It’s easy to overdo it when shopping for home organization products, especially with new products hitting the market daily. While many can help streamline your clothes and maximize your closet storage, they can also add up quickly. More importantly, if you choose something that doesn’t quite fit your space or belongings, storage supplies can quickly turn into clutter and, therefore, a waste of hard-earned money.
Before heading to the nearest store or placing an order online, consider reusing or making organizers from items you already own. Not only will this save you on a potentially unnecessary expense, but it’s also environmentally friendly. Check out the following DIY closet organizer ideas that you can create in no time.
1. Install a wall rack
Create a mini clothes rack without taking up floor space by making pipe fittings together. A few steel elbows, flanges and pipes come together to form this wall mounted coat rack. Be sure to space it far enough from the wall so you can comfortably install hangers on the rod. It’s the perfect solution for an overcrowded closet. Use the rack to hang your favorite pieces or lay out your outfits for days to come.
2. Create a gallery wall
Adhesive hooks and decorative antique knobs also work well for this DIY closet storage solution. You will need an empty wall in or near your closet, as well as accessories that require a home. Decide exactly what you want to hang, whether it’s hats, scarves, bags or a jumpsuit, then space the hooks accordingly. Once the hooks are stuck to the wall, organize your belongings by owner and frequency of use, with the most worn items at eye level.
3. Give new life to old containers
Losing lids on plastic food storage containers is a common struggle. But the next time they disappear, don’t throw away the container. Instead, place a few in a shallow drawer to sort your jewelry. Paint the rim with your favorite colors to further categorize the contents.
4. Reuse File Organizers
This DIY storage idea may be unconventional, but it will maximize every inch of storage space. Repurpose a set of vertical file folders and attach them to the inside of your closet door. Stash a few pairs of your favorite flats or flip flops inside for easy access when you’re out running.
5. Redesign a file sorter
Do you have a desktop letter sorter handy? Place one in a slightly larger basket to easily divide the container. Then place a few pairs of shoes in the compartments. Vertical dividers help keep shoes sorted and prevent them from being crushed. Be sure to take out the file sorter and shake the bin occasionally to avoid a buildup of dirt.
6. Use PVC pipes
Do you have extra PVC pipes from a recent home improvement project? Cut them to the length of the majority of your shoes and paint the plastic pipes a nice color. Secure them in a stacked formation as high or wide as needed and place the pyramid on the floor of your closet. Simply slide your shoes or slippers on with minimal effort.
7. Upgrade a Rental Closet
Hangers don’t always slide well on wire-mesh shelving closet systems. But if you’re renting or not able to remodel your closet, this storage hack can update it without making any permanent changes. Grab a shower curtain or rod and hang it from the metal shelf using snap-fastening leather straps. Not only will it look good and help your clothes slide, it’s also a snap to remove when it’s time to move.
8. Sort by style
Large closets are a storage dream, but they can sometimes make it difficult to locate all your belongings, especially if the lighting isn’t ideal. Once you’ve organized your hanging clothes into categories, such as jackets, button-ups, and t-shirts, simplify finding and storing by creating handmade divider tags. Look for downloadable label templates or create your own if you’re crafty. Be sure to clearly mark where a section begins to make mornings a breeze.
9. Plan your outfits in advance
Planning a week of outfits on Sunday can save a lot of time in your family’s routine and maybe get you some extra sleep. Reuse a hanging sweater rack and iron the first letter of each day of the week (or the whole word if there’s space) in each rack. Put away your outfits by the end of the weekend so you don’t have to think about it before Monday arrives.
10. Create a mini to-go station
If you don’t like having your entryway items near the front door, you can quickly and easily create a drop zone in your room. Take an inexpensive towel rack and attach it to the side of your dresser or the back of a bedroom closet door. Use an S-hook to hang a bucket for sunglasses, another for your set of keys, and a third for your everyday shoes so you can get ready in one place.