17 smart Closet Organization Ideas & Hacks [for 2023]

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Are you looking for some helpful closet organization ideas to finally get an organized and tidy closet?

Well good because below you’ll find 17 closet organization ideas that will help you make the most of this dedicated storage area.

Think about it: closets are designed and intended to be storage areas. Not many other places in the house have that sole purpose. Yet so many of us don’t utilize this space effectively. Hopefully something here will help you.

17 Handy Closet Storage Ideas and Closest Organization ideas.  These closet organization hacks are sure to help you get a tidy, organized closet.
17 Smart Closet Storage Ideas and Closet Organization Ideas

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Want to watch a video of how I made these simple closet shelves? (click the video below)

These DIY closet shelves are fairly easy to make and don’t require many tools. If you want to make your own closet shelves check out the video above, and then keep reading on… It is an easy DIY closet storage idea.

17 helpful Closet Organization Ideas , Hacks and Products

Below you’ll find a variety of closet organization ideas that may help you finally get your closet nice and organized.

Imagine being able to close your closet door, and actually being able to find something in there!

1) Build DIY Closet Shelves (a useful DIY Closet Storage Idea)

Simple wooden shelves are great way to hold baskets and totes.

The pictures below are from the shelves I installed in my daughter’s closet.

In her closet I used 2″x4″ boards as supporting boards (probably overkill).

(For the shelves I put in my closet – which you can watch in the video above – I used 1″X4″ boards and they have worked well.)

DIY Closet Storage Ideas - Simple Closet Shelving system for closet organization. Adding your own shelves is a great  DIY closet storage idea. Very handy storage closet shelving idea.
DIY Closet Shelves

I installed 3 shelves and made sure that I spaced them apart to allow our totes to easily fit on the shelves.

Most of the totes we have are 16″ high so I spaced the shelves 18″ apart to allow easy access.

DIY Closet Storage Ideas - Simple Closet Organization Shelving makes good use of 3-dimensional space: vertical storage. These DIY closet shelves allow you to stack totes or baskets in your closet.
DIY Closet Shelves

We bought our baskets from Canadian Tire, but you can probably find them at one of your local retailers.

I use similar baskets in my closet to store pajamas and underwear.  They are very handy!

The remaining items on this post are what I aspire my closet to look like.  In fact, I didn’t even know half of these cool items even existed.

2) Fabric Divider Organizing Boxes

So I mentioned that I throw my underwear in a basket…and it works for me, but if really wanted to have everything in plain sight, check out an organizer like the one below.

This could fit on your closet shelves or inside a dresser drawer.

Use them as a closet shelf divider to keep your stuff nicely organized and separated.

SimpleHouseware Foldable Cloth Storage Box Closet Dresser Drawer Divider Organizer Basket Bins for Underwear Bras, Gray (Set of 6)

CLICK here to check out these drawer organizer bins on Amazon.

The fabric dividers shown below are from Etsy. You can click the picture to see the product detail page on Etsy.

Closet Organization Ideas. These nice boxes allow you to improve the organization in your closet. Elegant looking closet organizer baskets
Click to see these organizers on Etsy

3) Pants Storage Rack: slide-out pants rack

Rev-A-Shelf PSC-2414CR 24-inch Steel Closet Pullout Trouser Pants Rack Space Saving Storage Organizer for 13 Pairs of Pants, Chrome

This pants storage rack requires a supporting structure on each side to screw it into, but it provides a good way to organize and see your pants. It fits into an opening that is 24-inches wide.

This pants rack is made by Rev-A-Shelf. This is their 13 pairs of pants storage rack, but they also make racks for 9 pairs or 16 pairs.

Will this work for you?

4. Curved Clothes Hangers (for pants, scarves, etc…)

DOIOWN Pants Hangers 5 Pieces Non Slip Space Saving Hangers Stainless Steel Clothes Hangers Closet Organizer for Pants Jeans Scarf(Upgrade Style)

Check out this “no tools required” , space-saving way to hang pants in your closet. They claim they’re “upgraded” because they have the addition of the black plastic tubes on them. Previously people said their pants slid off the hangers.

It looks so simple. I wish I would have though of that.

5) Hanging Closet Organizers

StorageWorks 6-Shelf Hanging Closet Shelves, Hanging Closet Organizer with 3 Drawers, Canvas, Light Gray, 13.6" W x 12.2" D x 42.5" H

The benefit of hanging closet oranizers like the one shown above is that it doesn’t take tools or building skills to install.  You simply hang it from your existing closet rod. They are one of the simplest closet organization hacks that anyone can use.

This particular 6-shelf hanging closet organizer is made by StorageWorks. And what’s cool about this one is that it has 3 drawers. So you can put pants, sweaters or purses on 3 of the shelves and still have 3 drawers to put smaller items like socks, underwear and belts. As you can see from the picture above, it isn’t huge…but it will help with smaller items.

Below is a product photo showing the drawers removed from the hanging shelves.

StorageWorks 6-Shelf Hanging Closet Shelves, Hanging Closet Organizer with 3 Drawers, Canvas, Light Gray, 13.6" W x 12.2" D x 42.5" H

Do you think this may help you organize your closet?

6) Hanging Closet Organizer for Smaller Items (purses, belts, etc…)

iDesign Axis Metal Hook Hanger, No Snag Closet Organization Storage Scarves, Men's Ties, Women's Shawls, Pashminas, Belts, Accessories, Clothes, Handbag Holder Medium

The hanger above is another great example of making the most out of your existing closet structure.

No building or installation required…just hang it from your existing curtain rod.

It allows you to hang up things like purses, belts, ties, etc…

Now there is no excuse for you to have that pile of purses on your closet floor!

Will this closet handbag holder work for you?

7) Closet Hanger for Tank Tops and Bras

CAXXA 2 PK - Bronze Women's Bra Sport Tank Camisole Top Swim Suit Strap Dress Hanger Closet Organizer (2 Pack)

Here is a hanging closet organizer designed to hold tank tops or bras.

It is a good way to free up some space from your dresser drawers.

Click here for more details.

8) Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

24 Pockets - SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64'' x 19'')

Above is a picture of a hanging organizer that attaches to the inside of door. 

Unfortunately this wouldn’t work for my closets because I have the “accordion style” bi-fold closet doors, but they sure are handy.

And even though they call them “shoe organizers” you can hold way more than just shoes in these organizers.

You can often pick these up at dollar stores or other local stores. If you can’t, you can find this one on Amazon.

You May Also Like this Article on Organizing Shoes…

13 awesome Shoe Rack Ideas

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9) Partition closet into work section and casual section (closet organization idea)

This is a closet organization hack and not a closet storage item, but its something you can do immediately.

To make it easier to find clothes you can sort them into your work clothes and your casual clothes section.

It takes very little time and will continue to pay dividends on those rushed, early mornings.

Put some type of divider on the closet rod so your work clothes are one side and casual clothes are on the other side.

(Or you can be like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg where you wear the same type of clothes everyday so you don’t have to fuss over what to wear. Turtleneck: done!  Jeans: done!)

10) Slide out Closet Drawer (a Rubbermaid Configurations organizer)

Rubbermaid Configurations Sliding Basket for Closet Drawer Organization, Sturdy Slide Out Basket, Titanium

Do you have a Rubbermaid closet track system in your closet?

If you do, you can get this slide-out wire basket that clips on to the vertical track.

A slide out drawer like the one shown above allows you to easily access your clothes or bedding.

Will this type of closet organizing system help you?

Click here for more details.

11) Shelves with Fabric Bins

MaidMAX 3 Tiers Closet Shelf Organizer with 2 Drawers for Home Storage and Organization, Silver Grey

The closet organizer shown above, from MaidMAX, is a smart idea.

A lot of people have wasted space at the bottom of their closet below their hung clothes.

A shelf system like this takes advantage of that space, and comes with some fabric bins so you can store items like seasonal footwear or even socks and underwear.

It measures just under 25-inches tall. Measure from the bottom of your hanging clothes to the floor – will this fit?

12) Hang clothes back up (Basic Closet Organization Idea)

People often spend lots of money buying organizers, but their closets are still messy because they don’t follow through with the tasks required to maintain a tidy, organized closet.

And this closet organization hack seems straight forward right?

But how often do you try something on and then toss it onto the bed or the floor.

Hang it back up.

It’ll take two seconds. Your future self will thank you.

13) Closet Shelf Dividers

Lynk Vela Shelf Dividers - Closet Shelf Organizer (Set of 2) - Platinum

It can be tricky keeping a closet shelf organized. Sheets tumble onto sweaters and comforters spill onto the floor.

Shelf dividers like the ones shown above are intended to help organize your closet shelf and avoid these issues.

What is cool about these dividers is that they just slide onto your existing shelves: no installation required. The description states it can fit onto shelving that is up to 7/8″ thick.

These ones are made by the company Lynk. They make quality organizers, and judging by the high-rating of these shelf dividers, these are no different.

14) Closet Organization Tip  – Plan ahead

What are you going to wear this week? Have it prepared and avoid early morning madness rushing out the door wearing damp clothes.

This is more of time management hack than a closet organization hack, but having your clothes picked out and ready to grab from your “work clothes section” (see note above) will make your life easier.

15) Clean your closet – a closet organization tip

Yes even the closet needs to be cleaned.

And getting in there to dust, vacuum or mop provides a great opportunity to look through your junk (I mean stuff) to see if there is anything you can donate or recycle.

If it isn’t in season then set it aside and rotate.

When you rotate out your seasonal clothes and bring in the clothes for the new season evaluate whether you will actually wear it. Did you wear it last year? If not, why would you start now?

16) Tension Rods add Closet Organizing opportunities

Tension Rod for Blanket Storage. Stops them from rolling off the shelf

Tension rods are so versatile for storage and home organization.

They can act as a closet rod.

Just be careful that you don’t overload it. Or you can screw a few pieces of wood to the walls and then put the tension rod just on top of the wood. It will provide extra support.

If you like tension rod organization ideas click here to see my post on this topic.

17) Declutter your closet

What would an organization post be if decluttering wasn’t mentioned at least once?

You know it doesn’t matter how well you organize junk…its still junk.

But what is junk and what is worthy will be left up to you. Marie Kondo of “Tidying Up” fame says to hold your stuff and see if it sparks joy: actually handle the item and see how it makes you feel.

What kind of weird stuff do you have in there that doesn’t below? For instance, put your books or magazines on a book shelf or donate them.

I hope you have been inspired to organize your closet, and have found some closet storage ideas and closet organization ideas to help you.

Good luck!

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Closet Storage Ideas, Closet Organizers and DIY Closet shelving. Some great closet organization hacks to finally get your closet tidy and organized.
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