The idea of a clutter-free closet might seem impossible, but a well-organized closet is completely within reach. We’ve gathered the best closet organization ideas and tips from experts to help you sort out your own closet. No matter the size of your closet, you can maximize space and create a design that makes you feel right at home. Discover genius tips on how to organize your closet and keep the clutter under control—for good.
Edit and Purge
“My clients are encouraged to purge before I take inventory of their wardrobe. Keep what you really love; donate and part ways with all else,” says designer Lisa Adams, CEO of L.A. Closet Design.
Make Your Closet Your Happy Place
“Instinctively, people feel like the closet should be in keeping with the rest of their home, but then they realize, ‘This is my space and I can do what I want with it.’ That means there are no limits—channel whatever style you want, even if it’s not in keeping with the rest of the house,” says Adams.
Treat Your Closet Like Any Other Room and Add Decor
A closet doesn’t have to be just a storage space. Now that your clothes and accessories are organized, consider adding some design elements like sculptures, candles, oversized books, and other decor.
Or Build a Wall of Cubes to Store Your Shoes
A well-designed shoe wall not only saves you a ton of closet space, it ensures you can see all your shoes at a glance.
Stylize Your Jewelry Storage
Jewelry organizers can be so much more than practical. They also provide a gorgeous design element in your closet, like these Lucite bracelet holders in Shay Mitchell’s home.
Get Yourself an Accessory Wardrobe
An accessory wardrobe hits so many style and organization marks. Does it organize? Check. Does it free up clothes and drawer space? Check. Does it take up minimal room? Check.
Try Out a Garment Rack
Large, closed-door wardrobes are expensive and a huge commitment; look for an open, lightweight, breezy garment rack instead. It works inside or outside your closet, and it’s got a lot of character — just like your clothes.
Use a Metal Grid to Hang Heels
Proud of your stiletto collection? Consider hanging them on a metal grid. We love this creative closet organization idea (that, really, works in or outside a closet).
Incorporate Brass Rods
“To display heels and dress shoes we use brass rods since they’re more refined,” says award-winning designer Kelly Wearstler. “Underneath we’ll include baskets for flats, tennis shoes, and sandals. That way only your best pairs are displayed.”
Divide and Conquer
“Everything in a closet has to be versatile. For storing handbags we create shelving with glass partitions that can be moved around to accommodate a single clutch or purse. And because the panels are clear, they don’t get in the way of seeing the whole collection of bags, which we like to arrange by color or material,” says Wearstler.
Add Hooks to Your Walls
You’ll create a lot of hanging space this way, and you can have fun with it if you choose single hooks like these bent wall hooks from West Elm. The result? A gallery wall for your sweaters or jewelry.
Use a Ladder
A decorative ladder can be really functional: Lean it up against one wall in your closet and use it to hang loosely folded, worn-but-not-dirty-yet shirts. Or scarves. Or pants.
Opt for Shallow Drawers
“I like drawers that aren’t super deep, so you can see everything at a glance rather than having to dig around to find stuff. And we always line them in fabric or wallpaper—even if they’re just for T-shirts,” says Wearstler.
Let There Be Light
“You want to be able to see the difference between navy and black when you’re getting dressed. Use recessed lighting, a ceiling fixture, LED lights in shelves and the hanging rods—basically, whatever you need to create a well-lit room,” says Adams.
Have a Jewelry Tray On Hand
Another one of our closet organization ideas? Popping in a jewelry tray. “People don’t always have time to put their jewelry away. A tray or bowl provides someplace to stow it in a rush. They’re also useful when packing,” says Wearstler.
Wallpaper or Paint the Closet
Rounding out our list of the best closet organization ideas: painting or wallpapering your closet. It’ll be the grand finale of your closet redo. After all the work you put it in, your closet just might be one of your favorite spaces.