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Got a Stash Closet? Use These 5 Beautiful Organization Tricks To Make It Functional

It's time to dis-clothes what you stuffed in there, long ago.

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You’ve got guests coming in thirty minutes and your bedroom still needs some sprucing up. There’s no time to organize the piles of clothing and clutter, so you stuff them in the closet. You’ll get to them later, right? After an eventful weekend and a never-ending week, however, the clutter has settled in. Your closet has become a spot of annoyance every time you try to find something you need. The trick to getting over this hump? Use these inspirational photos of beautifully-organized closets to drum up excitement for what your closet could look like. Little by little, re-organize your stuff, and soon, you’ll have the physical space and the brain space to DIY this area of your bedroom into a mini haven. Check out these five tips to help you on your de-cluttering journey.

clutter free closet in front of hardwood floor and blue chair
Closet Maid

1) Organize towels with pretty storage bins.

wicker baskets with towels and linens inside
Best Choice Products/Amazon

Streamline extras like freshly laundered towels or linens in chic woven baskets. Why these baskets work: Woven bins don’t create or hold musty scents the way soft boxes or wooden drawers do. Plus, collapsible ones can easily be tucked away on the top shelves in a closet when not in use, nixing clutter. A set we like? The Best Choice Products Hyacinth Woven Baskets (Buy from Amazon, $69.99 for five).

2) Hangers getting clumped together? Replace them with a slim set.

white velvet hangers for closet storage
MIZGI/Amazon

Slim velvet hangers take up less space than traditional hangers, stop clothes from slipping off, and add a pop of color to your closet! For a set we like, try MIZGI Premium Velvet Hangers (Buy from Amazon, $30.95 for 50). These hangers increase closet space by as much as 50 percent, and their sturdy design means each one can hold up to 18 pounds. (Heavy pants have nothing on these hangers!)

3) Get an on-the-door rack.

over the door shoe and clothing rack
Smart Design Store/Amazon

“On-the-door storage units open up vertical closet space — and that’s valuable real estate,” says organizing expert Carrie Higgins, author of Organization Hacks. This lightweight yet sturdy rack (Buy from Amazon, $39.99) was designed for the kitchen pantry, but it provides an ideal storage space for belts, scarves, and purses. Made with alloy steel, it’s rust-resistant, and comes with wall-mounting hardware.

4) Tuck shoes into an organizer — not on the floor.

8 pair shoe and purse organizer for closet
The Container Store

“Shoe racks protect shoes from dust, allow you to see what you have and keep everything organized and off the floor,” she says. They also keep shoes from being squashed! One to try: 8-Pair Natural Shoe Organizer (Buy from the Container Store, $49.99).

5) Use bins on your shelves.

It’s time to store those winter clothes and get them out of the way, but where? As with towels and linens, wicker baskets work for these items, too. Our tip: Set them on shelves to turn top-of-the-closet chaos into stylish two-tier “drawers” for out-of-season garments. Knit sweaters and other bulky tops are still accessible yet corralled and stashed away — no more pesky clothing avalanches!

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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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