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4 Ways to Maximize Closet Storage on a Budget

Plus, our favorite storage must-haves.


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Say so-long to clothing piles and jewelry tangles! Here, pro organizer Sara Pedersen of shares tips to maximize closet storage and organize your space fast!

Divide and Conquer

“When our personal spaces, especially our closets, are organized, they can be a source of calmness and inspiration,” says Pedersen. “But you don’t need to invest in a pricey renovation to get the job done.” Her advice: Divide and conquer! “Designate a ‘home’ for each piece of clothing.” Here, all pants are folded on one shelf, and specific rods are dedicated to blouses and dresses. For a custom built-in look, tuck a slim bookcase into the closet, then hang a double-rod on one side of it. “Easy tweaks like this maximize your space!”

Set Up a Vignette

“I love the idea of carving out one shelf for stowing accessories and little things that make you happy,” says Pedersen. She suggests placing picture frames filled with treasured photos next to jewelry organizers, makeup, a mirror and an iPod dock. “This looks stylish and makes getting ready fun!”

Add Pops of Color

We spend time digging in our closets each day, so making everything simple to navigate is key, says Pedersen. “Painting the interior of your closet a pretty shade, like sky blue, makes clothes easier to find.” Her other low-cost ideas: Press stick-on wallpaper to the interiors of cubbies or add colorful bins and baskets to conceal clutter or stash away out-of-season clothing.

Store Even More

“Whether your closet is large or small, there’s always untapped real estate to be used,” assures Pedersen. “Make sure you’re utilizing all your vertical space — hang shoe racks behind doors and store lesser-used items on the top shelf.” Also smart: Hang a few hooks on the interior side walls of the closet. “Hooks have the power to neatly store scarves, belts or even long necklaces.”

Our Picks:

Yellow Pavel Banded Basket

Sort odds and ends
Pavel banded bracelet

$24, Wayfair

Stash handbags, belts and more in this sunny yellow catchall.

Framed Necklace Hooks Jewelry Stand

showcase accessories
Framed necklace hook

$49.99, Wayfair

Nix necklace tangles by hanging jewelry on this chic frame organizer.

Honey Can Do Drawer Organizer

neatly stowe socks

$12.34, Amazon

Keep socks neatly paired in a honeycomb-shaped drawer organizer.

Zober Non-Slip Velvet Hangers

cure hanger chaos

$21.99 for 50-pack, Amazon

Slim velvet hangers take up less space and add a perky pop of color.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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