Transforming your bedroom closet into a more organized and aesthetically pleasing space is a great way to change up the way you do things (for the better). Contrary to popular belief, A closet makeover doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, especially if you do it yourself.

With a little bit of creativity and some planning, you can maximize your storage space, improve functionality, and create a visually appealing closet. Find out how with these practical tips and tricks for a successful DIY bedroom closet makeover.

1. Decide What You Need

Before you dive into the closet makeover, take a step back and assess your current closet situation. This is the time when you need to identify what’s working and what’s not.

As a start, determine what types of items you need to store. For example, do you have more hanging clothes or folded items? Do you need space for shoes, accessories, or seasonal clothing? Then, evaluate how much space you have available and how well you’re using that space. Ask yourself whether there are underutilized areas that could be optimized?

Finally, you need to think about the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Do you prefer a minimalist look, or are you going for something more luxurious and detailed?

Once you have a clear understanding of your needs and preferences, you can create a plan that guides your makeover process.

2. Declutter and Clean

After you have decided on the look, feel, and functionality of your closet you can begin the real makeover work by decluttering.

This is where you remove everything from your closet and sort items into categories: keep, donate, and discard. Be honest about what you actually use and love. This step not only frees up space but also makes it easier to organise.

Once you’ve decluttered, you’ll likely need to give your closet a good clean. Dust the shelves, vacuum the floor, and wipe down the walls. A blank canvas makes it easier to envision and implement your new closet design.

3. Maximize Vertical Space

One of the best and most underrated ways to optimize a small closet is by maximizing the amount of vertical space you have. Here are a few great ideas to get you started:

  • Double Hanging Rods: Install a second rod below the existing one to double your hanging space. This is especially useful for shorter items like shirts and skirts.
  • Shelving Units: Add shelves above hanging rods to store folded clothes, bags, or boxes. Adjustable shelves offer flexibility for different item sizes.
  • Over-the-Door Organizers: Utilize the back of your closet door with hanging organizers for shoes, accessories, or smaller clothing items.

4. Use Matching Hangers

Making the switch to matching hangers feels like a super adult move. It can instantly make your closet look more organized and visually appealing.

Choose thin, non-slip hangers as they save space and keep clothes in place. Uniform hangers also make it much easier to browse your wardrobe and find what you need.

5. Incorporate Storage Bins and Boxes

Storage bins and boxes are essential for keeping smaller items organized and accessible. Choose clear bins to easily see what’s inside or label opaque bins for a cleaner look.

You can use these containers for a whole bunch of things. For example, you could store off-season clothes in labeled bins and place them on higher shelves. Or, you could keep scarves, belts, and hats in separate bins to prevent clutter.

To keep your shoe situation under control use stackable shoe boxes or a dedicated shoe rack to keep footwear organized.

6. Add Drawers and Dividers

If your closet doesn’t have built-in drawers, perhaps consider adding a dresser or standalone drawer units to your room. Drawers are perfect for storing items that don’t hang well, like underwear, socks, and t-shirts.

Drawer dividers are also a great addition, although they are simple, they can have a big impact. They help keep small items neatly separated and easy to find. You can use dividers in drawers, on shelves, or even in larger bins.

7. Create a Designated Space for Accessories

Accessories can easily clutter a closet if they are not properly stored. Create a designated space for them to keep your closet tidy.

For your jewelry, you could use a wall-mounted jewelry organizer or a drawer insert to keep necklaces, earrings, and bracelets untangled and easy to access. Consider installing hooks or small racks on the inside of your closet doors or walls for everything else like bags, hats, and belts.

8. Utilize Lighting

Good lighting can make a big difference in how your closet looks and functions. If your closet doesn’t have built-in lighting, consider adding some light with one of these options:

  • Battery-Operated Lights: Stick-on LED lights are easy to install and provide ample illumination.
  • Motion Sensor Lights: These lights turn on automatically when you open the closet, offering convenience and better visibility.
  • String Lights: For a decorative touch, add string lights around the perimeter of your closet.

The above are all relatively inexpensive and will be a great touch!

9. Customize with Personal Touches

Personalizing your closet space can make it feel more inviting and enjoyable to use.

Add a pop of color or pattern to the back wall of your closet with wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint to brighten it up or add a small mirror as a functional piece but also something that will make the space feel larger.

Incorporate small decorative items like framed photos or artwork to give your closet a unique touch.

A DIY bedroom closet makeover can transform your space, making it more organized, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. With a bit of planning and creativity, your dream closet is within reach.

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