Last week, I finally took a day to organize my closet. It was in desperate need, and I just kept putting it off. Today, I want to share how to organize your closet – (easy & budget friendly)!!
First of all, you might be wondering what these doors have to do with closet organization. These are actually the doors to my closet. I purchased these antique doors at Round Top Antiques Show several years ago when we were building the farmhouse. Supposedly, they are from a church in Mexico, and I love the vintage feel they add to my bathroom.
Do you like to have a really organized closet?
Yeah, me too! The problem comes when the season begins to change. I live in Texas and for a while we will begin to have cooler mornings, and evenings, but it warms up during the day.
So, what happens, is that I start pulling out cooler weather cloths for the mornings and evenings, but still have to keep the warmer weather things out too. I end up with clothes everywhere each time the season changes.
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This is what my closet looked like when I started! I can’t believe I let it get this bad!
First things first!
To begin, I took everything out of the shelves and wiped them down with my favorite cleaning spray. It makes the closet smell fresh and clean and removes the dust that has collected on the shelves since the last clean out.
easy shoe solutions
I organized all of my shoes by type and color, then put them back. I keep shoes for the current season down low, and put out of season and shoes that I may not wear as often up high.
You can see that my dressier shoes, that I don’t wear often, and my winter boots are on the higher shelves for now.
tip #1 (shoe organization)
One tip is to place shoes with one facing the opposite direction rather than side by side.
Surpisingly, this saves some space and allows more shoes to fit on a shelf. Sometimes, I also stack flat shoes (sandals and slides) on top of each other to save space.
tip #2 (easy & budget friendly boot storage)
I buy pool noodles and cut them to put inside all of my boots to keep them standing straight. This is a very inexpensive solution for a boot shaper. And it works especially well with really tall boots that won’t stand up on their own.
tip #3 (purse organization)
I like to use these clear acrylic shelf dividers to keep my small clutch purses divided.
(you can find sources for the things I use for closet organization at the bottom of this post)
tip #4 (handbag organizing solution)
I have some wasted space between some shelves in my closet. To maximize my storage, I hung metal wall hooks and hang my larger handbags on them.
I have three of them, hanging one over the other, to store all of my handbags on.
tip #5 (hat storage solution)
Similar to my handbag storage solution, I hang my hats on wall hooks inside my closet. I also have a few of my favorites hanging on the wall in my bedroom for decor. You can see a photo of that here.
tip #6 (bin storage organization)
I use inexpensive cube bins to store things like tights, and flip flops. They are labeled with bin clips to keep it easy to remember what is in each bin.
They are also great for scarves, winter hats and gloves.
tip #7 (how to organize your clothes)
I hang my shirts in color order and by sleeve length. For example, my tanks are hung on the far left, then short sleeve then long sleeve. I also catagorize them by weight/season. So, my long sleeve tshirts and silk blouses hang in front of sweater type tops.
My dresses are organized the same way, and pants are hung in color order.
I like to use the same color felt hangers for all of my clothes. It makes for a much neater and more unified look.
The sweaters are folded and stacked on a closet shelf, in color order too.
tip #8 (how to organize your jewelry – easy & budget friendly)
I have a small chest inside my closet that I use for jewelry storage and miscellaneous items.
A vintage garden trellis hangs on the wall to hold necklaces. I put nailhead tacks on the trellis to hang some of the necklaces from.
I use a metal paper towel holder to hold my bracelets.
A 3-tiered plate stand holds other bracelets, and watches.
A divided vintage jewely organizer holds my rings. And yes, I have a LOT of rings!
I have a divider tray inside the drawer of the dresser to keep earrings separated. These are stackable, so I plan to add another one to divide the earrings even more.
just for fun
Just to make it pretty, I added a vintage turkish rug inside my closet.
And did you see the vintage stool I did a makeover on? I used that in the closet for a place to sit and put on shoes.
And my very favorite part, is this vintage chandelier!!
I hope you found inspiration and have gotten a few useful tips for your own closet organization from this “How to Organize Your Closet – Easy and Budget Friendly” post. If you have tips for organizing, let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you!
blessings and happy organizing,
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