No matter where you live, how big your house is or how many rooms you have, you will simply never have enough closet space. Closets are like kitchen cabinets, no one ever has enough. Even huge walk-in closets can often seem smaller when they are cluttered.
One way to open up those storage spaces and make them seem bigger is to organize them. And the great part is that you really don’t need expensive closet organizers or a professional organizer to come to your home. This doesn’t only go for closets, though. You can make your life much easier by organizing every storage space in your home from closets to dressers and even under the bed storage.
We have compiled a list of 40 great DIY organizing hacks that will instantly help you to save space and time. From easier ways to get ready in the morning to ways that you can turn a small closet into a huge storage area, you can find everything you need to organize your home and your life.
Ornament Box for Storing Baby Clothes
Ornament boxes are the perfect storage solution because they take up relatively little space and they can store loads of things. If you have baby clothes that you need to organize, an ornament box is a great choice. You can roll up bibs, onesies and even blankets and store them in the sections and most sections are large enough to hold two items so you can easily sort those little outfits and match them to save time in the morning when dressing your little one.
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If you need to save space and time, taking a bit of initiative to put your weekly wardrobe together will help. Just match those outfits for the entire week and put them on hangers together. You can even put tags noting the day of the week that you plan to wear each of them, which will save you loads of time when getting ready in the mornings. Incidentally, this is a great idea for kids’ closets and will help them to save time, too.
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Whether you wear those sexy cut-off Daisy Dukes or you just have capris or regular shorts that you need to organize, you can easily store them in the closet. Just insert a ring (like the one that comes on your keychain) onto a hanging bar and then hang the shorts up by running the ring through a belt loop. Not only does this keep those shorts organized but it helps you to find them much easier than rummaging through drawers.
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T-Shirt Drawer Organization
If you (or your teenagers) tend to wear a lot of t-shirts, you may notice that they often take up a lot of space in the drawer. One great solution to this is to fold them so that they take up less space. If you fold the sleeves in and then the shirt in triples, you can get nearly three times as many in a drawer and when you stack them properly you will be able to see exactly which shirt you need so you don’t tear the drawer up looking for it.
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Wine Box Shoe Organization
Wine boxes are great for organizing your shoes. You just have to cover them with whatever type of paper or other covering you want (for décor purposes) and then add your shoes. The boxes are relatively sturdy and if you don’t drink wine, you may be able to pick up a few boxes at your local liquor store for free. You can get six pairs of flip-flops and tennis shoes type shoes in each box.
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PVC Pipe Scarf Organizer
PVC pipe is really inexpensive and is a great way to keep scarves and neckties organized. You will need to measure the height of each drawer and then just cut the pipe into the proper height. Depending on the depth of your drawer, you may be able to get several pipe organizers in there and then you just roll up your neckties and/or scarves and stick them in the pipes.
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Hanging Scarf Storage
Hangers and shower curtain hooks make the perfect solution for storing and organizing scarves. If you have room in your closet or even behind a door somewhere, you can just add the hooks to the hanger and then add your scarves. This is a great way to keep scarves from knotting and to keep them in view so that you can easily find the one you are looking for.
What better way to always know where everything is than with labels? You can print off very decorative labels and then use them to keep your drawers completely organized. Just add the labels to the appropriate drawer and then make sure that you put your things away properly. Labeling drawers helps to cut down on the time it takes to find what you need so you can be ready much faster in the morning.
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Jewelry Organizer for Scarves
Plastic boxes or jewelry organizers are great for keeping scarves, neckties, socks and other smaller items organized in drawers. Just add the boxes to your drawers and then choose the items to go inside. This is a great way to keep socks matched with their respective partners and will help you to find things much easier. This is also a great way to organize belts. Just roll them up and stick them in the boxes to keep them out of the way.
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Slide-Out Closet Drawers
For linen closets, slide-out drawers are a great way to keep contents organized. You can buy drawers on sliders at most home improvement stores – think kitchen drawers that have the same concept. Then just add towels, blankets or whatever you plan to store there to the drawers and instead of having to rummage through them to find what you need, you can simply pull out the drawer for a clear look.
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DIY Jewelry Armoire
So, if you have an old dresser that you just don’t need, you can create a beautiful jewelry armoire from it. You just have to remove the top and add a glass panel and then install jewelry organizers in the top two drawers. This gives you the rest of the dresser for clothing and other items and plenty of space to keep jewelry perfectly organized.
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An IKEA small chest of drawers, some chalkboard paint and a bit of imagination will allow you to create a beautiful desktop organizer and display. Use the chalkboard paint to label each compartment and then add pencils, flashcards or whatever you need to keep organized. This is a great idea for kids’ rooms or study areas and allows you to clearly label where everything goes so you always know where it is.
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The Ultimate Under Bed Storage
You can easily create under bed storage from bookshelves or spare strips of wood. Just build the frame with small compartments for keeping books and other items organized. Then add a lift feature to your mattress and you can easily lift the bed up to add more storage space underneath. This is a brilliant idea and a great one for smaller apartments and homes with very little closet space.
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Let Go of Old Clothing
Ok, so some people just have a harder time letting go than others. If you are someone who just can’t seem to get rid of those older clothing items, think about how much better your life would be with a little organization. Organizing experts recommend re-thinking your closets and dressers about once every six months and giving away anything that you haven’t worn during that time. You’ll have loads more space and a lot of room for a new wardrobe if you want.
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DIY Clothing Rack
If you really just don’t have enough (or any) closet space, you can build your own clothing rack with some steel pipe, scraps of wood and a few other supplies. This is a great weekend project and gives any room a really nice rustic look due to the wood and steel. You can also build this as a laundry rack to hang those delicates to dry or just add it to any room where you need a bit of extra hanging space.
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Pop Can Tab Organizers
Those little taps on soda cans are relatively useless, unless you put them to use in your closet. They are the perfect size for making great extended hanger organizers. Just slip one over a metal hanger and then use the hole in the tab to add another hanger. Voila! You can now hang twice as many hangers in one space.
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Tension Rod Shoe Organizer
Tension rods are great for all types of organizing. They are perfect for closet floors if you want an inexpensive and easy way to organize your shoes. Just add various tension rods and secure them against the walls and then add your shoes. High heels stick perfectly on the rods and they are so inexpensive that you can add as many as you need without breaking the bank.
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Tank Top Organizer
A tie hanger makes a great organizer for tank tops. If you are someone who has several tank tops or camisoles, you can use a regular tie hanger to keep those tops out of your drawers and out of the way. Just hang the hanger in the closet and add as many tops as you need to hang. The great thing is that these organizers are really cheap so you can buy several if you need them.
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Easy Tie Rack
For smaller closets, a DIY tie rack is an absolute must. If you just don’t have room on the inside of the door for a hanging tie rack, you can easily build one yourself from wooden pegs. You just attach the pegs to a strip of wood and secure it so that you can pull it out to get the tie you need. When you aren’t choosing a tie, it will lie flat against the inside wall, saving you loads of space.
Source – Instructables
Inside the Door Bookshelf
Closet storage can be found in many places and you should never overlook the inside of the door. With just a few small boards, some nails and some time, you can create a great bookshelf that is hidden by the closet and completely out of the way. This is a great project for kids’ rooms to keep games and books in or you could use it for storing other items as well.
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