Lindsay Smith
8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades

Is your closet a wasteland of clothes you haven't worn in years and piles upon piles of shoes, handbags, scarves, and more? If so, it might be time for an upgrade— if only to make it easier to find your favorite handbag that's inevitably buried under everything else on the floor.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades

Even if your closet is relatively neat and clean, an update may be in order to optimize your organization system and create a space you love. Because take it from me, there's nothing better than a closet you can't wait to open every morning.

This weekend, spend a day on these closet organization and style upgrades that will help you create the space of your dreams (or at least a better one than you have now):

1. Declutter

​OK, so this isn't the most fun part of a closet overhaul, but it is time for spring cleaning, after all. You'll be surprised how much extra space you can create simply by getting rid of some of those clothes you never wear.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Declutter

Go through your closet item by item, and donate anything that you haven't worn in over a year, doesn't fit you anymore or you didn't even remember you had. Toss out anything with stains, tears, or other damage.

2. Upgrade the Door

If your closet door gives you trouble constantly, like if it's always slipping off the track or won't open all the way, that may be something to talk to your landlord about. A replacement door that works properly can make a huge difference.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Upgrade the Door

If your door works fine, you can still make some upgrades. Consider a new paint job or framing the door with some colorful curtains. Just make sure you check with your landlord before picking out a paint color.

3. Give Everything a Place

If you have a hodge-podge of shoes and accessories lying on your floor or shoved onto shelves, your closet organization system could use some work. Utilize bins, hooks and hangers to give everything its own place.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Give Everything a Place

For instance, a hanger meant for neckties is the perfect spot to store your scarves, and some plastic containers or wire shelves can help you arrange your shoe collection into some semblance of order.

4. Color Code Your Clothes

A quick closet upgrade that doesn't involve a lot of effort but makes the space feel much more luxurious is color coding the clothes inside of it.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Color Code Your Clothes

You can also arrange everything by type of garment (long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, tank tops, skirts, etc.) or by occasion (e.g., work clothes, weekend clothes, evening clothes).

5. Use Your Wall Space

If you have a walk-in closet (lucky you!) and some extra wall space that's going unused, take full advantage of it. Hang hooks or baskets on the wall to organize your jewelry or accessories, or even a couple photographs to give the closet some decorative charm.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Use Your Wall Space

You can also use that extra space to give your favorite accessories or nicer items their own exclusive spot. For instance, hang a favorite handbag from a hook or arrange your collection of sunglasses on some small floating shelves.

6. Add a Second Rod

Adding a second rod to your closet is a good idea for a couple reasons: First, it gives you some extra storage space for new purchases. Second, it allows you to spread out the clothes you already have, making them easier to look through and access. You have a couple of options if you don't want to install a rod across the entire closet, though.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Add a Second Rod

If you have a sturdy wooden shelf or dresser in your closet, you can install a smaller rod between one side of the shelf and the wall. Or, there are floating wire shelves that have curtain rods attached to them, which you can buy if you'd prefer.

7. Give It a Fresh Smell

It's never pleasant to go into your closet in the morning and smell whiffs of bad odors from old shoes or your dirty clothes hamper. Give your closet a clean, fresh smell by tucking small satchels of potpourri or other scented herbs like lavender into your drawers and shelves.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Give it a Fresh Smell

You can even keep a DIY deodorizer spray handy and use it every so often to make sure the space always smells nice. If you use a basic laundry basket or open hamper, you may also want to replace it with a nicer lidded version that'll add style and keep the dirty clothing smell contained.

8. Add Luxurious Touches

There are some smaller closet upgrades that add an amazing sense of luxury and style without taking much time. For instance, replace your wire and plastic hangers with padded cloth or velvet versions, and buy velvet drawer inserts for you dresser drawers to tidy up all the contents.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades - Add Luxurious Touches

Or, if you have a walk-in closet, see if you can upgrade the overhead lighting fixture to something a little more elegant.



About The Author

Lindsay Smith is a Chicago-based freelance writer who uses her deadline-oriented writing skills for clients like Apartment Guide,, Womensforum Media Group and Brafton.