18 Ways to Store Clothes (Not In a Pile)

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Are you looking for new ways to store your clothes so that they a) stay organized and b) look great? You’re in the right place!

Do you have a pile of laundry somewhere that you can’t seem to get rid of? Perhaps it’s in a chair, on the couch or on a dining room table. Many of us do it not because we hate putting away laundry (okay, we do), but because there never seems to be enough room for all of those clothes. Right? Well before you start dreaming of the piles of clothes trying to strangle you in your sleep, check out these 18 ways to store clothes in order to maximize space. We’ve even found great ideas for baby clothes and for those rooms without closets.

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The Clothing Storage Ideas You Need for Your Home

These new ways to store clothes will give you back the space you crave in your home and help everyone find what they need faster! No matter what type of clothes you need organized, we’ve got you covered! Let’s get started! 

1. Use Labelled Bins to Store Your Kids’ Clothes 

Have trouble getting little ones to put their clothes away in the right place? Label drawers or bins with helpful symbols (like the moon for pajamas and the socks for, well, socks) to help them. By using symbols, this tip works for every age – even your pre-readers! This idea also works great for their seasonal accessories – just label a bin with a snowflake or the sun!   

a young boy's closet with 2 clothing bins with a moon image to store pyjamas and two clothing bins with a sock image to store socks


2. A Smart Way to Fold and Store Your T-Shirts 

Learn how to fold and roll shirts to save a ton of space in your drawers. Not only will this hack help keep your shirts from getting wrinkled, it will also maximize your luggage space on your next trip! When you’re done working your folding magic, the shirt may look small but the pay-off will be big! 


to store your clothes while saving drawer space, fold bottom hem of t-shirt, fold t-shirt into thirds lengthwise, roll and tuck into folded bottom hem


3. Use Chalkboard Labels as a Genius Hack to Store Your Seasonal Clothes

Put seasonal clothes in bins with chalkboard labels. Just label the season and the types of clothing that are stored in each bin, and you’re good to go! You never have to worry about making new labels because they wipe right off. Next time you need to switch over your closet for the season, you’ll thank yourself for this easy trick! Great idea for storing linens and seasonal decor, too!

use chalk labels on storage bins for seasonal clothing


4. Save Space and Use a Shoe Cubby for Your Bulky Clothing 

Shoe cubbies make great storage for sweaters and jeans, and you’ll save lots of room by using up that vertical space rather than putting them on hangers. This awesome tip will also help your sweaters keep their shape! For best results, give your clothes a quick roll. This will prevent them from getting wrinkled so that they’re ready for you to wear next time – easy-peasy!

store sweaters and jeans in a shoe cubby to save space


5. Start the Week off Right with This Kids’ Clothing Organizer

Put one in the kids’ closet to help them choose and sort their outfits for the entire week. This will make your mornings a little less hectic and help you plan ahead for spirit days and school events. I love this idea so much that I’m using it to store and organize my work-out clothes! 


children's clothing stored and sorted in hanging shoe cubby with weekday labels


6. Use Baskets as an Inexpensive Way to Store Your Small Clothing Items

Add baskets underneath the closet shelf for small items like onesies, bathing suits, scarfs and more. Everything will be organized and easily accessible. You can even swap them out for seasonal accessories like hats and mitts. You’ll never have to go digging through messy drawers again!

a children's closet with hanging baskets under the closet rod to organize their smaller clothing items

7. Save Your Next Soda Can Tab for This Closet Space-Saving Hack 

Double up your hangers without paying for expensive gadgets. Just use the tab from a soda can! This trick will definitely maximize your half of any shared closet! All you have to do is run one hanger through a hole and then loop a second hanger through the other hole. Pro tip – Use this to plan out your next-day’s outfit! Use the first hanger for your shirt and the second hanger for your pants/skirt. This turns your next soda craving into a yummy yet productive closet hack! Win-Win! 

to store more clothes in less space, use a soda can tab to connect two hangers together

8. Optimize Your Closet Shelf Space with Wire Storage Cubes

Organize the clothes on your closet shelves with wire storage cubes. Sort out each type of clothing and give it its own storage cube. No more piles falling over when you open the closet! This cost-saving storage tip is perfect for restoring a little bit of order into your teens’ closet! 

store and organize clothing into wire closet cubes on closet shelf

Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are. – Joan Crawford

9. Use Drawer Dividers to Organize Your Underwear Drawer

Use drawer dividers to sort tights and underwear so you can easily see what you have. This quick fix will keep your delicates looking their best and help you find your favorites faster. 

a Before image of a messy drawer full of tights and underwear and an After image of the clothing organized with a drawer divider

10. A ‘Neat’ Way to Fold Your Clothes and Save Space

Instead of stacking t-shirts on top of one another, file them away in your drawers. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can fit! Time to re-discover old favorites and find out which ones are ready for their second life

a Before image of a messy drawer full of t-shirts and an After image of the drawer with neatly folded t-shirts filed away

11. Store Your Jeans Without Losing Drawer Space 

The same concept applies to jeans. File them, and you’ll save lots of space. Plus, they’ll look neater when you pull them out of the drawer. Organize them by colour and wash to really set off your new beautiful jean drawer! 

folded jeans filed away in drawer

12. Add in A Second Closet Bar as a Way to Store More Clothes

Add an extra bar to the closet for hanging clothes. This is especially helpful in kids’ closets since their clothes are shorter anyway. Not only does this save space, but your kids can now easily reach their clothes when they’re getting ready. To help them put together their outfits, you can even use the top bar for shirts and dresses, and the bottom bar for pants, shorts, and skirts.

children's clothing hanging on closet rod

13. A Clever Way to Hang Your Go-To Tank Tops 

Use a belt and accessory hook to store camisoles and tank tops. This hook simply hangs on your closet rod and lets you add on your tank tops without them slipping off every 2 seconds! Plus – no more tangling straps and hangers as you locate the perfect camisole for your outfit! What a simple and smart idea! 

to save space, store camisoles on accessory hook

Fun Ways to Store Your Clothes for When You Have No Closet Space

14. Create a Closet with This Loft Bed Hack 

No closet in a small bedroom? A loft bed provides ample space underneath for a makeshift closet covered by a pretty curtain. You’ll end up with a custom walk-in closet that ties in perfectly with your room decor AND at a fraction of the cost of a traditional one! This idea can be a beautiful clothing storage solution for shared bedrooms. Your teens and your wallet will love it!

loft bed with makeshift closet underneath for extra clothes storage

Opening up your closet should be like arriving at a really good party where everyone you see is someone you like. – Amy Fine Collins

15. No Closet? No Problem! Use a Bookshelf as a New Way to Store Your Clothes

Here’s another alternative to the no-closet problem. Set up a bookshelf along the wall several feet from the corner. Install a rod between the bookshelf and the wall, and you’ll have lots of extra storage! A curtain finishes off this lovely DIY closet design and gives the room a clean look. Now your family’s beloved book collection can help you save space too! 

Store your clothes in a closet created with bookshelf and curtain hung between bookshelf and wall

16. Repurpose a Ladder for This Unique Clothes Storage Hack

Hang a pretty ladder on the wall to create a clothes hanger and shelf all in one. I love the way this idea ties in sustainability and style to bring flair into any small space! Wow your guests by setting this up in your entryway or guest bedroom!

As a way to store clothes and accessories, affix a ladder horizontally on wall. This creates a shelf and hanging space.

17. DIY Clothing Storage Rack

Or build your own DIY clothing rack in just 30 minutes. Hang your clothes and organize your shoes and accessories all in one place! Since it’s on wheels, you can move it out of the way whenever you need to! Take this opportunity to showcase your favorite pieces or to plan out your Monday-Friday outfits!

DIY clothing rack filled with clothes and accessories

18. Got Another Bookshelf? Then You’ve Got Another Closet!

Most kids don’t need huge closets… A bookshelf converted into closet space will be just enough storage! Make the most out of a small room or nursery with this closet bookshelf. When you tie in the double closet rod idea from #12, you’ll end up with even more space for your kids’ clothes! This DIY solution also works great for dress-up clothes and costumes! 

Install closet rods into a bookshelf to store kids clothes

No matter how big your home is or what the storage situation is like, there are so many clever ideas for storing your belongings and keeping your sanity. (These are just the highlights!) The trick is to find what works for you and the space you have and to take the time to put those items in their designated places. Did you find an idea that would solve your problems?

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collage of jeans and sweaters stored in hanging shoe cubby in closet, two clothing hangers connected by soda can tab, ladder horizontally affixed to wall, creating a shelf and hanging space for clothes storage, folded jeans filed away in drawer


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