My Favorite Foolproof Quick Closet Organizing Tips

In a rush? The Fast Tips For Organizing Clothes Closets

My favorite closet organizing tips.
Wall Mounted Elfa Reach-In Closet Platinum. Photo / The Container Store

I recommend you do a complete closet over haul seasonally but sometimes you just don’t have the time to pull everything out, assess it and re-organize your entire closet.

Sometimes you just need to re-arrange a few items or install one or two closet storage solutions to get your closet in good working order. If you're short on time and want to make a few simple yet impactful changes, try these favorite--and fast—closet organizing tips.

Use Space Saving Hangers

You can really maximize your closet storage space and gain extra room by using the right hangers for your clothing. Did you know there’s a whole line of space-saving hangers out there?

Let's start with Huggable Hangers. Huggable hangers are thinner than a wood hanger and are made of a gripper material so clothes stay on the hanger. If you're looking to save  space or have a seriously small closet, toss your wooden hangers and invest in some grippy huggable hangers like these Amazon Basics

Invest in Specialty Hangers for Pants, Shirts and Shirts

Huggable hangers should work for most closets, but if you're really tight on space, or just like to keep things even more sorted, think about investing ins some multi-hangers:

Group like items with like. 

Slacks should be hung; knits and sweaters should be folded.

Your favorites in front of the closet, less-frequently worn items towards the back.

Hang & stack by color. 

You might forget if your blue sweater is a v-neck or crew neck, but you will always remember it's blue.

Ditto for your flare leg and straight leg gray slacks.

    Separate Out Undies

    The most useful addition I've made to a closet is a set of baskets for undershirts (men) and camisoles (women). When you pull out a slightly see-through button down, too-low-cut-for-work wrap dress, or sheer sweater, you can easily find the appropriate under garment.

    Organize with Baskets & Bins 

    I can’t see the top shelves in my closet, so I use bins to store my sweaters and fancy shoes. When I need a sweater, I just grab the whole bin (using a step stool) and bring it down to eye level. This makes it easier to find the exact sweater (or sweaters if I’m packing for a weekend away) I need. It also makes finding my fancier shoes when I need them very painless.

    Baskets or bins are also great for tights, gym clothes and winter gear like mittens, scarves and hats.

    Use the Space Under Your Bed For Out of Season Storage

    You know those bulky coats, hats and scarves? Those can be stored under your bed. The same thins goes for your multitudes of bathing suits, cover-ups and flip flops. The best thing about separating out your out-of-season clothing and storing it separately is that if you need to pack those items for vacation they are already neatly folded and grouped together making them easier to find and pack.

    The space under your bed is the perfect storage space for out-of-season clothing and even shoes and boots.

    Own Less Clothing!

    If you haven't worn something in its season for more than one season, you have three options: donate it, take it to the tailor and have it re-fitted, or put it in storage. (See: How to Declutter the Closet for help!)

    Remember: Each piece of clothing is taking up valuable closet real estate-make them count! A good rule of thumb to follow: when you buy something new, be prepared to donate something old.

    Ready to get real about closet organization? See the comprehensive Closet Organization Guide and get started building your dream closet today.