Closet space is incredibly difficult to come by, so once you do get the pleasure of ample storage, it’s in your best interest to keep it tidy. Since moving into my new home, I’ve gotten creative with all types of storage to help maximize space, from a customizable walk-in closet system, to hooks, garment racks, hanging shelves, and more. Want to turn your own house into a (nice and tidy) home as well? Check out these 12 closet organization essentials that either we personally own or that reviewers swear by that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
1. This walk-in closet I'm obsessed with
I would be living in a veritable pigsty if it weren’t for my Rubbermaid closet system complete with adjustable and fixed shelving featuring bracket supports, hanging rod supports, telescoping rods and more. It’s the perfect budget-friendly solution to creating a walk-in closet out of virtually any nook and cranny of your home, and assembly shouldn’t take more than a couple hours. To put it simply:I'm obsessed.
2. This hanging organizer
Taking up no more room than any other hanger on your rack, this six-shelf hanging organizer buys you more space with its thick pockets you can use to store everything from shoes to clothes of up to a total of 11 pounds. Take advantage of its smaller side pockets to store and organize accessories like belts, hats and gloves. Reviewers note how sturdy and stylish it is, while also working well for small spaces: “I really love having this in my closet and having my things organized and right where I can easily see and reach them. It is a great place to put purses or heavy sweaters. I recommend it to everyone and think everyone could get a lot of use out of it. It would be great for kids rooms and college dorms and also perfect for master closets.”
3. This shoe organizer
Shoes are a tricky thing to place in your closet, because while the goal is to line them up neatly on the ground, rushing in and out for appointments often means our shoes get scattered haphazardly. Take the extra second and a half to place them in this space-saving four-compartment shoe organizer that stacks up against the wall like any other furniture. Not to mention, it’s a lot more sanitary than grouping your shoes and clothes in the same closet space.
With a 4.7-star rating, reviewers rave over how beautiful looks and how well it functions: “I bought this knowing it would look very cute since I saw it in the store but didn't expect it to look amazing when I put it together! Which was easy as long as you don’t skip steps and pay attention to the drawing. Anyway this looks amazing and I’m obsessed with it the way it came out. I also posted on my social media story and a handful of my friends asked about it so I think I just made some sales for IKEA hahaha!”
4. This small space-friendly tower
You don’t need to be working with a ton of space to benefit from a classy closet system. Coming in three elegant finishes with adjustable shelves, this best-selling closet organizer gives you 75 inches of shelf space and 144 inches of hanging space. For a tidier look, customize it with added-on drawers (you can purchase them separately from the brand). Out of 1,200 reviewers, many claim it’s the best thing to happen to their closets: “We looked at hanging closet organizers for 2 weeks and finally stumbled across this one. We are so glad this is the one we went with!! It looks fantastic, was really easy to install, and is the perfect depth for folded clothes. HIGHLY recommended!!”
5. These durable hooks
Think about how your face lights up when you open a closet door to find hooks lining the wall (just me?). Take advantage of bare wall space and mount these matte nickel hooks that hold up to 35 pounds of weight—meaning they’ll help clear your floor of backpacks and bulky purses. With nearly 2,000 reviews, this closet organization favorite has customers singing from the proverbial mountain tops: “These hooks were just what I needed to add some extra hanging storage in my bedroom. I mounted these hooks on my door and after a month of use they have been perfect.” Others note that if you can’t find any wall studs in your closet, drilling into the drywall shouldn’t be a problem if you plan to use the hooks for lighter items like jewelry.
6. This tie hanger
Featuring a sturdy and elegant wood and steel design, this tiered tie hanger will keep your ties in great condition while also allowing you to sort through them more easily than if they were bunched up in your sock drawer. Reviewers also love it for hanging masks as well as damp clothes to dry (just be sure it’s placed in a well-ventilated area so they don’t create mildew).
7. This free-standing closet
A standalone closet is a great option if you’re renting and feel uncomfortable with or are prohibited from drilling into the wall, or plan to move homes or bedrooms soon and need something that can travel with you on the fly. Amazon’s top standalone closet with over 8,000 reviews features five shelves and two hanging rods that you can adjust in height to support longer garments.
The best part? The brand claims tools aren’t required for assembly, but clever reviewers suggest one trick: “Overall this rack amazed me. I bought it as a temporary solution while transitioning and it is still holding strong. I did not think it would hold so well but I am going to buy another. When putting it together, I would highly suggest having a second person and a rubber mallet to help you connect the poles and the plastic pieces together (unless you have very strong hands and do not might hitting them hard against the plastic).”
8. These non-slip hangers with over 30,000 reviews
What good is hanging up your clothes if they end up slipping and falling onto the floor? Enter these red carpet-level velvet hangers with notched shoulders to prevent even the most stubborn, silky blouses from getting damaged (but no need to reserve these hangers for your delicates—they support anything up to 10 pounds). Of its 31,000 reviewers, many note they’ll never go back to slippery plastic hangers: “I just received these today and already changed out my old plastic hangers for these ones for my portable closet. It did save me space and it looks more uniform instead of having different types of hangers.”
9. This hanging shoe rack
To take advantage of oft-underused door space, grab this no-assembly-required mesh shoe rack that allows your shoes (and other small belongings) to breathe. As a staple in Amazon’s recently launched Off-to-College store, it’s perfectly primed for small spaces and even smaller budgets. It easily fits up to 10 pairs of shoes and 20 pairs of sandals, and latches onto doors securely with three metal hooks. With over 5,100 ratings, the consensus is that this rack supports a surprising amount of weight given its thin mesh material.
10. These soft, protective boxes
Sometimes you don’t need an entire closet system to get your life in order, and a simple box (or six) that you can stack or slide under small spaces makes far more sense. Unlike rigid, clunky plastic boxes, these are foldable when not in use, and provide a little extra give so you can squeeze in even more of your belongings. It’s an especially wise option for storing and preserving seasonal items that you won’t need to access for months at a time. With several hundred reviews under its belt, one customer notes “The natural white has a quiet elegance and harmonizes well with my pine furniture” and “now that I have this natural canvas bin in use, I'm very pleased.”
11. This elegant hanging jewelry organizer
I’m a firm believer that if I stare at an item I love for too long, the magic fades. That’s why a hanging jewelry organizer belongs out of sight and out of mind in your closet, so you can preserve the honeymoon phase as long as possible. Designed by Massachusetts-based artist Kellsie Rees, this foot-long wooden piece can easily be drilled into the wall, and with a one-inch projection, it takes up virtually no space. With a 4.7-star rating, reviewers are surprised at how much use they’re getting not just out of the hanging compartment, but the top shelf: “This little shelf is the perfect storage solution for my necklaces and other jewelry- better than a jewelry box because all my pieces are now on display so I never forget about some of them. It looks and feels well made, and I like how the darker wood color is a bit retro.”
12. These drawer organizers
Staying organized isn’t only for the visual appeal—it helps you find your belongings faster. One five-star reviewer can confirm these drawer organizers benefited everyone in her family: “I have had these in my drawers for many years & love them! I am buying my 7th set today. They are in everyone's underwear & sock drawers. Especially helpful in my 8 yo daughter's drawers separating the tights, gym socks, peds, and long dress socks. Also helpful separating husbands black, brown & navy socks. They all look the same in the dark!” At four inches long, they expand to fit up to 18 inches of drawer space, and include rubber feet to keep them in place.
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