Closets are notorious for being disorganized.
Sometimes, there isn’t enough space. Other times, there isn’t enough storage. Some closets don’t have shelving, so everything that doesn’t hang just gets thrown on the floor.
Don’t worry. We’re going to fix that.
These seven essentials will help you keep your closet organized. With these products, you’ll be able to spruce up your closet and get it looking a million times better.
You’ll notice the difference immediately!
1. Over-the-Door Organizer
If you thought over the door organizers were just for shoes, you were wrong.
The back of your closet door is prime real estate for storing all those things you don’t know what to do with. With an organizer hanging over your door, you’ll have a spot for belts, ties, scarves, hair accessories, and — yes — shoes.
Anything that doesn’t have a home can go on the back of your door!
There are all kinds of options to choose from. There are ones with big pockets and small pockets. They come with baskets and hooks. You can even add an extra hanging rack to the back of your closet door.
No more clutter on your shelves or covering the floor. Stash it in a pocket instead!
2. Baskets, Bins, and Boxes (Oh My!)
Storage is a big deal in any closet.
If you have enough space, boxes, or baskets are a fantastic way to keep your closet organized.
Cloth bins are perfect for a soft look. You can get them in all kinds of colors to match whatever look you’re going for.
Patterned boxes make a bolder statement and bring some style to your closet.
If you’re going for a rustic look, you’re better off opting for wire baskets. They’re sturdy, and you can see through them to get a look at whatever’s inside.
Place them on an empty shelf and put things inside that you wouldn’t be able to stack. Socks, workout clothes, pajama pants … just about anything can go into a box!
You can keep your closet looking cohesive by pairing different styles or patterns that work well together. It’s a chance for your inner designer to shine!
3. Shelf Dividers
For bigger things that can’t fit into boxes, shelf dividers are a lifesaver.
Stacking sweaters, yoga pants, and other oddly shaped garments is a nightmare. Nothing wants to stay in its stack, especially when you start rooting around for something to wear. Then you’re left with a toppled mess.
Keep your stacks from looking messy by sticking some shelf dividers between them. You can find them in wire, acrylic, and fabric to match any design sense. Simply clip them to the shelf and let them do the rest.
Maximizing vertical space is tough when it comes to clothes, but shelf dividers make it much easier. The top of your closet will never look neater!
4. Extra Drawers
That space between your hanging clothes and the floor is begging for some attention. Drawers are the best way to use it to your advantage.
Drawers are the perfect place for smaller clothes and accessories that don’t belong anywhere else. Workout clothes, pajamas, purses, and jewelry will all feel right at home in a cozy drawer of their own.
They come in a range of colors, sizes, and materials, too, so you’ll have no problem finding some that suit your style.
You can get just a few drawers or a bunch of drawers. Those drawers can be made from cloth, plastic, wood, or wire. (If you want your laundry to have a lot of airflow, wire drawers are definitely your best option.)
No floor space? No problem!
Hanging drawers can go on the rack right next to your clothes and give you a spot to store anything you can’t find a place for.
5. Self-Adhesive Hooks
If you don’t have hooks, you’re missing out.
These helpful little things let you make use of the spaces in your closet that generally go unused. They are a necessity in any well-organized closet.
Self-adhesive hooks are your best bet if you don’t want to damage the walls. You can use them to hang scarves, hats, belts, purses, or jewelry. You can stick them to the back wall, too, if there happens to be a bit of space behind your clothes.
Do you own seasonal accessories or things you only use once in a blue moon? Try hanging them on the wall above your closet door. It’s a nice little space for those things that you want to keep but rarely touch.
Prepare for each morning by making yourself a valet hook. Set aside one hook on the back of your door for the outfit you’re going to wear the next day. It will stay wrinkle-free and ready to go so you don’t have to worry about choosing an outfit in the morning.
More time to drink that cup of coffee!
6. Matching Hangers
Closets and hangers go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.
Make your closet look a little nicer by purchasing some matching hangers to put your clothes on. It doesn’t matter what kind of hangers you use, as long as they all look the same.
(However, wooden hangers are fantastic for keeping your clothes in shape.)
While you’re in the organizing mood, think about getting different colors of the same kind of hanger. All of your hangers will have the same shape, but you can use the colors to categorize your clothes.
Simple categories will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for. Put your casual clothes on one type of hanger, your work clothes on another type, and your fancy clothes on another.
With different colored hangers, you will only have to glance to find the clothes you’re looking for.
7. Laundry Hamper
Tuck a hamper into the corner of your closet to keep your dirty laundry together (and off the floor).
Add a second hamper to hold the clean clothes you haven’t gotten around to putting away yet. That will keep your fresh laundry off the ground.
Choose a hamper with a lid to hide your laundry out of sight.
If you don’t have a laundry room, or it’s far from your bedroom, get a laundry hamper that has handles. You won’t have to struggle so much to get your dirty laundry to the wash if it’s easier to carry.
A clean, organized closet can eliminate a lot of stress from your life. After all, when you’re getting ready in the morning, you’ll already know where to find everything.
It’ll make your life a lot easier, and your closet will look great.
You don’t have to use all seven of these essentials to keep your closet organized. Even one or two will do the trick.
Choose your favorites and whip your closet into shape!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the conventional housing industry and works with The Proper on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.