25 Of The Best Closet Storage Ideas To Consider
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Having a messy closet can be very frustrating, especially when you can’t find what you’re looking for. It’s no fun having to tear apart your closet in order to find the shirt you’re looking for when you’re running late. Putting together an organization system for closet storage is essential.
There are lots of items in a closet that need to be organized, from pants to shirts, scarves to ties, and shoes to sandals, just to name a few! If you don’t have the means to tackle them all at once, do one section at a time until you’ve completed them all.
We’ve compiled a list of 25 closet storage ideas to get you started towards an organized closet. We have ideas for everything you could think of including boots, handbags, sunglasses, clothing of all kinds, and even undergarments. Now all you have to do is choose which category you want to start organizing first!
20+ Creative Storage Ideas For Closets
1. Boot Hangers
Don’t you hate it when your knee-high boots lose their stiffness and begin to crack or wear? These problems can be prevented if the boots are stored in a way that keeps the tall calf part of the boot upright rather than flopping over to the side.
The solution? Boot hangers! This is a creative idea that will keep your knee-high boots upright at all times. As you can see in this photo featured by Creative Closet Solutions, you can add a rack to your closet that is specifically for storing boots. Clip the boots onto hangers and you’re all set!
2. Acrylic Storage for Handbags
Acrylic storage is an ideal method for keeping your closets organized. Since it’s clear, you can easily see what’s kept in each bin. Rachel Organizes uses acrylic storage boxes for organizing and displaying handbags and accessories.
When you pay good money for a luxurious handbag, wallet, or pouch, you want to store it in a way that helps maintain its shape and style. Acrylic storage boxes and bins are the perfect solutions because not only do they help you keep organized, but you are able to view these beauties with a glance!
3. Hang Clothes in Tiers
We recommend making the most use of your space, especially if your closet isn’t very big. The best use of space requires that you use every inch of it from floor to ceiling. This is where hanging clothes in tiers comes in handy.
In this closet featured by Organization and Relocation, there are two tiers of hanging clothing. If you are organizing a child’s closet, you may wish to add even more tiers because the smaller clothing takes up less space.
You can also see that there are numerous shelves, both from floor to ceiling and across the top of the closet. This allows you to maximize every inch of space.
4. Labeled Storage Bins
If you prefer to store your clothing and other essentials so that they’re out of sight, you may want to consider using labeled storage bins. As long as the bins are made out of a material that isn’t see-through, then everything will be out of sight but the label will help you know what you will find in each bin so it isn’t a guessing game.
This idea was shared by the Neat Method. You may wish to have numerous bins with designated places on your closet shelving. You will be organized and always know where you can find what you’re looking for!
5. Scarf Cubbies
Anyone who wears a lot of scarves will need a good place to store them where they can see each and every one. Built-Rite Closets shows small cubbies being used to store and display scarves in this closet design.
What we like about this idea is that you don’t have to sort through a bin full of a mixture of scarves. Instead, you can quickly spot the scarf that you’re looking for at a glance. This is also handy when you’re trying to color coordinate your clothing with the perfect scarf. Simply hold your clothing up next to the cubbies and pick which scarf coordinates best!
6. Shoe Carousel
If you have a lot of shoes, invest in a shoe carousel and prevent your shoes from being stored in a giant pile on the floor of your closet. This particular shoe turn-tower will hold 25 pairs of shoes and is available from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Not only does this keep your shoes organized, but they will hold their shape and stay in better condition for longer. This style of shoe storage is a great use of space with its numerous levels. Now you just need to place your shoes on the rack each day so they don’t pile up by the door instead!
7. Mount Pegboards on the Inside of the Closet Door
Another great idea for closet storage is to mount pegboards on the inside of your closet door. You can attach hooks to hold handbags, shoes, jewelry, belts, and more.
IKEA offers a pegboard storage system that includes hooks and even receptacles that can hold things like sunglasses or other smaller items. You can see these in the photo where there are both white plastic bins and clear plastic bins attached to the pegboard storage system.
If you can’t get enough of these pegboards, install them on the walls of the closet or wherever you think you can get plenty of use out of them!
8. Woven Baskets with Lids
Woven baskets with lids are a great idea for storing items that you may not use every day. You may wish to store extra bedding, photo albums, or even your off-season wardrobe.
In this closet organization system shared by Pottery Barn, the designer uses woven baskets on the floor and on shelving. They come in a variety of sizes so that you can store various items.
One thing that is for sure is that you will want at least some shelving in your closet. You will inevitably have items that cannot be hung up on a rack and shelf storage is the way to go.
9. Built-In Jewelry Storage
Install a drawer in your closet to store all of your jewelry to keep it neat and organized. You can find organizers that are made specifically for storing jewelry. In this Young House Love closet, the drawers slide out so that you can easily access the contents.
We also like the shoe storage drawers that they use. Being able to set the shoes out flat helps them keep their shape and prevents damage. Plus, being able to slide the drawer out makes them easily accessible.
10. Shelf Dividers
Make the most of your closet shelf space by adding shelf dividers. These acrylic dividers allow you to keep items separated so that everything appears neat and tidy. In this closet, RUE uses shelf dividers to create spaces to store sweaters and shoes.
These are especially helpful in closets that aren’t super large. They help you make the most of the space that you do have.
Another notable feature of this closet is that all of the hangers used are the same. This continuity helps the space look more put together and organized rather than having hangers of different colors and sizes.
11. Under Shelf Baskets
You can get under-shelf baskets from the Tidyway Store on Amazon. These drawers simply slide onto a shelf and then you have extra space directly below the shelf for storage. This is an easy way to add more storage space if you have shelves that are not completely filled to the top.
These particular baskets come in a pack of four and are made out of sturdy steel wire with an anti-rust coating. Each basket can hold up to 22 pounds without bending. You can fit a lot of things into the basket before reaching the limit!
12. Underwear Organizers
Keep your underwear and bras neatly organized by adding dividers for each. In this closet featured by Home Orga, they use a lattice style organizer for underwear so that they are neatly arranged. They also use larger cubed storage that fits inside a drawer for storing bras.
Another important part of keeping your closet organized when you have clothing that needs to be folded is the way that you fold. You can make more use of space when you roll the items versus folding them, but it often depends on what item you are dealing with. If you have to fold the items, try to fold them as flat as possible.
13. Clear Storage Totes
Clear storage totes with lids are perfect for storing items that you don’t use every day. While you could use them for items that you use frequently, it can be a hassle if the totes are stacked on top of each other like they are in this closet featured by Horderly.
These are great for storing off-season clothing and accessories. You can keep your scarves, gloves, and winter gear in one box and sweaters and other warm clothing in another. Plus, you’ll know exactly where to find it when you’re ready to use them again in the winter.
14. Pull-Out Belt Rack
Mount a pull-out belt rack to the edge of a shelf or cabinet in your closet for storage that is compact yet useful. You can hang multiple belts on this rack to make the most use of the space.
You can also use this pull-out belt rack to organize ties and scarves or any combination of these items! It’s time to get your closet organized once and for all and this item will be helpful.
This particular belt rack is made out of metal and is available in satin nickel, chrome, or an oil-rubbed bronze finish. You can find it on Wayfair.
15. Shower Curtain Rings
If you’re in a pinch, you can use shower curtain rings to hang up your scarves. All you have to do is attach the rings to a hanger and you have an easy DIY way to hang scarves in your closet! You can see this method in the photo as it was featured by Hip 2 Save.
Organizing your closet storage doesn’t have to be an expensive task that requires fancy gadgets and storage containers. While those items are always more convenient when you have the extra money to buy them, there are workarounds that will suffice!
16. Pull-Out Trousers Rack
Storage solutions that can easily be pulled out to view the contents are always an ideal storage method. This pull-out trouser rack is no exception!
Not only are there 20 individual spots to hang pants and trousers on, but it’s a space saver too. Hanging that many pants on a traditional hanger rack would take up considerably more space. If you don’t have that many pairs of pants to store, you can use the additional racks for storing scarves, ties, or other items!
This particular pull-out trouser rack is available from MYOYAY on Amazon.
17. Staggered Clothing Storage Hooks
We’ve already mentioned the importance of making use of every inch of space in your closet, especially if you have a small closet. Using staggered clothing storage hooks is yet another way to make the most of your space.
This Smart Storage Space Up Hanger from The Container Store can be used both vertically and horizontally. It is being used in the vertical position in the photo shown here. You can store up to six garments on one of these hangers. You don’t need any special hangers to use these, a traditional hanger will attach.
18. Organize by Color
For the ultimate closet storage system, organize all of your garments by color. This creates a visually appealing closet where you can find everything you’re looking for quickly. We love how the simple white style of this closet makes all of the colorful garments stand out.
This walk-in closet featured by California Closets has all of the contents organized by color. They have gone even further with the shoes by not only organizing them by color but also organizing them by the type of shoe. For example, the open-toed shoes are sorted by color, and then the closed-toe heels are organized by color too.
19. Floor to Ceiling Storage
This closet design is another example of how to make the most of every inch of space. Rhonks Luxury includes drawers, traditional cubbies, sunglasses racks, tiered clothing racks, and shelving in general. All of these storage options go from the floor all the way to the ceiling, which allows you to use every inch of storage space.
This closet is luxurious and perfect for a glam girl. There’s plenty of organized storage for accessories, handbags, shoes, and sunglasses. Plus, there’s room for a table and stool where she can get ready for each day.
20. In-Closet Hamper
The secret to keeping dirty clothes off of the floor is having a designated space to place them when you are done wearing them for the day. Putting a hamper in the closet is the perfect way to keep organized and tidy.
In this KonMari closet design, there is a clothes hamper located on the floor of the closet. It coordinates with the storage baskets that are placed on the shelves. As expected, this closet design is perfectly organized and only contains items that spark joy in the heart of the owner.
21. Tie Organizer
This tie organizer allows you to display your collection of colorful ties. It is mounted on the wall and includes tiny cubbies just big enough for a rolled-up tie to fit into. Mount this organizer to a closet wall and you’re good to go!
You can get this same style of storage from Overstock in various sizes and arrangements. In the larger styles, you can roll up belts, scarves, or other garments to keep them neatly organized. If one organizer isn’t enough for your extensive collection of ties, you could mount a couple of them side by side for additional storage space.
22. Stacked Mesh Drawers
Wooden cabinetry and closet storage systems can get expensive. If something that extravagant isn’t in your budget, you would benefit from a stacked mesh drawer organizer like the one pictured from The Container Store.
Each set of drawers includes three larger mesh drawers and one small drawer that isn’t as deep as the others. As this photo shows, you could store neatly folded towels, sheets, blankets, or even clothing items such as sweaters, jeans, socks, and undergarments.
The mesh material allows you to view the contents of the drawers but also provides enough of a covering to keep everything looking neat and organized.
23. Dome Dock
If you own a lot of baseball caps, you may not have a great place to store them. This is where you can benefit from a Dome Dock. This simple organizational system can be mounted onto drywall or wood and includes mounting hardware.
The Dome Dock can store up to 20 hats per unit. It works great with a variety of ball caps except for those that have excessively bent rims. If you have more than 20 ball caps, you could mount a couple of these to your closet wall for additional storage.
Related: 40 Clever Hat Storage Ideas
24. Perfect Fit Closet Kit
A Perfect Fit Closet Kit from Ashley Furniture is a system that can be installed into your closet space and provides various shelves, clothing racks, and drawers for the ultimate organization system.
This is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have the time or tools to build a closet system. The pieces come precut and finished so that all you have to do is mount the system to the wall.
The finish shown in the photo is called truffle, but this system is also available in white and weathered gray. You can choose whichever fits with the decor and style of your room.
25. Add a Laundry Basket
While a hamper for dirty clothes is a handy item to keep in your closet, you may want to keep a laundry basket there also.
Perhaps a laundry basket alone will work best because you can use it to carry your clean laundry back to your closet to put away and then fill it back up with dirty clothes as you wear them making them easy to grab for laundry day. Repeat the process and you have a whole system going! In this Closet Factory design, they have a laundry basket on the floor that’s ready to be used!