Closet Organization on a Budget

July 30, 2018

I love the place we live in, but it is seriously lacking in the closet/storage space! Now being the clothes lover that I am I have to get kind of creative when organizing my closet space. I don’t use any dressers and have all of my items solely in this closet, which is like a mini walk in.

Strategically organizing it has been key! If you don’t see your clothes, your forget about them and never end up wearing them. At least that’s how it is for me. So here are a couple tips that hopefully can help you organize your own closet space to make the most out of what you have!

Organize all items by type and color

This has been essential for me. Everything I have in my closet is grouped by category and then color. That way if I’m looking for a red top to go with my outfit, I know exactly where to look and don’t miss any of my options. I categorize my denim-distressed and non-distressed are kept separate. It’s easy to find that way, especially if I’m looking for a pair of work appropriate jeans. I keep all my work attire (work pants or school shirts) on a separate shelf. Most of these pieces I only wear to work, so I know where they are when I need them.

I separate my dresses by length and my tops by sleeve type. This way nothing gets mixed together or lost in the crowd.

The more you display, the more you’ll wear

What I mean by this is if you don’t see the items, you really won’t wear them. I know that for my graphic T’s I fold them so that the graphics are facing outward and can be easily seen. If I pile them all on top of one another I can forget about some of my favorites. I use these hanging racks for T’s, denim, shorts, and workout apparel.

Same with shoes. I used to have them all in boxes but that was a mess! Now I keep the majority on this shelf and they’re so much easier to grab. This doesn’t fit all of my shoes, so I still have to keep some in boxes but I try and do this in relation to the season. If it’s Spring/Summer I try and have my boots in the boxes and all the sandals and heels out on the shelf and vice versa.

Utilize storage bins/baskets

I am obsessed with these storage containers from Amazon. I bought the kind with the three dividers and they work great. I keep most of my sweaters in them right now because it’s Summer. But you could totally switch them out by season! The great thing is they zip up and can be stacked on top of shelves or out of the way to save space. Then I stack all year round sweatshirts and cardis on top, but it all stays organized.

Because I don’t have a dresser I use a set of plastic drawers (similar here and here) that I can hide under my hanging clothes. I use this for bras/underwear, swimsuits, belts, and some dressier shorts.

For my leggings and basic T’s I picked up some cheap baskets from Marshalls (similar here and here). It’s so easy to throw them in because I don’t have to worry about hanging space for them. I don’t worry about stacking these items on top of one another because the baskets are easy to rifle through and I know everything is just a basic color or style.

I also use a separate basket for easy to grab shoes. I have these around the house because I’m always leaving shoes behind (whoops haha) but the shoes that end up in these baskets are usually my flats for work or easy sneakers to grab.

Use your doors

My closet door basically acts as a mini closet. I have door hooks (I love this one!) that work great for baseball hats and crossbody bags. In the back of the door I hang swimsuit coverups and scarves. It’s a great place to hang miscellaneous items that you have a hard time finding a home for.

The rest of my hats I hang on nails on the closet wall, they look so cute displayed or I stack them on the shelf.

Put everything back where you found it

Now this can be a reaaally hard concept for me honestly, but I know it’s necessary. You’ve taken so much time to organize everything, don’t mess it up by just throwing your items in random places. It only takes a few minutes to put everything back where you find it and it will make it that much easier to find it again next time.

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I hope these tips & tricks are helpful! Let me know if you try any of them out!


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  • Reply Filipa July 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    This is such a useful post!! I love how you organized everything, I’m thinking about doing the same but I don’t even know where to start! Thank you for the tips 🙂 great post as always!


    • Reply Kathryn July 30, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you Filipa!! Once you get everything organized the way you want it, it’s so much easier to keep up with it! xo

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