How To Organize A Small Closet on a Budget, According to Pinterest Experts

Organizing your closet can feel like a hopeless task, especially if it happens to be tiny. If you’re looking for ideas on how to organize a small closet, thankfully, websites like Pinterest offer tons of resources to field your questions. But, when there are sooo many ideas available on one platform, it can be hard to know which organizing methods are really worth it.

With that in mind, we decided to get some answers straight from the experts at Pinterest. Teen Vogue spoke with Larkin Brown, Pinterest’s user researcher and in-house stylist, to find out the small closet organization ideas she would recommend — and she had plenty of wisdom to share.

“With people spending so much time at home, we are seeing more and more people turn to Pinterest for ways to get organized,” Brown explains. When it comes to small closets, she advises making the most of what you have. “For those of us with small closets, the key is to maximize vertical space,” Brown says. “Using bins to stack out-of-season sweaters and over-the-door compartments to store purses are just some of the ways Pinners are making use of their full closets.”

Given that we’re all stuck at home right now, spring cleaning seems to be a topic on many people’s minds. According to representatives at Pinterest, the site has seen searches for “DIY organizing ideas” increase 130 times over the past two weeks. But it’s about more than just the simple act of cleaning at the moment. “Tidying up our spaces helps our homes not only look better but be a place that fosters calm during uncertain times,” says Brown.

If you don’t know how to organize a small closet, below we’ve compiled some of the best affordable ways from Brown’s tips. Though they won’t magically transform yours into a walk-in closet, you’ll be surprised how much space you create just by making a few budget-friendly switches.

Invest in Sweater Bins

Brown says that using bins to store bulky garments like sweaters is a great way to increase closet space. These gold wire baskets from CB2 can store your chunky knits without hiding them, making it infinitely easier to find what you’re looking for if you decide to wear one. They are available in square and rectangular shapes, and in small and large sizes. The baskets’ handle slots are also super helpful for easily accessing them, especially if they’re stacked on a high shelf.

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Try These Shoe Stacking Hacks

In the spirit of spring cleaning, “shoe stacking hacks” is a top-trending Pin right now. Give the craze a whirl with a set of drop-front shoe boxes. Though just as tidy as traditional bins, they eliminate the hassle of having to unstack boxes to access your kicks. We love this case of six drop-front shoe boxes from the Container Store. Bonus point? The clear windows and design that can accommodate taller shoes .

Or, you can also purchase a classic shoe rack. This one from Amazon features three rows that can store up to 12 pairs of shoes, and it’s made of sturdy metal covered in a fashionable dark wood resin. At just 19 inches tall and 27 inches wide, it’s sure to fit inside even the smallest closet. Pro tip: Place tall boots on the top rack to free up precious storage space.

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Small Drop-Front Shoe Box Case of 6

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Consider Closet Door Purse Storage

According to Brown, many Pinterest users looking for small closet ideas opt for over-the-door compartments to store their bags. This Umbra Estique organizer can be easily hung over your closet door. Its 14 hooks are capable of holding the purses, tote bags, and backpacks that clutter your closet floor. At just $20, it’s a pretty affordable way to streamline your closet.

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Use a Step Stool

When you’re making the most of the vertical storage space in your closet, it can be hard to access some items. A sturdy step stool completely eliminates that problem. This one by Kikkerland is small, foldable, and boasts an anti-skid bottom and slip-resistant pads on its base. It’s stylish and only $15. If you’d prefer to splurge, this stylish two-step wooden step stool from Etsy seller CarriageHouseCreek is a great way to go, and it comes in tons of colors and stains!

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Try the FlyLady Cleaning Schedule

The FlyLady crisis cleaning method is super popular on Pinterest right now. Brown says searches for “FlyLady cleaning schedule” have increased by 40 percent in recent weeks. Hype aside, it’s a great strategy for tidying up without stressing yourself out. Marla Cilley, the founder of FlyLady, advocates cleaning specific areas of the home in 15-minute increments. Set a timer for 15 minutes to clean your closet. When you’re done, reset the timer for another 15 to clean a different area of your home. Return to the closet for another 15-minute interval, followed by a break of the same length. Repeat the process until you’re satisfied with the results!

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Optimize Hanging Space

Because small closets tend to have short clothing rods, hanging all your clothes might be the hardest part of the reorganizing struggle. That’s where space-saving hangers come in handy. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they all share the common goal of optimizing hanging space in even the tiniest closets. This 8-pack of hanger organizers from Amazon allows you to hang as many garments as you want while taking up a fraction of the space you would with a traditional hanging system.

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Add Some Stylish Touches

Just because a closet is small it doesn’t mean it can’t be cute. Take a cue from Pinterest and DIY a few accents for yours — whether in the form of closet door decorations or customized clothing hangers. If crafting isn’t your thing, check out Anthropologie’s Home section. It’s the holy grail for stylish organizing tools, like this ladder storage rack that is skinny enough to prop against nearly any closet wall and this vintage-inspired hanger that’s too pretty to hide with clothes, but could totally be used to hold belts!

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