How to Tidy Up an Awkwardly-Shaped Closet Without Buying a Pricey Organizer

woman displaying hangers and plastic bins in closets

For many of us, our closets represent somewhat of a double-edged sword. Sure, they are the keepers of our most prized vestments, but on the other hand, keeping them neat and organized can be quite the headache-inducing battle! That’s why today we’re going to share with you some of our favorite closet organization tips from our go-to domestic goddess, Kathryn from DoItOnaDime!

At the top of the video, Kathryn explains that she and her growing family are settling into a new home. All seems well, but she is just starting to wrap her head around finding a good organizational system for one of her closets. You see, this thing is a bit oddly-shaped—to put it nicely! The closet is as tall as it is deep, but it is seriously lacking in width!

Let’s see how our “hostess with the mostess” manages to tackle this head-scratching quandary.

  1. She got creative

    As mentioned above, the closet itself is rather deep, but it’s shy of being a full walk-in. So, Kathryn used this space to its advantage and added in some inexpensive pull-out drawers for her “foldables,” like her pajamas and workout clothes.

    These specific ones are from Costco and only set her back about 30 bucks each. If you have a closet that has quite a bit of depth to it, then take a cue from DoItOnaDime and really use the space. The metal units look like they were originally made to be placed in an office setting, but they actually work just as well in a closet.

    The takeaway here is that, if you come across furniture that wasn’t specifically made for a closet, don’t automatically overlook it. Sometimes organizing a challenging space like this takes a bit of imagination!

  2. She created a “half-way home” for her neglected pieces

    If you’re like me, you have a tough time getting rid of clothing! I know, I know, logically speaking, I’m aware of the fact that it doesn’t make much sense to hold onto my favorite tube top from junior year of college, but it’s hard to quiet that nagging voice in my head that says: Maybe you’ll wear it again someday!

    So, I took Kathryn’s advice and created a “half-way home” for these particular types of items. Here’s how you do it:

    Every six months, take a very close look at each piece in your closet. If you can’t remember the last time you wore one of these items, throw it in a plastic bin and tuck away neatly. Then, give yourself a good six months. If you haven’t worn a certain piece of clothing in that time frame, it’s time to say goodbye!

    You wouldn’t believe it, but I’ve done this over the past couple of years, and I have never opened up that “half-way home” within any given six-month period. It sounds like a silly trick, but it really helps take the anxiety out of downsizing!

So, if you’re struggling with this type of task, don’t fret. Take a deep breath, and get started by making these two easy changes.

To see even more examples of how Kathryn manages to organize that awkwardly-shaped closet of hers, as well as some of her tips on how to get the most bang for your buck when clothes shopping, be sure to click on DoItOnaDime’s video below! You’ll be well on the way to creating the wardrobe space of your dreams!

What do you think of Kathryn’s space-saving tricks? Do you have a hard-to-organize closet? If so, have you managed to create a system that works well for you? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!