Hord agrees, adding that her team loves using slim velvet hangers to hang most clothing items. “We’ll typically add a few clips if we’re hanging skirts or shorts as well,” she says. As for your heavier items? Hord says you should still stick to slightly thicker wooden hangers for coats and suit jackets since they offer a bit more structure.
Don’t underestimate the value of a hook.
Adding a hook to your wall is one of the simplest ways to make the most of any space, but especially in closets where internal shelving isn’t always an option. “Hooks, hooks, hooks! They’re great for taking advantage of the real estate on the backs of doors (storage meccas), small walls, or really any vertical space,” organization expert Tova Weinstock of Tidy Tova tells SELF. “I usually tell my clients, ‘if you see an open wall above a shelf, stick a couple of hooks there and hang some stylish hats for a little extra flair.’”
Fill open baskets with easy-to-grab essentials.
Gill advises using eye-catching open bins or baskets to contain gloves, scarves, and other accessories. She suggests picking one particular style and color, like this coastal-inspired bowl or farmhouse bin, to keep your closet looking as clean and streamlined as possible.
Utilize over-the-door shoe organizers to store more than just footwear.
“In small spaces, over-the-door systems can be the ultimate saving grace to creating a proper home for all of your items,” Hord says. Consider using those handy pockets to store cleaning supplies, pet accessories, or even toiletry and makeup items in your bathroom. If you’re in need of extra clothing storage, use the shoe pockets for swimsuits, scarves, and more.
Keep accessibility in mind when organizing your closet.
The best closets are organized so that you can easily access the items you use most. “Each item should be categorized and put away depending on their frequency of use,” Weinstock says.
In other words, the items you wear most frequently should be easy to see and access at all times. That favorite white button-down? Your go-to LBD? Put them in the front. “As you work your way back, layer in the items and accessories you’re not wearing quite as often, and don’t need to reach as frequently.” Gill agrees, adding that out-of-season and occasional-use items—like that black-tie dress or heavy winter coat—should also be relegated to the back.
Store items vertically to maximize closet space.
Anyone who has lived in a small city apartment understands how necessary it is to go up—and up. In fact, adding extra shelves can help you stay organized in just about any room—whether that’s a bedroom closet or cramped kitchen space. “Extra shelves can be used to store folded jeans, sweaters, structured handbags, or rows of shoes. As a bonus tip, acrylic shelf dividers work wonders to keep stacks of folded jeans or sweaters from toppling over, and help keep small purses and clutches sitting upright.”