We’ve discovered that three surprising household items—PVC pipes, shower curtain hooks and tension rods—provide lots of DIY closet organization methods.

DIY closet organization ideas on a budget: 4 cheap and easy do-it-yourself organization tips

Organizing your closet can be one overwhelming task. Between countless pairs of shoes, piles of accessories and outfits for every occasion, it’s tough to not only sort through your things, but to come up with an effective system that works. If you’re in search of DIY closet organization ideas on a budget, read on for some foolproof tips that you (and your wallet) will love.

Before You DIY: Create More Closet Space


DIY closet organization ideas on a budget: create more space in your closet before trying these DIY tips.

Before you get to organizing your closet, it’s important to take a few necessary steps beforehand to prepare your space. By taking a mental inventory of what you have and what you’d like to get rid of, you can figure out how much space you need for your belongings. Here are some ways to create more space in your closet:

  • Par down to necessities. Perhaps the most important part of closet organization is deciding what you’re going to keep and toss. Keep the items you wear on a daily or weekly basis easily accessible and reassign everything else to a less-crowded closet or more appropriate storage space.
  • Spiff up the closet. Before you get to organizing your closet, take a look at your empty space. Would you like to add paint? A mirror? A light? Shelves? Now is the time to do so! Painting the interior a pretty color that complements the rest of your home will also inspire you to keep the space tidy.
  • Choose appropriate storage solutions. Now comes the DIY closet organization. Buy or repurpose boxes, baskets, shelving, chests of drawers, hooks and rods that make it easier to stow (and access) your stuff. And remember: keep it simple! The better looking your space is, the more likely you are to keep it organized.
  • Expand your space. By raising the existing shelf and clothing rod a few inches, you’ll be able to create more space. Don’t overlook the back of the closet door, an excellent spot for hooks to hold hats, scarves and umbrellas.

Budget-Friendly Closet Organization Ideas


Now that you’ve created more space for your closet, it’s time to DIY! Whether you’re somewhat disorganized or obsessively neat, the process might seem overwhelming at first. Between giving away the clothes you never wear, sorting through the ones you have, and trying to keep your space in tip-top shape, closet maintenance takes time, patience and a whole lot of organization.

Despite the size and layout of your space, there are tons of cheap alternatives for every pricey closet solution offered by large retailers. With five simple products, you’ll have your closet looking clean and organized in no time (without breaking the bank).

DIY Closet Organization Idea #1: Separate your items with PVC pipe.


When it comes to simple, budget-friendly methods of organization, PVC pipes are some of the most versatile tools on the market. Because they come in so many sizes, they can be used pretty much anywhere—especially for DIY closet organization! Here are three different ways to organize your closet with PVC pipe:

  • Shoe racks. PVC pipe can be arranged into the perfect space-saving shoe organizer. Simply cut PVC pipe into smaller pieces, glue the tops and sides of the cylinders, and place a pair of shoes into each individual slot. You can always add more slots as your shoe collection grows!
  • Drawer dividers. Tired of dealing with messy, overflowing drawers? PVC pipe acts as the perfect dividers for your smaller pieces of clothing. Simply cut thin pieces and assemble them next to each other inside of your drawers. These dividers will work best for socks, bras, underwear, ties and scarves.
  • Accessory hooks. If you’re looking for more space to hang your items on a closet wall or the inside of a door, PVC pipe makes for a versatile tool. Look for curved PVC pipe attachments from your local hardware store and attach them as hooks for purses and bags. They even come with built-in storage for sunglasses, wallets, keys and other small accessories.

Cost: $2-$4 for every 10 feet.

DIY Closet Organization Idea #2: Organize accessories with shower curtain hooks.


Shower curtain hooks are one of the best DIY closet organization ideas when on a budget. These little, nondescript hooks are not only available in large quantities for very little money, but they solve a large amount of the random closet organizing issues you’ve probably given up on.

Here’s how shower curtain hooks can help you organize your closet:

  • Jeans. If you’ve been folding your jeans and keeping them in drawers, think about mixing it up! By hanging your jeans from their belt loops on shower hooks, you can keep them visible so that you won’t have to go digging through a drawer for the right pair.
  • Tank tops. Another solution for maximum visibility: tank tops hung from shower curtain rings. This keeps all of your tank tops on one hanger, without layering them up and making it impossible to grab one without taking the rest apart. It’s better than keeping them piled up in drawers, too.
  • Jewelry. Shower curtain hooks also work for the storage of pretty much any accessory—scarves, baseball hats, jewelry, purses, ties and more. They can all be hung from shower curtain hooks on hangers or curtain rods for easy accessibility. The best thing about being able to hang everything without sacrificing space is that nothing gets wrinkled the way things do when folded or tossed in a bin.

Cost: $5 for 3-packs

DIY Closet Organization Idea #3: Go vertical with tension rods.


Tension rods are lifesavers when it comes to organizing any room in the house. From spray bottles under the bathroom sink to kitchen cabinet space, to rakes and sports equipment in the garage, there are endless uses for this simple and budget-friendly item. By adding a single tension rod to your closet, you can transform the entire space!

The best part about tension rods is that they don’t just help organize your belongings; they actually add more space to what you already have. Whether you add a tension rod close to the floor or above a high shelf, you’re adding vertical storage and maximizing the space in your closet.

Here are a few ways to utilize tension rods for organizing your closet:

  • Create a shoe rack for high heels, flats and tennis shoes.
  • Organize your scarves by wrapping them around the tension rod.
  • Hang your necklaces and bracelets without getting them tangled.
  • Place your hats on tension rods above your closet shelves.
  • Use them in small spaces to hang baby clothes and accessories.

Cost: $5 per tension rod

DIY Closet Organization Idea #4: Corral your belongings with baskets.


DIY closet organization ideas on a budget: use baskets and bins to organize loose items like hats and accessories.
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If you’re looking for a quick, easy and budget-friendly way to organize your closet, storage baskets can help create the perfect system for corralling your smaller items. These baskets can be wicker, cloth, or even plastic. Instead of losing your small accessories in drawers, why not keep them in themed baskets in your closet? Here’s who they would benefit the most:

  • Small-closet residents. If you don’t have a large closet, baskets are a great way to create additional space for your items. If you don’t happen to have a ton of overhead shelving or floor shelving in your closet, shelves can be added to walls or the backs of doors fairly easily.
  • Hat collectors. If you happen to be a hat person, baskets are perfect for stacking your hats until you need to wear them. They work great on overhead shelves at the top of your closet and give you an affordable way to keep your caps organized.
  • Accessory lovers. If you’re someone with lots of belts, scarves, purses, wallets, clutches, etc., simple baskets make the perfect home for these smaller items. Instead of tossing them in a drawer or somewhere on your dresser, create designated baskets for each item you’d like to store in your closet.

Cost: $5 per basket

Ready to tackle some DIY closet organization ideas?

Next time you’re in the mood to give your closet a little TLC, don’t go running to the store to buy expensive traditional closet solutions. Instead, use these unique, inexpensive and DIY closet organization ideas to keep your room (and your outfits) looking perfect.

What are some of your favorite tips for organizing your closet while keeping your budget in check? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author

Molli Spear

Molli is an expert in all things related to moving, storage, and home organization. She graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor's degree and spent several years of her career in the self storage industry. As a mother of three and a stay-at-home mom, Molli knows how difficult it can be to stay organized at home when things are feeling a little cramped. That's why she contributes to the Life Storage Blog.

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