Closet organizers should be simple. People tend to seriously over-complicate closet organization, but around here, I follow the KISS motto: Keep it Simple, Stupid. Hang your most-worn clothes up front, make sure you can reach everything, and use some assists where you can.
Here are 25 ideas to organize your closet quickly and…simply:
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Over-the-door shoe racks.
An over the door shoe rack will free up space on your closet's floor for cubbies and bins. This budget-friendly 36 Pair over the door tower will fit over most closet doors, but make sure to measure before purchasing.
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Label your shelves.
Labeling your shelves is especially helpful for jeans, which tend to blend in together when they are folded. I like The Container Store's simple label maker.
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Shoe cubbies for shoes *and* accessories.
Shoe cubbies to store more than just shoes; use them for clutches, handbags, accessories and jewelry holders. They are also great for sheets and pillowcases if your clothes closet doubles as linen closet. This 12 pair shoe organizer cubby from the Container Store is perfectly-sized for even a small closet.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Pant hangers for multiple pairs of pants.
Pant hangers can maximize space by hanging 5-6 pairs on the same hanger. This tiered pant hanger makes each pair easier to retrieve.
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Expandable shoe rack.
The expandable part is the real winner here, you can make the rack as small or large as you like to custom-fit your closet. This budget option from Whitmor is well-priced and sturdy.
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Peg board on inside of closet door.
A pegboard on the inside of your closet door can be one of the most helpful DIY installation projects you can add to your closet. Hang jewelry, scarves, belts and more off hooks attached to the pegboard. Even better: you can custom fit it to maximize as much or as little of your closet door as possible.
This peg board organizer kit is a great way to get started customizing your closet door.
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Hanging shoe rack to save space.
Hanging shoe racks can also free up floor space, and can be used to organize both accessories and shoes. This number from The Container Store eschews ugliness for a nice slate, gray color.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Inventory your closet.
Take an inventory of your closet and affix--on a clipboard--it to the inside of the closet door. That way you’ll know if your clothes are stored or ready-to-wear in your closet.
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Hooks for handbags.
Command Hooks affixed to the inside of your closet door are another great, less-bulky option to hang everyday jewelry, scarves and handbags.
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Group like with like.
Group clothes together by which type of clothing it is, will make it easier to organize your closet quickly.
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Re-purpose an out-of-use bookcase.
Not everything has to be fancy or specially-styled for your closet. A great option for DIY closet organizer is a plain old bookcase, which can hold sweaters, accessories and shoes.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Get a boost.
- A good step still will allow you to reach the top shelves in your closet, which means you can use those areas for storage. You can read my list of favorite steps stool, or, look no further and buy the sleekest one on the market, the Slim Folding Step Stool.
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Remove the mirror.
Move the mirror to the outside of the door, and find a way to utilize your closet door, whether it with command hooks, a shoe rack or a pegboard.
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And, maybe your shoes.
Store shoes outside of your closet. They are clunky and even worse, can smell up your closet. Find another space in your home to store shoes (like a shoe tower).
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Or, stack your shoes neatly.
Store shoes in clear plastic shoe boxes. Extra credit is you label them for easy retrieval. Shoe boxes stack so well together they don’t need anything to hold them in place.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Hang your most worn clothes in an easy-to-reach spot.
Hang your most-used work clothes up front so you can easily grab them in the morning. This will also remind you to press them or take them to the dry cleaners when necessary.
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Treat wool scarves like a wool sweater.
Stores scarves on a scarf organizer. Scarf organizers make them so much easier to find, and cut down on wrinkle since they are made to hang.
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Use a big shopping bag.
Instead of a donation box, keep a large, sturdy shopping bag (the kind you get from Nordstroms or Bloomingdales) in your closet for donations. This way when you decide to donate or sell something, you can toss it right into the bag. Tossing is so much more fun than "placing."Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Separate out gym clothes.
Move your gym clothes into a bin with everything together: pants, tank tops, and athletic socks. Now you have no excuse to not get dressed quickly for workouts.
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Ditch the wire hangers for good.
Bring clothes to the dry cleaners on your own hangers and request they be returned on the same hanger. No wire hangers!
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Export your out-of-seasons to the dry cleaner.
Have your dry cleaner store your fancy, once-a-year clothes like formal dresses, tuxes. They will charge you for cleaning; but the cost of storage is usually free.
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Then color code.
If you have a large wardrobe, coloring coding may seem fussy, but it will be mush easier to spot your go-to clothing. I group my pants, dresses and shirts by color.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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DIY Your Own Closet System
Closet systems can get pricey (think California Closets or Elfa), but you can learn how to DIY your own closet system using my favorite organizers that fits your space and your wardrobe perfectly.