DIY Closet Organizing Ideas & Projects

I don’t think it matters if your home is small or large, does anyone ever have enough closet space? The answer, for most of us anyway, is no, to the no…and no some more… Closet space is at a premium, and even if we are lucky enough to have a nice walk in, do we want it in shambles, or do we want to be able to find what we need, when we need it? I vote for the latter, so let’s get started with our round up of DIY closet organizing ideas & projects!



DIY Closet Organizing Ideas


Ok, let’s get serious about our DIY closet organizing, alright? If you want the closet organizer, then make this DIY version from ‘Making It in the Mountains‘. They did this post in collaboration with Home Depot, so you know where to find the materials! This project looks like it would last a lifetime, unlike some of those flimsy plastic versions you find at the discount store. Love this! (And that wallpaper? Serious style!)


Learn how to build this DIY closet organizer from ‘Lovely Etc‘. This tutorial takes you through making these cubby shelves step by step. We love this ideas because you can make it look pretty with baskets and fabric bins! This is also great for tiny bedrooms that don’t have enough space for a dresser.


Elsie at ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ found a way to extend her closet space with this organization idea. And it’s so pretty, it’s actually wall art! Simple project, easy to follow tutorial!


Got kids? Then you have lots of stuff. Take a lesson from ‘The Frugal Homemaker‘ and get your nursery closet organized with a system that makes life a whole lot easier. This project starts with the center being an Ikea shelving unit!


Here is another little girls room closet organizer that was a DIY, but they used pre-made closet components that they customized.  Here is the before and after! From ‘I Heart Organizing‘.


Lana Red Studio‘ has the perfect solution for keeping tights, scarves or belts organized and handy. She glued these wooden clothespins directly to her closet wall, but you could glue them to a piece of wood molding or lumber and hang that on the wall with picture hooks. Genius DIY closet organizing! (BTW, they sell wooden clothespins at the dollar store!)


Want to double your clothes hanging space? Then use this DIY closet organizing hack from ‘Shabby Creek Cottage‘. Use pop can tabs to slide over the neck of your hangers, allowing you to double (or even triple!) hang in each space!


Keep you kids (or yourself!) on track each morning by picking out your outfits on the weekend, then hanging them in your closet with these DIY day of the week tags. Just cut these out from colorful craft foam, cut a slit and a circle to allow them to slip over the closet bar, and use a sharpie to label them. Voila! From ‘Brit & Co.’


‘Cookie Loves Milk’ has a DIY shoe rack for us made from inexpensive PVC pipe… Perfect for all your shoes! Go check out how they did it!



This Etsy shop is selling these perfect sized stainless ‘S’ hooks that are perfect for hanging your jeans all in a row!

Are you just loving these DIY closet organizing ideas? Well then try our other post, DIY shoe storage projects , or check out our post on DIY pantry organizing!

Image Credits: Lana Red Studio, Making It in the Mountains, Lovely Etc., A Beautiful Mess, The Frugal Homemaker, I Heart Organizing, Shabby Creek Cottage, Brit & Co., Cookie Loves Milk, Custom Citizen - Etsy



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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Candace
    May 13, 2019 / 9:43 am

    The door space is such a untapped resource.

  2. Kathleen Ryan
    January 5, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Love the closet makeovers. The thing with all the shelves that hangs on the door will also be perfect for my limited space.

  3. November 23, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Can i have one over there!

  4. December 17, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Wow!!!! Looks great. I like the shoe rack.

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