Closet Organization Hacks and Storage Ideas

Are you looking for helpful closet storage and closet organization ideas?  Well good, because below you’ll find over 10 closet storage hacks 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.

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Helpful Tip #1 – Make use of 3-dimensional space

To use closet space effectively you need to think in 3-dimensions.

My DIY Closet Shelves

In my daughter’s closet I had a small child’s dresser tucked into the left hand side. Sure, it fit most of her clothes, but it was an inefficient use of vertical space.  It was only about 3.5 feet high, and the rest of the space above was unused.

We decided to put some of her clothes in the drawers of her captain’s bed, and installed simple wooden shelving to hold baskets and totes.

Of course I forgot to get a picture with the dresser still in there. But the picture below shows my design for the shelving.

Simple Closet Shelving system for closet organization

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.

And you’ll notice that I used 2″ X 4″ boards for the supporting boards. This may have been overkill…I may have gotten away with using 1X4’s…but I want to make sure it will safely hold up heavy totes.

Simple Closet Organization Shelving

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.

1. 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.

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

Closet Organization Ideas
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2. Slide out pants rack on lower half of the closet

Closet pull out pant rack for easy closet storage
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This pants rack requires a supporting structure on each side to screw it into, but it provides a good way to organize and see your pants.

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

Check out this awesome example of innovation. If you want a great “no installation required” way to hang pants then check out these clothes hangers.

Closet organization curved clothes hanger
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It looks so simple. I wish I would have though of that.

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4. Hanging Organizers

The benefit of hanging organizers like the one shown below is that it doesn’t take tools or building skills to install.  You simply hang it from your existing closet rod.

Closet hanging organizer

You can put a variety of items in the pull out drawers like socks, underwear, belts, etc…

5. Hanging Organizer for Smaller Items (purses, belts, etc…)

The hanger below 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!

Closet hanging organizer
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6. Closet Hanger for Tank Tops and Bras

Below is a hanging closet organizer designed to hold tank tops or bras. A good way to free up some space from your dresser drawers.

Closet Organizer - Hanging Tank top holder
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7. Over the Door Hanging Shoe or Accessory Organizer

Below 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” closet doors, but they sure look handy.

Closet Organization - Hanging Shoe Organizer
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Helpful Tip #2 – Partition closet into work section and casual section

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 here and casual clothes are there.

(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!)

8. Slide out drawers for pillowcases and sheets

Closet slide out drawer
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This slide out drawer requires supporting pieces to screw it to. But if you have an existing closet system and you want to add some drawers for organization, a slide out drawer like the one shown above allows you to easily access your clothes or bedding.

  • Or a DIY solution for storing bedding is you can stuff a pillowcase with the matching sheet and fitted sheet so they stay together then place on a closet shelf. No more scrambling around trying to find a matching set: its all within the pillowcase.

9. Shelves with Fabric Bins

The closet organizer shown below, from AmazonBasics, 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.

Closet Organizer - Closet storage shelf with Fabric bins
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Helpful Tip #3 – Hang clothes back up – if you try on multiple clothes don’t leave it on the floor

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.

10. Closet Shelf Dividers

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 below are intended to help organize your closet shelf and avoid these issues.

Closet Shelf Divider and organization aid
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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 1″ thick.

Helpful Tip #4 – 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.

Helpful Tip #5 – Clean the closet

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?

11. Tension Rods add Organizing opportunities

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.

I know the photo below will probably win me an award for least informative picture on a blog post, but its a photo of a tension rod available for sale on Amazon.

Closet organization tension rod

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

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

Helpful Tip #6 – Declutter

  • 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. (“You must choose. But choose wisely” said the Grail Knight from Indiana Jones and Last Crusade)
  • 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 organization ideas to help you.

Good luck!

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