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13 Brilliant Ways to Declutter Your Clothes Closet

13 Brilliant Ways to Declutter Your Clothes Closet for Good will guide you on how to optimize this premium space. Organizing your closet doesn’t have to be painful.

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Organized Clothes Closet with Muted Colors

Let’s face it, what’s the one part of the house most of us hate to clean? If you guessed cleaning out closets, you guessed right.

Our clothes closet is overflowing with our money.  We invest in our wardrobes, and we should treat our investments better.  

Instead of having a clothes closet that is so crowded that you can’t find anything, take the time to organize it for a more comfortable future.  

It will be so much easier to find everything, and you’ll save yourself some time too.

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”

Benjamin Franklin
Organized Clothes Closet - Gray and White Clothes on hangers

A well-maintained closet means taking less time to get ready, rotating your clothes regularly, and feeling good every time you open your closet doors.

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Clothes Closet with two white shirts, one black one and one pink

How to Declutter Your Clothes Closet for Good

1. Simplify wardrobe

You didn’t want me to say that. I know the feeling. But would you rather have a large number of clothes that made you feel “meh” when you wore them or own fewer clothing items and love them all?

Empty your clothes closet. Yes, all of it.

Now, go through everything and try it on. How does it make you feel? (Forget about what you paid for it – that’s in the past.) If you still love it, keep it. If you don’t, either donate it or sell it online.

If any item in your closet needs repairs, put that in a separate pile and get them fixed.

After you finish the job, won’t it be a refreshing feeling to let go of what no longer suits you?

To help with time crunch in the morning, hang a wreath hook on the outside of your closet door to hang your work day outfit.

2. Sort Through Everything

Create a different pile for each type of clothing.

For example, short-sleeve shirts all go together in one pile. Long-sleeve shirts go in a different pile.

Once you separate everything into piles, organize your clothing by the color – white to black.

When you hang everything back in the closet, you’ll be hanging the colors light to dark.

You’ll be able to find the right colors and type of clothing you need to complete an outfit within minutes using this system. There’s a reason upscale clothing stores display their clothing like this. It makes it look more organized.

3. Uniformed hangers

Opening a closet and seeing a variety of different kinds of hangers has always driven me nuts.

An organized clothes closest looks good and functions well at the same time.

Do yourself a favor and buy one or two kinds of hangers for most of your clothes.

If you find that the clothes in your closet are always falling off their hangers, switch to the non-slip type.

This set of non-slip velvety smooth texture hangers will ensure tops won’t end up on your clothes closet floor in a heap.

Non-Slip Velvet Hangers – Ultra Thin Space Saving 360 Swivel Hook – Hold up to 10 pounds

4. Layer your pants with hangers

I love having multi-layer hangers. They save so much space in closets, and they keep your pants organized.

Keeping your multi-layer hangers in the front of your rack will give you easy access, and you’ll be able to see all the pants you own easily.

5 Multi-Layer Space Saving Non-Slip Pants Hanger 

5. Seasonal Storage

Storing your seasonal clothing when it’s not in use is one of the best things you can do to keep your clothes closet organized.

There’s no reason to have the items taking up space in your closet for months until you need them. 

Sweaters should be put in moth-proof storage bags and put out of sight. These cedar-lined bags are perfect for ensuring your sweaters remain in good condition.

Clothes Storage Bag with Insect and Moth Protection – with Cedar Insert – perfect for storing clothes, bedding, and blankets.  

6. Optimize Your Space Beneath the Clothing Racks

The space below your clothes racks goes to waste in most closets.

Most people line their shoes on the floor beneath the clothing without realizing how much better their lives would be with a few furniture pieces added to this space.

One of the best ways to hold all your shoes and see them at a glance is by adding an adjustable shelf bookcase to the bottom of the closet.

Just make sure you measure the space you have between where the clothes hang and the floor to make sure you get the right size.

Simple Home 3-Tier White Adjustable Shelf Bookcase 

If you’re looking for more drawer space, then adding a horizontal drawer organizer to the bottom of your clothes closet would be your best bet. I had one of these in my last home, and I loved it.

2-Drawer Stackable White Horizontal Closet Organizer 

7. Keep Your Boots Organized

If you are a boot lover like me, then you’ll want to store all your boots in one place, preferably off the ground.

Boots take up a lot of room in any closet. Who knew there was something that would help you stay organized?

This boot butler will help you keep an uncluttered clothes closet and prevent scuffs.

Boot Storage Rack by Boot Butler – As Seen On Rachael Ray – Clean Up Your Closet Floor with Hanging Boot Storage – Easy to Assemble & Built to Last 

8. Purse Organization

I’m not like most people. I only have a couple of purses to pick from – but I do know that bags and backpacks can take up valuable space in closets.

This simple hanger can keep your purses, scarves, and backpacks organized in one area of your clothes closet.

Hanging Closet Organizer for Purses

9. Store Scarves and Ties in One Place 

Instead of having ties and scarves all over the place, why not put them all together?

Keep your ties and scarves in one tidy spot with this inexpensive hanger.

Tie Hanger with Belt Loops.  Holds up to 24 ties securely.

10. Keeping Your Jewelry Organized

Your jewelry can become a tangled mess when stored in drawers or boxes.

Why not keep them neatly displayed with this fantastic rack?

Wall Mount Jewelry Organizer with 30 hooks and Cosmetics Shelf

11. Create more storage space

I love this idea if you lack the space for shelves to store your clothing.

This fabric storage organizer can hold sweaters, shirts, shorts, and anything else you don’t have room for in your bedroom.

Long Soft Fabric Over Closet Rod Hanging Storage Organizer with 6 Shelves for Clothes  

12. Add more shelves to your clothes closet

If you don’t have a shelf above your clothing rod, that should be one of the first things you do to add more space to your clothes closet.

The shelf above your clothes can become organized with shelf dividers.

Closet Shelf Dividers for above the clothing rack

13. Light up your closet

Having a light in your clothes closet makes a big difference in keeping things organized.

No one wants a dark space to fumble around in. There are now motion Sensor wireless lights that you can simply charge when they run out of power.

LED Closet Light – Rechargeable Motion Sensor Closet Light.  Stick Anywhere

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We’ve reached the end of 13 Brilliant Ways to Organize Your Clothes Closet. I hope you learned a few new ideas on how to be an organized closet ninja!

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Wednesday 4th of January 2023

You ask for how we keep our closets. I organize my clothing by type skirts below the knee and longer separated then from light to dark based on the rainbow order of ROYGBIV is the easy way to remember this order. I really don't have much color in my wardrobe. I'm a neutrals girl!! But if someone does this helps!! It helps me in getting dressed a great deal!!! Plus putting away laundry is easier as well!!! My purses are on the shelves above my clothing. My shoes are in the shoe boxes below my clothing. When I wear a shoe I clean them off and put back in the box!! This keeps them nice. I also put paper back in them so they keep their shape!! My fashion jewelry are stored in plastic boxes wrapped in tissues. My real jewelry is stored in the safe. This makes me forget about it and not wear it as much as I would like to enjoy these pieces but I haven't yet found a better solution nor has my best friend!! Any suggestions are welcome!!! My perfumes are stored on my night stand!! All other clothing is stored in dresser drawers!! Also have other two seasons example now Spring/Summer Seasons are stored away in plastic totes!!!


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Hello Natalie! It sounds like you're really organized. I like neutral clothes too! Thanks for letting me know all your tips! Kelly


Monday 14th of March 2022

I did not know there was such a thing as a cedar insert clothes storage bag, but I am definitely getting one!


Monday 14th of March 2022

Hello Lyn! I know - it's amazing what's out there now. Thanks for letting me know. Kelly


Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Thank you for your help! My closet is overwhelming. Your tips are very helpful and I’m going to put them to use! I also would like to add that your suggestions are not extremely complicated therefore helping me feel more at ease about getting my closet organized. thank you! 😁


Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Hi Sharon! I'm so glad you liked the article. I'm working on getting my entire house organized and I'm not a naturally organized person at all! I figured I might as well help others too. Thank you so much for letting me know. Kelly

Florence Brittingham

Thursday 16th of August 2018

I truly enjoy your Pinterest.


Sunday 19th of August 2018

Hello Florence! Thank you so much! I appreciate the comment. Kelly

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