3: Make the most of every inch
The overarching theme when organizing your closet should be "everything in its place." The following tools will help you get there.
A dresser or hanging rod. These will help you take advantage of that dead space under shorter garments in your closet. Store folded tops and sweaters in a dresser or put short items on a double-hang closet rod from Organized Living ($11; organizedliving.com), which slips over the existing bar—no power drill required.
A hanging sweater bag. This is another option for folded clothes and usually takes up very little of your closet space. An eco-friendly version from the Container Store ($30; containerstore.com), is made from recycled materials, has durable bamboo shelving, and holds up to 24 cardigans and crewnecks.
Shelf dividers. In most closets, shelf space is at a premium. Lillian Vernon dividers ($12 each; lillianvernon.com) keep towering stacks of clothes in place. The 12-inch-square grids are available in either plated chrome or white vinyl-clad steel and slide easily onto wood or wire shelves.
A purse caddy. Give your bags their own home up above with the Park-a-Purse organizer ($30; lillianvernon.com), which fits standard-depth shelves.
Hooks. Hang some on the back of your closet door or on a wall and loop scarves and belts on them. For a secure yet easily removable option (no holes) try Command hooks ($9 for 3; amazon.com).