No matter how neat and unassuming a closet starts out, it's amazing how quickly it can become a cluttered mess. Thanks to lockdowns keeping everyone indoors, now is a perfect time to organize your closet and make your living space a little brighter.
We've put together a guide to help you get started on your organizing expedition, as well as a list of the top ten products that will help you get your closet spic and span again! Our favorite was Songmics' Cube Storage Organizer, for its sturdiness, versatility, and how you can arrange it any way you like to fit your interior. Read on for more!
Before actually buying extra hangers, cubbies, or shelves, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide what needs organizing. Do you need a place for accessories? Shoes? Sheets? Clothes? Answering that will help you understand what kind of closet organizing items you’ll need to shop for.
If you’re good at visualizing, you may be able to do all this sorting just by looking through your closet and writing down a quick checklist. Look for overcrowded items and consider whether they would be best sorted using a set of drawers, hangers, or shelves.
If you’re more of a hands-on type of person, don’t be afraid to physically clear out your closet and sort things into piles: clothes to hang or store, smaller items that need a drawer, sheets and comforters, and so on.
This may be an obvious bit of advice, but it’s important nevertheless. One of the best ways to de-clutter your closet is to figure out what you don’t need and either donating it, throwing it away, or recycling, if possible.
Before buying anything to organize your closet, be sure to take thorough measurements. Want to add a new bar or shelf? Measure the distance between walls, and break it into chunks if needed. Thinking of adding some drawers or cubby holes on the floor? Measure both the depth of your closet and the height that you’ll need.
Write all your measurements down so that you can check them while you shop. It may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth it to avoid buying something that’s too big or too small for your needs.
There are a ton of different ways to organize your closet, and a huge array of products to help you do so. Below we've assembled a list to get you started and hopefully give you some ideas to springboard off of for putting your closet back in order.
|Material||ABS connectors, PP plastic panels, metal frame|
|Size||11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 in. per cube|
|Material||Fabric with metal hooks|
|Size||70 x 13 in.|
|Type||Full closet organizer|
|Size||Deluxe set includes: 7 26 in. shelves, 2 48 in. shelves, 2 48 in. top rails, rods and mounting hardware|
Pack of 50
|Size||16.5 x 8.7 in. per hanger|
|Material||Fabric with metal hooks|
|Size||12 x 10 x 45 in.|
|Size||26.5 x 12.25 x 18.75 in.|
|Size||43.3 x 11.8 x 11.5 in.|
Pack of 20
|Material||Metal, rubber coating|
|Size||14 x 6.7 in. per hanger|
|Size||Large boxes: 11 x 11 x 5.25 in. medium boxes: 5.75 x 11.25 x 5.25 in. small boxes: 5.75 x 5.75 x 5.25 in.|
Set of 4
|Size||17 x 14.38 x 10.25 in.|
Cube Storage Organizer
Over The Door Hanging Wall Organizer
Configurations Custom Closet Kit
Heavy Duty Plastic Hangers
Hanging Closet Organizer
Shoe Storage Rack
Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack
Foldable Cloth Storage Boxes
Versatile, Stackable Cubby Storage
Door-Hanging Organizer That Won't Bend Out of Shape
Long-Lasting, Highly Customizable System in Various Sizes
Basic Hangers With a Useful, Clever Design
Sturdy Hanging Shelves That Are a Breeze to Set Up
No-Hassle Shelving Great for Versatility
A Strong and Stylish Garment Bar
Great Non-Slip Hangers for Pants, Skirts, and Scarves
Organize a Messy Drawer or Store Small Items
Stackable Drawers to Make Organizing Easy and Simple
|Type||Shelves/cubbies||Door-hanging organizer||Full closet organizer||Hangers||Hanging shelves||Shelves||Garment bar||Hanger||Drawer dividers||Drawers|
|Material||ABS connectors, PP plastic panels, metal frame||Fabric with metal hooks||Metal||Plastic||Fabric with metal hooks||Steel||Steel||Metal, rubber coating||Fabric||Plastic|
|Size||11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 in. per cube||70 x 13 in.||Deluxe set includes: 7 26 in. shelves, 2 48 in. shelves, 2 48 in. top rails, rods and mounting hardware||16.5 x 8.7 in. per hanger||12 x 10 x 45 in.||26.5 x 12.25 x 18.75 in.||43.3 x 11.8 x 11.5 in.||14 x 6.7 in. per hanger||Large boxes: 11 x 11 x 5.25 in. medium boxes: 5.75 x 11.25 x 5.25 in. small boxes: 5.75 x 5.75 x 5.25 in.||17 x 14.38 x 10.25 in.|
With such a wide range of ways to organize one's closets, the sheer volume of options available can be a bit daunting. Because of that, it's important to narrow down exactly what you'll need to improve your closet and storage space. Below we've compiled some tips and suggestions to help you as you sort through the options.
While some people may have the option of knocking down a wall and adding onto their house when they need more room to store things, most of us have to work with the space we have. Thankfully, with a little creativity, even a small closet can offer a lot more storage space than you might initially think.
There are a few ways to deal with excess clothes. While seasonal clothes can always be stored away for part of the year, sometimes you just need more space – especially if you’re sharing that closet with someone else!
For this, you can either get specialized hangers to maximize space, or you can add in an extra bar to double the number of hangers you can fit in your closet.
If your closet isn’t set up this way already, seriously consider adding shelves above and below the garment bar. This will give you a huge amount of space to store things like shoes, accessories, and sheets.
There are also hanging organizers for shoes and bags that attach to your wall or door. Some even hang from the bar itself.
If your closet is in a narrow hall or a crowded room, you may want to consider exchanging the traditional closet door with something else so that you don’t have to deal with the extra space an open door can take up.
Whether made of fabric or beads, floor-length curtains are simple and stylish and can add a lot of color to a room. They may not be the best option if you have little kids (especially if there are things in the closet you don’t want them to get at!), but if that’s not a concern for your lifestyle, curtains can be a very convenient substitute for a door.
For a more modern approach, you can opt for a sliding door. It’s sleek and convenient, taking up far less space than a swinging door. The only caveat is that your doorway may need some reworking to accommodate a sliding door, depending on its design.
If those options don’t appeal to you, however, you can always try setting a mirror onto the door in order to give an illusion of more space. Not only is it functional; you’ll be surprised at how much it brightens up a room.
If you do decide to keep your door, remember that the door can also be used to hang things in order to increase space. This can range from hooks for clothes, scarves, and hats, to pocket organizers for any number of smaller items that don’t fit elsewhere.
Some people really know their way around a hammer and nail. If this is you, that’ll give you a lot of freedom in how you want to reorganize your closet, and may include adding or cutting shelves or repositioning a garment bar.
If you don’t have much experience with such DIY projects, however, don’t worry – there are still plenty of easy-to-set-up options on the market that will make your closet organizing experience run smoothly.
Choosing the right materials is not just a matter or durability or aesthetics. Some materials can damage your clothes or even invite pests into your closet!
If you’ve used wire coat hangers, you’re probably familiar with how easily clothes tend to slip right off them. Even worse, wire hangers can damage clothing over time. Because of this, it’s well worth it to invest in some decent hangers.
For a slightly higher-end hanger, there is a wide range of padded and wooden hangers to choose from. Velvet hangers are another choice, although they can gather lint over time, making them less visually appealing.
There are also a number of more unique hangers – some specially designed for pants and slacks, some for skirts, others meant to hold multiple shirts at once in order to maximize space in your closet.
If you’re storing anything in your closet for weeks or months at a time, using the right container is essential to keeping the items in good condition. For this, you’ll want to aim for airtight plastic boxes or, for fabrics and really important memorabilia, acid-free boxes.
Cedar is a great, all-natural solution to keep pests away from your clothes that won’t leave a chemical smell like other alternatives.
Note, however, that the acid in cedar can damage clothes if they are in direct contact, so if you want to store clothes in a cedar chest, wrap the clothes in acid-free paper or unbleached muslin first. Or, you can wrap a cedar block in acid-free paper to place alongside your clothes in an airtight plastic box.
Fabric needs proper ventilation in order to last a long time, and as such, you’ll want to avoid vacuum storage and other airtight bags for long-term storage. This holds especially true for wool, cashmere, and other delicate clothes; being compressed, even if only for a few months, can damage the fabric.
However, vacuum storage bags can be a great solution for bulky, puffy coats or water-resistant materials, as these tend to be more resilient and typically regain their shape after coming out of the bag.
Whatever you’re storing in your closet – be it shoes, clothes, sheets, or what have you – there are certain materials that you want to avoid altogether, as they tend to attract either pests or mold or both. The worst are cardboard and plastic bags.
Plastic bags collect moisture and become a breeding ground for mold and mildew (this is especially true if you live in a more humid area). They can also cause your clothes and sheets to yellow over time.
Cardboard can attract a variety of bugs and is poor protection against rodents, who can eat right through it. This includes things like shoe boxes – so even though it might seem convenient to just store your shoes away in the box you bought them in, it can be a disastrous long-term decision.
Do you want everything displayed or hidden away? Look for shoe racks, clear plastic boxes, and transparent hanging organizers if you want to be able to clearly see the contents of your closet. This is an ideal option if easy access is your priority; no need to guess where everything is tucked away when you can see through the boxes.
If you're aiming for a specific look or would simply rather have everything hidden from sight, invest in opaque boxes and drawers for a classier look. This is especially great for keepsakes or other important items.
Whatever storage method you choose, you might also want to consider labels or a label maker so that anyone can understand what’s inside.
Looking for more ways to stay organized and keep your living space uncluttered? Check out some of these articles for great ideas to get you started.
There are many ways to organize a closet, but so long as you break down your individual storage needs, having your ideal set-up doesn't have to be a distant dream. It might take some work or a bit of elbow grease, but the final result will make all the hassle well worth it.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you work out some of the kinks in your organizing scheme, and given you a springboard to get started on neatening up your living space!
Author: Katherine Combs
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