By Dixie Somers

Whether you like to splurge on designer wear, or you are a bargain expert, the terms “shopaholic” and “closet organization” rarely belong in the same sentence. If you’re a shopaholic that’s not likely headed toward recovery, you need to find a way to keep your closet running like a well-oiled machine.

Perhaps you’ve tried to set up an organization system in the past, but as soon as you bring home a new shopping bag, the entire system can be derailed by one new sweater or pair of heels.

If you want to achieve order in your closet, you need a serious strategy. Read on to learn a few tricks that will leave your closet with plenty of room for a few more trips to the mall, and finally achieve closet organization bliss.

High-Heel Overload

Heels are one of the toughest items to resist, which is why most shopaholics will tell you that you can never have too many. But what happens when you run out of room in the closet for them? Over-the-door organizers work great, but if your closet is already bursting, you might not even have room for a door anymore.

One popular trend for storing high heels is to attach some skinny molding to the wall that is between three and five feet long. Once the molding is attached, you can hang your heels next to each other on the wall, leaving more space for stuff in the closet. You can even get creative with the color or style of molding you use so it looks more like décor rather than a storage system.

How’s it Hangin?

Hanging items incorrectly can easily cause crumpled messes and leave you with less room in the closet. Flimsy or spaghetti strap dresses and blouses will stay in place on soft-grip hangers. Use clothespins on hangers to keep skirts from slipping.

An excellent way to hang jeans or pants is with a “cascading hangers” which allow you to hang multiple pairs of pants in one spot. Take out any items that are hanging in the closet that could easily be folded and placed in a drawer instead.

Nothing Purse-onal

If you have a purse for any and every occasion, they are likely taking up precious shelf space in the closet or around your room. An easy (and cheap) way to tame the purse craziness is to invest in some shower curtain hooks.

Place the hooks on the rod in your closet, and you’ve just created a purse storage system in about thirty seconds. Not only do these hooks come in fashionable designs, but they make it easy for you to grab a purse off the hook when you are in a hurry.

If you have limited rod space in your closet, you can hang a small curtain rod on an uncovered wall and use the shower curtain hook method there.

Seasonal Wardrobe Storage

When it’s time to put away one season’s staples for another, try rotating your out-of-season clothes or moving them to another location. You can place your winter clothes in vacuum sealed bags to make more room for season-appropriate clothes in your closet.

You can also invest in a rack to place outside of your closet, similar to the wheeled racks you see in retail stores. Use the rack to hold seasonal clothes, and keep the rack items rotating so you don’t feel like you are wearing the same thing every week.

Or, if you don’t have enough space in your room for the rack to sit out and display your clothes, you can move it to another room until the seasons change and then you can swap the clothes out.

Organizing Closet “Extras”

If it’s been a while since you last cleaned out your closet, it is likely that not everything in your closet is clothing or accessories. It is common to store luggage, linens, or completely random items in your closet for a time.

If you want to make more room in your closet for clothes, you might be surprised at how much space is freed up once you give the closet a once-over and purge any items that don’t need to be in there. Try to find another hall closet where you can store your extras, or get rid of things you truly aren’t using anymore.

If you absolutely have no other place to put these random items, you can place them in a box to sit on the floor of your closet. This box can double as a step-stool for hard-to-reach items that are higher up in your closet.

Organization Bliss

Once you get creative with your storage solutions (and do a little cleaning), you’ll be basking in the glory of an organized closet in no time. It’s tough to live the life of a fashion enthusiast when you have minimal closet space to work with, but there are plenty of storage solutions beyond just hanging up clothes until the rod snaps.

Some people like to organize their closet by what they wear the most, while others prefer to set the closet up based on category. No matter your preferences, you can overcome the woes of tiny closet spaces when you use a little creativity to find enough room to support your habit.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and home décor. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got her information for this article from the closet organization experts of the National Hanger Company who provide wooden hangers and other organization items for displaying and storing clothing.