Small Closet Organization Ideas

Small Closet Organization Ideas

Small Closet Organization Ideas

For years I used the shoe cabinet that came with the house or one that I could put over my door. Finally, I got smart and ordered these racks from Wayfair. I stacked four racks together and secured them to the wall. I love to look at my shoe collection now. It's kind of old, in need of an update and I didn't love the space but it was home enough. It was a closet. Nothing special. As I have gotten more into fashion blogging this past year, I wanted my closet to look better. Just because the space is utilitarian, that doesn't it has to look or feel that way. I needed some organization and style and while there is not much to work with in this closet, I do love the results. Here are Small Closet Organization Ideas.

Small Closet Organization Ideas

Small Closet Organization Ideas

Get organized.

Getting organized is pretty crucial to any upgrade of your closet. I took the time to go through all of my clothes. Be honest with yourself about what you will wear and won't wear. There is nothing worse than an overstuffed closet where you cannot find anything. Getting rid of things makes it much easier to organize and my closet needed some work. Our house was built in 1968 and everything is still original. It's a mid-century modern in need of a facelift but we sure do love it. There isn't a DIY we won't tackle except plumbing and electrical.

I organized the closet with shoes in the middle, shirts, and pants on one side over each other, and then outerwear, sweatshirts, sweaters plus anything long on the other side. I have suitcases and bags on top shelves. I went through everything twice. I kept about 2/3 and have the rest ready to sell or donate. I also went through shoes and handbags to do the same thing. I was able to donate several business suits, pairs of shoes, and other accessories to a local jobs program for women. This made it much easier to get rid of things.

Small Closet Organization IdeasBuy a better shoe rack.

For years I used the shoe rack that came with the house or one that I could put over my door. Finally, I got smart and ordered these racks from Wayfair. I stacked four racks together and secured them to the wall. I love to look at my shoe collection now. The Rebrilliant Utility 3-Tier 9 Pair Stackable Shoe Rack is tied for my favorite. My next fave is the rug below.

Small Closet Organization Ideas Small Closet Organization Ideas Small Closet Organization IdeasSmall Closet Organization IdeasAdd a rug.

Seriously. I cannot believe that I didn't think of this before. As soon as this rug arrived, I placed it down on the floor and then sat down on it for a few minutes. The plush softness makes me want to stand there barefoot which I do almost every day. It just feels so good that my youngest tried to do a few snow angels on it. The rug makes the closet feel different. A little cozier and way more feminine along with the paint, the Home Dynamix ELLE Decor Collection accent rug instantly upgraded my closet. Wayfair has tons of plush rugs available in various sizes and colors.

Small Closet Organization Ideas


I painted one accent wall just to add a little color and make it look a little better in there or at least a little more colorful. I chose the same teal we used in our master bathroom which I love because it is so bright. I painted one coat and let it dry overnight. I painted another coat the next day and waited one more night.

Small Closet Organization Ideas

Streamline your hangers.

I cannot believe how many broken, cracked, or even rusty hangers I threw away when organizing my closet. I had so many different types of hangers that nothing hung the right way in my closet. These Zober Non-Slip Suit Hangers come in packs of 50. Using these hangers gives you more room in your closet because they fit so closely together.

Small Closet Organization Ideas Small Closet Organization IdeasI am thrilled with how the closet turned out. It looks great. Everything is organized and easy to find. I don't lose things and it is much easier to style outfits. We hope that this Small Closet Organization Ideas post inspires you. Happy organizing!

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  1. These are great tips. The very first thing to do for your closet is organize it. Once you take out all the stuff you don’t wear, you might find that you’re not in as bad a shape as you thought!

  2. I need to put all of these tips into effect. It currently looks like there was a department store explosion in my closet!

  3. I just went through mine last night! I tend to organize each time the season changes.
    I wish I had a walk in like you do but I do not.
    I took out things I did not wear at all first, then what no longer fits.
    I have a donation pile now and a pile to put away till next Spring and Summer.
    I also gave my daughter some things as well.
    I love the idea of painting! I think a light background is nice to make our clothing easier to stand out and thus see!
    Thanks for the tips!

  4. Love the tips that you have here! I really should start reorganizing my closet! The last time I did was earlier this year, I’ve given away so many clothes but there’s still more that needs fixing!

  5. We added a ton of space to our closets when we moved in, by putting in more shelving. It is nice to be able to store lots of stuff in it! Your closet is such a nice space, both useful and pretty!

  6. Kathy

    These are all great ideas. I know I need to organize my closet better. I’m sure if I did I could get more stuff in there.

  7. I wish that our closets were a bit bigger because they are a hot mess. WE don’t really have any way to organize it any better though.

  8. A better shoe rack is on my Christmas list. I need one so bad instead of just chucking my shoes in the closet floor, ha!

  9. I seriously need to just organize my closet. I’m terrible about keeping it together.

  10. These are great ways to upgrade your closet space! If ours were a bit bigger they would be so much more functional.

  11. Erin F

    OMG I Love these tips!! Your closet reminds me of one from MTV Cribs – especially with that fluffy rug and stool! Oh and those SHOES!! Gorgeous!!

    Oh, and lastly, a good shoe rack is a must! I have a cheap-o one and the stupid thing comes apart constantly. So annoying – time for a new one!

  12. Awesome tips! I probably need a show rack like yours. I love that rug. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I live in a super small apartment in NYC as a single with no kids. You can’t even walk into it, it’s that SMALL. And it is so full I am afraid to open it and find out what might fall out!

  14. Leigh Borders

    I would definitely love to upgrade my closet. Got a lot of stuff in there and it looks so on organized. Found some great tips here!

  15. robin rue

    My closet is definitely not big enough, so I could use more space for sure. I definitely need to get more organized.

  16. Pam

    Those shoe racks are really nice. I need one or more for my closet!

  17. These are great ideas! We have lived in our house for almost 2 years, and I have a great walk in closet, it just needs some work. A little paint and a new rug would really make it look better. I definitely need to get one of those shoe racks! That would be perfect for all of my shoes.

  18. Ugh. I need to go through my closet and organize it. I seriously need a new show rack. This rack has so much room for all my shoes!

  19. I totally need to get my closet organized. Lord have mercy, it will be a lot of work. Great tips!

  20. Brianne

    I so need to do this right now. And organizing is definitely first for me! 

  21. I need to organize my closet too. I have stuff everywhere and it’s such a mess.

  22. Love fixing up the closet especially since it’s one that tends to be overlooked in the house. I think you did an amazing job organizing yours! It’s about time I did this as well.

  23. Dogvills

    Thanks for the tips. I do organize my closet and try to get rid of clothes that no longer fit, but sometimes I find it hard to let go of some because of a sentimental reason. I will have to be firm if I want my closet to look as organized as yours.

  24. These are really great tips! Will definitely try this in my closet!

  25. Rosey

    I am all about a nice way to get my shoes organized. If they’re not they take up too much room and they look so messy!

  26. Kiwi

    I want a whole new wardrobe to upgrade my closet. Your closet looks fantastic!

  27. These are all such great tips! I need to bookmark this and put all of these into effect. My closet is atrocious.

  28. You can come and organize my closet anytime. It is a mess right now I can definitely use somebody’s here that knows what they’re doing. There is a lot of wonderful tips here.

  29. Lisa Bristol

    I would love to have a closet like this. I need to go through all my clothes donate what I haven’t worn in the last year and organize everything. I will have to make a plan to get it done this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. Amy

    Now that I have a huge walk in closet that is like a bedroom., I have been thinking of ways to spruce it up. BTW, them heels are HUGE! I would kill myself in them- kudos to you!

  31. I went from a teeny tiny closet to a huge one. What a difference! Only thing is that since I can fit more in it, it needs more organizing. These tips are a great help.

  32. A good shoe rack could be a good idea for us. Our closet is fairly large but it doesn’t currently have a space for shoes.

  33. These are great ideas! I so agree that the right hangers can make such a big difference. It’s something so little and yet, so important to your clothing.

  34. These are all great ideas for a closet upgrade. I need to start with step 1 and get more organized. My closet falls into the disorganized category… 😉

  35. Organizing your closet really does make a huge difference. I need to get one of those shoe racks like the one pictured in your post instead of heaping my shoes in a pile on the floor of my closet.

  36. These tips are great. I love organized spaces.

  37. Oh…love these tips! My closet could use a serious upgrade. I’ll have to work on this after the holidays. 

  38. I really need to upgrade my closet. I like the rug. It gives it a more cozy feel.

  39. Allison

    These are great ideas! We just purged everything out of our hall closet this past weekend and a shoe rack is the next thing I need to get for total closet organization – it’s amazing how far a little purging goes!

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