Closet Organization Ideas 8: Bring in your dresser.

These 10 Closet Organization Ideas Will Expand Your Storage Space

If you organize your closet, you won’t have to search for that dress or scarf at the last minute (with no end in sight). Also, a clean space is more than just nice to look at: In the long run, it keeps you from spending more money than you need to (since you won’t buy duplicates or pieces you don’t need). And if you think that organizing your closet can be hard, expensive, or complicated, we have good news for you. With the right closet organization ideas, you’ll be on your way to a clear space that doesn’t cause you to stress in no time.

We asked Ashley Murphy and Marissa Hagmeyer, co-founders of the NEAT Method and experts at organizing, for their best tips on how to make the most useful closet possible.

Closet Organization Ideas 1: Cleanout

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive custom-built-ins to make a room look organized. Murphy says that the first thing you should do when you start to organize your closet is to take everything out of it. This gives you a clear picture of the space and lets you know what you have. This makes it easy, as Murphy says, “to go through your things and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.”

Closet Organization Ideas 2: Declutter

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This brings us to the next step, which can be hard for some people: getting rid of stuff (and understandably so). It’s not always clear right away whether something should be thrown away or kept. Murphy says that if you want to avoid confusion, you should get rid of “items you haven’t worn in the last year, are broken, or don’t fit well anymore.” He also says that you should always put sustainable decluttering first. “We always suggest selling something or giving it away before throwing it away,” says Murphy.

Closet Organization Ideas 3: Sort things out.

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Once you know which clothes and accessories you want to keep, “sort them into groups based on what they are, like shoes, underwear, swimwear, workout clothes, etc.,” says Murphy. Sorting is a must-do step; she says this method helps “you figure out how many things you have in each category and where to put everything in your closet.”

Closet Organization Ideas 4: How Big Is Your Room?

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Before you rush out to buy organizing products like bins and baskets to give your sorted items a place to live, Murphy says, “Take the time to measure your space so you can buy products that fit in your closet.” At the very least, measure how wide, tall, and deep your closet shelves and drawers are. Also, figure out how much extra space you’ll need for storage. Also, take pictures, and you’ll be ready to buy the best organizers for your space.

Closet Organization Ideas 5: Use Baskets and Bins

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Want to know which organizing products you should buy first? Bins and baskets. One of the best ways to store things on open shelving in closets is with the Oxford Bin ($16, neatmethod.com). Hagmeyer says that because it is made of a “lightweight and durable fabric,” it is easy to lift from any height and can stand up to frequent use. Plus, its structured shape makes it perfect for folding clothes into files.

Closet Organization Ideas 6: Sort by how it’s used

As you put your clothes back in your closet, think about what you reach for most often and put those things in easy-to-reach places. Murphy says that you should put things you use less often “in harder-to-reach places, like a top-shelf or back corner.” This will make them easier to get to.

Closet Organization Ideas 7: Get the Right Hooks.

Focus on your hangers to make your space even more dreamy. Hagmeyer says that the best way to make more space in your closet and give it a uniform look is to switch out your hangers for slimline ones that match. Try the slim Everyday Hangers ($30, neatmethod.com) for this space-saving trick. Hagmeyer says they look great and have just the right amount of grip to keep clothes in place.

Closet Organization Ideas 8: Bring in your dresser.

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If you have room, bringing your dresser inside is another easy way to organize your closet. Use one of Hagmeyer’s favorite organizing tools, the expandable Acacia Drawer Dividers ($19, neatmethod.com), to make sure your dresser is used to its full potential. These pieces make zones and keep things in their groups. Also, Hagmeyer says, “they come in four sizes to fit in a wide range of drawer sizes and give a custom look. They’re also easy to move if your organizing needs change.”

Closet Organization Ideas 9: Use trays for small things.

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Hagmeyer also suggests putting small items like jewelry and small accessories at the front of your organizing project so they don’t get lost. Try the Lined Acaia Trays ($38, neatmethod.com), which can be stacked in a drawer but “are also pretty enough to leave out in the open,” Hagmeyer says, adding, “The different configurations will keep all your different jewelry pieces separated and organized.”

Closet Organization Ideas 10: Label

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For a final touch, label your sorted items. This will give you a clean look and make it easy to find things. Hagmeyer says, “The best way to make sure your closet stays neatly organized is to get a Label Holders Set ($30, neatmethod.com) and a Blank Label Set ($8, neatmethod.com), so you know exactly what goes in each bin.”