27 Genius Closet Organizer Ideas

Do you struggle to keep your closets organized and don’t know where to start getting it under control? Here are some genius closet organizing ideas for every closet in your house.

image of an organized clothes closet with text overlay

A closet can quickly become a dumping ground for all the things. Lots of times it’s easier to just put something away wherever it lands than following an organizing system in your closet.

  • Shoes pile up in the bottom of your bedroom closet.
  • Coats, backpacks, and hats and gloves end up a mess in your entryway closet.
  • You keep buying duplicates because you can’t see what you have in your pantry closet.
  • You can’t find anything in your craft closet because everything is mixed together.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Before you start organizing your closets, there are a few things you need to do first.

What to Do Before You Start Organizing Your Closet

  • Declutter – get rid of anything you don’t need or want anymore.
  • Decide on the type of organizing system you will be using.
  • Clean the space completely.

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Once you have this done, you’re ready to start organizing your closet. Let’s take a look at these 27 closet organizing ideas for any closet in your home.

Ways to Organize Your Closets in Your Bedrooms

1. DIY Closet Organizer from Anika’s DIY Life

reach in closet organized with closet organizer

Take a builder-grade closet and make it more functional by building your own DIY closet organizer. It’s a project you can easily do in a weekend. Add a place for shoes, baskets and shelves to organize accessories, and drawers. A reach-in closet never looked so good!

See the full tutorial to create your own!

2. Closet Organizer with Drawers from Anikas DIY Life

closet organizer with drawers and shelves plus two hanging bars

Another option for reach-in closets, this DIY closet organizer features drawers, shelves, and two hanging bars. Baskets and bins organize all the extras and there’s even room for some toy storage. You’ll have more space in the bedroom with the dresser now in the closet.

See the full tutorial to make your own!

3. Organizing a Small Closet from Just a Girl and Her Blog

ways to organize your closets to make a small closet work for a couple

An easy-to-install closet system from Ikea makes a huge difference in this small closet. You don’t have to be a professional to install it yourself. I really love the men’s pant hangers, what a genius idea! Leave it to Ikea to come up with that one.

Read all the tips to help you organize your closet!

4. Closet Shelves Makeover from LandeeseeLandeedo

closet organization using shelves

Ikea Billy bookcases make great closet organizers. You will have plenty of space to organize shoes, clothing, and accessories. Set the shelves at a slight tilt for shoes, pretty genius idea don’t you think? Add some wallpaper on the back for a custom touch.

See the full makeover to do it yourself!

5. Teenager Closet Organization: A Bowl Full of Lemons

Closet organized with labeled bins and shoe organizer on the bottom

Teenagers have a lot of stuff! Trying to keep it organized can be overwhelming. Trying to get them to keep it organized is even harder. This teen closet organization features labeled bins on the top shelf and a shoe rack on the floor of the closet. It’s a simple way to organize your closets that will make a huge impact but won’t break the bank.

See all the tips for this organized closet!

6. How to Organize Your Closet in 2 Hours from Kaleidoscope Living

clear plastic tote and wooden hangers sitting on the bed as ways to organize your closets

When a new closet organizing system isn’t in the budget, clear storage bins and new hangers can make a world of difference to your closet organization. Using all the same hangers helps with the visual clutter and storage bins organize the actual clutter.

Learn how to organize your closet in just two hours!

7. How to Get More Closet Storage from Inspiration for Moms

shelves and drawers used as ways to organize your closets

This closet organizing system is super easy to install yourself and will give you loads of room for everything. Rasing the hanging bar higher than the standard height made a huge difference and you should see the drawer organizers that keep everything neat and tidy.

See the full transformation for inspiration!

8. $100 Closet Makeover from Houseful of Handmade

Organized closet with shoe rack, hat organizer and built in shelves

This small walk-in closet went from chaos to organized with just $100 and some DIY. Command hooks to hang hats, hanging bars and pocket organizers for shoes, and built-in racks for pants are just a few of the features in this DIY closet.

Check out all the details to do it yourself!

9. DIY Custom Closet Organizer from Making it in the Mountains

Ways to organize your closets with custom built closet organizer boxes

Forget the pre-made closet organizing systems that cost a fortune, build your own! This DIY closet system consists of a collection of boxes built from 3/4″ birch plywood and it’s just beautiful. You can configure it any way you need to for your closet space.

See how to make your own!

10. DIY Closet Organizer from Lovely Etc.

Organized closet with shelf unit on the bottom with fabric bins

What’s the best way to organize a small child’s closet? There is no wrong or right way, but shelves with storage bins sure do make it easier to keep neat and tidy. Their clothes are so small that you have a ton of wasted space under your hanging bar. Add shelving as a place to store out-of-season clothing, socks, shoes, and other things your little one needs.

See how to do it yourself!

11. DIY Custom Closet from The Handyman’s Daughter

ways to organize your closets using trofast bins

Ikea Trofast Bins are a great way to organize your closets. You can easily build in the frames for the under mount bins using a french cleat. You’ll have space for clothes, shoes, and even toys!

Learn how to build your own and get organized!

12. Rolling Shoe Bins from DIY Huntress

Drawer style rolling bins in a closet for shoes

Do you have a pile of shoes at the bottom of your closet? Do you have to dig to find the pair you’re looking for? No more of that! These rolling shoe bins are the perfect solution. You can make them any height you want to fit your closet space and the handles make them easy to pull out and roll around.

Learn how to make your own!

13. DIY Scarf Organizer: Everyday Dishes

Wooden clothes hanger use to organize scarves

Organize the scarves in your closet with this creative scarf hanger. You’ll need a wooden hanger, metal rings, and a hot glue gun to make your own. You’ll be able to see all your scarves and they won’t end up in a pile on your closet floor.

Learn how to make your own!

14. Tie Organization: Practical Perfection

Vertical men's tie organization

No more ties on the floor of the closet when you create this vertical men’s tie storage organizer. You can build it right into your closet and customize it for as many ties as you need.

15. An easy way to Organize your Purses: Organizing Junkie

purses organized and hanging on hooks from the hanging bar in the closet

I usually have my extra purses shoved onto a shelf in my closet. They take up a lot of space and they get smashed and out of shape. This fix is as easy as adding hooks to your hanging rod and hanging up those purses. They won’t lose their shape and you’ll be able to see them all to easily grab the one you need.

Ideas for Organizing Your Linen Closet

16. Organize Your Linen Closet from The Creativity Exchange

Organized linen closet with towels and toiletries

An organized linen closet sure makes life easier. Clear plastic bins are great for keeping extra shampoo, soap, and other bathroom necessities neat and tidy. You know what you have and can replace it when your supply gets low. Everything in this linen closet has a home, excuse me while I get started organizing mine.

See all the tips for organizing your linen closet!

17. Linen Closet Organization from Jen Woodhouse

Organized linen closet with baskets and bins

I’m just a bit jealous of this organized linen closet. How perfect is this? Neatly labeled bins designate what goes where. Neatly folded towels and blankets and baskets for dirty clothes. What more could you need?

Learn how to customize your linen closet!

Pantry Closet Organizing Ideas

18. Cleaning Closet Organization and Tips from Jennifer Maker

Organized cleaning closet with shelves and pocket organizer

When you’re lucky enough to have a closet solely dedicated to your cleaning supplies, you want to keep it neat and tidy. This closet features a pocket organizer, shelves with wire bins and so much more.

Get all the tips for an organized cleaning closet!

19. Ziploc Bag Organizer from The Inspired Workshop

ziploc bag organizers hanging on the wall in the closet

Having supplies to make lunches all together and organized in the pantry makes getting lunches ready so much easier. Add some Ziploc bag storage to the wall using craft board. They are easy to make and you’ll never have to dig through a drawer for them again.

Learn how to make your own!

20. Organize Your Pantry Closet and Get More Space from H2O Bungalow

Organized pantry closet

Get your pantry closet organized with these great organizing ideas. Bins for smaller items, hanging racks for spices and so much more.

Get all the tips and the free printable labels!

Entryway Closet Organization Inspiration

21. Budget Friendly Entryway Closet Makeover from Anikas DIY Life

organized entryway coat closet

Entryway closets can become a jumbled mess. Things get dumbed in them and before you know it, it is out of control. A simple makeover and some organizing solutions make this coat closet much more easy to manage.

See all the do it yourself projects to organize yours!

22. DIY Entryway Closet Organization from DIY Huntress

Organized entryway closet with space for coats and cleaning supplies

This mutli-functional entryway closet has a place for shoes and coats, cleaning supplies, and much more. Imagine everything you need all in one place! This organization DIY can be done in a weekend and your closet will be a dream.

See the tutorial to organize your entryway closet

23. Coat Closet Organizing Hack from Lovely Indeed

Hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves organized on a cord hanging on the back of the entryway door

Simple and cheap, this organization hack will have your coat closet organized in 5 minutes! Everyone will be able to find their winter gear and they’ll know exactly where to put it when they take it off. No more piles on a shelf or in a basket!

Learn how to do it yourself!

Organizing Your Craft Closet

24. DIY Craft Closet Organizer from Anika’s DIY Life

Built-in craft closet organizer

Now I have craft closet envy. This organized craft closet has everything you need to keep your craft supplies neat and tidy. It even has a work surface! Shelves for bins, drawers, and a peg board hanging above for even more storage.

See the tutorial and get the plans to makeover your craft closet!

25. Craft Closet Organization Ideas from Young House Love

Organized craft closet using rolling shelves and built-ins

A couple of Ikea organizing items and a folding shelf they already had, turned this closet into an organized craft closet. I really like the idea of hanging up the gift bags on a hanger. Genius!

See all the details to do it yourself!

More Closet Organizing Ideas

26. Small Closet Storage: Polished Habitat

Craft closet organization, ways to organize your closets

This small closet holds a lot of stuff! Craft supplies, kids toys, seasonal items, dog treats and a lot more. Wire mesh bins on the sides of the closet keep everything organized in this multi-purpose small closet.

See how to do it yourself!

27. Dollar Store Closet Makeover: Homemade Ginger

Storage closet organized with dollar store bins

You don’t have to spend a fortune to organize a closet. This storage closet is organized using simple bins from the dollar store. Everything is neatly labeled so you know where to find what you’re look for.

See how to do it yourself with dollar store bins!

More Organizing Resources

Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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