Organization Tips

How to Organize a Small Closet with Lots of Clothes

January 31, 2024

Reviewed by
Suze Dowling

How to Organize a Small Closet with Lots of Clothes

Having a cluttered and disorganized closet can be a source of daily frustration. Clothes piled up, jumbled hangers, and a lack of order can make it difficult to find what you need when you need it. 

If you're tired of the chaos and want to transform your small closet into an organized oasis, you've come to the right place. We'll explore effective strategies to help you optimize your closet space and create a smart system for your clothes storage.

At Open Spaces, our goal is to help you simplify and streamline your home, so you can focus on what truly matters. We curate a range of homeware and organizational tools designed to bring joy and foster a well-considered home. 

Our products aim to make your daily routines feel like rituals and grow with you, serving as everlasting tools that are both functional and visually appealing. With that in mind, let’s get into everything you need to know to get your closet organized.

How To Assess Your Closet and Purge Unnecessary Items

Before diving into the process of organization, it's essential to assess your closet and purge unnecessary items. Time is precious and life is too short to be weighed down by possessions that no longer bring value or joy.

Start by taking everything out of your closet and evaluating each item carefully. Ask yourself whether you've worn it in the past year or if it holds any sentimental value. If the answer is no, consider letting go of it. Donating or selling lightly used clothes can declutter your space and bring happiness to someone else.

By reducing the number of items in your closet to those you love and wear frequently, you'll create space for the things that truly matter.

How Can You Utilize Open Spaces' Drawer Dividers?

To facilitate the organization process, Open Spaces offers a practical and versatile solution: Drawer Dividers. These dividers come in sets of two and are an excellent tool for tidying up your clothing drawers within the small closet.

Whether you use them to separate socks from underwear or categorize your accessories, Drawer Dividers ensure that everything has its place. Their adjustable design accommodates various drawer sizes and can easily be rearranged as your organizational needs change.

Open Spaces' Drawer Dividers exemplify our commitment to useful and long-lasting products. We believe that home goods should enhance functionality, support your daily routines, and adapt to your evolving lifestyle. Moreover, our dividers are designed to look great and be seen, contributing to the visually appealing organization you desire.

How Can You Categorize and Sort Clothes?

Once you've purged unnecessary items from your closet, it's time to categorize and sort your clothes. This step is important for creating a well-organized system that makes it easier for you to find and retrieve items when needed.

Start by categorizing your clothes based on their type, season, or frequency of use. Separate them into groups such as tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, and so on. Within each category, consider additional subdivisions that make sense for your wardrobe.

An effective way to sort clothes is by color. Arrange your clothes within each category by color, creating a visually pleasing and intuitive system. Not only will this make it easier to find specific items, but it will also add an aesthetic element to your closet.

By following this categorization and sorting process, you'll be able to locate your favorite pieces quickly and ensure that nothing gets lost in the clutter. Organizing your clothes visually appealingly adds to the overall joy in your space.

What About Maximizing Vertical Space?

Maximizing every inch of vertical space in a small closet is essential to create additional storage and keep your clothes readily accessible. Let’s discuss several strategies to help you make the most of vertical space within your closet.

Consider utilizing hanging organizers or cascading hangers to optimize the vertical area. These tools allow you to stack clothes vertically, freeing up horizontal space for other storage needs. You can also affix hooks or pegs to the inside walls of your closet to hang belts, scarves, or bags, further utilizing the vertical space.

By capitalizing on vertical storage solutions, you'll maximize the storage potential within your small closet while keeping your clothes organized and easily reachable.

How Can You Utilize Creative Storage Solutions?

Besides maximizing vertical space, employing creative storage solutions can further optimize your small closet. Open Spaces encourages finding unique ways to store your belongings without compromising on style or functionality.

Consider utilizing under-bed storage boxes to keep out-of-season clothes or less-frequently worn items. These boxes provide valuable storage space while keeping your closet free from unnecessary clutter.

Another creative solution is to use hanging shoe organizers on the back of your closet door. These organizers let you store shoes, accessories, or even small folded garments while utilizing unused space. Their transparent pockets make it easy to locate items at a glance and contribute to the open and aesthetically pleasing look that Open Spaces advocates.

By incorporating these creative storage solutions, you'll be amazed at how much extra space can be created within your small closet. 

How To Maintain Clutter-Free Closets

Now that you've invested time and effort into organizing your small closet, it's important to establish habits that will help you maintain a clutter-free space. 

Regularly reassess your wardrobe to prevent it from becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary items. Set aside time every season to go through your clothes, purging anything that no longer fits, reflects your style, or brings you joy. Regularly evaluating your wardrobe will ensure that your closet stays lean, functional, and aligned with your current lifestyle.

Practice mindful purchasing habits to avoid accumulating unnecessary items in the future. Before making a new purchase, ask yourself if it truly aligns with your needs and brings value to your life. 

Open Spaces encourages intentional buying, focusing on products that are timeless, versatile, and designed to last. Being mindful of your purchases will prevent clutter from creeping back into your closet.

Maintaining a clutter-free closet doesn't have to be a daunting task. Dedicate a few minutes each day to return items to their designated places and keep everything organized. Small acts of tidying consistently will go a long way in preserving the order and tranquility you've created.

Some Final Thoughts

Organizing a small closet with a surplus of clothes may initially seem like a challenge, but it becomes an achievable goal with the right strategies and tools. With our commitment to helping customers simplify and streamline their homes, Open Spaces offers a range of homeware and organizational tools designed to bring joy, functionality, and longevity to your space.

With the insights and techniques shared in this guide, you're on your way to transforming your small closet into a space that brings you peace, simplicity, and a renewed sense of mindfulness. 

Explore Open Spaces' curated homeware and organizational tools to further enhance your closet organization and begin enjoying the benefits of a clutter-free and well-considered home today.


The Surprising Health Benefits of a Clean Closet | Apartment Therapy

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