An organized closet space with men's button down shirts hanging.

4 Closet Remodeling Tips You Need to Master

You’re standing in your closet, surveying the mess before you. Clothes are spilling out of drawers, shoes are strewn across the floor, and bags are crammed into every nook and cranny. Every time you look for something, you spend hours rummaging through everything, only to come up empty-handed.

Sound familiar? If so, don't worry—you're not alone. That is a problem that many people face. It may be time for a closet remodel if you're sick of dealing with a cluttered closet. Taking charge might mean investing in a new custom walk-in closet to something simpler, like a system for keeping all your shoes organized. You’ll need to choose the solution that fit your budget and meet your needs. However, you will need a little planning and creative thinking to transform a chaotic closet into a neat and orderly space. Here are four closet remodel tips to help keep your home feeling organized.

1. Create an Inventory of Your Closet Items

By creating an inventory of your closet items, you can easily track what you have and where everything is, saving you time and energy in the long run. An inventory can also help prevent you from accidentally forgetting about items hidden in your closet.

Start by going through your closet item by item and making a list of everything you have. Ensure you include any clothing, shoes, accessories, and other items you may have stored in other places. For example, stuffed under the bed or in an overflowing dresser drawer.

Sorting your list into categories by item type will make it easier to keep track of everything. It will also help you see what items you need storage space for.

2. Measure Your Closet to Get Space Requirements

Before shopping for storage solutions, you need to know how much space you have to work with. Measuring your closet is a crucial first step in organizing it because it will help you determine what storage solutions will work best for your needs.

You need to measure your closet's width, height, and depth. The standard walk-in closet size is approximately 9 feet wide by 5 feet deep. Your space may be larger or smaller.

A walk-in closet with organization shelves featuring clothing, drawers, and shoes.

Here are some closet remodel tips that should improve the way you organize things.

  • Start by measuring the width of your closet from one side to the other. Use a tape measure for accurate results. You might be able to use your smartphone to do measurements, though it would be less accurate.
  • Next, measure the depth of your closet from front to back. Again, use a tape measure if possible for more accurate results.
  • Finally, take note of any obstacles in your closet that could interfere with storage solutions (e.g., windows, outlets, pipes).

Once you have your measurements, you can start planning what storage solutions will work best for your space. For example, if you have a small closet, you might consider adding shelves or baskets. You might consider adding additional clothing racks or drawers if you have a large closet.

3. Create Storage Categories

Organizing the things in your closet by category can make it easier to access the things in your closet. There are a few different ways to categorize your closet. For example, you can organize your space by season. This means that you would keep all of your winter clothes in one area and all of your summer clothes in another.

Organize closet shelving holding purses and women's tops.

Or you can organize by type of clothing. So, you would keep all of your shirts in one area, all of your pants in another area, and so on. These types of closet organizer ideas will help you make the most of your space.

4. Add Lighting & Mirrors

Finally, consider the aesthetics of your closet. You want to feel relaxed when you walk into your closet. So consider things like the amount of lighting and where the lighting fixtures are located.

You’ll have a lot of lighting options to choose from depending on the space you have available and your sense of style. For example, you might have recessed lighting in the ceiling. Another option is track lights, which you’ll find used in many larger walk-in closets.

Consider how you’ll illuminate your storage spaces too. LED puck lights can be good for illuminating shelves and the recesses of your closet. These little touches can make a big difference.

Adding strategically placed mirrors is a good idea too. For instance, you might want to add mirrors to the side of your closet island. Not only will they reflect light in a dark space, but you can use the mirror to look at your shoes. You’ll probably also want a full-length dressing mirror if you have the space available.

Once you feel everything is ready, then it’s time to fill your closet back up with your things. Looking at your nicely organized closet should leave you with a nice feeling of accomplishment.

In Closing

Living with a cluttered closet can be pretty frustrating. Finding what you need is tough when everything is crammed into one space.

A well-organized closet can make your life much easier. If your closet is cluttered and chaotic, use these four tips to turn it into a well-organized space:

  • Create an inventory of closet items
  • Measure your closet to get the space requirements
  • Create storage categories
  • Optimize the lighting in your closet

You can always turn to a company with experience for additional support with your closet remodeling. Closet Engineers is a family-owned and operated business that’s been operating for more than 60 years. We operate in the Tri-State area and would be happy to provide free insights and advice. Get in touch by giving us a call or sending an email.