How to Organize Your Closet

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Organizing Your Closet

Picture of Mirrored Bedroom Closet Doors

Nearly every decorator or designer recommends that the very first room you should complete is your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary…the place to go at the end of a long day. It’s where you regroup, relax, rest and it’s all yours…a private retreat.

Unfortunately, our bedroom is usually the last room we decorate because it’s a private area and we want our public areas decorated, first.

We need to change our thinking about that!

I don’t know about you but if my bedroom is disorganized it’s not a retreat and I can’t relax. So organizing that space is pretty important.

1. Start with the closet.

A small bedroom closet is difficult to organize especially if it’s shared by two people. You’ve got double everything…clothing, shoes, accessories and finding space in a small space can be frustrating.  But it’s not impossible.
Follow along for some doable strategies.

2. Next…sort and purge.

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If you’re just moving in, you’ve probably already done that but if not…now’s the time.

Here’s how to go about that in an orderly way:

Take inventory of your clothes and shoes

Move out-of-season items to another place

Decide what kind of storage system will work for you so you don’t buy boxes and bins that won’t work.

Measure the space. That’s important when you go shopping for any organizers or shelving systems.

3. Make a plan.

Are two people sharing the closet? That’ll be your first consideration, for sure.

Picture of a Shared Closet with Shelves

Think one side of the closet for each person. Try a mirror image approach with rods above and below each other for short pieces on each side of the closet and shelves at each end.

You could have a single shared rod in the center for longer clothing. Your longer pieces could be at your end of the rod and your partner’s longer pieces at the other end. That middle rod would be the dividing point.

How much closet space do you need for hanging clothes? Do you have more short items like shirts and pants or longer items like dresses and robes?

Do you need shoe storage? There are hanging shoe bins which work well. I have one in my master closet. I love it because I can see all my shoes at a glance. Shoe shelves that sit on the floor are great, too.

Most closets have enough room above the shelf in the closet to install a second shelf higher up which is perfect for out of season clothes packed in bins or blanket bags. Or suitcases.

Which Closet System Fits Your Needs?

You’ll get more bang for your buck with a really good closet organizer.  I absolutely recommend getting one for each closet.

This one is a beauty for a small closet. It’s by ClosetMaid and it’s available on It can totally be customized to fit your space. This particular configuration is designed for closets from 4 to 6 feet wide. Of course, you can get larger systems, too.

If you have a big walk-in closet (unlikely in a small space but not unheard of), has so many great closet systems and organizers you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Some systems have drawers, shelves, and rods in many configurations.
  • There’s an installation guide with all of the options.
  • Some additional options include shoe racks and corner shelves…you name it.

The point is, you can make this work whatever your situation. It’s affordable and has so many good reviews.

I want to share a terrific video with 10 Small Closet Organization and Storage Ideas.

Guest Room Storage

In my guest room, I’ve got a hanging shelf organizer.  There’s also a collapsible laundry hamper which I know my guests appreciate.

It’s great because I don’t have a chest or dresser in that room but when my company comes, they can still unpack their suitcases and make themselves at home!

On the other side of the closet, they can stash their suitcases.

Ikea Bookshelf in a closet for storage

I found an article on the website The Family Handyman that lists 12 hacks to make more room in your closets.

One suggestion is to use a low bookshelf  like this one from Ikea.  I think it’s just brilliant. Better than drawers, in my opinion. Easy to see at a glance what’s there and would fit in a closet beautifully.

You could use a shorter version that would allow you to hang clothing above it.

Another idea in the article is to use pegboard on the inside of a closet door for hanging jewelry, scarves, belts, etc.Photo of Pegboard in a closet for jewelry storag


Three More Closet Storage Ideas


Last But Not Least…

To save a little room in your closet, try under-the-bed storage. There are bins on wheels that make storage a breeze because they’re easily moved in and out from under the bed.

Or how about using a clear over-the-door shoe organizer. You wouldn’t necessarily have to store shoes but that would be a great way to save space in the closet.

You’ll find these and other space saving tips in a couple of other Small Space Decor Ideas and More posts like the following:

4 Creative Cluttering Tips for 2019 is a post you’ll want to check out.  It’s my first post of 2019.

I think you’ll also like How to Get More Space Without Moving.  It’s a good post with great ideas for every room.

I would love to have your thoughts on these suggestions and any unique solutions that might be working for you, too. Let me know what you think about the tips and hacks in this post.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

(Latest Update: 5/8/2019)

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