30 Closet Organization Ideas That'll Make Your Space Feel So Much Bigger

Maybe you'll even find that sweater you've been looking for.

closet organization ideas
Leanne Ford Interiors

A clean, organized closet is simply the best: It streamlines your morning routine, and all that extra space gives you an excuse to expand your wardrobe (or at least reimagine it with new combinations now that you can actually see everything clearly). If you want to make the most of your space, try some of these closet organization and storage ideas. We came up with thirty, so there's something for every style and budget.

1 Build an Island
Victoria Pearson

Why use an armchair when you have room for a sofa? Slide up a stool and colorful area rug to complete the look, and then make a mini gallery wall to polish things off. And closet island/ dresser? Not just storage—it’s motivation to fold and put away your clothes.

2 Install Bypass Doors
Courtesy of Vintage Revivals

Never again will you have to walk from end to end in search of what you need. These bypass doors will save your life, and are easy to DIY. Get the full tutorial from Vintage Revivals.

3 Install a Wall Shelf
Leanne Ford

If you ran out of room in your closet, you can display your prettiest items in your bedroom to double as decor. Add a multi-level wall shelf or slide in an etagere. Leanne Ford made sure it didn't take up too much visual real estate by painting it white so it blends in with the wall. Psst... You can also make more of your wall space by using brackets as an extra place to hang things.

4 Keep It Behind Closed Doors
NC

On the other hand, keeping your wardrobe behind closed doors in the bedroom can make it feel and look a lot more organized. Bonus points for hidden doors that camouflage with the doors.

5 Utilize the Corners
Tamsin Johnson

In this dream closet designed by Tasmin Johnson, the classic white shades dress down the more glamorous elements of the space. All they need is a fresh coat of paint to feel new again. And while the large windows let the natural light pour in (perfect for getting ready) that means there's less useable wall space, which also means every inch is precious. The built-in benches feature storage underneath and the custom corner shelves provide a home for bags.

6 Get Creative With Bulky Clothes
Regan Baker Design

Even though shoe organizers are handy for your sneakers, they can also be used for bulky items like sweaters that you don't want to accidentally stretch out on a hanger (bye, saggy shoulders). Roll the sweaters before stowing them away.

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7 Store Small Items in a Vanity
Felix Forest

For smaller items such as jewelry, wallets, and accessories, use your vanity drawers. Extra points if you also have a drawer organizer.

8 Plan Your Outfits
Martin Wichardt

If you have empty space under your bed, put your out-of-season clothing in plastic organizers, or opt for rolling crates. Storage solution, but no power tools required. You'll just need a bed skirt.

9 Try a Clothing Rack
Anna Malmberg

Whether your tiny closet is already packed to the brim or you don't even have a closet in your bedroom to begin with, a freestanding clothing rack will be a good solution. Besides, having it out in the open will force you to keep your clothes nice and organized instead of in an avalanche pile in the closet.

10 Stack Your Shoes
Leanne Ford

Having everything out in the open will motivate you to stay organized, but there are also a few things you can do to steer our eyes elsewhere. For example, in this room, the space above the closet is lined with pretty glass bottles. And pro tip: You can fit more on your closet shelves or floors if you store shoes with the right and left ones facing opposite directions. To do this, face one shoe toe to the front and the other heel to the front.

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11 Hang a Curtain
Laure Joliet

This master bedroom designed by ETC.etera, the coset is separated by a curtain. This will keep an exposed closet from distracting the interior design scheme.

12 Purge With Purpose
Anson Smart

Before you start cleaning your closet, decide who will get the castoffs. Knowing that your clothes are going to a favorite charity, a homeless shelter or the local do-gooder thrift shop is a goal that you can feel good about.

13 Add A Dresser and a Mirror
Leanne Ford Interiors

If you're lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, consider moving your dresser inside — and propping an oversized mirror on top. It'll turn the closet into a full-blown station to get ready each morning, with everything within arm's reach, and open up your bedroom space.

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14 Hang Your Purses
Tamsin Johnson

Shower hooks are perfect for hanging purses in your closet on the hanger rod. Even better? This method will ensure handles don't get misshapen.

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15 Use Special Hangers
Nicole Franzen

Slim and open, these hangers easily file away pants in your closet. The design also makes clothing easier to grab off the rack as you dash to get ready in the morning. Your clothes deserve the best treatment off and on your body. When you stock up on wooden or padded hangers your clothes will be able to shine, since their backdrop all looks the same.

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16 Use Office Organizers
StudioDB

Get creative with on-shelf storage. It turns out magazine files are the ideal shape for storing clutches, wristlets, jewelry and more. And that frees up space on your desk or vanity table. We're also love the stylish rods Studio DB hung up in the corners of this walk-in closet.

BUY NOW File Organizer, $23, amazon.com

17 Add a Bar
Leanne Ford Interiors

Doubling up your closet space is as easy as hanging up another bar. Choose a system that also includes hooks for maximum versatility.

BUY NOW Closet Doubler, $18, amazon.com

18 Style Your Space
Stefan Radtke

Adding a mirror, a piece of art, fun colors, or hanging wallpaper are all easy ways to add character to your closet. Stay away from flowers, books, and stuffed animals, which all collect dust that will make your clothes feel less fresh.

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19 Organize Thoughtfully
Leanne Ford Interiors

The best way to organize your closet is to set it up into zones based on the way you think about your wardrobe. For example: When you are getting dressed, do you think first in terms of occasion, by garment type, or by season? Arrange your clothes with this in mind.

20 Keep Your Shelves In Shape
Gillian Jackson

You're about to fall in love with shelf dividers. These handy organizers have the ability to keep different items separate, while also preventing piles from toppling over, so you can stack sweaters way higher.

BUY NOW Shelf Dividers, $35, amazon.com

21 Try Wicker Baskets
Courtesy of Dorsey Designs

Storage baskets keep your junk out of sight, and they look chic on open-shelves. Bonus: You can get them on the cheap.

See more at Dorsey Designs.

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22 Make It a Display Wall
Tamsin Johnson

Get inspired by chic retail spaces, like this one designed by Tamsin Johnson. Instead of a classic shelving unit, create a floating cubby wall so your favorite items can double as decor on display.

23 Create a Jewelry Wall
Amy Hirsch

Prevent your jewelry from getting tangled by building custom organization systems. In this closet you can hang them on the wall, or keep them on a tray on one of the shelves.

24 Hang Strategically
Courtesy of Lark & Linen

The easiest way to end up with a disorganized closet is by hanging up clothes without even thinking about it. To keep things sectioned off, hang blouses, tops, and skirts above built-in shelves, and long dresses and pants when nothing is underneath. See more of this closet at Lark & Linen.

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25 Use Wasted Wall Space
The Chronicles of Home

Instead of hanging scarves, belts, and other accessories on hangers and taking up valuable rod space, try this trick. Attach a towel bar to unused wall space to create a personalized display for your collection. See more at The Chronicles of Home.

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26 Try A Boot Organizer
Boot Butler

Boots can be a pain to store in a closet — they seem to topple over at the slightest touch. Instead, a special boot organizer can safely house five pairs in the "footprint" of one.

BUY NOW Boot Rack, $70, amazon.com

27 Use An Entire Room
Courtesy of Lark & Linen

No closet space? No problem. Turn your office into your closet. That way, you'll have an entire room to stash your stuff. See more at Lark & Linen.

28 Use Built-Ins
Courtesy of Dorsey Designs

You may have room to store all your clothes + shoes, but what about your accessories? Built-in drawers are perfect for storing sunglasses, jewelry, and scarves. See more at Dorsey Designs.

29 Hang your Rod Higher
A House in the Hills

Not only will hanging your rod higher keep your gowns and coats from dragging through floor dust, but it also frees up space for a hamper or second row of clothing. And it doesn't have to look awkward! Just take note from this closet from A House in the Hills.

30 Put Shoes On The Door
stylizimo.

The best thing about high heels is that they're basically designed for this genius storage hack. Hang rails on the inside of your door to squeeze extra storage out of your closet. See more at Stylizmo.

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