Learning how to organize your closet is an ongoing process. You continually acquire and get rid of stuff, so you’re continually learning to maximize your closet space. It goes without saying that the more closets you have, the more room you have to store stuff. But even if you live in a small home with only a closet or two, there are still lots of things you can do to maximize your storage space.
All it takes is a little maneuvering. We’ll teach you how to organize your closet the most efficient way.
When it comes to organizing your closets, it’s important to take stock of how much closet space you have, what you want to store in each closet, and what you need to do to make room for everything. Before you can even begin to do all that, however, you need to remove any items from your closets that you no longer want or need, or that you can store somewhere else.
First, set up a staging area. Empty the contents of your closets and sort through everything. Remove anything that will be sold, donated, thrown away, or stored elsewhere like in a basement, attic, or dresser. If you’re going to donate, check out our blog about where to best donate your stuff. And if you think you might need a storage unit for your belongings, we’ve got advice for that too.
Next, review everything that remains, and bring in anything else that you want to store in one of your closets. Separate the items according to which closet they will be stored in, and then make note of the variety (and quantity) of different items to be stored. Once you’ve done, it’s time to reorganize your closets.
Here are some tips on how to organize your closet:
Tips to organize closets with clothes:
- Increase your storage space underneath your hangers by raising the clothes bar. Increase the storage space above by adding shelves.
- Conserve hanger space by using the slimmest hangers you can find for shirts/tops and multi-tier swing arm hangers for pants.
- Create extra storage space for your clothes, scarves, underwear, and accessories by adding wire drawers, clear plastic drawers, canvas shelves, hanging shelves, or stackable bins with pull-out drawers. If you have the room—and the budget—you can even consider adding cabinets from the floor to the ceiling.
- Use shelf dividers to help keep sweaters, shirts, and other pieces neatly folded and organized.
- Help your large bags retain their shape and avoid sagging by hanging them on hooks instead of stuffing them onto shelves or storing them on the floor.
- Store your shoes in hanging shoe shelves, plastic shoe boxes, or a platform on the floor. You can also hang a shoe rack on the back of your closet door.
- Categorize your clothing by type or color so you can find pieces—and put outfits together—quickly.
- Hang a mirror and a pegboard in your walk-in closet to create a convenient dressing area. Hang a rack on the wall on a wall or behind the closet door to hand belts, ties, hats, and other items.
- Place the items you wear most often within easy reach, while keeping items that you wear less often out of the way.
- Stow your out-of-season items like sweaters in large boxes. You can also maximize your space by limiting your closet to in-season items and storing your out-of-season items elsewhere.
- Need extra space to hang clothes? Consider adding an armoire.
Tips for how to organize your closet that contains linens, cleaning supplies, or toiletries:
- Designate a closet for all of your linens. Use separate shelves for towels, sheets, and blankets. Store extra pillows on top. You can also use this closet to store extra toiletries. Consider using stackable, drawers, shelves, or bins to keep all these smaller items organized.
- Keep all of your cleaning supplies in another closet. Hang brooms and mops on the wall or behind the door. This is also a great place to store your vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have a closet to devote to your cleaning supplies, your laundry room, basement, or garage are decent alternatives.
- Limit your coat closet to only those coats needed for the current season. Store out-of-season items on a top shelf or elsewhere, and consider storing boots and other shoes on a rack or shelf at the bottom of the closet. Store hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens in this closet, as well. Place a bin in one of the corners to store your umbrellas.
- Use any remaining closets to store games, books, photos, movies, music, sports gear, craft supplies, mementos, and any other personal items.
If you’re like most people, you’ll be acquiring more stuff all the time. Make a habit of regularly purging any items you no longer want or need, and periodically review your closets to make sure that your storage methods are still working for you. Hope you enjoyed our tips on how to organize your closet and if you have any good ideas, feel free to reach out!
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