Gingerly twisting the doorknob, you inch the closet door open and wait for an avalanche of shoes, scarves, and hats to spill out. It’s easy to think a messy closet is inevitable in a small space. While we all might aspire to the palatial walk-ins of celebrities and reality stars, in reality, every inch of space is crucial, and organization is key.

This constant struggle is one of the many reasons we turned to organization and style expert Shira Gill for her advice on mastering the art of the minuscule closet. Not only did Gill offer up a handful of tricks for making the most of your tiny space, but she also went one step further and shared pictures of her actual closet.

Armed with Gill’s impressive tips, this weekend just might be the perfect time to get a jump-start on spring-cleaning. Read on for a breakdown of her three major tips, plus bonus ideas for solving all the storage issues in your life.

Check out Gill’s tips below, and then shop pieces to help you master the art of the clean closet!


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“Use this time to relocate any random items that were accidentally left in your closet or could live elsewhere. (Common items to relocate include a bulky vacuum, extra bedding, diplomas, gift wrap, sentimental items, art or photos). Reserve this space for shoes, clothing, and accessories only.”

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“This is your opportunity to start fresh, so create a totally clean slate by removing everything from your closet. Really. Every. Single. Thing. You can use your bed for a staging area, or place a sheet on the floor so it’s easy to lay everything out in preparation for editing and sorting.”


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“Do not underestimate the power of a good editing session. Too much clutter is the enemy of a well-organized space, so you’ll want to review the entire contents of your closet, and do your best to keep only what you actually use, need, and love. As you edit, make sure to be realistic and consider both the size of your closet and your current lifestyle. Think through what’s required for your typical week as well as what you need for workouts, hobbies, and special events.”

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“Since the contents of your closet will determine your style, this is also a good opportunity to become more intentional about how you present yourself each day. Just because something cost a lot, or looks amazing on someone else, doesn’t mean that it is the right fit for you. Think of your closet as a well-curated boutique, and fill it only with items that you truly love that reflect your authentic style.”


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“In deciding how to set up and store things, consider how frequently you use them. Try to keep everyday essentials front and centre for easy access, and formal, seasonal, and occasional items in the very back of the closet or on a high shelf. If you have an entry closet or another storage option, you can store bulky coats and seasonal items there. The easiest way to maximise storage in a tight space? Go vertical! It doesn’t cost a lot to add a few shelves and can work wonders in maximising a tiny closet.”

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“You can also create a streamlined look by using uniform hangers and arranging hanging items by type, style, and colour. Velvet Huggable Hangers are a small closet’s best friend because they maximise space and prevent slipping. Acrylic Shelf dividers work wonders to keep stacks of folded jeans or sweaters from toppling over.”


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Small Accessories: “Use pretty open bins or baskets to contain gloves, scarves, and accessories. Pick one style and colour of a bin to keep everything looking clean and streamlined.”
Shoe Storage: “Display shoes on open shelving, shoe racks, or cubbies so you can see what you’ve got. Formal or occasional shoes can be stored and stacked in clear shoeboxes. Flip-flops, sandals, and sneakers work well in a round basket on the floor for easy access. If you’re really stuck on space, an over-the-door canvas shoe holder can do the trick.”

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  • Handbags: “Handbags can be hung on sturdy hooks and clutches, and small evening bags can be stored in labelled bins or baskets. You can also use a shelf to line up handbags—Stuffing them and using acrylic dividers will help them keep their shape and keep them upright.”
  • Hats: “Athletic hats are best stacked in an open bin or basket for easy access. Larger hats work well on hooks so they remain visible and easy to grab and go.”
  • Jewellery: “Most closet systems have the option of purchasing a jewellery drawer organiser insert, which protects and organises your jewellery at the same time. I personally like to display my jewellery like art—I use small hooks to hang necklaces and small pretty ceramic dishes for earrings, bracelets, and rings.”

Celebrity Closet Organization Hacks You’ll Want to Copy for 2017

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The Container Store Umbra Triangle Pendant Scarf Organizer ($15)

Get creative, and use this cool scarf holder to cut back in a tight space.

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Tictail Folding Shoe Rack ($158)

Avoid a giant pile, and keep your shoes organised with a sleek shelf.

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Collected by The Line Large Two Tone Valet Tray ($88)

Store assorted jewellery in this handy tray.

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CB2 Joya Multi-Color Basket ($70)

This catch-all will surely come in handy.
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Danish Design Store Hay Hang Set of 5 ($11)

Your hangers should look as good as the clothing on them.

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Room Essentials Decorative Gold Wire Bin ($20)

Store scarves or bulk items in a fashion-forward wire bin.

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Urban Outfitters Keepsake Glass Display Box ($16)

Try a clear case to easily spot all your favourite jewellery.

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Zara Home Round Cement and Wooden Box ($30)

Opt for storage pieces that are handy, but also fit your style.
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Tictail Archipelago Breakfast Tray ($25)

An oversize tray is both stylish and great for keeping things organised.

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Urban Outfitters Aila Earring Organizer ($19)

Never lose a loose earring again.

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Anthropologie White-Dipped Ladder ($98)

For a fun twist on creative storage, try hanging favourite pieces on a chic ladder.


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