Are you looking for closet organization hacks? Here are several easy and awesome DIYs you can do on a budget.
We have lived in our house for almost 17 years now. I consider myself a pretty organized person but as with anyone some spaces in my house get neglected and I would say my closet is one of them. It took me most of the day but I’m really glad it did it and I am excited about the way it turned out.
Here is one of the before pictures. It was a mess, overfull, and well in need of TLC!
(Yes, you’ll notice the wire hangers, those of you who remember “Mommy Dearest” can totally year the words “No wire hangers” – lol – my husband loves them for his dress shirts.)
Closet Organization Hacks – Getting started
Take out everything
The first thing I did was gut it, and I mean everything!
I learned my husband had more clothes and shoes than me! What?!!!
CleaN the closet
After gutting it, I vacuumed the floor, the border of the floor with a crevice tool, and all the shelves. This would get the worst of the dust-out. Next, I wiped down all of the shelves, hanging rods, hardware, etc with a clean rag and soapy water.
Measure and make a plan
After everything was empty and cleaned – I measured all the shelves I wanted to organize, came up with a vision and wrote it down.
Use Dollar Store Supplies to stay on Budget
I went to the Dollar Store and bought these collapsible boxes to store things in.
Closet Organization Hacks
Think outside the box for Bins
I put my husband’s baseball hats stacked in one, my hats stacked in one. I rolled up my leggings (boy was this a space saver) and place them in one as well as my yoga pants. I even have a few extra to spare!
Use pool noodles for boots
I bought pool noodles to put in my boots. I measured a pool noodle in my boot, marked it, and cut it with a saw. Each pool noodle would make 3 inserts for my boots.
Use shoe boxes and bins to stack
I had some of these shoe box bins from Dollar Tree but I went and bought a few more for our shoes that would fit in them.
Use a tension rod to hang bags
I use 2 Command Hooks and a tension rod and hung my bags on them. I was able to hang up 2 rows of them.
Conserve space for clothing
I made outfits and hung them on one hanger, this helped consolidate space as well.
I used pop tabs for some of my husband’s shirts. Hook one hole of the pop tab on a hanger and hook another shirt’s hook on the other hole. You can do 2 ore more shirts with this method to conserve space.
Get creative for accessories
Using a hanger or in my case a jewelry hanger and some shower curtain rings I can space save for things like my husband’s belts, jewelry, scarves, tank tops, etc.
Purge! Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year for sure, things you don’t really love, don’t fit, etc. We give our items to a variety of charities.
*One big tip I can give everyone – If you are feeling nostalgic it is not your day to clean out your closet. You have to be ready to purge to have a good day or you’ll end up not getting anywhere. When you do purge, put it in a bag or box and don’t look back. If you open it later you’ll be bound to pull stuff back out. Just say no!
When I put our clothes back in the closet, there was a lot less clothing and I matched hangers to give it a cleaner look.
I am so pleased with the way it turned out and I smile when I walk in there now rather than get in and out as fast as I can to ignore it.
Check out these other great ideas for your organizing your closet space.
- Grab a shoe rack to gain storage space and keep your closet floor clear
- You can put shelf liners down to keep the shelves clear and they can wipe up easily.
- Shelf dividers can help keep sections of clothes stacked
- A closet rod or towel bar can be used to help hang things like purses, jewelry, etc
- Door organizers are great organizational systems that are very versatile, are great for smaller items, don’t take up a lot of space, and go on the back of the closet door.
- Utilize other closets in clever ways like a hall closet, another bedroom closet, a home office closet
- Use a closet organizer in a kids closet. You can put outfits together so they’re easy to grab.
- Put seasonal clothes and other items you don’t use as often on the top shelf.
- Use rubber bands or pipe cleaners on hangers to keep tank tops and shirts on them.
- Use pieces of cardboard as drawer dividers.
- If you’re really stuck you can hire a professional organizer
- Gut an overstuffed closet and go through the closet system. You’ll find it’s the easy way to apply some of these organizing hacks.
- Don’t forget about your wall space. There is so much space there that can be utilized.
Here are some more organizational methods:
- Easy DIY Closet Organization; Tips and Tricks For Maximizing Your Closet Space
- Declutter Closet – How to Clean and Organize In 4 Easy Steps
- Decluttering: How To Simplify Your Life (For Beginners)
Once you do this you’ll know it was a great way to get an organized closet. The first step is always the hardest, but when you’re done, you’ll have all of these closet organization ideas and you’ll be ready to hit your next small space like your linen closet, kids closets. Perhaps you’ll buy some drawer organizers and hit those small items in your drawers next.
Are you ready to be the next Marie Kondo?
Closet Organization Hacks: Easy and Awesome DIYs on a Budget Video
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