There’s nothing quite like the simplicity and ease that an organized closet can add to your life. So, if you are one of those people whose closet looks like a laundry mat exploded in it, then here are a few things you should consider: Having a clean, well-organized closet is not just aesthetically pleasing, it’s also more practical. Not only will you find that getting ready for the day is much smoother and faster, but you will likely end up looking sharper because you’ll be able to find all the clothing items you need to put together those attractive outfits.

Organizing your closet doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive process. There are a few simple and painless steps that will get your closet in order in no time. Whether it’s a walk-in closet or a smaller space, here are six straightforward closet organization ideas:

1. Clean it Out

Chances are once you start the process of getting your things organized, you’ll discover items that you don’t have much use for anymore. One great way to truly have an organized closet is to downsize to items that you actually use. Cleaning out unwanted clothing items and donating them to local charities or thrift stores is not only necessary for a functional closet, but it is also a great way to give back to the community.

2. Color Coordinate

Color coordinating your hangers, storage bins, and even your clothing may seem a bit simple, but it is so effective. You can color coordinate hangers for different item types, like black hangers for sweaters and blue for dresses. Trust me on this one, you’re going to love how organized your closet looks.

3. Paneling

Wall paneling can turn those awkward, often ignored, side walls into a beautiful jewelry showcase, belt organizer, or a display for your sunglasses. The key is to make every inch of your closet space work for you. Wall paneling on the back wall is great for custom storage solutions because hooks, shelves, cabinets can be set wherever you need them.

4. Hooks or Racks

Nothing clutters up a space like a heap of bags, ties, belts, and purses thrown about.  Using wall panel hooks or installing hooks on the inside of the closet door offers a simple and smart closet solution.

5. Add Some Shelves

One easy way to keep your closet from being overcrowded is to add an extra shelf or two. If you choose the wall panel route you set or move shelves wherever you need them. Don’t be afraid to go high, either—utilize your whole closet space. When it comes to closet shelving ideas, you can add a couple shelves above the clothing rod, or add them all the way down the wall. Either way, you’re going to love the extra spaces for organizing your things. Shelves are great for shoe storage, jewelry boxes, perfume bottles, folded sweaters and other items that just don’t store well.

6. Cabinets & Drawers

You may have some clothing items that you prefer to keep out of site, or perhaps you are the kind of person that keeps miscellaneous items in their closet like paper or books. Cabinets and drawers are a great solution here. With wall paneling drawers or cabinets can be installed and/or readjusted to your preferred height.

These are just a few simple, but effective ideas on how to make your closet the perfect space.  Here are some more closet organization ideas to help you get the most out of your walk-in closet.

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