In this video I share with you how to organize your closet on a budget! Everything shown was purchased at the Dollar Store (Dollar Tree) for a grand total of just $59!

This is part 4 of 4 in my Dollar Store Organizing Series!

Part 1 of 4 – Pantry Organization on a Budget!

Part 2 of 4 – Desk Organization on a Budget!

Part 3 of 4 – Desk Drawer Organization on a Budget!

Part 4 of 4 – Closet Organization on a Budget

Please let me know what your favorite tip was from this video, or any of the other videos in the series, in the comments at the bottom. Do you have any budget closet organizing tips?

I hope you enjoy the video!

Closet Organization on a Budget

Hi everyone. I’m Alejandra from and in this video, I’m going to show you how to organize your closets with a tiny budget in mind.

But first if you are looking to start getting organized for the very first time, you can check out my free organizing video series.

Benefits of an Organized Closet

So it’s important to have an organized closet because it makes getting dressed in the morning a lot easier when you can find what you’re looking for and then everything has a home to be put away in the evening when you’re putting your clothes away.

If you have an organizing system, you can maximize your space if you have a small closet and your stuff is – your clothes are not going to be wrinkled if they’re just – if they’re hanging or folded properly. So I’m going to show you exactly how I’ve organized my entire closet with a small budget in mind.

Sweater & Handbag Organization

So let’s start up here. So at the very top of the closet, I wanted to find bigger organizing bins for all of my sweaters and my purses. But I couldn’t find that. I mean you can find them but I was looking for all of my organizing products at the dollar stores. I couldn’t find them. So I just used all the duffel bags I had.

Organizing the closet

Budget Friendly Ways to Organize Sweaters & Purses

So inside this duffel bag, I have all my sweaters. Inside this one, I have all my purses. When I need to use a duffel bag, I will just take everything out and then just put it back when it’s done.

So the one thing I didn’t like about this is that it’s not clear, so you can’t see what’s inside. So I added a 19-cent shelf label just like this that says “sweaters,” “purses,” and that’s obviously my travel cosmetics. Then down here, this is where I have all of my travel bags, just like smaller bags and stuff. So just reused and worked with what I had.

Over here, I have nine shoeboxes that I got from the dollar store and some of them have two pairs of shoes per box. Some of them are one pair. But you can add like a picture of a shoe on the front if you want or you can label them if it’s kind of dark and you can’t see what is what. I feel like I can see what’s what. So that works for now.

Low Cost Dresser Drawer Organization

In all of the drawers here, I’m excited to share what I did here. So this one has – I found all of these drawer organizers. They were a dollar each from the dollar store and there are seven here. I feel like they’re just like made for this drawer. So this is what one of them looks like. It’s made out of a canvass and I feel like they’re just like the perfect type of the drawer and they don’t slide because they fit the drawer so nicely. They come in three sizes. There’s a small one, medium, large, and I think there’s the really wide one.

But anyway, I have my heavy sweatpants, my lighter sweatpants, my nightgowns, long sleeves, T-shirts, leggings and leggings here. I feel like these bins, like they kind of act as dividers in the drawer to create little compartments. I feel like it’s easier to put your stuff away and find what you’re looking for when every drawer, especially big ones like this, have different compartments.

OK. So that is that one and then I just label the outside with what is inside the drawer. OK. So down here, I have all of my accessories, so belts, scarves. Here are clutches and bags. Here are hats. Here are bracelets, stuff for maintaining clothes. This is where I put all like the little button bags, just right here.

Then in this one here, we just have – this is kind of like more – this is like a scented spray for making your drawers smell nice. Anyway, these things right here, these little organizers, they’re actually desk organizers and they come two to a dollar and I thought they were great for accessories. So just because it’s made for a desk doesn’t mean you have to only use it in a desk.

Organize your closet drawers on a budget

Organize Closet Drawers with Dollar Store Dish Pans

Then same thing with these, these are dish pans that go in the kitchen. Just because it is made to go in the kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t go in your drawers in your closet.

In the very bottom of the drawer, there’s a shelf liner. So I have the shelf liner but you can get shelf liner at the dollar store for a dollar. All right. So that is that drawer.

This is my bras and underwear and socks drawer. So here I just found these letter trays. They were in the office with the school supplies section and they’re made for file folders- but just because they’re for the office doesn’t mean they can’t be used to organize your clothing.

The organizers have ventilation, so if you put a T-shirt down, you might get the imprint of the squares in your T-shirt. But I felt it was fine to use for the organizers socks and underwear, bras and such.

Low Cost Jewelry Organizer

Use Ice Cube Trays as a Low Cost Jewelry Organizer

Next I used these ice cube trays for all of my smaller jewelry, like charms, bracelets, small necklaces and stuff. The ice cube trays are two for a dollar at the dollar store.

So then in the next drawer is all of my exercise stuff. I have the green drawer organizers because they just fit perfectly inside. I feel with these organizers, they look better when you only see the tops of them, as opposed to seeing the sides of them. So inside of a drawer when you only see the top, it’s nice.

So there are yoga pants. There are tank tops, sports bras, T-shirts. These are all accessories for working out and then these are shorts.

How To Organize Your Tank top in a drawers

How To Organize your Tank Tops in a Drawer

This drawer has all my tank tops and shorts just like this. Again, there are seven different organizers here, shorts, shorts, skirts, all the tank tops. What I did here, so you can see that all the tank tops are filed, meaning they’re like filed like this. I can just pull one up like that.

If you notice, all the other drawers, like the exercise drawer and the pajamas one above, everything is piled instead. It’s because when I exercise or when I put on my pajamas, I don’t really – like normally I just grab whatever is on top. I don’t normally care when I go to the gym as opposed to a tank top. I always look for a certain tank top when I’m getting dressed.

When you file them, you can instantly see everything you have right. As opposed to piling, you normally only see what’s on top. It’s harder to file, if it was easier to file, I would file everything. But it’s just so much easier to pile. So that’s why these are piled and other drawers are filed.

This is the tank top drawer and then in another drawer I have all of my pants and jeans and they’re just folded over once and then stacked on top of each other.

How to Organize Hanging Clothes in the Closet

So let me show you the other side of my closet where I have all of my hanging clothes. I organize all my hanging clothes by type and then by color. So all the long sleeves are together, all the dresses are together, all the short sleeves, sleeveless together… Then once it’s organized by type, I organize the shirts by color in rainbow order.

How To Organize Hanging Clothes

How to Organize Hanging Clothes

I found hangers at the dollar store, they were six for a dollar. There are actually two types of hangers and I didn’t realize until I got home. But there’s this one right here and then there’s this one. The only difference is really this little hook right here. I like the type with the lower hooks better because when you’re hanging strappy shirts, like with the straps inside, I feel like they would stay on better, as opposed to the hangers with the hooks in the top.

So if I was going to do this all over again, I would make sure to get the hangers with the little hook, if I was buying hangers at the dollar store.

Also as you can see in the images, all of my clothes are spaced out, nothing is too overstuffed in the closet.

It’s not like so tight, which means you don’t have to really struggle to pull something out or put something back. Everything has enough breathing space which means it’s just easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Budget Friendly Jewelry Organization

So now let me show you how I’m storing all my necklaces. I found these hooks at the dollar store also. They’re a dollar each and they’re in the closet section. So I was thinking, “Oh, these are perfect for hanging necklaces or for hanging other things around the house.”

But for this closet, I would totally hang them on the sides of the closet where I have that pull-out necklace holder. I’ve shown that before. It’s from IKEA. It’s not a dollar but if I didn’t have those, I would hang these there. I didn’t hang them because we’re about to move. I didn’t want to put holes in the walls.

This is just an easy way to find exactly what you’re looking for. Necklaces are out of the way and they’re a dollar. So now let me show you how I’ve organized all of my scarves and maximized my vertical space on the door.

When I was organizing my closet, I tried finding vacuum bags and I found this one at the dollar store. It’s a dollar per bag and I tried it for all of my off-season – like my beach gear, like bathing suits and wraps and stuff.

When I used the vacuum to suck the air out, all the air came out and it really collapsed to like a smaller size. But then when I went to put the top on, all the air came back in.

So I don’t know if this is defective or not. But one way you can save space, maximize space in your closet is to use vacuum bags for all of your off-season clothes. So now, I’m just going to put this at the very top of my closet or you can put this in a different closet if you – if there’s no room in your current closet. But I just wanted to show another option of what you can do, yeah, inside your closet.

Scarf Organization Ideas

Low Cost Ways To Organize Scarves

Low Cost Ways to Organize Scarves

So over here is where I have all of my scarves. So I put them on the door to maximize my vertical space here and I just found these over the door hooks from the dollar store. They’re a dollar each. They have two hooks each. So it can store eight scarves here plus more room. But these are the best hooks from the dollar store. There are three different types of hooks. I’ve tried them all. This is the best fit. They just fit the tightest over the door. But yeah, they look great there and they’re out of the way.

So the total cost of organizing my closet on a small budget was $59. So the entire space was under $60 and that includes $16 worth of hangers. So if you don’t need hangers, you can take $59 minus $16 to get the cost of organizing the closet.

But anyway, I hope this video has inspired you to organize your closet with whatever budget you have. Get creative. Shop around and you can organize the space with any budget that you have.

If this is your first time watching any of my videos, you can subscribe to my channel for more tips or visit my website Thanks for watching and I will see you soon. Bye.

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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