Real Tips to Organize Your Closet

Welcome to day 20 of our 31 Days to a Wardrobe You’ll Actually Love series. Today we are talking about real tips for organizing your closet. To read all of those posts in this series, click here.

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There are many, many articles and blog posts all about how to organize your closet. Some of them provide some really great information, with amazing pictures of beautiful, and often times, professionally designed organizational systems.

I swoon when I see some of them. But then I remember my current clothes would probably only fill about less than a third of the space.

Real Tip: It’s not about having some beautiful, large, perfectly designed, organized closet (although those are quite beautiful).

You could easily go out and spend a fortune on organizing baskets, bins, and storage totes. I find it ironic that the same products that claim to simplify your life are also pretty expensive.

But don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you what to buy, instead we are going to focus on how to organize our closet with tools you already have.It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

Today I’m going to share with you some real tips to organize your closet, especially useful if you have zero budget to go out and buy anything. If you find you need to purchase some hangers or bins, you can always add them to your Needs and Wants list.

Real Tip: You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy anything to organize your closet with.

I’m going to share with you how I organize my clothes, to maybe inspire you if you’re looking for some inspiration. When we moved into our current house, our master closet already had some built in shelves, which was really nice. They aren’t new and fancy, but they get the job done.

Someday when I have some spare time (maybe in twenty years when the kids are in college?) I’d like to paint our closet a nicer color. It currently is a light blue, but it’s really old with lots of marks and paint chips.  But that’s a project that is not currently on my priority list.

Alright on with my simple closet organization. There are affiliate links below, you can read my disclosure policy here.

Shirts, Sweaters, and Dresses

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

These are currently all of the tanks, blouses, shirts, cardigans, and sweaters that are left in my closet.

I have to admit, this is the part where I get a little O.C.D. on you. I like all of my shirts hung up, facing the same way, organized by sleeve length, and color. Oh and all of my hangers are facing the same way too. A little obsessive much? Yes, it’s true, I think this is why I have such a hard time shopping at thrift stores!

You would also think I have matching hangers, but the truth is I don’t. I have a mis-matched assortment of plastic and wire hangers that I have accumulated over the years. It is on my wish list to add these hangers, but honestly since they are so pricey and not necessary, it will be a while before I can ever justify purchasing them.

Real Tip: It’s OK to have mis-matched hangers. As long as they don’t cause harm to your clothing, and are doing what they are suppose to do (which is hang your clothes up), then they will work just fine.

The only shirts I don’t hang up are my workout and pajama tops. They are folded in a drawer that is in my dresser. I do have two sweaters that I keep folded since they are a heavier sweater and I don’t want the hanger to stretch them out.

Real Tip: Fold bulky sweaters because hangers will form stretch marks in the shoulders and possibly cause a rip. Place folded sweaters on a shelf or in a drawer, basket or plastic tub.

Pants

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

I keep my jeans folder up on a shelf in my closet, along with my shorts. They are stored on a white shelf that I have had since I was a teenager. The rest of my plants are hung on pant hanger similar to this one. I like to keep my Capri pants, and my longer pants together. I also use a large plastic white hanger to hold my leggings.

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

Real Tip: If you can’t afford a multi-pant hanger, then use a larger plastic hanger that you can drape one or two pants over (similar to what I used to hang my legging on in the above picture). Or if you have the shelf or drawer space, carefully fold the pants to store.

Skirts

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

I hang up all my skirts on a skirt hanger that holds four skirts. These hangers have really helped me to save space since I have had so many different skirts over the years.

Real Tip: If it’s in your budget and you have a lot of skirts (as I do), then it wise to invest in one of these hangers that holds 4 skirts. If a special hanger is not in your budget, then you can fold your skirts and let them drape over a larger plastic hanger (similar to your pants above).

Scarves and Belts

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

I use a circle hanger like this one to hang all of my scarfs and belts.

Real Tip: Scarves can easily be folded or draped over a larger plastic hanger too. If you have some hooks in your closet, you can easily hang your belts there.

Shoes

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

I have one hanging canvas shoe holder that I use to store all of my flats, and sandals. My boots are stored on shelf in the closet, and I have a wicker basket on the floor to keep my flip flops. slippers, and tennis shoes.

Real Tip: Shoes are probably the easiest item in your closet to store because they are worn so often. If all else fails, then you can easily store your shoes on the floor if you have the space. Some people also keep the shoe boxes they come in, attach a picture to the front and stack them up. It may not be the pretties thing, but if you have zero budget for closet storage, it may be your only option. And it is OK, remember very few people actually see your closet (unless you’re like me and post your pictures for all to see!)

The Rest

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

I keep all of my pajamas, workout clothes, and yoga pants are folded in one large drawer in our dresser. My undergarments are folded and stored in a smaller drawer. (The other two drawers are for my husband’s clothing). In the closet I also have two plastic storage drawers that I use to store socks, shape ware, and swim suits.

Real Tip: Use drawers to your advantage! If you have really deep drawers, then you can potentially store a lot of clothing in them. Learn how to fold clothes to really maximize your space.

So that’s it, that’s how I organize my closet. Nothing fancy, not a lot of special organizers or baskets. It’s simple, keeps my clothing organized and visible. The only thing I would like to add someday would be for matching hangers, but that is obviously not a necessity at this stage and the hangers that I do have work just fine.

Real Tip: It doesn’t have to be pretty to be organized. Use what you already have. Create a Wants list to slowly add to your closet organizational system as budget allows.

Want some more inspiration? I really enjoyed these posts about closet organization that provide some great tips, but be warned these closets are super organized and look really pretty. I may or may not have a little closet envy going on right now.

It doesn't have to be pretty to be organized. Want some practical, frugal and real tips to organize your closet? Use what you already have to create an organizational system that works for you.

Today’s Assignment:

  • Arrange the clothes in your closet in a practical way that works for you. It usually works best to have like clothing together, like all shirts together, all sweaters together, and so one.
  • Using what you have, create a storage system that stores clothing effectively and keeps clothing safe. If you need baskets or storage bins, shop your house first to see if you have any that you can use or re-purpose. Also check thrift stores too. I have scored some pretty cute baskets over the years there.
  • Make a list of any Needs or Wants you will want to purchase in the near future to organize your clothing. Do you have enough hangers? (I could mail you some!) or Baskets?

Doesn’t this feel great! Not only do we have a closet with clothes that we actually wear, we also know everything that is in our wardrobe and have it organized in a practical way! OK, am I the only one that is excited about that? 🙂

31 days buttonStarting tomorrow we are going to be spending the next several days taking the clothing we have and creating some amazing outfits, as well as finding inspiration from other sources. The fun is really getting started now! See you on Monday!

 

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27 Comments

  1. Jen @ West Street Story says:

    These are great tips! I can attest to the stretching of bulky sweaters when hung up. I just pulled one out of my closet to wear and had to try and smooth out those “hanger bumps” first. Look forward to your next post.

  2. Gabrielle says:

    Such great ideas!!! I love your approach to simplicity here with cleaning and organization. It’s very refreshing for someone who often uses shoe boxes to organize closets.

    1. Thanks, there is nothing more discouraging to read that you have to go out and buy things to organize what you already have! I am a firm believer in using things already in your house and only buying something if you truly need it.

  3. I always want something organized to be pretty so I just never get around to doing it. I’ll have to use your tips to just get things organized even if they aren’t pretty.

    1. Britni I struggle too with wanting things to look pretty as well, but I try and compromise with myself that if it something that others will see I can make an investment in it, but if it is just for my eyes (like my closet) than I try to go the simpler more frugal route.

  4. Stephanie Daigneault says:

    I need this so bad! Now if I could just find an elf that likes to organize closets, I will be set! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great tips! My closet is already pretty minimal and even more so this week since I donated a bunch of stuff to a local church for a fundraiser. I also love hanging my tops and skirts and even pants for the most part. I don’t iron, so it sure does make them look nicer! Visiting from Fellowship Fri. and looking forward to checking out more posts in this series.

  6. lovely! I will be abiding by your ways and see through it if it works for me. 🙂

  7. Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante says:

    Oo I need one of those circle hangers. I have way too many scarves (especially for living in Florida) and nowhere to put them. Great tips! Stopping by from SITS 🙂 Have a great rest of your weekend!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

  8. Good post. I have cats who like to play with my scarves, so I’ve learned to keep them safe in an old decorative chest that belonged to my mother. My shoes – I have one back of the door hanger that stores my popular shoes – the ones I wear most of the time, the rest get dumped into a laundry basket in the corner, except for the out of season ones (like sandals in the winter) that go on a shelf in my spare bedroom. One thing that might be worth mentioning is to box up or declutter some of the items to make room – example, things that don’t fit right now, or items that need repair or that you just plain don’t like. That way you have more room for the things you do wear. My brother-in-law does the same thing with his shirts, but he has to have all of the hangers exactly a 1/2 inch apart. That man would never survive married to me – every time I got mad at him, I’d go in and shove everything together! #SITSSharefest

    1. That funny about your brother-in-law! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion about adding stored clothing tips. When I go back and revise this I will be sure to add that tip. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} says:

    I’ve been loving your organizing series and definitely need to get more organized in my closet 🙂 Saw your link at the Tues Boost and wanted to stop by and Tweet it!

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  10. Tahnya Kristina says:

    I really need to get organized in November! I have so many projects around the house I’ve neglected (like my closet) and I should really start crossing them off my list. Thanks for the tips!

  11. Mommy on Demand says:

    Great tips, My closet will thank you! Also you are being featured tomorrow so make sure stop on over and link back up!

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  14. Love this post! Who doesn’t need a closet overhaul!!! So glad you shared at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

  15. Great list, and so true! Shared this. I’m doing 40bagsin40days and keep putting off my closet (which really isn’t the worst of my house anyways)

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