10 Closet Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

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You might feel overwhelmed with your messy closet that resembles a dumpster drive.

Trust us, we know because organizing any closet, no matter how big or small, can feel like a challenging task!

No matter what you do, just a few clothes, accessories, hats, and shoes can take up all the precious space.

The trick to making space, my friend, is to find the right products that will solve your problem – and that’s usually finding clever storage solutions without adding footage space and working with what you have.

 

Quick Tip on Closet Organization Ideas

Before we get into the awesome closet organizer ideas, it’s important to take a look at the clothes inside your closet to see if you need all those clothes, shoes, bags, and scarves!

If you look closer, you might even find some brand new clothes in your closet with price tags on them!
(I’m guilty of buying things on sale and keeping it in my closet until I need it. Sometimes, I don’t even remember buying the item!)

So ask yourself, “do I wear every single piece of clothing in your closet?”

Everyone thinks that they wear everything inside their closet, but the truth is we probably don’t. Naturally, we pick outfits that we like and rotate them throughout the week.

We all form an attachment to our favorite clothes and they have sentimental value to us (we’re humans), but if you haven’t worn your favorite shirt within the past year, it’s very unlikely that you’ll choose to wear it again. Even if you do, it won’t feel the same.

Instead of leaving your memories in your closet, store the memories in the form of photos. If you find it difficult to let go of a particular piece of item, take a picture of it so you’ll have the memories with you at all times.

When you’re ready to part with your old clothes, you can simply donate them to your local charity or sell them online. If you need to raise some cash quickly, decluttering your closet is a great way to earn fast money.

 

Other Closet Organization Ideas and Hacks

When you’re shopping for clothes in spring, do you see any heavy jackets and bulky sweaters on their display windows or inside the store? Probably not. But if you look hard enough, you might find some in the clearance racks.

Similar to how retailers keep out of season merchandise in their warehouses, you should do the same and put away your non-seasonal clothing in your storage area.

As spring approaches, rotate your closet and swap your winter clothes with your trendy spring jackets.

Your closet is already as small as it is. Don’t waste valuable closet room by filling it with clothes you don’t need right away.

 

1. Use Matching Hangers

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If this is your first attempt at organizing your closet, a quick and easy win for you is to replace your set of mismatched hangers!

Toss away your flimsy plastic hangers along with the metal hangers that your dry cleaner gave you (they’re no good). It’s time for you to invest in some quality and matching hangers that will last you a very long time.

Having a matching set of hangers creates a consistent view and brings a sense of balance to your closet. You’ll be amazed at how this simple step will make your closet look and feel organized!

If your budget allows, you should consider buying wooden hangers. They’re a tab bit more expensive than other types of hanger because of the material used to make them. But they’re very sturdy and you could hang almost anything on them. Now, if you’re on a tighter budget, you can never go wrong with velvet hangers. They’re very slim – so it won’t take much real estate room in your closet – and the non-slip material prevents your silky clothes or dresses from falling onto the floor!

You can pick up your new hangers from your local Target, Walmart, Ikea, or online at Amazon.

 

2. Organize Your Clothes Efficiently

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Here’s an organizing tip that won’t cost you a penny. (Everyone loves FREE, right?)

Now, when you’re learning how to organize your closet, you’ll definitely come across people teaching beginners to organize clothes by color. Yes, this sorting method is pleasing to the eyes, but it’s not a practical way of arranging your wardrobe.

No one wakes up in the morning and plan, which color to wear! Instead, what you want to do is to organize your closet by purpose, category, and then color.

  • Purpose: The first step is to separate your clothes based on how you wear them. For example, work clothes, casual wear, workout gears, and sleepwear.
  • Category: Next, group your clothes by category. Such as all tops first, then all dresses together, after that, all pants, etc.
  • Color: Lastly, sort your closet by color. However, you like it!

This efficient way of arranging your clothes will help you choose and select your outfits faster in the morning. Isn’t that great?

Less stress and more time for coffee!

 

3. Over-the-door Hangers

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Don’t underestimate the value of your closet door. At a glance, it may look like a plain door, but your closet door is a hidden gem! You can easily create extra storage space by adding over the door hooks or install additional hooks onto your door!

You can hang your handbags and purses on the door so you won’t have to fold and bend your handbag straps.

If you love shoes and simply can’t live without them, then you have to check out this over the door hanging shoe organizer. It’s a great way to keep your shoes tidy!

 

4. Shoe Storage Ideas

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Using old shoeboxes to store away shoes that are out of season is a common and tidy way to organize your shoes. The problem with this system is that you have to be a Jenga pro to not tip over your tower of shoeboxes while you try to pull out the pair of shoes you want! *Surprise, you got the wrong shoebox!*

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could physically SEE the shoes and not have to guess which shoebox is the right box?

With a small and functional shoe rack placed at the bottom of your closet, you can easily organize your shoes in your closet and you’ll be able to see all your awesome shoes in one place!

 

5. Smart Shelf Dividers

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Shelves are basic necessities in a closet system. They’re sturdy and their flat surface can help you store many things. Sometimes, we go overboard trying to pile all of our clothes to the top and watch it fall over instantly.

If you want a clean look to your closet, I highly recommend you to add some shelf dividers to help you keep your shirts and sweaters from looking messy.

 

6. Simple Drawer Box Organizers

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Many people love to use their drawers to hid clutter because you can just close it and forget about the mess! That is a terrible practice and having a messy drawer is the last thing you need when you’re trying to look at your undergarments and shirts.

Bring peace and order to your drawers by using simple drawer box organizers. They are the best way to organize your clothes and accessories in an unstructured space. You can even use the drawer boxes to store your socks and scarfs!

 

7. Hanging Organizer

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By sacrificing a small section of your closet rod, you can get a whole lot of shelving space with hanging organizers!

The best part about hanging organizers is that you practically can use them to organize anything! For example, the slots can hold your shoes, sweaters, towels, folded T-shirts, and handbags!

Hanging organizers can be used in your nursery room as well. Use it to keep your baby’s clothes, bedsheets, and blankets for easy access.

Also, are you tired of asking someone to pass you the towel after your shower because you forgot to grab a towel beforehand? Hang one of these to the back of the door to create extra storage room for your bath towels!

 

8. Closet Storage Bins

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Sweaters are one of the basic pieces of clothing you need in the fall and winter seasons to keep you warm and cozy. However, they’re not closet-friendly when it comes to storage. They’re space hoggers!

When you’re not wearing them, consider keeping your clean sweaters in storage bins to free up shelving and hanging space for your other essentials. You can stack your filled storage bins on top of your shelves or on the floor if there’s space.

Other things you can put into storage bins are scarfs, belts, jackets, gloves, socks, etc.

Just remember to label your storage bins so don’t have to pull your hair out trying to find your favorite sweater!

 

9. Space Saving Hack

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When your closet rod is full of hangers, you have to think outside the box and find creative ways to hang your clothes.

You’ve probably tried hanging clothes onto ANOTHER hanger in order to create extra hanging space. However, instead of just hooking a hanger onto another hanger, simply grab a soda tab and loop it the first hanger. The soda tab’s second ring allows you to neatly hang another hanger on an existing hanger without your clothes sticking out!

For those of you that love the idea of extra hanging space, but don’t like the aesthetics of soda tabs in your closet, then you need to take a look at these space-saving hangers. They’re an inexpensive way to make add more space to your closet.

 

10. Smart Scarf Organizer

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Want an easy and inexpensive DIY solution to organize your fashionable scarves?

Head over to your local dollar store and pick up a pack of shower curtain rings. Simply hook the rings onto a clothes hanger and you just made your own scarf hanger!

Rather than folding your scarfs and putting you’re your drawers (which leaves a crease mark), now you can hang them neatly inside your closet.

That’s right, organizing your closet doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. All it takes is a little creativity!

 

11. Expand Your Closet

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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to maximize every inch of your closet, you just don’t have enough closet space to work with! This is especially true if you work in an office and have a separate set of clothes for work.

You’re not a magician so you can’t pull another closet out of thin air!

However, what you can do is invest in a stylish clothing rack to expand your closet space. Hang it with your most trendy items and a beautiful bedroom décor is born!

Also, you can save time by using your clothing rack to hang outfits that you plan to wear the next few days. This will save you time from having to go through your closet every day to pick out your outfits.

 

Final Words on Small Space Closet Organizers

From budget-friendly over-the-door hangers to a couple of stylish clothing racks, which are worth the investment, you’ll have a complete set of clever closet and storage organizing solutions for your small space!

What is your favorite small space closet organizing item from this post?

Let us know in the comment below on how these organizing tips and tricks transformed your hot mess!

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