A cluttered closet makes it difficult to find the perfect pairings for outfits of the day. When the closet is littered with rumpled sweaters, jeans haphazardly piled high and shoes strewn everywhere, it’s time to get organized.
While homeowners could hire a pro to organize their closet, a DIY closet system can be a fun project for those willing to take control of that messy space. Try these ideas for a DIY closet system to organize clothes, shoes and accessories and streamline the look of the storage space.
Floating shelves hang suspended without visible brackets; these shelves look like they are floating on the wall. Installing floating shelves in the closet can add storage space for shoes, sweaters and jeans. These shelves also can help maximize the square footage of the closet, as they utilize wall space…not floor space. This Old House offers a tutorial on building floating shelves.
Standard shelves are an easy way to maximize storage space. Homeowners can opt for a long set of shelves that span the entire length of the closet or install different sized shelves for storage needs. Shoes, jeans, and sweaters all can be stored on shelves.
Hang shoe racks in the closet to keep shoes off the floor and preserve the space from clutter. Homeowners can hang multiple racks or invest in larger hanging shoe racks if their storage needs are abundant.
Shoe racks that look like shelves also can be installed in the closet. Homeowners may opt for multiple rows of shoe racks, depending on their storage needs.
The closet door can be transformed into a storage space, too. Install hooks or racks behind the door for added storage. Hooks can be used for coats or belts and scarves. Some organizers are even designed to hang from the door.
Use the wall for extra space to hang coats! Those bulky wool or down winter coats will take up rack space. Instead, install hooks on the wall to hang those heavy coats.
On a budget? Many stores sell clear plastic drawer organizers that can be placed in the closet to provide extra storage. These portable organizers can be used for jeans, sweaters, socks or even some shoes.
Stacked Hanging Rods
Reorganizing the closet for extra hanging space for clothes? Opt for multiple layers of hanging rods. Just make sure that when the rods are installed there is enough space between them that clothes hang nicely (and down crumple!). Living Spaces explains how to install rods.
Those who are extra handy with DIY may opt to install drawer systems. These can add space and hide clothes out of sight. Drawers can add a streamlined look to closets.
Conduct a Closet Audit
While there are numerous ways to add space to the closet, one of the cheapest ways to organize is to conduct a closet audit. This means that homeowners go through their clothes to streamline their closet contents.
Many will hold onto ill-fitting clothes or items that they don’t wear. Audit the closet once a year and make a pile of items that can be donated. Some items may be stained or so badly worn that they can’t be given to charity; these items may be cut up for dust rags.
Shoes also should be audited. While many adults won’t outgrow their shoes, they can be worn or out of style. Donate the items that have outlived their usefulness.
Pack Away Out-of-Season Items
For homeowners who live in a part of the world where the seasons change, rotate the closet contents to include only seasonal appropriate items. This saves space and keeps the closet looking streamlined; plus, homeowners don’t have to rummage through long-sleeved shirts when they need short sleeves.
Store out-of-season garments in zip-tight storage bags or containers under the bed or somewhere out of sight. Be mindful to store only clean clothes, as dirt may attract pests. Wool and other natural fibers that attract moths also need to be stored properly. Real Simple also recommends using lavender to ward off bugs.
After packing away out-of-season clothing and accessories, homeowners can determine if they need additional storage or organizers.
Those racks of clothes that are in-season can be more efficiently organized by grouping items together by color and type. All blue shirts can group with that color scheme, and blue pants would be categorized together.
Grouping items by color and type makes it easier to hunt down the items for an ensemble. Plus, that favorite shirt can be tracked down quicker. Shoes also can be grouped together on racks by color and style. Boots can be paired with boots, heels with heels, etc.
Creating a DIY closet system can be incredibly simple, or homeowners who are DIY savvy can opt for a more hands-on project. Floating shelves and hanging shoe racks can be installed to maximize floor space. However, homeowners also can audit their closet and pack away out-of-season garments to free up additional space.