65 Incredibly Useful Closet Organizer Ideas
I’m pumped to share these incredible closet organizer ideas with you today. Know why? Because I’m pretty sure we all have that closet. The one that you have to put your full body weight against in order to close. The one that’s so jammed with stuff, chances are if you went in there, you’d never re-surface.
If you had a friend over, and they went for the doorknob to that closet, you may have to wrestle them to the ground instead of letting them see what lurks behind that knob. Yep. THAT closet.
So I’ve asked my DIY, home decor and organizing blogger friends to share their best closet storage and organizing ideas and tips. And boy did they deliver! In this post, you’ll find everything from closet organizer systems to simple space saving hacks, complete closet makeovers, and even closet conversion projects.
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65 Fantastic Closet Storage Ideas & Closet Organization Tips:
1. DIY Organized Master Closet | Polished Habitat
One of my favorite closet transformation projects. Check all the fantastic ideas and DIY’s that Melissa included in this closet. We have the same IKEA units in our closet. Features not to miss? The pull out hanging bar (seen in this image on the bottom right) for storing pants is amazing. As is the valet hook for pulling out outfits in preparation to pack, or just lay out for work the next day.
2. Jean & Pant Hook Organization | Simply Pretty Life
Here’s a great closet organizer idea…flipping jeans over a hanger takes up twice the amount of room and takes twice the time as this genius hack from Simply Pretty Life.
3. Wall Mounted Shoe Rack | Heathered Nest
Got a stellar shoe collection? Save valuable closet square footage and display your shoes! Build this easy DIY wall mounted shoe rack for your fave heels.
4. Custom Craft Closet DIY | The Country Chic Cottage
So many good organizing tips and tricks from The Country Chic Cottage in this post.
5. Labeled Baskets for the Linen Closet | Organizing Moms
Wire shelving is sometimes tricky as little items fall through. That’s when bins come in handy. These bins are a great solution since you can see a bit of what’s inside, but not so much that you see the “clutter.” Bonus points if your labels are really cute.
6. DIY Dressing Room | Heathered Nest
Even IKEA gear is pricey when you need a bunch of it. We opted to gather secondhand IKEA and piece our DIY dressing room project together like that! We have some great tips to share about the experience. Secondhand IKEA saved us thousands on this DIY closet project!
7. Small Closet Organizing Hacks | Brittany Vasseur
Feel like lots of closet organizing ideas don’t apply to your pint-sized closet space? Here are some tips and tricks specifically to organize smaller closet spaces.
8. Build Your Own DIY Closet System | DIY Danielle
Don’t spend big bucks just because it’s called a “closet organizer”. DIY your own for a fraction of the price. DIY Danielle shows you how.
9. Simple Hanging Closet storage Crates with Rope | Table and Hearth
Isn’t this nursery closet divine?! My friend Emily did an AMAZING job with her son’s sweet space. The hanging bins might be my favorite part.
10. Organized Linen Closet | Kaleidoscope Living
Tasha has some great organizing tips for your linen closet in this post. She gave her closet a quick (and gorgeous) makeover and stashes items like batteries and a sewing kit in this space in clear containers so they can be easily seen and quickly retrieved. Check out all the details of this great makeover.
11. DIY Closet Dividers | Mod Podge Rocks Blog
Brilliant and adorable. Great way to separate all those infant clothes.
12. Cleaning Closet Setup | She Holds Dearly
I mean, have you ever seen an inside of a closet that looked this cute? Love the wood tool totes repurposed for cleaning supplies. Grab one and go…so smart!
13. Organizing Kids’ Clothes for School | Jessica Welling Interiors
Pre-planning for the week makes things go so much smoother. I need to try this one myself here!
14. DIY drawer/closet dividers from used CD cases | Education.com
How’s this for an awesome upcycle idea to help organize your closet? Create space dividers for your closet from old CD’s! It’s a simple tutorial, and these would be great for drawers with smaller items like socks, underwear, belts, scarves, etc.
15. PVC DIY Drawer Dividers | Infarrantly Creative
Another great idea for creating DIY drawer dividers from Beckie. Perfect idea for undies, right?
16. DIY Acrylic Drawer Dividers | Homemade by Carmona for I heart Organizing
Want a bit more of an upscale look for your dividers? Then you MUST check out this fantastic tutorial by my friend Ursula over at I Heart Organizing. Her system is so smart and easy to make. And it’s completely adjustable inside the drawer. So if you move things in your closet around, the dividers can adjust to accommodate your changes.
17. Hanging Organizational Crates | Reality Daydream
Love some of Bethany’s organizing ideas shared here. And the bins are the PERFECT solution for all those little teeny, tiny items that infants, toddlers, and lil ones have.
18. DIY Custom Closet Shelving | Reality Daydream
Another great closet project from Bethany. Another example of NOT shopping for your closet in the “closet” aisle. Save $$ by thinking outside the box!
19. DIY Entryway Closet Renovation | Hazel and Gold Designs
Making helpful organizing changes to a small entryway closet. Great tips from Hazel and Gold. Great use of back of the door in this project for hats, scarves, gloves and other seasonal items. In the summer? Switch out the scarves for swimming gear like goggles, etc.
20. $100 Walk-In Closet Transformation | Houseful of Handmade
Gorgeous transformation and organizing wizardry from Houseful of Handmade! Love those linen hanging bins! How about that hat rack? So smart! Keeps them visible, and prevents them from getting smushed in a drawer or stacked on a shelf.
21. Easy Master Closet Organization | Honey Bear Lane
A wall is a great place for accessory and jewelry storage, especially in small spaces. Hanging the necklaces prevents them from getting tangled, and it’s easy to see what you have without digging through a jewelry box.
22. Organized Tool Closet | Honey Bear Lane
YESSSSS….this job is on my personal to-do list this year. Organizing some of our home improvement items better. Some great ideas in this post from Honey Bear Lane.
23. Organized Linen Closet | Honey Bear Lane
Drop dead gorgeous. And sublimely organized. Honey Bear Lane knocks this linen closet project out of the park!
24. Cheap & Easy DIY Closet Shelving | Lovely Etc
These DIY Shibori storage baskets?!?! Amazing.
25. Less Than $100 Guest Room Closet Makeover | Monica Wants It
Don’t you love a budget-friendly makeover? And this one by Monica Wants It is great.
26. Dressed-up Master Bedroom Closet | Monica Wants It
And this one? Even better! Notice that stool in the shot below? That’s a pretty important piece of equipment if you’ve got short peeps at your pad. When you’re trying to maximize storage space in a closet, that means that things are likely going to be placed up high and out of reach for the 5’5″ and under crowd 🙋♀️. I keep a little step stool at the bottom of one of my wardrobes so I’m never struggling to reach anything.
27. DIY Closet Built-Ins | Rachel Teodoro
Stunning transformation by Rachel. Upgrading to a wood closet organizer system can be a smart and stylish upgrade for a closet.
28. Contact Paper Used as Wallpaper | Rachel Teodoro
You will NOT believe Rachel’s closet transformation brought to you from an item from the DOLLAR STORE! Amazing.
29. Nursery or Kid’s Room Closet Organization and Nursery Reveal | This is our Bliss
My friend Rachael has done a beautiful job on her boys’ nurseries and closets. This is the most recent she did for her little one born this past year. We should think about making our closet organizer fit our things rather than making our things fit the closet organizer. See how Rachael makes that center section skinny so that she’s maximizing use of all the available space? Smart.
30. Small Closet Storage & Organization | Just the Woods
Kandice has some great organizing tips for small closets. Think about whether you need more open shelves or closed drawers. Then create your organizer with those needs in mind.
31. Closet Organization Tools Under $100 | Fox Hollow Cottage
Shannon nails this $100 budget closet makeover! And if you haven’t been to her blog before, you will LOVE her sense of humor! She’s an awesome gal. Check out the cool closet storage accessories she utilizes in this space for smaller items. There are storage containers for items of every shape and size. Using the right tools and products will keep your closet clutter in check.
32. Using a Pantry Organizer for Kids’ Closets | Heathered Nest
In small kids’ spaces, when space for shelving is at a premium, creating a back-of-the-door library system allows the books to be within the reach of small hands, and minimizes the floor space taken up with bulky shelving units. In this space, we utilized pantry wire shelving to stash our books.
33. DIY Upcycled Cardboard Box Closet Storage Bins | Sustain My Craft Habit
A small budget doesn’t mean you need to skimp on organizational style! Sometimes it just means you have to think outside the box. Or in this case, USE the box. A cardboard one. Let Sonja and Jane teach you how to get an upscale storage look with this smart upcycling project.
34. Small Closet Reading Nook | Uncookie Cutter
I LOVE the concept of converting a closet into a little reading nook for a child. I would have adored this space as a kid! Or now! Pull the curtain and escape into a book. April shows you how she creates this reading zone from a small closet with built-in book storage and a reading bench.
35. Toy Closet Makeover | Uncookie Cutter
Another awesome closet makeover by April. If you have space, designate a closet just for the kids’ toys and games. She wisely utilizes bins for odd-shaped and small toys while keeping the board games on open shelving so kids can pick their fave with a quick glance.
36. Wallpaper Accented Closet Makeover | Erin Spain
Yeah! My buddy Erin nailed this closet makeover. It’s both functional AND gorgeous.
37. DIY Mirrored Closet Barn Door | Chatfield Court
I’m going to state for the record that wallpaper makes EVERY closet better.
38. DIY Cedar Planked Closet with Built-in Desk | My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
I love Kristin, and I adore this planked wall closet makeover of hers! She transformed a closet into a desk area for her son…and used CEDAR. She’ll tell you all about why.
39. Closet Storage Ideas on the Cheap | Rymingthan
Need some closet storage ideas, but on a serious budget? Then you’ll love these tips from Rymingthan’s YouTube channel. She goes over lots of closet organizer ideas all in the $1 – $6 range from stores like Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon. Check it out below.
40. How to Paint a Melamine Wood Wardrobe | Grillo Designs
My friend Medina was able to salvage a quite unattractive, banged up Ikea-style wardrobe with fake wood grain melamine using paint! Melamine requires a special touch, so if you’re interested in painting yours, check out her tutorial.
Lots of people have either Ikea closet storage or another brand of closet system or freestanding wardrobe made from this material. Her tutorial is great inspiration for updating those on a budget to give them a whole new look!
41. Organized Family Closet Makeover | The Handmade Home
Ashley and Jamin use this great space as a family closet! What a cool concept. They have some great ideas for organizing a closet that holds multiple family members’ belongings.
42. Small Linen Closet Makeover with Wooden Shelves | Jaime Costiglio
Make the space work for your needs is the backbone of this helpful organizing post by Jaime. She re-vamped the original layout of this space to fit the items it would be storing. Check out her full tutorial for creating this beautiful DIY shelving system.
43. DIY Wooden Closet Shelving Unit | Amber Oliver
Another great DIY shelving system/craft space organizer in this post from Amber Oliver. She works with odd sized items to make them well into the closet space in a purposeful way.
44. Children’s Closet Library | Pretty Handy Girl
I love this idea from my friend Brittany. She uses a closet space under the roofline to create an amazing library for her kids…complete with a secret passageway! You have to see how cool it is!
45. Organized and Updated Master Bedroom Closet | Southern State of Mind Blog
My friend Heather completely revamped her master bedroom closet, and she has some beautiful super glam decorating ideas in there for you to use as inspiration in your own space. Helpful ideas from Heather’s space? Place seasonal shoes that don’t get worn as frequently up high where they can be seen but preserve the space that’s more within reach for items used frequently. A portable clothes rack is great to have to pull items when packing for a trip.
46. Wooden Shoe Shelves | Roots and Wings Furniture
You will love the laundry basket dresser in this space! It’s so smart! Simple wood shelving for shoes, and some fun items to hold accessories are a few of the great touches in this space. And speaking of laundry, incorporating space for a laundry basket inside the closet saves that clutter from traveling to other spaces in your hours!
47. DIY Custom Brilliant Box Closet System | Making it in the Mountains
Kristi and her husband DIY’d this modular closet organizing system and teach you how to do it, too by building a series of stackable boxes to create open a wood shelving system.
48. Organizing a Narrow Closet on a Budget | At Lane and High
Sometimes, putting dressers inside the closet saves floor space in the room, and is a great way to make sure clothing and clutter stay stashed in the closet where we’d rather them be! This post from At Lane and High has great tips for organizing a teen closet!
49. Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Organizer | Real Simple
Does jewelry collection disorganization have you in a frenzy? Chill out. No really. Grab an ice cube tray and give the items in your jewelry collection a little elbow room. Stick the tray(s) in your closet drawer for an instant accessory makeover. Another idea when you’re in a pinch? Try an egg crate!
50. Back of the door DIY laundry bag | Making Nice in the Midwest
Here’s a great tutorial for making a simply DIY laundry bag which you can wisely hang on the back of a closet door. It’s a great idea to keep some sort of laundry hamper or basket inside your closet space if possible, and here’s an easy and inexpensive way to accomplish that!
51. Coat Closet Organization with Labels | Creative Green Living
Label ALL THE THINGS! Plus, a basic multi-tiered shoe rack can go a long way. And don’t forget the back of the door! Command (or similar hooks) are great for making use of otherwise unutilized hanging space.
52. $100 Mudroom in a Closet Makeover | The Home I Create
Many people have small spaces that lead to access doors, cubbies under stairs, etc. Don’t waste that square footage! In this makeover, a mud room/drop zone is created using that type of space.
53. Playroom Turned Closet Transformation | Simply Pretty Life
Lori moved the playroom down to the basement and transformed a big space into a really glam dressing room. If your closet situation is getting out of control, consider jumping ship. Is there another space in your house that could be repurposed to create a more functional closet space?
54. Linen Closet Storage & Shelving Paper Makeover | Ottawa Mommy Club
Matching bins with labels help the closet feel more organized and less clutters. And adding a little bling in the way of removable wallpaper and coordinating containers goes a long way.
55. Master Closet Makeover | Cribbs Style
Looking for inspiration for your walk-in closet situation? Here’s a great one to check out.
56. Easy Kids Closet Organization | The Home I Create
Kids’ closets are notoriously difficult to organize because there’s usually SO MUCH stuff…and it’s all little itty, bitty. Linda did an amazing job with this project. A dresser keeps smaller items organized, a laundry basket is housed in the space to keep laundry in check, and labeled fabric storage bins are used to keep infrequently used and seasonal items neatly tucked away.
57. Organized Farmhouse Style Closet | Twelve on Main
Sara did a beautiful job cleaning up and brightening up her master closet with farmhouse touches throughout.
58. Entryway Closet with Built-in Storage | Ugly Duckling House
Sarah created some built-in storage in her closet…perfect for bulky/oddly shaped items.
59. Organized Entertaining Closet | Uncommon Designs Online
Having an entertaining closet is such a great idea. Store all those infrequently used (at least in my home 😂) entertaining items that rarely see the light of day all in one, organized closet space.
60. DIY pull out accessory racks | View Along the Way
Kelly will teach you how to make this gorgeous, space-saving pullout accessory rack for your closet. The one pictured is for her scarves, and she also shows you how to make a similar one for belts! I will be doing BOTH of these for my own closet ASAP!
61. DIY Scarf organizer | Hip 2 Save
How about this for an insanely easy and inexpensive way to neatly organize scarves in your closet? Shower rings on a hanger. Genius. She has (4) other amazing closet hacks to share in this post as well, so check it out.
62. Quick & Easy DIY hanger hacks | Heathered Nest
We have not one, but (2) easy DIY hanger hacks that will help you keep the clothes ON your hanger and OFF your floor in a flash! Pick one or the other depending on the type of hanger you prefer.
Try this one for wire or plastic hangers, and I’d recommend this one for wood hangers. If you have dresses or other items that constantly slip off the hanger, then these quick tricks will save your garments time after time!
63. Organized Linen Closet with Wrapping Storage | DIY Decor Mom
Yessss to the buffalo check plaid!! Annie organizes this linen closet with lovely labeled bins, and makes a craft zone, wrapping center using a wire shelving system on the back of the door. Great use of space, and creates great ribbon storage, a place to hang gift bags where you can see them easily, and a compartment to store her wrapping paper.
64. Storage & organization board |Pinterest
Still wanting more great closet organizer ideas? Then check out our Pinterest board that’s about all things storage and organization! There are lots of great ideas pinned there for you to check out!
65. And This great video from Brittany Vasseur with even more ideas:
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