If you’ve recently done a closet season switch, or are planning to do one soon, you may decide to reorganize your closet a bit. Even if you don’t have built-in shelving and drawers you can still have an efficient and organized closet with the help of a few inexpensive closet organizers.
Here are a few organizing tips on how you can maximize your closet space with inexpensive closet organizers:
Shoes: There are a variety of ways to organize shoes, including multi-level standing shoe racks and revolving shoe organizers. An over-the-door shoe organizer is one of my favorite space saving closet organizers, since it uses a generally underutilized area. Another great option is a hanging pocket shoe organizer that simply hangs onto your closet rod, similar to the sweater organizer shown next. Photo credit: Target.com.
Tops & Sweaters: Sweaters and tops should ideally be folded and placed inside a drawer. However, if you don’t have enough drawer space, consider a hanging sweater organizer. Similar to the pocket shoe organizer, the sweater hanger has several cubbies and hangs onto your existing closet rod. Or use open tote bins and label clearly so that you know what’s inside. Line up the tote bins on the shelf above the rod. Photo credit: Storables.com.
Skirts & Trousers/Pants: Maximize your hanging space with a 3-tiered skirt hanger or 5-tiered slack hanger. You can also find double hanging rods which hang onto your existing closet rod, creating another row of hanging space below – no tools required!
Photo credit: Organize-it.com
Suits: For suits, it’s best to keep the jacket and skirt/pant together to save time getting dressed in the morning, so use either a hanger with clips or a hanger with a built-in hook designed to hold another hanger for the skirt or pant. Photo credit: SpaceSavers.com.
Socks & Lingerie: Ideally, socks and lingerie should be stored inside a chest, bureau or dresser. If your space is too tight for a chest, purchase an inexpensive rolling cart with drawers and store below your shorter hanging clothes inside the closet. Other options include over the door hanging pockets, or hanging pockets with optional drawers that you can purchase separately. Photo credit: Linens ‘n Things
Accessories: Do you struggle with your small accessories? Hanging or over-the-door pocket organizers are also ideal to organize handbags and small accessories. You can also find specialty hangers for scarves and belts at most specialty stores that sell closet organizers. Hats are best stored in a hat box or inside a clear container. If you have space to hang items on the wall, install wall hooks to hang hats, jewelry and frequently used handbags etc. Photo credit: IKEA (scarf organizer).
Whenever possible, avoid storing items inside your closet that are not related to clothing, e.g. linens and papers, unless your home has very limited closet space. Store your off-season clothing in containers or specialty storage bags that can fit under the bed, or store them in another area of your home. Include mini cedar blocks to avoid moth damage.
If you need help, where it’s in-person or by phone (virtual) contact me at CastAway the Clutter! With the right organizing products on hand, most small closets can be decluttered and organized in 1-2 days. Happy closet organizing!