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Organizing a closet on a budget is no joke. Have you seen the cheapest closet organizers? Even the crappy ones that you have to put together yourself are expensive.
Since our household has 6 people sharing 3 closets, we have had to get pretty creative with closet organization. And on a budget. Our house is for sale so I have no incentive to put a lot of money into fancy closet systems that I can’t take with me to our next house. Instead, I’ve had to get creative and find ways to make the closets we do have work.
You know you need something when even the teenager gets excited! My 15 year old little brother was so excited about this post because he hasn’t had an organized closet in nearly a year since my mom got sick. Everyone deserves to have a bit of organization in their lives. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! That’s why I’m excited to share all my favorite budget friendly closet organization tips with you.
Here are some of the budget closet organization tips that have worked for us.
Best Ways to Organize Your Closet on a Budget
Use what you already have
Before you buy any closet organizers, take inventory of what you already have.
Let’s face it, your closet will probably never be Pinterest worthy or in a magazine. It’s okay if your organizers don’t match. My closet isn’t perfect, but it is pretty organized.
Financially, it makes a lot more sense to use boxes, baskets, and other organization items in your house before buying new ones. Don’t be fooled into the idea that you have to overhaul your entire closet in order to organize it.
Make a list of what you need before you shop
After you take inventory of what you already have, make a wish list of what you want. Then stick to it!
Head to your favorite home goods website, like Wayfair (my favorite), to make a wish list of all the closet organization tools you want.
Once you have enough money in your budget, buy the items in your wish list. One of my favorite things about Wayfair is that you can create wishlists and then refer back to them later when you are ready to buy!
Buy items that work for you
For me, this means buying closet organizers that I can move with me. I don’t want to invest in a new closet system only to move a few months later.
Already in a house you love? Invest in that closet system you’ve wanted forever. Do it!
Take advantage of the door
Make sure to maximize all your space by taking advantage of the space behind your doors. This is one of the easiest ways to free up space in your closet. My boys no longer have hats in their closet thanks to this door organizer.
Designate a space for the little things like ties and shoes
Shoes. Ties. These things drive me crazy in the closet because they take up so much space when they aren’t properly stored.
Invest in a tie rack and shoe organizers to make more room in your closet.
Or if you are like me, you can throw all your shoes in one bin because you don’t have anything too fancy!
Divide and conquer
I bought these dividers for my closet but they didn’t work with my metal racks. I’m so bummed. Don’t they look amazing for dividing folding clothes? And for less than $10 for two!
Instead, I used fabric cubes for my closet.
Move a dresser into the closet
Move furniture into the closet, or buy new furniture that fits, in order to maximize space. My brother doesn’t have a ton of hanging clothes so it make sense to put cube storage and bins in his closet.
Turn one hanging rod into two
Once again, I bought these hanging rod extenders for my house, but didn’t need them. Turns out, we didn’t need extra space for hanging clothes, only storing stuff.
While this wasn’t super helpful for me, it was for my sister. I passed it on to her and she was so happy! If it hadn’t been a fit for me, I would have easily been able to return it to Wayfair. That’s why I love them, they make returns so easy!
Get rid of clothing you don’t need
This is my favorite tip! Donate or sell old clothes that you don’t wear. Get rid of the kids’ clothing too. They don’t need them anymore, and holding onto them isn’t do anyone any favors. Part with it now while you can consign it and get some money to put towards their college fund.
Take a peak into my budget friendly closet organization overhaul
We’ve had so much going on over the last 9 months that organization as a whole has taken a backseat to more important issues. Now that things are slowing down a bit, I finally have time for organization. With back to school on the horizon, I knew I wanted to tackle the closets first.
Check out the before and after photos from each of the 3 closets.
The Master Closet Before Photos
The Master Closet After Photos
Jackson and Robert’s Room Before Photos
Jackson and Robert’s Room After Photos
Charlie’s Room Before Photo
Charlie’s Room After Photo
I only spent $200 on a few new items. The best part is that all of the stuff I bought can move with us to our next home!