Clothes Storage Ideas

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Knowing different options for clothes storage makes organization in small spaces possible and functional. An organized small space is one that works for you and your lifestyle. Don’t settle for less just because you have a small bedroom or limited storage space.

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Small bedroom organization can be challenging, whether it’s in a small apartment, an older home or a college dorm. Clothes storage doesn’t have to be a nightmare when you know tricks and hacks that will help you make the most of that small space.

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Clothes Storage Ideas

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Editing and decluttering clothing is always important when clothes storage is limited. You want to make sure that you are only storing clothes that you love, fit you and fit your lifestyle. When your storage space is limited, you don’t have the luxury of holding onto clothes that you don’t wear.

Folding Clothes versus Hanging Clothes

Some clothes definitely have to be hung up, but many don’t have to be. Some clothes really should be folded, but others don’t have to be. When you have a small space it may make more sense to store your clothing in different ways than you have before.

Clothes That Should Only Be Hung Up

  • Suits
  • Dress shirts
  • Dress Pants
  • Casual Pants
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Jackets
  • Anything that wrinkles easily
colorful t-shirts folded and organized in drawer

Clothes that Should Only be Folded

Tips on how to fold clothes and more shows you how to fold 12 different items with step-by-step instructions.

Clothes that Can Be Hung Up or Folded

The secret is to know how to hang or fold clothes to protect them and minimize wrinkling or stretching.

jeans folded neatly in bin

Creative Clothes Storage

There are many clever clothes storage ideas to maximize storage space and take advantage of awkward spaces.

How Can I Organize My Small Apartment without a Closet?

Use a Clothes Rack

In a small apartment, older home or dorm room, the closet may be much too small or there may not even be a closet. That’s when using a portable closet makes clothes storage possible and even fashionable.

Consider whether you’re looking for style, size, portability or versatility. These 12 clothes racks provide something for every need.

39.8in. W Garment Rack39.8 in. W Garment Rack // More Clothes Racks & Garment Racks Rumi 32.8in W 4-Drawer Garment RackRumi 32.8 in. W 4-Drawer Garment Rack // More Clothes Racks with Drawers Tennison 48 in. W Rustic Z-Frame Wardrobe with ShelvesTennison 48 in. W Rustic Z-Frame Wardrobe with Shelves // More Metal Clothes Racks Wayfair Basics 73 in. W Garment RackWayfair Basics 73 in. W Garment Rack // More Adjustable Clothes Racks
Honey Can Do Garment RackHoney Can Do Garment Rack // More Rolling Clothes Racks Nicola 47.25 in. W Clothes RackNicola 47.25 in. W Clothes Rack // More Clothes Racks & Garment Racks Wayfair Basics 43 in. W WardrobeWayfair Basics 43 in. W Wardrobe // More Portable Wardrobes 60 in. W Crystal Clear Wardrobe60 in. W Crystal Clear Wardrobe // More Rebrilliant Clothes Racks
Medlin 38 in. W Double Rod Garment RackMedlin 38 in. W Double Rod Garment Rack // More Clothes Racks in Black 2 Shelves Freestanding Garment Rack2 Shelves Freestanding Garment Rack // More Home Basics Clothes Racks 40 in. W Garment Rack40 in. W Garment Rack // More Clothes Racks in White EcoStorage 41 in. W Mobile Garment RackEcoStorage 41 in. W Mobile Garment Rack // More Silver Clothes Racks

Out-of-Season Clothes Storage

When you have limited clothes storage space and you’ve edited down your clothing to just items you need and love, then storing out-of-season clothing elsewhere is often the answer.

Consider storing clothes for the next season:

  • In basement or attic
  • In an extra bedroom
  • Under the bed
  • Inside of suitcases
  • In decorative boxes stacked to make a nightstand or in boxes covered with fabric to make a nightstand or table
  • At a parent’s or friends’ house that is nearby

Since every situation is unique and your specific needs are unique to you, you may have to experiment to find the best solution in your small space. Often a combination of all these ideas will make clothes storage in a small space work for you.

See my favorite clothes organizing tips, hacks, favorite products and more in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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  1. Hello! I really like it when you said that we can either hang or fold ties and belts as well. My son has been thinking of Marie Kondo-ing his bedroom next month. I’ll ask him to remember this tip so he’ll make the right installation later.

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