How to Keep Your Clothes Organized on Your Closet Shelves

Shelves are essential for storage but they're tough to keep nice and neat. Closet shelves are particularly challenging because we tend to use them to stack big piles of clothes.  These piles are the worst and one of my personal pet peeves. You know what I'm talking about--you go to grab a shirt on the bottom and the other shirts get unfolded and fall all over and make a huge mess. 

But I recently discovered a way to keep your clothes neat on your closet shelves-- use bins and fold your clothes in nice flat rows. That way, you'll be able to 1) see the clothes at a quick glance and 2) easily grab what you need without destroying the whole pile around it. Take a look at these before and afters for more details on how you can do this in your own closet:

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

1. First, you'll want to measure the width, depth and height of your shelves and find bins that maximize the space without being crammed in. Regardless of how high your shelves are, you don't want a bin that's too high, or you'll be tempted to stack more than one layer of clothes. Shoot for 6-7"h. A couple of my favorites are these and these

2. Next, fold your clothes using the KonMari Method so they stand upright--check out this post for tips on folding.

3. Lastly, label the bins with either a tag on the bin or label on the shelf. This will help to make putting away clothes less of a chore.

Do you have shelves that are constantly stacked with messy piles of clothes? Let me know how the organizing goes in the comments below!

xo
Danielle