty racks and hangers, storage bins and baskets, shelf and drawer organizers, and hanging compartmentalized bags to optimize clothes storage. Personalize storage systems by using vintage hat boxes, suitcases, and wire planters to beautifully corral rarely used clothing, fashion accessories, and out-of-season apparel.
8. Think Freestanding
Increase clothing storage by moving in antique armoires and capacious wardrobes, which you’ll find at every price point and in every style. Outfit the cabinet’s interior with modern bin storage systems and closet rods situated at heights that suit both hanging clothes and the clothes’ wearer. Tuck in shoe racks and storage bins as space allows. Post colored sketches on door-hung bulletin boards that remind you how to pull together your favorite looks.
9. Customize for Kids
Little ones have smaller clothes, which means you can fit more clothes inside a closet. Opt for multitier systems featuring dual rods, with the lower one used for play and church clothes sorted by day-of-the-week closet dividers. Stencil, paint, or sketch an image of what’s inside each drawer or bin so kids can readily identify what’s stored where.
More tips for organizing kid’s closets.
10. Go Low
Underbed organizers — such as plastic boxes, fabric bags, wire racks, and wooden drawers — provide a variety of clothing organization and storage options. Ideally suited to hold folded sweaters, jeans, extra robes, or balled up socks, they can also be used to hold out-of-season clothing. Look for options with shoe-organizer inserts; moving shoes out of your closet can create neater environs and may open up space for storing more clothes.
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See How It’s Done: Clothes Closet Organization
- By Ann Wilson
No matter where you live, how big your house is or how many rooms you have, you will simply never have enough closet space. Closets are like kitchen cabinets, no one ever has enough. Even huge walk-in closets can often seem smaller when they are cluttered.
One way to open up those storage spaces and make them seem bigger is to organize them. And the great part is that you really don’t need expensive closet organizers or a professional organizer to come to your home.
This doesn’t only go for closets, though. You can make your life much easier by organizing every storage space in your home from closets to dressers and even under the bed storage.
We have compiled a list of 40 great DIY organizing hacks that will instantly help you to save space and time. From easier ways to get ready in the morning to ways that you can turn a small closet into a huge storage area, you can find everything you need to organize your home and your life.
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Ornament Box for Storing Baby Clothes
Ornament boxes are the perfect storage solution because they take up relatively little space and they can store loads of things. If you have baby clothes that you need to organize, an ornament box is a great choice.
You can roll up bibs, onesies and even blankets and store them in the sections and most sections are large enough to hold two items so you can easily sort those little outfits and match them to save time in the morning when dressing your little one.
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If you need to save space and time, taking a bit of initiative to put your weekly wardrobe together will help. Just match those outfits for the entire week and put them on hangers together.
You can even put tags noting the day of the week that you plan to wear each of them, which will save you loads of time when getting ready in the mornings. Incidentally, this is a great idea for kids’ closets and will help them to save time, too.
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Whether you wear those sexy cut-off Daisy Dukes or you just have capris or regular shorts that you need to organize, you can easily store them in the closet. Just insert a ring (like the one that comes on your keychain) onto a hanging bar and then hang the shorts up by running the ring through a belt loop.
Not only does this keep those shorts organized but it helps you to find them much easier than rummaging through drawers.
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T-Shirt Drawer Organization
If you (or your teenagers) tend to wear a lot of t-shirts, you may notice that they often take up a lot of space in the drawer. One great solution to this is to fold them so that they take up less space.
If you fold the sleeves in and then the shirt in triples, you can get nearly three times as many in a drawer and when you stack them properly you will be able to see exactly which shirt you need so you don’t tear the drawer up looking for it.
Source – Alldaychic
Wine Box Shoe Organization
Wine boxes are great for organizing your shoes. You just have to cover them with whatever type of paper or other covering you want (for décor purposes) and then add your shoes.
The boxes are relatively sturdy and if you don’t drink wine, you may be able to pick up a few boxes at your local liquor store for free. You can get six pairs of flip-flops and tennis shoes type shoes in each box.
Source – Threeyearsofdeath
PVC Pipe Scarf Organizer
PVC pipe is really inexpensive and is a great way to keep scarves and neckties organized. You will need to measure the height of each drawer and then just cut the pipe into the proper height.
Depending on the depth of your drawer, you may be able to get several pipe organizers in there and then you just roll up your neckties and/or scarves and stick them in the pipes.
Source – Bhg
Hanging Scarf Storage
Hangers and shower curtain hooks make the perfect solution for storing and organizing scarves. If you have room in your closet or even behind a door somewhere, you can just add the hooks to the hanger and then add your scarves.
This is a great way to keep scarves from knotting and to keep them in view so that you can easily find the one you are looking for.
What better way to always know where everything is than with labels? You can print off very decorative labels and then use them to keep your drawers completely organized.
Just add the labels to the appropriate drawer and then make sure that you put your things away properly. Labeling drawers helps to cut down on the time it takes to find what you need so you can be ready much faster in the morning.
Source – Bhg
Jewelry Organizer for Scarves
Plastic boxes or jewelry organizers are great for keeping scarves, neckties, socks and other smaller items organized in drawers. Just add the boxes to your drawers and then choose the items to go inside.
This is a great way to keep socks matched with their respective partners and will help you to find things much easier. This is also a great way to organize belts. Just roll them up and stick them in the boxes to keep them out of the way.
Source – Livesimplybyannie
Slide-Out Closet Drawers
For linen closets, slide-out drawers are a great way to keep contents organized. You can buy drawers on sliders at most home improvement stores – think kitchen drawers that have the same concept.
Then just add towels, blankets or whatever you plan to store there to the drawers and instead of having to rummage through them to find what you need, you can simply pull out the drawer for a clear look.
Source – Houzz
DIY Jewelry Armoire
So, if you have an old dresser that you just don’t need, you can create a beautiful jewelry armoire from it. You just have to remove the top and add a glass panel and then install jewelry organizers in the top two drawers.
This gives you the rest of the dresser for clothing and other items and plenty of space to keep jewelry perfectly organized.
Source – Welke
An IKEA small chest of drawers, some chalkboard paint and a bit of imagination will allow you to create a beautiful desktop organizer and display. Use the chalkboard paint to label each compartment and then add pencils, flashcards or whatever you need to keep organized.
This is a great idea for kids’ rooms or study areas and allows you to clearly label where everything goes so you always know where it is.
Source – Martha Stewart
The Ultimate Under Bed Storage
You can easily create under bed storage from bookshelves or spare strips of wood. Just build the frame with small compartments for keeping books and other items organized.
Then add a lift feature to your mattress and you can easily lift the bed up to add more storage space underneath. This is a brilliant idea and a great one for smaller apartments and homes with very little closet space.
Source – Homedit
Let Go of Old Clothing
Ok, so some people just have a harder time letting go than others. If you are someone who just can’t seem to get rid of those older clothing items, think about how much better your life would be with a little organization.
Organizing experts recommend re-thinking your closets and dressers about once every six months and giving away anything that you haven’t worn during that time. You’ll have loads more space and a lot of room for a new wardrobe if you want.
Source – Orgjunkie
DIY Clothing Rack
If you really just don’t have enough (or any) closet space, you can build your own clothing rack with some steel pipe, scraps of wood and a few other supplies. This is a great weekend project and gives any room a really nice rustic look due to the wood and steel.
You can also build this as a laundry rack to hang those delicates to dry or just add it to any room where you need a bit of extra hanging space.
Source – Blackoakvintage
Pop Can Tab Organizers
Those little taps on soda cans are relatively useless, unless you put them to use in your closet. They are the perfect size for making great extended hanger organizers.
Just slip one over a metal hanger and then use the hole in the tab to add another hanger. Voila! You can now hang twice as many hangers in one space.
Source – Diyncrafts
Tension Rod Shoe Organizer
Tension rods are great for all types of organizing. They are perfect for closet floors if you want an inexpensive and easy way to organize your shoes. Just add various tension rods and secure them against the walls and then add your shoes.
High heels stick perfectly on the rods and they are so inexpensive that you can add as many as you need without breaking the bank.
Source – 3citygirlsnyc
Tank Top Organizer
A tie hanger makes a great organizer for tank tops. If you are someone who has several tank tops or camisoles, you can use a regular tie hanger to keep those tops out of your drawers and out of the way.
Just hang the hanger in the closet and add as many tops as you need to hang. The great thing is that these organizers are really cheap so you can buy several if you need them.
Source – Lifedesigncraft
Easy Tie Rack
For smaller closets, a DIY tie rack is an absolute must. If you just don’t have room on the inside of the door for a hanging tie rack, you can easily build one yourself from wooden pegs.
You just attach the pegs to a strip of wood and secure it so that you can pull it out to get the tie you need. When you aren’t choosing a tie, it will lie flat against the inside wall, saving you loads of space.
Source – Instructables
Inside the Door Bookshelf
Closet storage can be found in many places and you should never overlook the inside of the door. With just a few small boards, some nails and some time, you can create a great bookshelf that is hidden by the closet and completely out of the way.
This is a great project for kids’ rooms to keep games and books in or you could use it for storing other items as well.
Source – Ana White
You can turn even the smallest closet into a beautifully organized space with just a little time and imagination. There are many baskets, totes and plastic containers that you can buy at your local Dollar Store for just a couple of bucks each and these make wonderful organizers.
First, think about what you need to do in order to get your clutter clean and then pick up the appropriate containers to do it. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
Source – Apartmenttherapy
You don’t have to have a huge walk-in closet to look like you do. Even the smallest closet can be redone to look bigger and to hold more clothing and other items. Instead of one large bar in the center for instance, hang two or three smaller bars so you get more hanging space.
Add plastic totes or even a small dresser to the bottom of the closet for drawer storage.
Source – 320sycamoreblog
Wicker baskets make everything look so neat and organized and they are perfect for closets. You can dress up any wardrobe with baskets, decorative hinges and labels so that you always know where everything goes.
If you have open cubbies or storage areas, put smaller items in baskets and store in those space to make them look neater and less cluttered.
Source – Ninemsn
Know What You Should Have
Being able to organize and keep organized relies heavily on what you have. There are certain things that every closet should always contain and once you have those items, you can begin to keep them all neat and tidy.
If you tend to keep clothing in your closet that you have no use for, now is the time to get rid of it and begin organizing those things that do need to stay.
Source – Lettherealworldbegin
Repurpose Drawer Handles
Drawer handles make wonderful hangers for scarves and ties. You just have to attach them to the inside of your closet or even the inside of the closet door and then loop ties and scarves through them.
They are relatively cheap and take very little time to install so if you are looking for a really inexpensive and quick way to get those scarves and ties organized, this is it.
Source – Bhg
Pull out pants racks are great if you have room. You can buy them from most home improvement stores and they install really easily. You then just hang your pants on the rack and it slides back against the wall to save space. This is a great way to organize that is relatively inexpensive and a real space saver.
Source – Bhg
Linen Closet Organization
Drawers, baskets and totes make wonderful organization tools for your linen closet. You can stack wash rags and towels in baskets or even put sheets and spare blankets in them, saving you loads of space and time. When it comes time to look for an item, you just have to pull out the basket it is in and go.
Source – Turnstylevogue
Crown Molding Shoe Holders
If you just don’t have space in your closet floor for your shoes, you can just hang some crown molding at the back of your closet and hang your shoes there. This works great with high heels and will allow you extra space in the floor and on shoe racks for shoes that don’t have heels.
You can pick crown molding up pretty cheap at most home improvement stores.
Source – Diyshowoff
Cheap Hangers for Shoes
Metal hangers are really cheap. You can buy several of them for about $1 and they make great shoe organizers. You just bend the hanger so that your shoes will stick on the ends and then hang them in the closet or wherever you need to.
If you have shoes that you prefer to keep by the front door, just hang them on a coat tree.
Source – Instructables
Closet Jewelry Organizer
A towel rack or two, some S-rings and toilet paper holders will give you plenty of behind the door storage for your jewelry. Just attach these items to the door, or any spare wall space you have in the closet, and you can put bracelets and necklaces in the closet and out of the way.
Hanging baskets are another great organizing trick for jewelry and are really cheap, too.
Source – Overthrowmartha
Baby Size Labels
Every mom knows that babies outgrow clothing faster than it can be replaced. If you have multiple sizes of clothing and need to organize it, just label those pieces by size.
Hang them in their respective places behind the labels and you can easily find the sizes that you need. This makes it much easier to get rid of clothing that is too small once baby does outgrow it.
Source – Indulgy
Shoe Hangers Hold More than Shoes
Over the door plastic shoe hangers are great for organizing all types of things. Whether you need them for shoes, jewelry, scarves, belts or anything else, they are cheap (about $1 each at most Dollar Stores) and they are easy to hang.
You just fill the spaces with whatever you need to sort and organize and you can have them hanging behind practically every door in your home if needed.
Source – Welke
Drawer dividers are a great way to keep t-shirts, athletic shorts and other items perfectly organized. For children’s rooms, these dividers are the perfect way to keep all of their clothing neat and tidy.
Just add them to dresser drawers and then label the drawers for whatever is going in them. You don’t even have to purchase dividers, you can use spare strips of wood or plastic if you have any on hand.
Source – Houzz
Skirt hangers are great for keeping boots up off the floor and out of the way. The hangers have clips which are perfect for holding boots. Just clip a boot onto each clip and then hang those boots on your closet rod or you can hang a tension rod closer to the floor to hold the boots.
Source – Diyncrafts
Shower Curtain Hooks for Purses and Totes
Shower curtain hooks are perfect for holding spare purses and totes. Just hang the hooks on your closet rod and then attach the purses that you need to store.
This keeps them out of the way and if you don’t really have room on your closet rod for hanging them, you can add a tension rod for the extra storage space.
Source – Squidoo
PVC Pipe Shoe Storage
PVC pipe is versatile and very inexpensive. You can create a stunning and very unique shoe storage compartment by simply stacking PVC pipe together.
You will need to cut it to the length needed to hold your shoes and then just stack in the closet or if you don’t have closet space available, it makes a great decoration for any bedroom.
Source – Woohome
Sideways Bookshelf Storage
If your closet is large enough, consider laying bookshelves sideways and using that for storage. You can pick up old bookshelves at yard sales or flea markets for very little and when you lay them sideways, they can be used for storing shoes, purses or anything else you need.
Add baskets to really make your closet look organized.
Source – Diyncrafts
Cheap and Easy Jewelry Organizer
A paper towel holder is a cheap and very easy DIY jewelry organizer. If you have room on a dresser or stand, just sit a paper towel holder (that you can pick up for less than $5 at Wal-Mart) on it to hold bangles and other bracelets.
This keeps them from piling up on the dresser and helps you to find them easily when needed.
Source – Halfofvamh
Crates aren’t just for the floor. If you have room in the closet, hang a few on the wall and then add shoes or anything else to keep it organized. If you don’t have room in the closet, these look great on the wall and can be painted or wallpapered to match any room so you can keep with your existing décor while you keep your items organized.
Source – Decorhacks
Clothespins for Organizing Tights
Tights are so in fashion – so much so in fact that many women have multiple pairs, which can begin to pile up and overtake drawers quickly. The solution? Just use a hot glue gun to attach wooden clothes pins to the back of the closet or the back of your closet door. Then just hang the tights up with the clothes pins. You won’t need to have them in your dresser any longer and you can easily get to them when needed.
Source – Lanared
How to Organize and Maintain Kids Closets
August 10, 2015
If you have children and they have a closet and/or a dresser and clothing, chances are there are some issues regarding clothes, organization, and laundry. While teaching kids to be tidy might be important to you, it’s probably not on their radar. Instead, doing a couple things to set them up for success is probably a better idea. So today I’m going to share some ideas for quickly organizing kids’ closets and dressers in ways that make it easy for them to maintain themselves. What better time than fall and back to school season to give a little thought to the organization in their closets and drawers.
First things first, a couple ideas to keep in mind when organizing for and with children:
- Keep things easily accessible – hang items at their level so they can take them out and put them away easily.
- Group like items together – the key to keeping things organized works SO well for kids. Group everything and it will be so much easier. Label if needed with words or pictures, whatever works for your kids.
- Keep often used items in plain sight so they are easy to find and put away. Storage without lids is great so they can simply see where the item belongs and put it there.
- Stay on top of outgrown clothing. Have a system for storage of outgrown clothing is key. I keep a bin in each child’s closet for anything that’s outgrown. Once it’s filled up it’s either passed down to a younger sibling or cousin or it’s donated. If you have younger children, keep only what you need and know your next child will use. Put the clothing in storage bins and clearly label them so it’s easy to find the clothing when they are needed. I find it really helpful to either have one large bin of clothing for a specific age OR to have one bin for fall/winter and one for spring/summer clothing.
- Teach your kids to de-clutter clothing and toys together so they understand this process. I find that it’s also especially helpful for kids to see how quickly they become disinterested with toys and clothing so they are more selective about new toys and clothing.
Empty the closet and any drawers completely. This is always my method when cleaning and organizing ANY space. Once you have emptied the entire space clean and wipe down any shelves and drawers. Vacuum if necessary.
Sort through clothing quickly – what fits, keep. What doesn’t fit put in one of 3 categories: pack away, toss, donate/sell. Use this simple method for all clothing sorting and organization – it works! If there are outfits or clothing that your child no longer likes or never liked but it still fits, either pack it away or donate/sell it. It isn’t worth taking up space if it isn’t an outfit or piece of clothing that will get worn.
Group like items together – long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, pants, shorts, pajamas, undies, socks, etc. Keeping everything grouped together makes it SO much easier to put away and to find certain articles of clothing in a hurry.
Hang or fold (almost) everything. Here’s the thing. If you want to get your kids involved with doing their own laundry or some part of the folding and putting away process and you want to start at a young-ish age (like 3+), having everything hung, folded, and put away neatly may or may not work. When I am doing little ones laundry and they aren’t helping, everything gets folded and put away standing up.
I’ve done this for years for my own clothes and for the kids and it works great for limited storage plus you can easily see everything at a glance. My oldest can keep up with this but my younger two cannot and I don’t expect it from them. I am just happy that one can fold his own clothes and put them away and the younger one can choose his own clothes and get dressed by himself. Point being, don’t expect perfect and figure out ways to let the kids take some responsibility. For example, kids’ socks and undies go in small bins in their dresser drawers unfolded.
If needed, use the door for storage – I put an over-the-door storage hanger over the back of the door for my daughter’s doll clothes – it’s a great way to keep them accessible for her and they’re also easy to put away.
Now for maintenance. Keeping a closet neat and tidy will need some supervision, but start with an accessible laundry hamper and making sure clothes are folded and put away where they belong is key. If the location of the clothing makes sense to your child and it’s easy for them to access, then they will have success! We do a big closet clean out in the spring and fall and this seems to be all that’s necessary.