Pare Down Your Possessions
First, free up space by going through your wardrobe and removing items you no longer wear, no longer fit, or are no longer your style. If you have trouble saying goodbye, remember your clothes can find a new home by donating, selling and handing-down to friends and family. Next, set aside clothing you can store seasonally and rotate in as the seasons change.
Turn Your Hangers
Once you're gone through your closet and weeded out the unused items, turn all hanging clothing with the hanger facing outward. After wearing an item, return it to the hanging rod with the hanger facing the back of the closet. After one year, all articles of clothing still facing outwards were not worn, and you can consider getting rid of them.
Store Unused Hangers in a Magazine File
Keep loose hangers from falling to the ground and untangled in a magazine file. This way they're ready and easy to transport for laundry day. Keep the rest of the items on the closet floor in a storage bin or tote, making it easier to pull out from closet corners or clean behind.
DIY Tiered Hangers
Short on space? Use a lightweight piece of chain to stagger hanging clothing in tall closets to maximize space. Just loop the first link of the chain over the first hanger, and hang subsequent hangers on every other links after. Hang up to six shirts for the rod space of one. Want to get into a closet project? Build your own melamine closet storage system here.
Robe and Wall Hooks
Hang decorative robe hooks on narrow walls for clothing that can be worn again before washing. This keeps clean clothes from piling on the ground and getting wrinkled or dirty. Or hang tomorrow's outfit and save yourself a few minutes in the morning deciding what to wear. You can even make your own hooks from common DIY hardware items!
Keep belts and accessories tucked away until needed with a pullout rack like this one by Rev-A-Shelf. This works great for ties, necklaces and lightweight scarves too!
Use Door Space Intelligently
Don't forget the door when counting your closet space! Try an over-the-door shoe organizer on the backside of a closet door to organize scarves, belts and other accessories. Or of course, shoes too! Would you rather have your shoes out where you can see them? Make this easy-to-build shoe rack with modern style!
Consider Fabric Bins
Keep accessories like belts and ties off the floor and organized in divided fabric bins like these from Rubbermaid. They're sized for smaller closet shelves. Bins can stack to save space, and work great for jewelry and accessories too.
Double-Duty Furniture and Storage
Look for furniture that has multiple functions, like a storage bench at the end of your bed for bulky bags and purses, a full-length mirror that houses jewelry and accessories, or a bedframe with built-in drawers.
Utilize Unseen Floor Space
Use under-the-bed boxes to store lesser-worn items, like seasonal clothing or shoes. Keep spare sheets and bedding under guest beds. If your bedroom is carpeted, look for storage boxes on wheels to make access easier.
Maximize Drawer Space
By folding shirts one extra fold ? 'military' style ? and sandwiching (instead of stacking), you can fit more into each dresser drawer and have a better visual of what's inside. This folding technique is perfect for t-shirts, tanks, workout gear and children's clothes.
Solve Wasted Space
If the sides of your closet are deeper than the door opening, it can be hard to see and reach hanging clothes in the very back. Instead, build perpendicular shelving or hang rods to maximize the space. Store bulky items like sweaters on the shelves and hang lesser-worn clothing like formal wear on the rods.