One of the biggest complaints of homeowners and renters alike is not having enough closet space. With so many options out there it can be hard to decide which direction to go let alone which closet system would fit your home and budget. Let me show you why the closet organizer will soon be your best friend and a declutter your life. Closet organization systems help me get on the right track literally and figuratively and they can help you too.
Declutter Your Life
All too often we throw all of our clothing and junk haphazardly into our closet and before long it becomes an overflowing mess! It doesn’t have to be that way.
With the proper closet organizing ideas and techniques you can increase your usable closet space and make it a more functional storage area in your home. Employ a few of these cost effective tips and tricks and you’ll have a much nicer therapeutic closet in no time.
RUMMAGE, PURGE & DONATE
- Rummage through all of the things in your closet in an attempt to organize them.
- Take out all clothing, shoes and accessories and group them together in separate piles. Then set up three bins: one labeled “keep”, “charity” and “trash”.
- Donate to charity all of the clothes that you can no longer wear, haven’t worn in over six months, or that are out of style. Let others benefit from your purging items.
Places like your local Goodwill will take your used clothing and give you a tax credit.
If you want to sell your name brand clothing that is in good condition I recommend Ebay, Craigslist and Platos Closet.
Other items that are damaged should be tossed into the “trash” bin. Everything else that you plan on keeping in your closet goes in the “keep” bin.
Then clean out your closet thoroughly by getting rid of any trash, sweeping or vacuuming the floor and cleaning off shelves and racks. I know it sucks but it will be so worth it in the end.
“If you haven’t worn it in a year, box it up it’s time to clear”
Small Closet Organization Ideas
Lack of space is a common problem for many who reside in apartments or condos. Organizing small closets takes some thought and planning as opposed to tossing items in a large walk in closet. Here are a few cheap closet storage ideas for smaller closets.
- Tis the season - Try dividing items by their respective season to eliminate your growing problem. Try under the bed storage for items that won’t be worn for a while like swimwear. Bulky items like sweaters can go in storage bins.
- Maximize floor space - The floor is often only used to store shoes and not in a good way. Try a hanging shoe organizer and free up the floor for added storage such as the seasonal items in storage bins or store socks and undergarments.
I recommend the above underbed storage by Rubbermaid for under $20
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The Hanger Trick:
“Turn all your clothes hangers facing the opposite direction. As you wear that item hang each of the closet hangers back facing the right way. After a period of 6 months or a year see how many items have not been touched. This will tell you how often you wear something and thus the need to get rid of it.”
Do it Yourself Closet Systems
Cheap closet organization systems are your greatest asset in the home but deciding on what to buy can be tricky and overwhelming.
Rubbermaid and ClosetMaid are the two most popular do it yourself closet organizers for under $75. They can be found at local home improvement stores as well as online retailers.
- They range in sizes from 4-8 feet in length depending on model
- Include double and single hanging rods and expandable shelving
- Easy installation instructions with all hardware included
- Usually come in white finish that is easy to clean and wont rust
For the best do it yourself closet systems under $50 we recommend this ClosetMaid organizer
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Closet organization can be expensive when you decide to buy some hardware but if you examine what exactly you need it can be relatively cheap. First you need to recognize what would maximize closet space.
A simple closet shelf can do wonders for shoes or folded items. Small hooks hung on a nail can get scarves, belts and ties off the ground and neatly stored. Storage cubes are perfect for storing purses, bags and seasonal items.
Places like the Container Store are perfect for all of these items but be sure you know what you need otherwise you will buy everything in sight.
How To Use Storage Organizers & Accessories
Add more ideas for closet storage and organization by attaching hooks to the back of the door and on the inside walls of the closet (hanging organizers).
You can hang purses, belts, scarves and neckties on these hooks to significantly increase closet space and make it easier than ever to get to the things that you need.
Now it’s time to organize closet space and figure out functional ways to store the things you intend on keeping. Start putting back items by color. Follow the rainbow if you get discouraged.
Blacks on one end and whites on the other. If you have a very small closet, consider using collapsible multi-garment hangers eg.(Wonder Hanger).
These allow you to hang multiple items on one hanger and then collapse the hanger so that the items are hanging vertically and take up much less space in the closet like this cascading hanger by Hampton Direct you see below.
For collapsible cascading hangers try these for under $10
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You could also consider adding an additional clothes bar or closet rod several feet under the first one. This will double the number of garments that can fit in the closet by placing smaller items like skirts and shorts on the top rod and longer items on the bottom rod.
Kids Closet Ideas
The children’s closet is almost always a war zone and nearly impossible to keep straight. However there are a plethora of ways to go about keeping your child’s closet organized cheap.
- Clean and clear out - This means get rid of worn out clothes and clothes that don’t fit. Donate or have a yard sale. Get rid of toys that are broken or out of style.
- Double up - Use double closet rods to help maximize hanging closet storage. If you have small children then their clothes will be short enough to utilize double rods and thus double your wardrobe storage.
- Put it on the shelf - If you would rather fold clothes then closet shelving is a great addition to any kids closet. Go vertical with closet shelves and stack kids clothing for an easy and cheap closet organization idea.
- Go Green - Plastic storage bins with rollers are excellent ideas for kids closet organizers. They can hold a multitude of items from toys to seasonal sweaters and sportswear.
Shoe Storage Ideas
Shoes are the ultimate prize for women, trust me I know! So shopping for shoes is like shopping for tools if your a man. You want the latest and greatest and there are never enough. So for us women shoe organization is a huge commitment.
One really effective way to organize a closet full of shoes is to store your shoes in small plastic storage bins or cubes.
- Take a photo of each pair of shoes and attach the photo to the outside end of the box that the shoes will go into.
- Stack up the bins of shoes in the bottom of the closet or on closet shelves.
- Doing this will increase closet space by allowing you to stack several pairs of shoes on top of each other in an organized fashion. With very little money you can improvise and make excellent use of what little space you have.
Vacuum storage bags - If closet space is still too cramped, try using vacuum storage bags.Many of these bags come with hangers attached. You can group multiple bulky garments together, suction out the air and then hang them in your closet. Vacuum bags can greatly reduce the closet space that is taken up by bulky clothing.
Over the door racks and bags
- - If space is limited or almost non existent this is the best option for the money. Over the door shoe racks and bags are a space and life saver. Hold dozens of pairs of shoes and label the pockets so you know where your favorite pair of “wedges” or “stilettos” are. Ikea, Whitmor and ClosetMaid are popular shoe storage companies.
- - Shoe cubbies can be a great addition to any home or closet. They can be built into an existing closet organizer system or just left freestanding. I personally love the freestanding and it sits in my walk in closet so I can house multiple pairs of shoes.
- Arrange them in any order, by color, use or style. There is no end to what you can do with a shoe cubby if given enough space. They range in price from $10 for a small one to several hundred for custom wood cubbies. ClosetMaid and Container Store both have excellent selections of either.
For shoe storage under $20 try these on for size
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- If you use a few of these closet organization ideas mentioned above, you can easily double, triple or even quadruple your closet space!