The best way to get your life in order is to start with an organized space. These cheap ways to organize your closet will put you on the right path!
Closet Organizing Ideas
Are your closets a disaster? You’re not alone! Whether you are thinking of your master closet, linen closet, kitchen pantry, or any other storage space around your home, finding a way to organize your closet is key.
It may feel like the only solution to the clutter is a professional organizer, but you can save a lot of money by choosing to do it yourself. These DIY closet organization ideas will help you both organize your home as well as calm the environment you’re living in. We can’t find the calm in ourselves if we are surrounded by piles of dirty clothes and disorganized spaces.
There are so many things you can do to organize your closet into the one you’ve always dreamed of, but you have to get busy. It doesn’t matter how much space you have, there are lots of inexpensive ways to use it more effectively.
Remove Everything and Clean
First things first. The best way to get started is to begin with a clean slate. You want to be able to see the entire closet space so that you can develop some storage ideas.
First step: remove everything from your closet. EVERYTHING. Your bedroom may look like a tornado hit it once you’re done, but it will pay off in the end.
Once the closet is empty, wipe down the open shelves, dust the closet rod or any wire shelving, vacuum the rug or clean the closet floor. Pretend that you are moving and you are cleaning for the next owners. You want to make everything as clean as possible so that you are ready for your closet makeover.
Invest in a Storage System
While your closet is cleaned out, measure the walls and shop for closet organizers. You do not have to invest in anything expensive. Consider piecemealing what you think will work best for your small space.
A few things that you may want to add are shelf dividers, an additional hanging rod or shelving, a shoe rack, hook racks, or even Command hooks, which will only have you spending a few dollars. Consider what you can do with every inch of the extra space that you have, whether it be wall space or shelf space.
As you are putting together a system, be sure to think through where you want everything stored. Maybe your shoe boxes will go on the top shelf of your bedroom closet and anything you don’t need easy access to will get stored behind them. Your favorite sweater can live with the other seasonal items in storage bins underneath the hanging clothes and you can swap them out on a seasonal basis.
Use an “Over The Door Shoe Organizer” for Accessories
Shoe organizers aren’t just for shoes. They are perfect for small items and accessories – and hanging yours over the closet door will save on space.
These are perfect small closet ideas because you can literally add them to every closet that you have with a door. You can purchase them at the Container Store or online, and they’re a great investment.
Use your organizers for everything from scarves and belts to wallets, or even a small handbag collection. This is an inexpensive option that yields big results.
Buy Clear Shoe Boxes
The shoeboxes that your shoes come in will protect your shoes, but you have to look through every single box to find the pair you need. One excellent way around this is to buy clear shoe boxes.
Clear shoe boxes are not only sturdier, but they stack well and can be repurposed extremely easily. If you do intend to use them for only pairs of shoes/flip flops or prefer to keep the boxes that the shoes originally came in, there’s another solution. Stack them all, take pictures of the shoes inside each, and tape the photos to the front of each of the boxes. This way you’ll always know where each pair goes and you’ll be able to find your organized shoes quickly.
If you end up with extra shoe boxes, you can get bonus points for organizing in other areas. They are a great way to store Lego blocks, toy cars, or other things that you don’t have storage solutions for.
Create “Toss” and “Donate” bins
Last, but definitely not least, before you put things back into your now structured closet, you need to create a bin for things to “Toss” and things to “Donate.” If you have a yearly garage sale, you can also make a third bin for those items.
Go through each and every item that you have removed from your closet. As Marie Kondo says, you are looking for your belongings that “spark joy.” If something doesn’t inspire you to keep it, add it to one of the boxes. Sell it, donate it, or throw it away – there’s no need to keep so much stuff.
To continue this trend of weeding out the things you don’t need, place all of your clothes on hangers facing the same direction. As you wear clothing and put them back on hangers, turn the hangers around. In six months, see what clothes you haven’t worn and sell, donate or throw them away. This is an easy way to remove things a little bit at a time.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to organize your closet. There are so many little things you can do that are very affordable and the best part is, you can do them yourself. Particularly if you don’t feel like you have enough space, start from scratch and see what clever ways of maximizing your closet that you can come up with!