Clean and simple closets are the best. Achieve a clutter-free space by using smart organization strategies. Aside from basic advice, we have unique tips! Check out the 10 closet organization tips you didn’t know you needed for more information.

Always Start With an Efficient Closet System

Closets should fit your needs and stylistic standards. That said, it’s difficult to arrange a wardrobe with the wrong features. It’s important to start with an efficient closet system. Efficiency is different for everyone; however, useful hardware features make closets easy to use!

For walk-in systems, incorporate islands and corner compartments. For single-wall and reach-in closets, add shelves and hangers. These features provide optimal storage for clothes and accessories. Don’t stress when finding the right units can improve your closet’s usability.

Use Shoe Shelves To Maximize Space

In many cases, the main source of closet clutter is shoes. Footwear laid out on the floor isn’t aesthetically pleasing. It’s also a safety hazard. Imagine searching for clothes and tripping over a pair of shoes. Don’t injure yourself or create a messy closet space. Instead, use a shoe shelf!

Wooden shoe shelves store footwear and keep everything off the ground. This maximizes floor space and contributes to a clutter-free wardrobe. Consider a rotating shoe rack for a cool alternative to a standard shelf. The carousel design grants access to footwear with ease, so spin the rack and grab your preferred pair of shoes.

If there isn’t enough space in your closet to accommodate a unit just for shoes, the extra space at the top of the closet works great, too. Just make sure you have a short ladder nearby to reach them.

The closet addition is a great organization tool to display all your footwear.

Use Dividers To Make Closet Zones

Whether you have a single wall or walk-in closet, every system benefits from closet zones. Closet dividers are visual organizers that arrange apparel and accessories. For instance, drawer dividers separate items like undergarments or jewelry.

For hanger compartments, you can subdivide clothes by color or category. For example, organize blouses, jackets, and sweaters with specific dividers. For a user-friendly experience, keep high-use items readily available. Also, mark the dividers with labels that indicate important apparel.

Luckily, dividers are cheap and easy to incorporate into your wardrobe, so consider using these tools!

Organize by Seasons

Organizing by seasons is another closet tip you didn’t know you needed. Closets hold all types of clothing, and rearranging the space for season-appropriate attire is helpful. Consider using a rotational system where you can move pieces in and out of the closet. You don’t want to overcrowd the wardrobe with unnecessary garments.

After all, you likely won’t need summer dresses or shorts during the wintertime. So transition them out of your wardrobe (for the time being). Arranging your closet by season creates more room for new garments.

Place unneeded clothes in storage bins or vacuum storage seal bags and keep them in the back of your closet. You can also store some items underneath your bed to save space.

Incorporate Hooks

Accessories deserve space inside closets too. However, it’s difficult to find the right place for random things. Purses, shawls, hats, and ponchos can hang on hooks. You can also get a waterfall hook to hang on the back of closet doors to hold your accessories.

Furthermore, hooks are perfect for hanging lightweight items like rain jackets, handbags, and children’s backpacks. These tools create extra storage without disrupting your closet system. Consider clear hooks or grab ones that match the hardware color for a discreet appearance.

Fold Items With Care

It’s easy to use a lot of drawer space when you throw clothes inside the unit without folding them. Not to mention, it also adds wrinkles to apparel. While organizing your closet, fold items with care! The goal is to create a smooth and flat surface.

Good Practices To Follow

  • It’s best to fold heavy garments because they don’t easily wrinkle.
  • You can roll lightweight and wrinkle-resistant clothes and place them in drawers.
  • Clothes to fold: activewear, jeans, casual pants, thick sweaters, knit skirts, and sweater dresses.
  • Clothes to roll: underwear, leggings, T-shirts, sleepwear, scarves, and socks.

Consider Reusable Labels

Labels are your best friends for organizing items. Want to keep all your music festival T-shirts in one place? No problem. Grab a basket and label it “Festival Tees.” Want to label your closet dividers? Sure. You can do that too!

Consider using chalkboard stickers that attach to baskets, boxes, and storage bins. Typically, they’re waterproof, which prevents words from smudging off the sticker. You can find items easier with this closet tool as you can locate items without searching through bins and containers. Reusable labels save time and reduce clutter. After all, no one wants to create a mess while seeking one item.

Use Baskets for Extra Items

Whether you have extra lounge pants, shirts, or socks, find a secure place to hold extra items. Don’t overcrowd drawers or hangers to fit everything in units. Instead, use baskets for additional apparel. Store baskets inside or on top of shelves. You can also use reusable labels to categorize the bins!


Use foldable linen baskets for extra storage. When you don’t need them, you can collapse them for compact storage.

Add a Laundry Basket to the Space

Keep dirty clothes out of sight with a laundry basket inside the closet. Naturally, no one stores dirty clothes back in drawers or hangers. Throwing items on the floor is an “easy” solution to separating clean and stained clothes. But don’t hinder the wardrobe’s appearance with a messy floor or foul odors from dirty apparel.

A laundry basket holds clothes until you wash them. The best part about adding a hamper in the closet is that it can blend into your layout. Here at Wood Closet Designs, we offer laundry baskets that fit into solid wood hampers. The appearance blends with your closet system, making it a discreet and convenient place to hold items.

Do an Annual Wardrobe Purge

Out with the old and in with the new. Annual wardrobe purges get rid of old apparel and accessories that you don’t want. A closet purge clears up space and makes room for new items. The last thing you want is an overcrowded wardrobe with unnecessary things. Too many items make organization challenging as you must create space to store extra clothing items.

Pick a time to sort through apparel and get rid of clutter. For an easier experience, add a donation basket to your closet. Throughout the year, place items inside the basket. When it’s time for the purge, you don’t have to scrounge around for clothes and accessories. It makes everything easier!

Own a closet that suits you, and let Wood Closet Designs help! Use our reach-in closet design tool to generate your perfect wardrobe. You should also browse our product categories and accessories for closet inspiration. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

10 Closet Organization Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed