Clothes storage ideas: 20 decluttering tips for your wardrobe

Time to sort our your clothes storage? Be inspired to transform your closet with these great ideas

Clothes storage ideas: 20 decluttering tips for your wardrobe
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Clothes storage is one of those things that should be simple, yet it's so easy to let too many clothes get the best of you. Perhaps you've taken the term floordrobe to the next level and now you can't even remember what your bedroom floor looks like? If this is the case, there's no need to worry as we are here to shower you with innovative clothes storage ideas that actually work. Whether you're working with a small or awkward space, we've got some tricks up our sleeve and these clothes storage solutions really are next level brilliant.

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1. Add clothes storage above the door

Fitted clothes storage combination from Cue & Co of London

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If you are working with a small bedroom and you’re tight on storage space, make use of every spare nook and cranny. The gap above your bedroom door is ideal for squeezing in a few more shelves for hats, handbags, or even bathroom linens.

Handmade in Cue & Co of London’s workshop, this clever fitted storage combination would work in any home with a reasonably high ceiling.

2. Mix pegs and racks for shoes and small items

Clothes rail, shoe rack and clothes pegs from John Lewis

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Your walls are valuable clothes storage space. Pegs and clothes storage racks are perfect for storing grabbable items like scarves, hats and bags.

The sleek Scandi Garment Rail from John Lewis is both practical and stylish.

3. Use multi-tasking clothes storage for kids' bedrooms

Storie stool in front of a dark blue wall from Olli Ella

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Children’s rooms are especially mess-prone, so any furniture item that serves two or three purposes is a winner. A stool that doubles as a side table with room inside to stash clutter is a must - and the design is adorable. The Storie stool from Olli Ella works equally well as kids' clothing storage or kids' book storage. It doubles up as a seat, too.

4. Don't neglect the potential of ceiling clothes storage

Ceiling hung clothes rails from Rack Buddy

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We’ve covered walls and doorframes, but what about your ceilings? Hanging rails are ideal for storing clothes when wall space is limited. Meet all your clothes storage hanger needs at Rack Buddy.

5. Put your clothes away in storage baskets

A white light filled room with bed and wicker storage basket

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The old basket at the end of the bed: a classic. And for good reason – a traditional wicker basket is just the thing for storing pyjamas, bedsheets and towels. Find more clothes' storage containers in our buyer's guide.

A range of good-looking storage baskets is available from The White Company. 

6. Choose a bed with storage for clothes 

Bed with storage drawers

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Plenty of beds come with storage for clothes now, so why would you have one without? In bedrooms lacking storage space, those storage beds or storage headboards with those extra drawers are very handy for keeping socks, tights, pjs and that spare dressing gown out of sight. It also means you can avoid the need for clothes storage plastic drawers or under-bed clothes storage boxes.

7. Keep your clothes storage tidy with curtains

walk-in wardrobe with curtain to cover it

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While open wardrobes are convenient, they can look messy. A nifty and affordable fix is a curtain. Easier to open than a sliding wardrobe door, a curtain conceals unsightly mismatched clothes hangers, gym bags and any other items you don't want on display. Find more walk-in wardrobe and dressing room ideas in our guide.

Find more clothes storage at Ikea.

8. Invest in a modular clothes storage system

Open clothes storage shelves from String at Skandium

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Opt for a flexible clothes storage system that you can adapt according to your needs, by adding hooks and rails as required. Metal is considerably more flexible than wood. 

The String Shelving System is perfect for contemporary bedrooms and is available at Skandium.

9. Keep easily lost items in a suitcase

Colourful storage cases and trunks from Habitat

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Sunglasses, jewellery and other accessories often get jumbled up and forgotten about – keep all these items together in a brightly-coloured suitcase that you can keep on top of your wardrobe. Find more dedicated jewellery storage ideas that will do for all sorts of small accessories.

10. Get creative with DIY clothing storage

Birch branch clothes rail from Etsy

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An imaginative and super-attractive storage aid: the humble branch. A beautiful rail made from birch is a lovely way to display your prettiest tops. Make your own or get a ready-made birch rail at Etsy.

11. Go for open clothes storage to create a feature

Ikea clothes rail

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You have all those lovely clothes, why hide them away? Get your best ones out on show in an open wardrobe. Pick colours that match your room and make your clothes storage into a feature. This set up is from Ikea and you can really personalise it with different storage compartments too. 

12. Save floor space with a freestanding clothes rail

Simple clothes storage rail from West Elm

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A simple garment rail is hard to beat. Light, portable, and easy to fit into the corner of a room, it's also perfect for carting out when guests need to hang their coats somewhere. This Garment Rack from West Elm is convenient and stylish, and will add a touch of Scandi chic to your bedroom.

13. Use storage bins in kids' rooms

Tools storage bin from cuckooland next to a cot

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If there’s any part of your home in which to embrace playful storage, it’s the kid’s bedroom. Have fun with alternatives to baskets, such as storage jars and clothes storage bins. This kind of container can make great clothes storage for babies – use it to put away small miscellaneous items like bibs, booties, hats and scratch mitts.

14. Maximise door storage space

Pegboard from Ikea in a closet

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Pegboard is a useful material in any room. Fixed to your wardrobe door, it’s handy for jewellery, shoes, glasses and bags. Wall clothes storage options are available at Ikea.

15. Use storage bags in children's bedrooms

Clothes storage bags in a children's bedroom

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Accessible clothes storage containers make clearing up your kid’s room (relatively) fast and easy. These coordinating clothes storage bags and laundry bins  from H&M will come in useful for anything from toys to dirty laundry.

16. Display your clothes and shoes in a glass cabinet

fitted walk in wardrobe or dressing room from Smallbone of Devizes

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Give your clothes and accessories special treatment by showing them off in beautifully-lit glass cabinets. Smallbone of Devizes have some beautiful examples of bespoke cabinetry from real homes, such as this stunning dressing room.

17. Pair an ottoman with a storage bed 

Angel & Boho Blanket Box

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Throw those bedspreads, cushions and non-seasonal bedding into an ottoman, which will fit snugly at the foot of the bed. While an obvious place for linens, ottomans are equally useful for stashing away belts, weekend bags and shoes. The Blanket Box from Angel & Boho is roomy and gorgeous. 

18. Don't forget the good old wardrobe

white wardrobe infront of woods wallpaper with bunting in a kid's room

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Sometimes you can’t beat a good old-fashioned wardrobe. Opt for one with a drawer at the bottom and shelf at the top for foldable items or added storage baskets. Find classic wardrobes ideal for all bedrooms, including kids' bedrooms, at Cuckooland.

19. Combine your bed with clothes storage unit

Under bed storage with rails from Ikea

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Save yourself precious space by sleeping bunk-style, with the lower half of your bed cleverly utilised as a wardrobe, complete with rail and hanging drawers. Find the best kids' bunk beds and the best kids' beds (including one that looks like a treehouse) in our buyer's guides.

Shop Ikea for clever bed-storage-combos.

20. Choose a classic chest for foldable clothes

Keep it simple with a 50s-style streamlined chest, which will happily accommodate your folded sweaters, shirts, trousers and pjs. The Mid-century 5 Drawer Chest of Drawers from West Elm is perfect for squeezing into a tight corner. 

Mid-century style chest of drawers

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