26 Ways To Actually Keep Your Closet Organized

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Imagine a world where you don’t have a random pile of clothes stacked on your only chair — imagine it because it’s possible.

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Get a hanger designed specifically to hold your favorite camis and tanks that are typically kinda hard to store.


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Promising review: “I love the crap out of this thing! I have so many camis that I use as undershirts for work and they were always being folded up and crammed into a drawer, taking up way too much space. After putting away half of my shirts on this two-pack, I knew I needed to buy another pack! It’s so easy to take the shirts on and off without messing around with any of the others. This organizer is perfect for my needs in freeing up a drawer and taking up little space in my closet.” —Tessa

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.49.

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If you’ve ever struggled trying to figure out how to store your boots, consider filling them with inserts or storing them in a very handy hanging boot file.


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Promising review: “This product is AWESOME! I didn’t have any trouble fitting my tall boots (1-2-inch heel knee-high boots), and only had trouble with them falling out if I tilted it too much one way or the other. Otherwise, they fit in the pockets perfectly. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone wanting to organize and store tall boots in their closet. I bought two of them — one for my tall boots and one for my and my husband’s cowboy boots. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product!!!” —WisconsinMom

Get a five-pack of the inserts for $11.95 and the boot file for $7.83 (fits three pairs of boots) from Amazon.

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Keep your purses super organized with a hanging purse organizer designed with clear pockets so you can browse through your collection without having to pull out everything.


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Promising review: “I love nice purses and I save up to buy good purses of quality. This way of storing my purses is so convenient — there’s no stress on the straps, they are visible, kept safe, accessible, and dust-free in one organized place. The hook and seams are strong. I actually have 12 purses stored, and the smaller purses have plenty of room to share a sleeve. Nice product! Glad I purchased it.” —Julia H.

Get it from Amazon for $12.98 (available in four colors).

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If you have a deep closet, an over-the-door closet rod is great for adding that extra hanging space you desperately need.


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Dimensions: 18 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches

Promising review: “I needed just that extra little bit of hanging space in the laundry room and did not want to add a rolling rack. I also had no wall space to mount any new shelving. This over the door rack seemed like it would do the trick. When you put it together it seemed a little wobbly but once it is on the door, it is very stable. It holds a lot of clothes. You can hang items on the bar and also on the sides. I do not use the dryer for cotton shirts, jeans or any other slacks so I need the hanging space. This is an extremely economical way to get that extra space.” —Outta Control

Get it from Amazon for $11.64.

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Or you can create that extra space by adding a second rack for clothes — it’s super easy to install, it just hangs on your current closet rack.


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Promising review: “This product has been one of my favorite Amazon finds, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. It has doubled my closet space in my apartment where I can’t make any damage in terms of adding another permanent shelf — so this has been a perfect solution. It was easy to assemble and is sturdy I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now with no issue. Your closet has to be pretty high for this to work or else your shirts above are going to get caught on the hangers below and for my case, some of my shirts are dragging on the floor — just keep this in mind when you’re thinking about purchasing.” —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

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Really elevate your organizational skills with a chrome finish hanger organizer that’ll finally put a stop to the disastrous, mangled tumbleweeds of hangers that occupy space in your home.


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Promising review: “Working in retail for a million years, I know how amazing these can be in keeping your life less chaotic! I put off ordering for months, and I’m mad at myself that I did because these beat a box of hangers hands down! I ordered two — one for dress/shirt hangers and one for skirt/pant hangers. They seem to be made of the same metal that I’ve used in retail stores, appear to be sturdy, and are super easy to assemble! The only thing I had to stop and think about is which side of the base should face up. It comes with all the hardware and tools for assembly — a great buy!” —KatieLee333

Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

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Get rid of some of the bulk in your closet by switching out your hangers to slim-fitting velvet ones — they won’t only give you more space they’ll also keep your straps from falling off.


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Promising review: “SO happy with these so far. I had heard multiple times that these hangers would change my life. While this sounded nice, I struggled to justify spending money on hangers when I already have a couple hundred here that work just fine. However, after needing to add career clothes to my wardrobe and completely losing all free movement remaining in my closet, I put these in my cart. They came today and I’ve already switched out my whole closet (except for skirts — I am awaiting finger clips from Amazon to convert these hangers to pant/skirt hangers). Going through my entire closet lead me to get rid of a couple of things that I no longer wear. However, the difference in my closet because of the hangers alone is striking. I can finally shift clothes to the side to actually see what I have. While some may think that saving their money and dealing with a tight closet is worth it, I am completely sold on making the change. So happy I pulled the trigger. I’ve purchased 100 more just now so that I can do the same for my boyfriend’s closet.” —ChristineSD

Get a pack of 50 flocked hangers on Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five colors).

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Another way to save hanging space is with a set of chrome closet organizers that’ll make you realize your closet is much bigger than it actually is.


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Each hanger holds 12 garments.

Promising review: “I’m so impressed by these little hangers! I figured I’d cut down on my closet clutter by hanging basic tops from these instead of side by side, but I did not expect four Wonder Hangers to almost double my closet space. These are amazing for work shirts, dress clothes, and stuff you don’t necessarily wear every day but want to hang up to avoid wrinkles. They are very sturdy, I filled one with just cardigans and blazers and it held up just fine. They do get pretty bulky in terms of width, but you’re still using far less space than you would if all of the clothing was hanging directly on the closet rod. I’ll definitely be buying more!” —Danielle

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five finishes).

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Try easily removable inserts in your drawer to give everything its place — they can hold your lingerie, socks, underwear, and bras! Plus they’re made of a mold-proof fabric for perfect storing nearly anywhere.


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Promising review: “Wow! I can find my socks, hose, bras, and scarves again! Great organizers! It helps clear clutter and makes putting together great outfits so much easier! So glad I got them! I hope to order more! Also, no more solo socks!” —H.j.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.87+ (available in four colors).

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You can also organize all your drawers with adjustable honeycomb inserts that can hold your socks and undergarments.


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Promising review: “Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but…it’s totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find — Wow! I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it.” —Brigette

Get it on Amazon for $10.99.

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“Install” a four-shelf closet system that requires no drilling, no tools — it snaps together and grips to the floor and ceiling for support.


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Promising review: “Works amazingly in our closet! We have a weird-shaped closet and this helps to keep it organized!” —El175

Get it from Amazon for $104.85.

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If your shoes are bigger than most shoe storage holders accommodate, try a hanging organizer made for shoes up to a men’s size 16.


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Promising review: “It actually fits my size 13 shoes! Not a fan of the color but when something this useful comes along for me, who cares? I mean, it is behind the closet door. I recommend this for anyone who has large feet and is looking for an over-the-door shoe organizer.” —C. Curate

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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If you have floor or shelf space you can also use a tiered shoe shelf to store your treasured collection of footwear.


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Promising review: “One of the best purchases I’ve made! I actually ended up buying three of these, two for shoes and one for dividing socks, stockings, etc., on the top shelf of my closet. I finally got my closet back! It’s amazing how well this works… I fit five pairs on each row. I put a piece of cardboard (from the box it shipped in) above the long length of the shelf and then I was able to put heels on the ‘shelf’ without them falling through. On one, I didn’t add the bottom row and that allowed me to put booties there and taller boots above. Think outside the box with these shelves… they can flip upside-down to create more space or be used for a second shelf to hold clothes. Sturdy enough for a long desk to organize desktop items.” —mdchick

Get two-tier shelf for $27.99, three-tier shelf for $25.99, or four shelves for $22.99, from Amazon.

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Separate and organize everything on your closet shelves with adjustable, slide-on steel dividers.


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Promising review: “I absolutely adore these dividers!! I use them to store my bags on my closet shelves. They were super easy to ‘install’ and do not damage the painted wood. They’re easy to reposition. I’ll be buying more when I get around to cleaning out my linen closet, they will be great for towels and sheets!!” —Erica

Get a set of four from Amazon for $20.99.

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Or get a set of sturdy plastic baskets perfect for organizing all your miscellaneous clothing, beauty products, and accessories currently filling up your closets.


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Promising review: “We’re getting ready to sell our house and I’ve been organizing my way through all the cabinets, drawers, and closets that have collected tons of junk over the last three years. I needed an inexpensive fix to my master bathroom shelving disaster, and these were perfect! They hold a surprising amount of stuff and aren’t too big to overcrowd the space.” —Amazon Customer

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $23.39.

17.

If you’re short on drawer space and want to hang your pants, try a pants hanger that can fit five pairs while only taking up the room of one hanger.


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Promising review: “These were exactly what I was hoping they would be. They are extremely sturdy (a little heavy but not too heavy), they held my pants in place (due to the S shape you can quickly see what is on the entire hanger without having to move things around), and they give my closet that extra space I desperately needed. I will also mention that they were packaged probably better than any other thing I’ve ever received. The care and time it took to package them that well was incredible. I would clearly buy again and plan to! :)” —Colleen Noyes

Get a three piece from Amazon for $17.99.

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You can also get super organized with a scarf hanger, capable of fitting 23 scarves, belts, or even ties.


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Promising review: “I love scarves and this saved my sanity! My scarves on my old scarf hanger looked very fluffy/full and looking for a scarf is a hassle. With this new scarf hanger/organizer, I can neatly fold my scarves now and they’re easier to look for one to match my outfit.” —edc

Get it on Amazon for $9.97.

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Speaking of ties and belts, if anyone in your household has swarms of them, try a hanger designed specifically to hold them — best part is, they’re also great for hanging tank tops.


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Promising review: “I use this hanger for camisoles, not for ties and belts. Although it takes up a wider amount of space in my closet to do this, I am happy with how it’s working out. The hanger is sturdy, so it doesn’t tip or rock (although the shirts are pretty light), and I can quickly add or remove my tops. I have tried other approaches for these tops, because I have many, and so far this has been my best option. I can organize by color or type, or whatever I desire, and grab and go. I know it wasn’t designed for this, but I would probably buy a few more.” —Valerie K.

Get it on Amazon for $13.19.

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Or just get really fancy and organize all your ties and belts with a rotating rack that fits right onto your closet rod — this one might not be so great for tanks tho.


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It does require four C batteries.

Promising review: “I had to buy it because I own way too many ties. I’ve got 72 ties on this rack and it runs like it has none on it — fast and smooth.” —Mike S.

Get it on Amazon for $34.99.

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If you’re trying to figure out where to put all your little things (wallets, sunglasses, clutches) try a wallet tray that easily snaps onto a wire shelf so you can store all those tiny treasures.


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Promising review: “Sooo many uses for this great hanging shelf, I use mine to store vitamin bottles, medicine, and other things that I never had a home for until now! Good clearance between the existing shelf and this one.” —Everydayme

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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Or if your closet isn’t built with wire shelving you can use a household divider to store your wallets and clutches — it can also hold your pot and pan lids.


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Promising review: “This is a good product — very sturdy. I actually ordered it to hold all of my clutches and wallets and it works great. The slots are the perfect size for some closet organization.” —Tiffany Powell

Get it from Amazon for $14.31+ (available in five finishes).

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When you’re overflowing with jewelry, try a two-sided jewelry carrier designed with 32 clear vinyl pockets and 18 hook-and-loops closures — you just need to add a standard hanger and you can basically put it anywhere.


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Promising review: “I needed something that would save me space but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them and have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one, I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors, and it does not take up that much space.” —Nellie F.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

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Or organize all your jewelry with an investment-worthy cabinet that also doubles as a mirror.


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Promising review: “This storage mirror is fantastic. It’s got a small footprint and doesn’t take up too much space. There’s a pretty lock on it to keep little hands from opening it too.” —Amy

Get it on Amazon for $99.50.

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If you have a lot of hats, get an over-the-door hat rack, which easily hangs while giving you place to store all your beloved head gear.


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Promising review: “This is one of the coolest little things I’ve gotten in a while. It’s inexpensive, super simple, and it works great. Here’s a tip: At first I hung the hats the way it shows in the picture, but the front (decorated) part of the hat was pointed so far down that it was hard to see the front of the hat when I was standing near the door, particularly for the lower hats. The whole point of this item for me was to see my hat collection, so I didn’t like that. Then I tried hanging the hat mostly sideways, and it looks great (see the picture). Now I love it.” —JimAndBarbie

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

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And make sure to utilize the space under your bed to store the seasonal pieces you don’t want cluttering up your limited closet space — some fabric storage bags will protect your things and maximize the area.


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Promising review: “These are great under-bed shoe organizers. I specifically wanted storage boxes that didn’t have shoe slots so that I would be able to fit my boots in them. In one container I was able to fit three pairs of boots and several pairs of high heels. The storage box itself is very light but durable. When you hold it up to the light you can see through the fabric, however it’s not super thin. I really like that because it lets my shoes breathe, I don’t want to zipper my shoes into an airtight package that’s going to amplify any sort of foot smell. I end up using my second box for winter things. I put my winter coat, scarves, and hats inside there. These boxes can really be used for any sort of items that you may want to store under your bed. The only recommendation I have is to keep in mind that the bottoms of the box are not rigid, they’re fabric. If you lay something out perfectly and then use the handles to lift up the box everything is going to fall to one side, so try and keep the box level whenever you are moving it.” —Paige Reviews

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

Now all we need is for someone to invent the Clueless closet.


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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