How to Organize a Closet

by Natasha

Organizing your closet doesn't always have to be a chore. This guide will show to how to organize your closet easily and make more space.

A lack of storage space is one of the number one complaints of people who live in small homes. If space is limited in your home, your closets will likely become a place to store not only your clothes and shoes, but also other important things that you want to keep out of sight. Organization skills will be the key in getting the most out of your closet space. Is your closet organized? Use the tips and tricks below to help teach you how to organize your closet and get the most out of every inch of space you have.


The first step in organizing a closet is de-cluttering. This is a process in which you go through each and every thing you own and get rid of the things you no longer need.  Begin with your clothes. If there are clothing items that you have not worn in more than a year then consider donating it to someone or having a garage sale.  Do the same thing with your shoes.  Don’t hang on to things that you “might” wear. This will serve only to take up space and make what seems to be a small space, even smaller. Make a rule that each time you buy something new, you get rid of something you already have in your closet.  Learn how to de-clutter and make it your lifestyle!

Utilize Wall Space

There is much more space in your closet than you may think.  Are you utilizing the wall space? If not, invest in a few shelves. The more shelves you have, the more space you will have to store things.  There are even shelving solutions made specifically for closets. Build your own or find a shelving solution that meets your needs.  Empty walls are a waste of space in your closet. 

Out with the Shoe Boxes!

The shoe boxes that you are using to store important documents are taking up too much space.  Instead of using bulky shoes boxes to store pictures, important documents, and other memoirs, invest in plastic bins that sit nicely on top of each other. Do you have space in your closet for a filing cabinet? This is a creative solution to organizing all of those papers you have from years past.  Labeling will also be important.  Every bin in your closet should be labeled.  This will make your life easier when you try to find something in the tiny cramped space.  Invest in a label gun or simply use an index card taped onto the front of each box that lists the bin’s contents. 

Take advantage of organizers

There are many companies who sell creative solutions to your organizational problem.  From shoe organizers to hangers that will allow you to hang several shirts at one time, there are countless storage solutions available for your use.  Simply do a search of the web to find the most creative solutions that will work for you. 

Put things where they belong

Once you have de-cluttered the space, have shelving units to take advantage of empty wall space, invested in organizers, and properly labeled your things, you will have a new, organized closest that makes the most out of every inch of space that you have.  It is important that you realize the importance of putting things where they belong.  In as little as a couple of hours, your closet can become unorganized again! Make the effort to keep it organized by putting things where they belong each and every time you use them.

Are you having problems organizing your closet? Use the tips above to help you get the most storage space out of your closet. 

Updated: 02/16/2012, Natasha
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sheilamarie on 05/17/2012

Gee, that closet looks good. Oh, to be so organized!

grandi on 03/04/2012

I am sorry, but this looks like mission impossible! Is anyone truly living with two spare bags only???

Pinkchic18 on 02/20/2012

I can only wish that my closet would someday look like this, however I know that it won't! lol great tips here though, it's definitely an inspiration!

Holistic_Health on 02/20/2012

I want my closet to look like that someday.

Shaz on 02/19/2012

Wow that looks stunning. You've inspired me to have a clear out and get organized, thanks!

katiem2 on 02/18/2012

That is the most beautiful closet I've ever seen I so need mine to look like that. Great tips on how to organize a closet. I need to get rid of a lot of stuff and or stop shopping so much...

BrendaReeves on 02/17/2012

Organizing is my main weakness. I love that closet.

Angel on 02/16/2012

I just went through and got rid of a lot of shoe boxes in my closet. Made such a difference. Nice organizers.. I may need to get one of those.

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