Isn’t it amazing how quickly our closets can turn into a hot mess? Between clothes, shoes, boots, purses, scarves, and jewelry, it takes no time at all before it’s disorganized and bursting at the seams.
The struggle is real. Most of us can’t afford to hire a personal organizer or a fancy California Closet organizing system.
But there’s good news! There are easy closet organizing strategies and tools you can use to improve your closet destiny.
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Here are 10 organization ideas to transform your closet:
1. Hang your rod higher
If you’re struggling to fit everything into your closet, don’t forget to utilize vertical space. If you want to put a small dresser or set of drawers in your closet for some closed storage, consider hanging your clothing rod higher to accommodate it.
This is especially useful if your bedroom is small, and dresser storage is at a minimum. You could store socks and undergarments or workout clothes at the bottom of your closet in drawers.
2. Get a second rod
Whether or not you decide to hang your rod higher, a fabulous way to double your hanging space is to add a second rod. You can do it easily (without calling a handyman) with this handy tool.
The height and width are adjustable so you can opt to have two rods in part of the closet, and not all the way across, if that suits your needs best.
3. Use door space
Don’t forget the often neglected space on the back of your closet door. I have all my jewelry organized on the inside of one of my closet doors with this hanging jewelry organizer.
I used to keep my jewelry here, there, and everywhere, but now I love having it all in one place. And it’s all contained in an otherwise forgotten place and takes up zero extra space. (Hey, that rhymes!)
If you don’t have a lot of jewelry, door space can be used to store your purses. This over the door purse organizer holds a ton!
Scarves are another awesome thing to store on your closet doors. This adorable over the door organizer or even some inexpensive towel bars would be quite useful.
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4. Utilize shelf space
If you don’t have a plan for your closet shelf, it will look messy in a hurry. These easy and convenient shelf dividers can keep your stacked sweaters in their place.
For a more aesthetically pleasing look, these tweed storage bins would look extremely attractive lined up on your shelf. If you’re not storing your scarves or handbags on the back of your door, you could keep them in the bins.
Individual bins could also be useful for sandals, sweaters, workout clothes, or just about anything else you can think of. Your closet shelf will look sleek and organized instead of messy and random.
5. Organize clothing however works best for you
Some experts recommend organizing your clothing by color. This way you can easily find that green blouse you’re looking for when you’re running late.
Another option is to organize by function. That’s what I do. All my button down shirts are together, as are my jackets, dresses, casual shirts, etc. If you tend to think of your garments by occasion instead of color, that method is for you.
The point is to figure out how you choose your outfits and what will work best for you.
6. Purge twice a year
Yeah I know, getting rid of perfectly good clothes hurts a little. But the freedom that comes from having a streamlined closet makes it so worth it.
Decluttering your closet twice a year seems to be the sweet spot. Plan to do it in the spring and the fall. If you didn’t wear certain winter clothes this year, donate or sell them come spring. Do the same with your summer clothes in the fall.
If you’re unsure what to get rid of, as yourself these questions:
- Do I love it?
- Is it flattering?
- Is it the image I want to project?
- Which is more valuable – the item or the cleared space?
If you answer ‘no’ to any of the first three questions, save yourself the annoyance of a jam-packed closet and just let it go.
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7. Matching hangers
One of the easiest ways to make your closet look nicer is to put everything on matching hangers. These ivory velvet hangers are lovely and affordable.
Slim line, matching hangers take up way less space than the bulky ones you’ve probably collected over the years. This one small change transformed the look of my closet.
8. Organize your shoes
Either way, your shoes will be all together, with their matching mate, looking all classy and organized.
9. Add lighting
Don’t worry, no electrician needed. If you have a smallish closet like mine, it probably doesn’t include a light. I got this stick-on led closet light last year, and absolutely love it! Finally, I can see my clothes properly.
The light uses batteries, not a cord, and you can swivel it to aim it exactly where you want it. I just tap it gently, and it turns on. Genius!
10. Make it cute
You will love your closet all the more if you add some chic touches. You could hang a small decorative mirror. Or a slim-line full length mirror if you have the space.
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See how easy it can be to start loving your closet? Start by decluttering your clothes, and organize them (on matching hangers) in the way that serves you best. Come up with a plan to utilize vertical, shelf, and door space with attractive bins, a shoe rack, an accessory organizer, and maybe a second rod. Add some lighting and decorative touches, and you’re on your way!
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What are your closet organizing tricks? How often do you reorganize it?