Storage & Organization
30 Closet Designs Made to Clean the Clutter
Clear out the clutter in your closet once and for all with these how-to-declutter closet designs. Get a jump start on spring cleaning.
Don’t think everything must be at the same level. Add some shelves and drawers among the hanging clothes. This will help break up the space and allow you to fold items such as jeans and sweaters so they don’t take up space on hangers.
Use a Bookshelf
Here’s a clever IKEA hack that uses an IKEA bookshelf in the closet for extra storage. Try using multiple bookcases if you have the space to store items such as bags, shoes and folded clothing.
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Shower Ring Hooks
Here’s a great way to hang all those tank tops and scarves in your closet. Clip plastic shower rings on a hanger and put scarves through the rings or unclip, put the ring through tank top armholes and reclip. Place the hanger at the end of the closet rod with all your shirts.
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Soda Tab Hangers
Pull off those soda tabs and put them to work in your closet. Just slip them around the hook of a hanger and it will allow you to drop a second hanger in the tab so you can hang more clothes in the same space.
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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.
Shoe Storage Booster Stool
Don’t throw those cardboard wine dividers in the recycling bin just yet! If you struggle to keep shoes organized in your child’s closet, try inserting those dividers into a basket or tub and use it as a clever DIY shoe storage solution.
Closet Nook Shelves
Wire shelves are available in a variety of widths. Measure the width and depth of the space. Then choose the correct shelving and ask the salesperson to cut the shelves to length for you. Subtract 3/8 in. from the actual width to determine the shelf length. Buy a pair of end mounting brackets and a pair of plastic clips for each shelf.
Double-Decker Closet Rod
Locate studs on the back wall of the closet with a stud finder. Then attach metal brackets to the studs. Use a level to align the brackets along the top. Space the brackets no more than 32 in. apart. Need even more storage? Check out these easy ways to expand your closet space.
Two-Story Closet Shelves
We cut the supports 16 in. long, but you can place the second shelf at whatever height you like. Screw the end supports to the walls at each end. Use drywall anchors if you can’t hit a stud. Then mark the position of the middle supports onto the top and bottom shelves with a square and drill 5/32-in. clearance holes through the shelves. Drive 1-5/8-in. screws through the shelf into the supports. You can apply this same concept to garage storage. See how to build double-decker garage storage shelves here.
Use the Buddy System
Keep pairs of socks with their mate, pajama sets or matched outfits together by using a small sock clip after laundry. This will help pairs stick together, even if they’re discarded on the ground.
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Check the Pockets
Slip an accessory pocket over the hanger of an outfit to match socks, underwear, barrettes, hats and more ahead of time. You can purchase accessory pockets at Amazon.
Similar to an accessory pocket, see why a shoe organizer is one of the best storage solutions around.
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Ironing Board Storage
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Add-On Clothes Rod
Closet Glove Rack
Belt and Other Hang-Ups
Behind the Door Planner
No closet space to plan a week’s outfits? Try an over-the-door organizer like the Days-Of-The-Week Hanging Organizer. Keep extra organized with a message center equipped to handle all the chaos.
Closet Rod Divider Tags
Does your kid keep growing or do multiple children share a closet? Separate hanging clothing by size just like they do in the stores with closet rod dividers that you can label. Maximize closet space by learning one little trick.
Double Down on Hanging Clothes
Double your hanging space with a Doublet adjustable closet rod. Try hanging special occasion clothes high, and casual clothes on the lower rod where you can easily reach. Take your storage game to the next level in the kitchen with the greatest tips we’ve assembled.
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Annoyed by an overstuffed closet packed so tightly that you can’t find your favorite shirt or shoes? Where the closet rod bends under the weight of all of “his” and “her” clothing?
If so, the simple DIY closet shelves organizing system we show here is a great solution. It utilizes the closet space much more efficiently by dividing your closet into zones that give your slacks, dresses, shirts, shoes and other items their own home.
Build Your Own Melamine Closet Organizer
Install Wire Shelving
Wire shelving is popular because of its price, flexibility and ease of installation. Wire shelving can be designed to meet almost any need at a fraction of the cost of a custom built-in system. And while learning how to install wire shelving isn’t quite a no-brainer, you don’t need to be a master carpenter or own a fully equipped cabinet shop to get it done. See how to install wire shelving.
Box Up the Closet
Here’s the key to this whole closet organization system: The large box is twice as tall as the small box, and the height of each box is equal to twice its width. That means you can combine them in dozens of different configurations. For more versatility, you can drill holes and add adjustable shelf supports to any of the boxes. See the complete plans here.
Triple Your Closet Storage Space
If you have to dig through a mountain of clothes to find your favorite sweatshirt, it’s time to take on that messy closet. This simple-to-build system organizes your closet with shelf, drawer and hanging space for your clothes, shoes and accessories. Buying a closet system like this would cost you at least $500, but you can build this one for about half that.
Custom Designed Closet Storage
If you find yourself rummaging in your closet every morning mumbling to yourself, “One of these days I’ve got to get organized,” then read on, because we’ve got a solution.
For about the price of a dresser, you can install modular closet organizers that practically double your storage space and look great too. The units are constructed of particleboard with a durable Melamine coating. Although wire shelves are more economical, the modular systems offer several advantages. They look like a built-in unit, offer adjustable shelves and closet rods, and allow you to add drawers or shelves in the future.
Need more closet space as you determine how to declutter? You gain tons of storage space by stealing a few feet from a room and building a new closet, complete with double doors. Finally you’ll have room enough for that mound of shoes, the clothes packed on closet rods and the pile of boxes. In this article, we’ll show you how to build a closet like this, concentrating on framing simple walls and hanging double doors.