most organized closet

Have you ever rifled endlessly through your closet to find your LBD in time for date night? Or tried to track down your kid’s karate outfit in their mess of clothes, toys, and books? No matter how hard you try to keep your closet under control, it somehow has a way of becoming a cluttered catch-all for, well, everything and anything. Maximize your closet space — no matter if you have a walk in or super-small space — with these affordable closet organizer ideas. Go big with a complete overhaul or find an organization idea to best tackle major problem areas like your handbag collection, shoe racks, and other accessories. There’s a clever storage idea for every space and budget, so you’ll have a tidier, more manageable closet in no time. The best part? Thanks to these tips and tricks, you may even be able to find your favorite sweater that went MIA years ago.

closet organization ideas - baby closet dividers

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Insert Clothing Dividers

By printing easy-to-hang divider tags on cardstock, you can easily sort through different sizes of clothing, so you can find exactly what you’re searching for.

closet organization ideas - hamper

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Install a Hidden Hamper

If you’re installing a shelving unit to your walk-in closet, consider adding a built-in hamper, so you can keep your floor free of clothes, towels, and other linens.

Closet Organizer Ideas - Shower Rings

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Enlist the Help of Shower Rings

Instead of devoting a hanger to each of your scarfs (or worse, knotting multiples on one and causing major wrinkles), use shower rings to create individual holders for your entire collection.


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closet organization ideas - jewelry bags

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Use All Vertical Space

After installing a closet system, take note of any extra space and fill it with hooks at varying heights to hang necklaces, scarves, belts, and purses.

closet organizer ideas - bins

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Make Reusable Labels

In a shared closet, tie chalkboard labels onto bins, so everyone knows where their accessories, shirts, and other clothing items belong.

closet organizer ideas - Hanging jewelry and hats and bags

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Hang Your Favorite Accessories

Hooks are your best friend when it comes to organizing hats, bags, and necklaces. Your favorite outfit makers also double as a decor moment when grouped together in neat rows.

closet organizer ideas - closet vanity with shoes

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Keep Your Shoes Off the Floor

Easily find your gym sneakers or date night heels by keeping your footwear in cubbies or investing in a shoe rack. Organize by color or activity so you can quickly grab and go.

closet organizer ideas - Sunglasses storage diy

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String Up Your Sunnies

Take a cue from this blogger and DIY a sunglasses display with wire and a frame. It only takes a few minutes to make!

closet organizer ideas - DIY drawer organizers

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DIY Drawer Organizers

Find jewelry, socks, or your favorite swimsuit in a flash with simple-to-make organizers. Use bright and patterned scrapbook paper for an extra dose of happy every time you open your drawers.

closet organizer ideas - soda tab hanger

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Use a Soda Tab to Double Hanging Space

Pop off the tab of your favorite soft drink and use it to double up your hangers. Group like shirts together to easily find what you need.

Closet Organizer Ideas - DIY shelves

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Make DIY Fabric Bins

Storage bins can get expensive. What’s worse is when you have your heart set on a specific color, shape, or design but settle for something less than amazing (and way overpriced). Try crafting these simple storage bins with the fabric of your choice and then organizing to your liking.

Closet Organizer Ideas - purse organizers

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Keep It Clear

Clutches and wallets often get lost in the chaos (ahem, clutter). Display these beauties by securing acrylic holders to the wall.

closet organizer ideas - dressing room

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Hang Some Curtains

Instead of fighting to close your closet door every morning, use curtains to conceal your clothes. That way, when your space is slightly over-stuffed, it’s still relatively easy to hide.

Closet Organizer Ideas - Master Closet

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Use Every Nook and Cranny

Leave no space untouched by filling any open shelves with bins, jewelry organizers, and labeled baskets. You can even add smaller fabric bins below rods full of clothes to store belts and other accessories.

Closet Organizer Ideas - Kids Closet

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Give It Another Purpose

Kids clothes don’t take up a ton of space. Their toys and books, however, are another story. Make the most of your kid’s closet by doubling it as toy and book storage with over-the-door pantry organizers.


Closet Organizer Ideas - containers

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Color Coordinate Your Containers

The easiest way to take your closet from junky to jaw-dropping? Pick your colors wisely: All-white hangers look super clean, while light blue containers add an element of surprise.

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closet organizer ideas - purse hooks

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Hang Bags on the Door

Hooks on the inside of your closet door will offer space for your entire purse collection. Plus, it makes picking out a purse that matches your outfit so much easier.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - Purses

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Hang Bags on Hooks

Forget the bathroom: It turns out shower hooks are perfect for hanging purses in your closet. Plus, this ensures that purse handles don’t get crushed.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - Drawers

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Add Drawers With a Purpose

Just because your closet doesn’t come with drawers, doesn’t mean you can’t add any. Our advice? Organize your garments by activity — work, weekends, workouts, you name it.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - Accessories

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Share the Space

A huge organizing mistake: not leaving enough storage for accessories and allowing them to pile up as a result. This closet boldly splits the space in half to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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Closet Organizer Ideas

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Use Color to Coordinate

Instead of filling your closet with mismatched hangers (what an eyesore!), use spray paint to give your existing organizers a fresh coat of color. It’ll make your closet more bright and cohesive.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - storage

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Try Double-Duty Storage

This tall, narrow shelf holds shoes on the bottom and accessories on top, making it a shoe rack and a vanity all in one.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - DIY sliding rack

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Slide Your Storage

Instead of wasting wall space on belts and scarves (when you could be using it for prettier things like jewelry or a mirror), you can pull this organizer out when you need it and stash it out of sight when you don’t.

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Closet Organizer Ideas - vertical storage

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Use Space Up Top

Savvy storage boxes with handles are basically made for out-of-season clothes stacked above your clothing rod. Because the higher you go, the more space you can add (just don’t forget to invest in a safe step stool).

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Closet Organizer Ideas - Mirror

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Add a Chic Mirror

If you put a mirror in your closet, you don’t have to take your clothes out to examine your outfit. So you’re much more likely to put items back on the rack immediately after deciding they didn’t make the cut.

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Closet Organizer ideas - laundry hoop hamper

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Put Laundry on the Door

Don’t lose your hamper under your hanging clothes — stash it on a hook on the back of your closet door instead. This way, you’ll know right away when it’s time to throw in a load.

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closet organizer ideas - hangers

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Stop Letting Shirts Slip

Nothing causes more mayhem in your closet than shirts that constantly slip off their hangers. Luckily, pipe cleaners can prevent that annoying mishap and any resulting wrinkles.

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Organize by Category

Even if you don’t have quite an extensive pants collection, you’ll still save major time in the morning if you organize your clothing by type of item — not color.

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closet organization ideas - camis

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Use Unconventional Hangers

Instead of losing your camis in the back of your intimates drawer, use a crafty circle-shaped hanger to organize your entire collection on one hook.

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closet organization ideas - labels

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Label Like Crazy

The more you take advantage of labels, the less likely you’ll end up throwing that random sock without a mate into whatever bin you come across (and then losing it in the black hole that is your closet forever).

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