How to Create and Organize Your Dream Closet

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Your closet is one place you visit every single day, so whether it’s tiny or palatial, it should make you happy. 

So first things first: Clean it out! What is the point of storing and organizing items you no longer wear, want, or use? Follow this handy guide to cleaning out your closet, and then let’s get organizing!

Find a system that works for you.

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Whether you are working with a walk-in closet, a dresser and shallow closet, an armoire, or some other combination thereof, determine the best way to store your clothing, shoes, and accessories. Two common solutions: by color and by item type. I’m a big fan of the latter, as it easily allows you to see all your options when choosing an outfit and getting ready in the morning.

For example, hang items such as dresses, skirts, and button-downs. Drawers and dressers are great for pants and t-shirts, and always fold sweaters (hanging will stretch them!). Use your dresser top or shelves to display accessories and jewelry. IKEA Billy bookcases are wonderful for storing both accessories and shoes, and are budget-friendly to boot.

Keep items accessible.

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Chances are, you bought your clothes because you think they’re pretty, so put them on display! Plus, keeping them visible and easily accessible prevents you from forgetting about (and therefore not wearing!) everything in your closet. Try clear (or clearly-labeled) bins and baskets for items like scarves and small bags. Rotate out seasonal items, as well: Sweaters can go into hidden storage during warmer months. Making sure you can see and thus grab everything will make it much easier to get ready in the morning.   

Make it pretty and personal.

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In practical terms, look for storage solutions to help you organize your space, like shoe racks, jewelry towers, and more. And this is where it really gets fun! Try wallpapering the back of a bookcase for a pop of personalization and color or display a piece of art that makes you smile while you get dressed.

Lighting is very super important. You want to be able to see all the cute stuff in your closet! If you’ve got a walk-in, make sure the overhead lighting is adequate. In smaller spaces, clip-on lamps and LED lights for shelves can be lifesavers (check Target, The Container Store, and IKEA). Adding mirrors where possible will expand light and, of course, let you check out your outfit.

Finally, spruce it up! Huggable hangers are incredibly luxe and will double your hanging space. Throw a plush rug down, and if you have the space, you might even consider creating a small nook with a chair to ponder all the wonderful outfits you can create. (It’s also a great place to sit and put on shoes.)

Short on space? No worries!

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Even the smallest of studios can have a glamorous, organized closet. You just have to be a bit more creative! Hanging racks can be quite pretty and practical, and even serve as room decor when you feature your prettiest items. This hanging corner bar from CB2 is perfect for small spaces. Also, a petite chest of drawers underneath would make for a nice little dressing corner. No closet space whatsoever? Try these eight solutions.

What do you think? Do you have any other tips for creating a dream closet space?

  • Lindsey

    Love this article. I just moved into a new apartment and this is just what I needed to read! I am feeling so inspired to organize my closet, I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie

    Love this! I recently cleaned out and renovated my closet. One tip – a soft rug, a small place to sit and some picture frames if space permits!
    I just did a blog post on this!
    Katie with

  • Helen Harm

    This article was so great! Honestly, I just love photos or perfectly manicured closets. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Helen @

  • Shoshana

    Love your blog! Still creating my dream closet in my mind, but in the meantime, it is so inspiring to see a practical article on how to improve my current space!
    Xo, Shoshana

  • Shoshana

    Love your blog! Still creating my dream closet in my mind, but in the meantime, it is so inspiring to see a practical article on how to improve my current space!
    Xo, Shoshana

  • Love all these ideas! And couldn’t agree more with lighting – you really want to see what’s hanging in your closet. {wink} I rotate seasonal items by putting them into one of my suitcases. Fortunately we have a spare room so I’m able to pack it away in there but you could always put in the shelf of your closet if you have space. Thanks for the tips! x

    Chloe –

  • My closet is a mess. It must be because I have recently found a dress I bought a year ago, put it on the bottom of a big dresses pile and completely forgot it existed… 😉

  • Maria Tarar

    Can I just pay someone to do this for me. Looks fantastic!

  • Miss Pippi

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cheers to an organized and pretty closet. Happy Nesting!

  • Samantha

    These closets are what dreams are made of! 🙂 So amazing and I am drawing up my dream closet as I type this… Thanks for the awesome post!

  • Maryn

    In the ‘Make It Pretty & Personal’ section, there is a gold geometric pendant light in the photo. Do you know where I can find that light fixture?
    Thank you in advance!

  • Leslee Soudrette

    I wish someone would put links to some of these organizers. I’d love to know where the glass heads are from for hats. I’ve only found cheap styrofoam ones.