We put the closet organization pros at The Container Store up to quite the challenge. As experts in their field for the past 36+ years, they shared their strategies to quickly and effectively whip a closet into shape. Since the tidy team knows the ins and outs about wardrobe organizing, it’s no surprise their tips are guaranteed gold.

Step 1: Inventory Check

“Start by taking a quick inventory. Begin by noting everything you would like to store in your closet. This includes hanging and folded clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, and miscellaneous items, such as sporting equipment, luggage, gift wrap, etc. Get rid of anything that really doesn’t belong in the closet. Move these items to another area of the home, donate them to a local shelter, or sell them in a garage sale. If you need help with this, ask yourself the following questions: Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose?” — experts at The Container Store

Step 2: Seasons Check


“If possible, move out-of-season garments that you are no longer or less frequently wearing to another area of your home or closet. The space under your bed is a wonderful solution when you use an under-bed storage box, or you can place seasonal items in a clear or labeled lidded box on a high shelf in your closet. Accessibility is key when organizing—especially in a closet. By making sure the garments you currently use and wear most often are the easiest to access in your closet, you will save time as you are getting ready each day.” — experts at The Container Store

Step 3: Hanger Check

“Remove empty hangers and throw away or recycle any unused hangers. Choosing the right hangers is essential for any well-organized closet, to help keep the shape of your garments and, ultimately, extend the life of your clothes. We suggest using the same style of hangers throughout your closet. This will give your closet a clean, consistent look and allows you to focus on the garments themselves, not the visual clutter from all the different colors, sizes, and types of hangers.” — experts at The Container Store
The Container Store Huggable Hangers ($9)

Step 4: Space Check


“Separate clothing by long-hanging and short-hanging items. Long-hanging items include long dresses, coats, or skirts, and short-hanging items include shirts, blazers, and folded pants. If most of your clothes are short-hanging, consider using add-on hangers or adding a double-hanging closet rod to instantly double the amount of hanging space. Color-coordinate your garments within your long- and short-hanging sections to make finding and selecting your outfit easier. Take advantage of all vertical space in your closet by stacking sweaters, shoes, and handbags on shelves. Use stacking drawers or shelves to maximize wasted air space and to prevent your items from toppling over.” — experts at The Container Store

Step 5: Accessories Check

“Add over-door hooks or over-door shoe bags to the back of a closet door to create a quick storage solution for shoes, belts, jewelry, and other accessories.” — experts at The Container Store
The Container Store White Overdoor 6-Hook Rack ($12)