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How I Organized My Closet, Cheap and Decluttered.

Updated on March 10, 2018

My Messy Closet How I Organized It.

I was cleaning my closet today. What a mess it wouldn't be so bad if I would just get rid of half of it. I never go anywhere often so why do I have all these clothes. I need to organize and declutter this closet without it costing me a fortune. This is how I did it cheaply. The pile you see is heading for Goodwill. Getting rid of clutter will help you get organized. The example I was looking for my hair products in my bathroom closet. There were items in there from 1999. I pulled the trash into the bathroom and started throwing away. It is not good to keep products that long.

My closet is pretty good size. It was once a half part of a porch. It has a window and enough room to leave the ironing board up. The closet doesn't have the expensive organizers. They cost too much money and they don't seem to have enough hanging space. I'm not going to spend that kind of money for something that is not going to work in my closet. If you want to get your closet organized cheap, then buy cheap cabinets like the black one below.

In this closet, I have to put our winter and summer clothes. Everyday clothes and my husband’s work clothes. I have some of my sheets and pillow cases in the closet. There’s purses, shoes, and boxes full of photos and jackets.

It's so cold here we have many jackets. There's heavy jackets, medium jackets, and light jackets. Never without a jacket if you're not wearing it you need to, at least, have one in the car when you go someplace. Weather can change on a dime here.

I’m trying to get it organized. I wish I could pack away winter clothes and then pull them out later, but it just doesn't work for me to do that. I would pack away and winter would be here before I knew it. We're into almost June and it's 58 outside. We get cold enough days here to need a long sleeve shirt or a sweater.

Here’s the problem with hangers in the closet. Plastic hangers come in all different shapes, some are heavier and some hang lower. If you're using plastic buy the same kind and same color so the closet will look better. This will make the closet look organized. I have been buying some wood hangers. I buy a box here and there, the boxes of hangers in Walmart are $12.95 a box of 20. I looked online in Walmart and they're about $24.00 a box. I don't know why there's a difference. I have found that there are suit hangers and flat wood hangers. The suit hangers work the best, but they have to turn a certain way. There's a little dip in the front of the hanger. They need to fit into that dip. The clothes seem to stay on the suit hangers better than the flat wood hangers. Once they're placed the right way, they back right into each other just perfect. They do take up a little more space than the plastic hangers. They also don't smash the clothes together like the plastic. If you have a small closet and lots of clothes the wood hangers may not work the best for you. You can buy hangers called slimline at Bed Bath and Beyond. They will fit better into a small closet about $29.95 for 50 counts they are velvet covered. The items won't slip off like they do on plastic hangers.

Hangers | Source
Hanger | Source
What a Mess
What a Mess | Source
Wood Hangers
Wood Hangers | Source
Wood Hangers in a Line
Wood Hangers in a Line | Source

Reasons To Declutter:

The item is too big or too small

It's just old and out of style

It's torn or has a stain on it

You have way to many of this type of clothing (T-shirts)

Takes Time To Get Organized

It takes awhile but it will be worth it, in the end, to see your closet all clean. After the closet is clean I still find things to get rid. If you have room keep a box or basket in the closet to put things in you want to go to Goodwill or the resale shop. There many places where you can donate them.

Now just to keep the cats out and keep my clothes from getting hairs on them, that's a trick I haven't figured out yet. Levi Jones was watching me the whole time. My computer is right outside my closet and that's where he laid so he can peek in the closet.

Like I said, in the beginning, I have my ironing board in my closet. The ironing board cover has a pocket I keep baby powder a toothbrush and sticky roller for cat hair in the pocket. On the ironing board, I keep the iron, an iron pad and a bottle of water. If you want to find out what I do with the baby powder check out my hub.

Homemaker, Housewife, Mother, How To Fixes.

Use what you have in the house. Rework your baskets or plastic containers for your closet. I have often seen wire closet racks at yard sales. You're going to have people in your closet often. At least, if you do it will be neat and you will be able to find everything. Go over it once a month to keep it that way.

If you have to buy a container buy the type you can see through it helps if you don't have to guess what is in the container.

If you don't iron clothes right away you will need a basket for the ironing. My Mom used to sprinkle her ironing, roll each item up and place in a bag. Then she put them in the freezer until she could get to them. That is not something I would do now, but I did do that with our clothes when the kids were all home.

When you buy a new item to add to the closet take at least 2 old items out and give to a charity. That will stop the closet from building up again and will force you to make a decision to get rid of more junk. When you decluttering the closet get rid of things you've had for years. Why keep them, they may never fit again and by the time they come back in style you will be too old to wear the style.

Two hanging shelves.
Two hanging shelves. | Source
picture boxes
picture boxes | Source
disorganized purses and totes.
disorganized purses and totes. | Source
organized purses.
organized purses. | Source
hanging pants
hanging pants | Source
Shelf for jeans.
Shelf for jeans. | Source
plastic shoe boxes.
plastic shoe boxes. | Source
Make your own box cheap
Make your own box cheap | Source
Shelfs for shoes in your closet.
Shelfs for shoes in your closet. | Source

Organize Your Hanging Clothes.

The first thing you should do when organizing your closet is to empty it and vacuum and dust the closet. If it's too inconvenient to empty the whole closet work around the hanging clothes. At least, empty the floor. Closets can get dusty even the top of the hangers will get dust on them.

When you hang your clothes run your arm between the items and straight to the back of each item and down. This will keep the item from wrinkling. Hang your clothes as colored coded as you can put white with white and black with black and so on. It will look neat and more relaxing.

We hang one hanging shelf above another. My husband's things are on the top and mine below.

I have lots of white t-shirts and I had them hanging. Today I took them down and realized I could just fold them and put them on the shelf. I also did that with the black ones.

Hang long sleeved clothes with long sleeve and short sleeve with short sleeve. Pants should together and tops put to together. If you hang pants in among your shirts you will always be losing items you would like to wear.

We put in extra shelf’s above some of our hanging rods so we could stack items on there. If you're planning on changing your closet, you can put on wire racks or use rods with a shelf above. Don't waste space if you can run shelves all the way up the wall if you have taller walls. We don't have that in this closet, it has a slanted roof.

My purses I sat on the shelf. I had them hanging on a hanger and it just wasn't working.

The black shelf with jeans and sweat pants on it is the shelf we bought at Walmart. I think it was about $30.00, it holds a lot. The pants to the side are wire shelves we put low and I hang pants on this rack. On the top folded pajamas, t-shirts, and throws.

We also use our closet door to hang robes on. Place baskets in the closet for flip flops and for slippers. Just slide the baskets under the clothes. They're not high enough to interfere with the clothes.

Men have:


heavy lined jeans




sweat pants

That’s about all men have. Some men have suits. My husband doesn't. I never get rid of any of his clothes. I just move them onto the work clothes rack when I think they don't look good anymore or he uses them for rags.

Women have:


Casual pants

Dress pants









Shelves to put shoes on for the closets

We have shelves on the floor for shoes. Shoes can be stuck under the shelf and shoes put on top of the shelf. I also bought the plastic shoe boxes to put my shoes in and a cube box for shoes. The plastic boxes are good for shoes you don't wear often, keeps them dust free. If you don't want to spend money on plastic boxes than keep shoe boxes. Take a picture of the shoes, print it and tape to the shoe box and put that pair of shoes in that box. I keep shoe boxes anyway because they are made so well. Great for storing anything. You pay good money to buy a box made that well.

I end up with lots of house slippers. The kids and my husband get them for me and if I see a good pair I buy them. That is all I wear in the house. Place a basket on the floor to throw all your slippers in and a basket for flip flops.

I also love pretty boxes to keep photos or other items in them. They go on sale often at places like Jo Ann's. They look much better than plastic containers. If you're like me I have to keep extra things in my closet because it's pretty much my one and only closet.

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Slipper or Flip Flop Basket to slip under clothes

Basket for Slippers
Basket for Slippers | Source
Levi Jones
Levi Jones | Source

Special Spot

If you can fix a place in your closet or just outside the closet to put your outfit for work the next day then do that. It saves time to put the outfit you're going to wear to work in that special spot. I place skirt, shirt and shoes altogether. I even place my jewelry a necklace or bracelet around the neck of the hanger for the next day. You won't be running around in the morning looking for something to wear.

Today I went in Kohl's big sale, Kohl's cash and I had coupons. I needed some summer tops. I bought 4 so I went in my closet and I took 8 items out for charity. One was a shirt I hate to see on my husband so I figured it was a good time to get rid of it.

I just cleaned my closet and organized it so you would think I wouldn't have anything to take out. I hoard when I shouldn't. Now if I don't want to get rid of anything else I guess I won't be doing any more shopping this year. This is just another cheap way to get it organized. It won't cost you a penny to get rid of more clothes.

Smaller Home 2017.

I have now moved into a very small home With small clostes and not many of them. I had some round paper clips I had not used for years. I added them to my hangers. I was able to hang double the number of clothes in the closet.

Soda can tabs can be used instead. You could use as many as three or more. They cost nothing.

Small closets.
Small closets.
Soda can tabs.
Soda can tabs.
Round paper clips.
Round paper clips.
Two hangers to a tab.
Two hangers to a tab.

© 2012 moonlake


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