A clean and organized closet is great for many reasons. It streamlines your morning routine, offers you extra space so that you can expand your wardrobe if needed, and you can see everything in your closet and know how to better assemble the perfect outfit combo.

If you’re looking to make the most of your closet space, here are our top tips for organizing and maximizing any closet.

Start Fresh!

A great way to organize and clean your closet is by starting anew! Purge your current closet and curate the closet of your dreams. We recommend going with the Marie Kondo method of organizing. If it does not spark joy, donate or sell it to your favorite charity or even friends and family!

Use a spreadsheet, like Google docs, to assemble and organize your new closet.

#2 Make a Habit of Keeping the Floors Clear

Make a habit of keeping the floors clear. This will make your closet and room look more spacious and clean. If there are items strewn across furniture or your floor, consider donating or giving your belongings away. Revisit the Marie Kondo method.

#3 Install an Island

If you have space, consider installing an island. An island can be great for stowing away jewelry and accessories. Include a colorful stool and mirror to complete the station.

And when you’re folding clothes, the island comes in super handy as a surface to get your laundry done.

#5 Install a Wall Shelf

A great way to expand surface space in your closet is to install wall shelving units. You can display your prettiest possessions on wall shelves and keep things off the ground. It’s also a great way to keep your important belongings visible. You can also add hooks to the shelves to hang purses and jewelry.

#6 Hang Shoes From Your Door

If you need more closet space, shoes can take up a lot of space. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your door to get more out of your closet. It also helps to keep your shoes visible and accessible.

#7 Keep It Behind Closed Doors

Make a habit of keeping all your clothes behind closed doors. A walk-in closet works perfectly with this trick. It allows your bedroom more space and looks minimalist.

#8 Use the Corners of Your Closet

Have a walk-in closet? Add corner shelves to keep your belongings organized. Shoes and small leather goods are perfect for corner shelves.

#9 Creatively Stow Bulky Clothes

While shoe organizers are great for shoes, they’re also great for other items like bulky sweaters. Save hanger space by compacting bulky clothes into a single shoe slot. Stowing them this way also prevents sweaters from stretching out like they would on hangers.

#10 Use Trays for Jewelry and Accessories

Display your jewelry and fragrances on a tray on top of the dresser. Don’t forget to leave room for flowers or house plants.

#11 Store Small Items in a Vanity

If you have a vanity, store your smaller items like jewelry, wallets, and accessories. There is plenty of small drawer organizers that you can buy.

#12 Try a Clothing Rack

A clothing rack is great for visualizing and assembling your outfits for the day, week, or month. It also comes in handy when guests come by and need a place to hand their belongings.

#13 Put Away Your Season Clothing

If you have empty space under your bed or in the storage unit, put your out-of-season clothing into plastic bins to weatherize your wardrobe. It’s also a great way to organize and create your capsule wardrobe, so that you wear only what you need during that season.

#14 Divide the Room with a Curtain

If you have a large closet, consider dividing it with a curtain to create a separate room that you can use for other things such as styling. It also gives the illusion that your room is bigger than it is.

#15 Put Your Dresser and Mirror Into the Closet

If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in closet, consider moving your dresser and a full-size mirror inside. It’ll transform your closet into the ultimate place to get ready. It’ll also free up a lot of space in your bedroom for decorations.

#16 Hang Your Purses

Use hooks in your closet to hang purses. We like using over-the-door hooks or installing a few wall hooks into your closet.

#17 Use Cascading Hangers

These cascading hangers contraptions easily file away clothing in your closet. The design also makes clothing easier to grab off the rack as you dash to get ready in the morning. Your clothes deserve the best treatment on and off your body. Using one type of hanger, whether it’s wooden or padded, lets your clothes shine.

#18 Add a Bar

Hang up another bar in your closet to double the amount of hanging space. Choose a system such as the the Container Store Elfa shelving units to help you organize easily.

#19 Organize Thoughtfully

The best way to organize your closet is to set it up into sections based on the way you go about assembling your wardrobe. For example, when you are getting dressed, what items do you typically look for first, then second, then third, and so on. Arrange your clothes with this in mind so that it flows with your dressing process.

#20 Keep Your Shelves In Shape

Shelf dividers are great for compartmentalizing your belongings. They will keep your piles in their sections and prevent different items from spilling and falling over into one another.

#21 Try Organization Baskets and Cubes

Use storage baskets to keep your belongings organized on shelves. They will also make your open shelves looked more organized by keeping stuff out of sight. They also come in tons of materials, styles, shapes and sizes so that you can really make your closet look great.

#22 Suspend Your Jewelry

Hanging our jewelry is a great way to prevent them from getting tangled, lost or even ruined. Hang them on the wall or on a jewelry display on the shelf.

#23 Hang Strategically

The easiest way to end up with a disorganized closet is by hanging up clothes without even thinking about it. To keep things sectioned off, hang blouses, tops, and skirts above built-in shelves, and long dresses and pants when nothing is underneath.

#24 Use Open Wall Space

Instead of hanging belts, scarves, and accessories on valuable rod space, try installing a swivel towel bar or ladder to unused wall space.

#25 Try a Boot Organizer

Boots can take up a lot of space in the closet. Luckily there is a Boot Butler that can easily organizer that you can use to Boots can be a pain to store in a closet—they seem to topple over at the slightest touch. Instead, a special boot organizer can safely house five pairs in the “footprint” of one. 

#26 Transform a Spare Room

Need extra closet space? If you have an extra room in the home, turn it into a closet. Install racks, a dresser, shelves, etc., and create the perfect walk-in closet and a perfect solution on how to organize your closet.

#27 Elevate Your Rod Higher

Not only will hanging your rod higher keep your gowns and coats from dragging through floor dust, but it also frees up space for a hamper, second row of clothing or shelving for shoes.

If you found our post on how to organize your closet helpful, you might want to check our other blog posts on how to keep your apartment organized and how to declutter your small apartment. 

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