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How To Organize a Small Closet With Lots of Clothes

Updated on:
February 6, 2024
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Picture this: You're standing in your charming tiny home, surrounded by the things you love, but there's just one catch – your clothing and accessories seem to be playing a game of hide and seek in the limited space you have. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone.

As a tiny home enthusiast ourselves, we've faced the daunting task of fitting our not-so-tiny wardrobe into a space that feels like it shrinks a little more each day. But here's the good news – your tiny closet doesn't have to be a battleground!

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on revolutionizing the way you store your clothing and accessories in your tiny home. 

So, whether you're a tiny home veteran or just curious about downsizing your life, buckle up! We're diving into a world where space is limited, but creativity is boundless. 

Let's turn those wardrobe woes into wardrobe wows!

1. Hang Scarves and Accessories on the Wall or Door

Scarves, jewelry, and accessories are often tricky to store without them becoming a tangled mess. Our solution? Utilize the often-overlooked space on the back of doors and empty wall areas. Simple adhesive hooks or a chic pegboard can turn your accessories into a functional piece of art!

2. Vertically Fold Clothing for Better Visibility and Space Saving

A game changer for us was learning the art of vertical folding, popularized by Marie Kondo. By folding clothes into neat, upright rectangles, we can easily see everything we have and utilize drawer space more efficiently. It’s amazing how much more you can fit using this method!

3. Place Handbags on Hangers or Specialized Holders

Instead of piling your handbags in a corner, hang them on the wall or inside your closet using specialized holders or even regular hangers. This method not only saves space but also helps maintain the shape of your bags.

4. Categorize Clothing by Type or Season

Sorting clothes by type or season not only saves space but also reduces the clutter in your tiny closet. We rotate our wardrobe seasonally, storing off-season items in under-bed storage containers. This keeps our closet manageable and ensures we’re only seeing clothes we can actually wear depending on the weather.

5. Utilize Wall Space for Hanging Items like Hats, Belts, and Small Purses

In a tiny home, walls are prime real estate. Installing simple hooks or a decorative rack can create the perfect spot for hanging hats, belts, and small purses, keeping them out of the way yet easily accessible.

6. Store Belts and Ties in a Drawer or Using the Rolling Method

Rolling belts and ties is a great space-saver and prevents them from getting creased. If you have drawer space, dedicate a small section to these rolled items. If not, a small box on a shelf works just as well.

7. Add a Dresser or Closet System with Drawers Inside the Closet

If you're lucky enough to have a closet in your tiny home, maximize its potential! Adding a dresser or closet system with drawers inside allows for more organized storage and can eliminate the need for additional furniture.

8. Install a Modular Closet System for Flexible Storage Options

Modular closet systems are a godsend for tiny homes. They can be customized to fit your space and needs, offering a mix of hanging space, shelves, and drawers. Plus, their flexibility means you can easily adjust them as your wardrobe changes.

9. Separate Folded Clothes for Easy Access

One of the simplest yet effective methods we've found is categorizing and separating folded clothes. This not only keeps our wardrobe organized but also makes it easier to find what we need without rummaging through piles. Think outside the box—literally! Use small bins or baskets to separate items in drawers or on shelves.

10. Use a Variety of Storage Options like Shelving, Baskets, and Matching Hangers

Don't underestimate the power of aesthetics in organization. Using matching hangers, attractive baskets, and stylish shelving not only looks great but can motivate you to keep things tidy. A cohesive look can make a small space feel more organized and open.

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11. Add Drawer Dividers for Organized Storage

Drawer dividers are a tiny home dweller's best friend. They help keep small items like socks, underwear, and other accessories compartmentalized and easy to find. You can purchase adjustable dividers or even make your own for a custom fit.

12. Store Shoes in Baskets or Over-the-Door Organizers

Shoes can take up a lot of space, and in a tiny home, that's a luxury. Storing them in baskets under the bed or using an over-the-door organizer can keep them out of the way yet easily accessible. This approach not only saves space but also helps maintain the cleanliness of your living area.

13. Label Plastic Bins for Easy Identification

When using bins for storage, labeling them is key. This simple step can save you time and frustration when searching for specific items, especially if the bins are stored in hard-to-reach places.

14. Store Bulky Clothing on Shelves with Dividers

Bulky items like sweaters and jeans can quickly consume precious drawer space. Storing them on open shelves with dividers keeps them visible and organized. Plus, it's easier to grab what you need without disrupting the rest of your neatly folded clothes.

15. Use Color and Patterns in Storage Containers for Aesthetic Appeal

Storage solutions don't have to be dull. Choose containers with colors and patterns that match your tiny home's decor. This not only adds a personal touch to your space but also makes organizing a bit more fun.

16. Rotate Seasonal Clothing and Store Off-Season Items Elsewhere

As mentioned earlier, rotating your clothing with the seasons can significantly free up space. Store off-season items in bins or vacuum-sealed bags under the bed, in the loft, or even in a compact external storage unit.

17. Learn What to Hang and What to Fold for Efficient Use of Space

Understanding what garments to hang and what to fold can make a big difference in your space utilization. Generally, hang items that wrinkle easily or are made of delicate fabrics, and fold more durable, bulkier items.

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18. Consider an Overflow Rack or Freestanding Clothing Rack for Extra Storage

If your built-in storage is at capacity, consider a stylish overflow rack or a freestanding clothing rack. These can be especially useful for items you wear frequently, providing easy access and additional hanging space.

19. Double Your Hanging Space with a Drop-Down Bar or Layered Hangers

A drop-down hanging bar or layered hangers can significantly increase your closet's hanging capacity. This is particularly useful for items like shirts and pants, allowing you to store twice as much in the same amount of space.

20. Remove the Closet Door or Replace with a Curtain for Better Accessibility

Traditional closet doors can take up valuable space in a tiny home. Removing them or replacing them with a curtain can not only save space but also make your closet more accessible. Plus, a stylish curtain can add a splash of color or texture to your room.

21. Take Advantage of Quirky Spaces or Nooks for Additional Storage

Tiny homes often come with unique nooks and crannies. Embrace these quirky spaces by turning them into additional storage spots for your clothing and accessories. Custom shelves or hooks can make these areas both practical and visually interesting.

22. Use Internal Dividers in Drawers for Small Accessories

Keep your small accessories like jewelry, ties, and sunglasses neatly organized with internal dividers in your drawers. This not only helps in keeping these items untangled and in good condition but also makes them easy to find.

23. Make the Closet a Decorative Element with Artwork and Bold Wallpaper

Your closet doesn't have to be purely functional. Dress it up with bold wallpaper or artwork to make it a standout feature in your tiny home. This approach can turn storage into a statement piece that reflects your personal style.

24. Install Mirrors on Closet Doors for Functionality and Style

Adding mirrors to your closet doors is a smart two-in-one solution. It makes your space appear larger and brighter, while also providing a full-length view for dressing. Mirrors can add a touch of elegance and functionality to your tiny home.

25. Stay Flush with the Wall for a Sleek Look

Incorporating storage solutions that stay flush with the wall can maintain a sleek, uncluttered look in your tiny home. Recessed shelving or cabinets are great options, offering storage without protruding into your living space.

26. Hide Items Behind Glass Doors Lined with Fabric

For a stylish and slightly secretive storage solution, consider glass doors lined with fabric for your closet or cabinets. This allows you to hide clutter while adding a decorative touch. Choose a fabric that complements your home's decor for a cohesive look.

27. Use Wicker Baskets for Top Shelf Storage

Wicker baskets are not only visually appealing but also great for storing items you don’t use daily. Placed on the top shelves of your closet or wardrobe, they can hold seasonal clothing, extra linens, or accessories, keeping them dust-free and neatly tucked away.

28. Build In Custom Storage Pieces for Irregular Spaces

Custom storage solutions can be a game-changer in a tiny home. Use irregular spaces or awkward corners to build in shelves, drawers, or cabinets. This approach ensures that no space is wasted and everything fits perfectly.

29. Add Storage Under Hanging Clothes, like a Small Dresser or Shoe Rack

The space under hanging clothes is often underutilized. Adding a small dresser or shoe rack beneath your hanging garments can significantly increase your storage space without cluttering your closet.

30. Get Creative with Furniture for Additional Storage

Furniture with built-in storage can be incredibly useful in a tiny home. Think beds with drawers, ottomans with storage space, or even a couch with hidden compartments. This dual-purpose furniture keeps your space uncluttered and functional.

31. Install Additional Lighting for Better Visibility

Good lighting in your closet or storage area is essential. It not only makes it easier to find what you’re looking for but also adds a warm ambiance to your space. Consider LED strips or battery-operated lights for an easy, wire-free solution.

32. Use Modular Shelving Systems for Extra Storage and Display

Modular shelving systems are versatile and can be tailored to fit any space. Use them to create extra storage or to display some of your favorite items, adding personality and practicality to your tiny home.

33. Opt for Sliding Doors to Save Space and Ease of Access

Finally, consider sliding doors for your closet or storage areas. They save space compared to traditional hinged doors and can be a sleek, modern addition to your tiny home, enhancing both aesthetics and functionality.

Wrap-Up: Embracing the Tiny Home Wardrobe Challenge

By employing these creative storage solutions, you can make the most out of your tiny home's limited wardrobe space. Remember, living in a tiny space encourages you to think big when it comes to organization and style. 

For more tips and tricks on tiny home living, keep exploring blog. We're here to help you embrace the tiny life in style and comfort!

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