10 Tips to a Better Closet

10 Tips to a Better Closet

When I was laying out the plan for my Master Closet Makeover and looking to create a new closet space for my husband, I did a lot of homework.  That’s the fun kind where you get to dream about all the possibilities of a new space by looking through tons of pictures.  I made notes of what I liked about some of the closets that I saw so I could incorporate those ideas into my own.

After completing both new spaces, I thought it might be helpful to share what I learned along the way as well my own ideas about how to make your closet work better for you.

Here is my totally transformed Master Closet:

Closet redo using every available inch

Seeing the before will really help you appreciate this makeover!   You can see the before and how I built my closet here.

As you can see, I did my best to maximize this small space. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Now for those tips I promised…


Closet redo using every available inch

Keep a container in your closet to hold a sewing kit, a small pair of scissors, and all those extra buttons and doodads that come with your clothes. You’ll be more likely to fix that loose button or cut new tags off without using your teeth if you have these things close by.


Closet redo using every available inch

Use Bins and baskets to hide all those loose items. Bins are a no-brainer but for a more cohesive, organized feel, try to use them in groups of three or more.  Too many different styles can add to a closet’s cluttered feel.  I used two different kinds but several of each.

They don’t have to be expensive to look great.  These came from Michaels and at 50% off, I don’t think I paid more than about $8 each.  The fabric bins up top are from Target and sell for $6-$7 each.


Closet redo using every available inch

 You can maximize your closet’s storage potential by taking storage all the way to the ceiling with bins to hold items you don’t need everyday.

Keep a stool or small chair close by to reach those out of the way items.  That will make it easier for you to stick to putting things away properly.



Store shoes in clear plastic shoe storage bins with lids. I did not follow this one myself and that is the main reason I am sharing this one. (So just a pic of my favorite shoes here.) My shoes are displayed out in the open and get terribly dusty!  Like I said in my closet reveal, I don’t own a lot of beautiful shoes, but if I did that might be an investment I’d be likely to make.


Decorate your closet with things you love also!

Add personal touches.  Add some personality to your closet like photos of your kids, a fun sign, or a cherished doll from your childhood.  Something that makes you smile when you open your closet.


10 Tips to a Better Closet

Make it pretty! I see homes that are gorgeous until you open a closet and see builder grade flat white paint with a million scuff marks.  Paint it! Wallpaper it! Give it new life.  I used leftover wallpaper remnants from my master bath redo that I pieced together.  I could only come up with enough to cover a small area so I used it on the back wall on either side of the shoe shelving.

10 Tips to a Better Closet

The rest of the closet I painted with leftover paint from the master bath redo (mostly because I’m cheap).  This would be a great place to be a little bold or use really girly colors (especially if you have a house full of boys like me) because most closets can be closed off and only you know its there. 🙂


10 Tips to a Better Closet

Find a way to incorporate everything you need to get dressed in the morning into one space.  I moved all my undergarments to these baskets
in the closet and now I can jump out of the shower and the only stop I have to make is my closet for everything I need.

10 Tips to a Better Closet

It kills me now to have to get my PJs from the dresser! (Maybe  I could add just one more bin…)


10 Tips to a Better Closet

Hang your pants on top. Nothing looks messier than the bottoms of all the shirts right in your face.  Pants can be hung uniformly and all fall at about the same height which is more pleasing to the eye.

10 Tips to a Better Closet

You can also consider lowering the hanging bar in part of your closet and adding additional shelving  above it.  The tops of the hangers all hanging at the same height (just below eye level)  gives a much cleaner appearance. (Plus now you’ll have a place for those undergarments. 🙂 


10 Tips to a Better Closet

Use all the same hangers!  I used to jump at the chance to keep my hangers when the sales woman offered them because, hey, free hangers, right?  I also used to be sucked in by beautiful colored hangers. I had three shades of pink, coral, white, all such pretty colors. However, they looked sloppy and mismatched. I finally changed them out for new hangers and now they are all the same and make a huge difference!

These ones are super slim so I can pack a lot more into my closet and the velvety coating prevents garments from slipping off!

10 Tips to a Better Closet

You don’t even have to spend that much. I replaced all my husband’s hangers with these plastic ones from Target.  At $2.99 for a pack of 18, it’s was really inexpensive. Using all the same color  looks so neat and orderly.


Finally, kick your honey out! I mean keep your man, just kick him out of your closet.  BUT make sure he has somewhere else to go first!  (And you might want to do it when he’s out of town ask his permission first!)  After all, how can you make it the girly closet of your dreams if Prince Charming is taking up half of  it?


Not all of these suggestions may work in your situation, but hopefully there’s something in there you can use.

I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have!

You can see before photos and how I built my closet here:

This how-to will help you create a closet you love!





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  1. great tips (and a beautiful closet)! I have a long way to go, but you’re inspiring me to get started making some changes!

  2. Great tips! I wish I had as much room as you do – my closet is quite small! It is looking fairly tidy at the moment but the but the linen closet is in need of a serious overhaul! Thanks for the lovely message you left on my blog 🙂

  3. I will be making over my walk in closet this summer so I’ve been compiling *clears throat….hoarding….closet ideas & inspiration. I love your list because there really are some good tips on here & even a few I never would have thought of. I totally heart the idea of keeping a little ‘sewing kit’ handy! Pinned & I will definitely be referring back to it come makeover time. Thanks for sharing what’s worked for you!

    • I’m glad you found a few tips that you can use! I totally enjoyed redoing my closet…it’s your most personal space and you can design it any way you want! Thanks for commenting, Stacey:)

  4. I absolutely love your closet! we just purchased a new house but have a very small walk in closet…I would like to know where I can buy shelfing like yours to put in my closet to create space for drawers, baskets and organizers! Love love love your space!

    • Thanks! I purchased 1’x 8’x 3/4″ pine boards from Home Depot for the shelves. I primed, painted, then cut each to the lengths I needed. I drew my plan out on graph paper first, so I would know what I needed to buy. If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to answer:) Good luck!

  5. How do you feel about the Ikea shelving system? they are a bit expensive — but they do have shelving that you can add with drawers etc.

    • Unfortunately, the closest Ikea to me is about three hours away so I’m not familiar with that system. I cut mine to fit because my space was really tight and I wanted to use every inch of it. Plus I’m cheap ha ha! I have used other closet systems before and have been very happy with them. That might be the perfect solution for you. Let me know what you decide or if you have any other questions:)

  6. sorry, last question…i dont want to take too much of your time…. we currently have two big closets but are moving into a new home that unforunately has one closet thats not very large….so my husbands stuff will be in there as well was mine! we also dont have much space in our room for dressers, that means all of our cardigans and sweaters, sweat pants that we wear around the house all goes into this closet so i really need to measure all that i have…. to make sure i have exact space to hold everything…is there a system that you used to see everything you have and build shelvign accordingly? for example…. did you measure your clothes length etc…any notes that you have that you can send me would be great! my email address is kaur12901@yahoo.com

    Thank you again for all your help and i absolutely love your blog!!

    • Renee in Michigan says

      I LOVE your closet(s) and want to do the same to mine(build my own shelves and customize it to my space) I have the same question , how did you decide on dimensions for you hanging areas vs shoes vs. shelves for baskets? Did you decide on baskets first and took those dimensions? I have a modest size walk in closet that I will share with the hubby and want to maximize the space. Thanks for the inspiration and any help. Off to look for my graph paper do make up a sketch of the closet 😉

      • Oh girl, I get so excited when people tell me they’re starting a closet redo…this is such a satisfying project! I found my baskets first, then made the shelves to fit. I drew every detail out on my graph paper first. Make one square = to one square foot to get a drawing that’s accurate in size. Ar for knowing what to put where, I just sat in there for awhile imagining how I could do it. Then I just held up pants and got an estimate of space. (You know I like them hanging up top..so much neater) and I did the same for shirts. I left just enough space at the top to add the fabric bins. They store all kinds of things from yearbooks to Halloween costumes!
        I’d be glad to answer any other questions you have along the way! Good luck! 🙂

  7. I love these tips, especially the one about kicking the husband out of the closet. I totally agree with getting uniform hangers. My husband has nice matching hangers for his dress shirts and it makes the closet look so much nicer. Stopping by from House of Rose.

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  9. These are handy tips. Your closet looks organized and easy to navigate. My closet is a bit smaller, but I think I can make these tips work for me as well.

  10. my closet is a priority this week, and yours is awesome! I agree with everything you’ve said and done, especially about “eye clutter”, but my question is…”How do you keep it that way?” Last year I organized everything by color in their categories, pants, tops etc. but after a few weeks I would get lazy putting laundry away and it was all mixed up in no time! Do you have any tips about maintaining? Thanks!

    • Hi Jenna! I have found that even when I don’t put everything back exactly where it belongs, because of the height of the hangers (below eye-level) it appears neat. All the hangers are all aligned neatly. Having matching hangers if possible really helps too. Only my pants are hung higher. All the work to create my closet is huge incentive to put things back where they belong. My problem is the pile that accumulates on my little stool 🙂

  11. I love this! I know it’s a year later haha but I’m currently redoing our master closet, and I stumbled across this post and fell in love. Thanks for even more inspiration!
    xx Caitlin

  12. Beautiful closet and great tips! A very timely post too as I’m thinking of updating my closet AGAIN!

  13. What a fabulous job you did! New year, new closet idea. And the sewing kit idea – so simple and genius. Thank you for sharing!


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