How To Organize a Small Closet: No Hardware Required


Organizing anything is a chore, I know.   You’re busy, I’m busy, we’re all busy.

It’s one of the reasons why you’ve been procrastinating for so long.  Not only are you busy, but it’s so small and you’re wondering where the hell everything is going to go, you’re probably also wondering how the hell it’s all going to fit.

Taming that closet can be a bitch, but if you put a few simple systems in place, your life will become easier and when life is easier, everything just flows better.

Trust me.

Now we would all love a big ‘ol walk-in closet, with a pretty chandelier, chaise and all that jazz, but we need to snap back to reality and remember that space is something that we aren’t blessed with so with that said I’m here to help you with a few easy tips on how to organize a small closet.  There’s a solution to your madness I promise.

Sort and Purge

Take everything out and then put in three piles:

Keep, Toss and Donate. 

Once that’s been conquered, then sort into two other piles: 

Everyday Wear and On Occasion Wear

Because you are limited with space, you want to separate the two (this will make sense later, promise, just keep reading)

Measure and Measure Some More

Measure the inside of your closet (take measurements of the depth, height and width).  You’ll need these numbers when you’re out buying things for your closet like bins, baskets and organizers.  You’ll for sure want to make sure that everything fits-so no return trips to the store for your-nope because you got this.  Oh and a few pics of your empty closet would be helpful too (for take along purposes).

Retail Therapy

With your measurements and pics in tow, it’s time to take your buns shopping for a few things.  You’ll need some baskets, hanging organizers, shoe organizers, hangers, etc (depending on what will fit-remember your took measurements).


These are perfect for placing your “On Occasion Wear” high up top in your closet (top shelf works best).  You’ll want to keep all of the items that aren’t used as much out of reach and the most used items close within reach.   When the seasons change, all you have to do is swap items.  Simple right?

How To Organize a Small Closet-baskets

via Ikea



Okay so I might’ve lied a bit about the no hardware part, but to me a screwdriver doesn’t count as hardware, so I guess I didn’t lie.  Anyways, hooks are perfect for belts, scarves and hats.  These can go on your wall or the back of your door for space saving purposes.

How To Organize a Small Closet-hooks

via Ikea


Shoe Organizer

Some nice floor shelving will do the trick or a shoe rack.  Easy and simple enough.  Remember how there’s no room for racks and racks of shoe shelving, so floor shelves will do.  Sorry.

How To Organize a Small Closet-shoe storage

via Ikea


Hanging Organizer

I love these for tops or sweaters.  They’re great for making the bast of the limited space in your closet since they use up the vertical real estate for you.  Lovely!

How To Organize a Small Closet-hanging organizer

via Ikea



Please no wire hangers and please make sure that all of your hangers match all pretty.  Your closet will look nicer when it all matches.  Trust me.  For jeans or heavier items, I Love, Love, Love these hangers here.  They allow you to hang multiple items, perfect for small closets.  It’s all about utilizing as much vertical space as possible and these babies do just that.

How To Organize a Small Closet-multi hanger

via Ikea


Decorate It

There’s nothing like some color or wallpaper to add to your closet for some drama, but if you’re going to go for the drama, remember to paint or hang your wallpaper before you start putting things back into your closet.

How To Organize a Small Closet-color

via The Container Store


There you have it!

Simple and doable tips on how to organize a small closet.  Now you have zero excuses for not taming that unruly closet of yours.

Tell me in the comments below, which tip are you going to run with and implement to tame your closet.  I want to hear all about it!

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