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8 Tips for Organizing Your Closet

When it comes to keeping your closet organized, it can quickly become a spot in your home that falls on the backburner of places to clean and straighten. Sure, you go into your closet every day, but it’s also so easy to close the doors and forget the mess that might live in there! Today, we’re sharing 8 ideas for keeping your closet neat and organized.

8 Tips for Organizing Your Closet

8 Tips for Organizing Your Closet

One of the major ways to keep your closet from becoming a big mess is to establish a perennial organization system. It’s one where everything has a designated place and that is a continuous, habitual process, not just done the one time you clean.

These tips can either change the way you store what you already have or, if you are more committed, add new installations into your closet that will ultimately make it look better.

1. Remove Everything from the Closet

Yes, this probably sounds like a painful task to do. But, in order to see everything you currently have in your closet and to truly organize it in a way that can work well, it’s best to start with a clean slate.

2. Use Multiple Ways to Arrange Clothes

Besides hanging clothes, folding your clothes on top of one another is probably the most common way to put away your clothing. There’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, these options are probably the only way to see all your different pieces at one glance.

Don’t limit yourself to that, though. You can incorporate other ideas to store your casual pieces that don’t crease easily, especially in drawers where there are other possibilities.

Stack t-shirts upright

There’s more to the fold-and-stack method than the one you already know. Instead of piling them up with only the topmost shirt visible, fold your tops one more time in the middle and line them upright and in columns in the drawer.

This way, you have a view of everything inside the drawer. It looks neat and getting one shirt doesn’t disrupt the arrangement nor require you to put out the clothes on top before getting to the one you want.

Roll your clothes

This suggestion is in almost every instructional video and article about packing a suitcase, for the good reason that it saves more space. It does the same for the closet in your home too when you arrange them sideways. Like the stacked shirts, this one also offers a view of everything and keeps them easy to reach.

3. Use Shoe Organizers

Shoe organizers are one of the most versatile kinds of closet organizers to come around. Some come with pockets, which act as a great storage system for your bras and underwear.

Other organizers have compartments where you can put mini bags and other fashion accessories within. If you can, the best thing to stuff in these cubbies are bulky jackets that would take up so much space if stored otherwise.

4. Repurpose Used Boxes and Office Tools

Ornament boxes where Christmas decorations and décor come in can be used as sock organizers. Ice cube trays can be stored in drawers to separate small earrings, rings, and dainty necklaces. Wine boxes can be shoe organizers.

File organizers are the right size and shape for storing clutches and pouches. These are just some of the ways you can repurpose extra tools you have at home and in the office, or used boxes that you usually just throw away. Added bonuses are you get to be creative and you minimize spendings and trash. It’s a win-win all around!

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5. Maximize Vertical Space

You might say you don’t have enough space in your closet, but maybe you’re just not maximizing the vertical space quite enough!

If you don’t currently have shelves in your closet (either above where your clothes hang or as a dedicated part of the closet), consider adding some in! It can be a fairly easy DIY weekend project, and it will allow you to make more use of your closet. On the shelves, stack towels, sheets, and blankets until they reach the ceiling to use up every available inch.

If there’s not enough room for shelves on the sides of the closet, install hooks. From there, you can hang belts, scarves, and even some bigger pieces of jewelry.

6. Create Sections

Within your closet, decide how you want it laid out. All similar items should go by one another for optimal organization. If your clothes are hanging, try organizing them by type – for example, all t-shirts together, followed by long-sleeved shirts, then sweaters, and so on.

If you installed shelves like we mentioned above, keep those following a categorized theme as well. Place irons, folding boards, and portable handheld steamers for clothing all on one shelf. Have a different shelf dedicated to linens and towels.

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7. Arrange Your Shoes in a Stagger

If you’re still storing shoes in a way where the toes are all pointing forward in a line next to each other, you’re greatly minimizing your space!

Shoes are structured wider in the front and narrower at the back. Try positioning each shoe so that they’re facing alternately front and back to save space. Additionally, depending on the types of shoes you have, consider stacking one on top of the other, so each pair of shoes only takes up one shoe spot on the floor.

Tip: If you don’t want your shoes displayed on the floor, place them in wicker baskets! Get 3-4 baskets, and have each one be for a different type of shoe (sandals, sneakers, heels, etc.). You can even stack the wicker boxes on top of one another for additional space!

8. Vacuum Seal Seasonal Items

If you have bulky winter coats that you only wear a few times a year, this tip can be a huge space saver. Rather than keeping bulky jackets hanging in your closet, place them in vacuum seal bags and remove all of the extra air. Now, your coats that took up a good foot or two of space will now be reduced to inches.

Tip: This also works well for extra sheets and blankets you don’t use very often!

Bonus Tip: Move Unnecessary Items Out

Holiday decor, camping gear, and sports equipment are all items that could go in your closet, but they are bulky and take up a lot of space. If you don’t use those items often, consider placing them in a basement or attic. Additionally, you could store them in the garage.


What good is a nicely-decorated and spotless room if it’s just a facade for your overflowing closet that doesn’t follow any kind of organizational system? By thoughtfully planning out what each section of your closet is for, you will save time and energy in trying to look for things each day!

About The Author

Allena Rissa is the founder and editor of The Better Fit, a website focused on helping women find the right bra for their unique shapes and sizes. In addition to this, Allena enjoys educating women how to improve various areas of their lives, from sharing organizational tips to ways to staying fit and healthy.


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