15 Simple Tips to a Luxe Closet

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on yesterday’s Date Night Style post. I loved hearing your tips and tricks for ‘encouraging’ your mate to get dressed up!

Today I’m sharing tips and tricks of the organizing kind. I still pinch myself every morning when walking in my closet, and can hardly believe that space is mine. Having it well organized has been such a game-changer for me…for both creating outfits, and  kick-starting my day on a positive note. It’s the first room I walk in when I wake up (after the bathroom, of course), and it starts my day on such a calm and joyful note.

But you don’t have to overhaul your closet from top-to-bottom to achieve this wardrobe nirvana. There are actually simple tweaks and changes to turn your closet into one fab space.

ONE) Shop your home for decor pieces to use as unexpected storage, and pretty organization. Small dishes and trays are great for corralling earrings, lipsticks and sunglasses. Oversized baskets make great hampers, and add texture to the room.

Teacup | Small Tray | Business Cards

Woman Bust Head | Similar Hat | Statement Necklace | Wishbone Ring Dish | Pink Hoop Earrings

Woven Basket | Tassel Charm | Leopard Carpet

TWO) Use handbags, hats, and scarves as decor. Even your favorite pair of shoes looks like art when displayed on a shelf!

Gray Booties | Cognac Booties | Wedge Booties | Gray Chukkas | Taupe Booties | Taupe Cutout Booties

elfa Shelving and Drawer System

THREE) Carve out an accessories area, putting your favorite pieces on display. This not only looks pretty, but helps you see all your options in one spot.

Art Print | Roman Shade | Bag Tassel | Tassel Necklace

Acrylic Jewelry Stands | Agate Cuff | Leopard Cuff | Blue Heels

FOUR) Use hooks for everything from robes and hats, to necklaces and outfits. My hooks are part of the elfa system, but decorative ones add style and a feminine touch to your space. They’re also great for keeping items off the floor!

Pearl Cluster Necklace | Tassel Necklace | Pom Pom Clutch | Pink Handbag

FIVE) Stools, ottomans and poufs fit well in closets, and make a nice place to sit and put on your shoes. They also add to the feeling that this is more than just a closet.

Similar Knee Boots | Koolaburra by UGG Boots | Leopard Carpet | Shag Stool

Leopard Carpet | Shag Stool

SIX) Replace the mismatched hangers for a single style throughout. Not only do your clothes look more uniform and streamlined, but the overall room feels less chaotic and cluttered. I’m a huge fan of these huggable hangers. (Don’t be tempted by the knock-offs like I was…they were all broken within a few months!)

Gliding Tie & Belt Rack | Huggable Hangers

SEVEN) Swap out the basic carpet for something fun. Add a rug or runner, or simply throw a faux-fur down.

Leopard Carpet

EIGHT) Group like items in a way that makes sense to you…dresses, skirts, collared shirts, blouses, jackets…then organize everything, from ties and shirts, to earrings and skirts, by color. Even handbags and clutches can be arranged in rainbow order.

Gliding Tie & Belt Rack

Leopard Carpet | Shag Stool | Pink Earrings

NINE) Display shoes in uniform pairs on shelves, or stack in clear boxes with pictures on the front. I use these boxes in bulk, and they are super sturdy.

All-Star Sneakers | Nikes | Loafers | Similar Nude Heels | Similar Taupe Booties | Black Booties | Patent Pumps | Floral Rainboots | Black Rainboots

TEN) Treat the room like any other in your home, and decorate with art and window treatments. Paint the walls or ceiling, even add wallpaper! Add an inspiration board, frame favorite quotes and family photos…basically add things that bring you joy!

Striped Totes | Pink Sweater | Tassel Necklace

Art Print | Roman Shade

ELEVEN) Replace standard lighting with something special, but make sure it provides good, functional light. Even adding a dimmer to a builder-grade light changes the atmosphere.

Leopard Carpet | Chandeliers | Shag Stool | Striped Shirt | Poncho


TWELVE) Add a mirror to reflect more light, and assist in getting dressed. It could be an inexpensive one mounted to the back of the door, or a decorative floor mirror leaning against the wall. My table mirror creates a small vanity area I use to add finishing touches like earrings and lipstick.

Mirror | Fringe Earrings | Pendant Necklace

THIRTEEN) Store any items not on hangers in drawers or bins, instead of folded and stacked on shelves. This helps keep the space tidy and uncluttered, and makes it easier when putting laundry away. I even have a ‘junk drawer’ for things I reach for often, like scissors, receipts, lint rollers, and protective sprays.

FOURTEEN) Organize your drawers in a way that helps you dress more efficiently. Whether that means you follow the Konmari method, roll your tees, or stagger your favorite undies…the goal is to easily find what you’re looking for, while extending the life of your clothes.

Favorite Undies | Favorite T-Shirt Bra

FIFTEEN) Forget the rules, tips and tricks, and do whatever brings you joy! You want leopard carpet? Go for it! Purple is your favorite color? Paint it on the ceiling! Your funny sock collection is your prized possession? Hang them from hooks. Nothing is off-limits…afterall, who else will see your closet?!

Basically do whatever you want to your closet, except overlook it! It’s likely the first place you go in the morning, and the last each night…it’s also where you create the image you project to others every day. Who wouldn’t want that to be a place of joy?!

How do you organize your closet? What have you added to create a more luxe feel?

{Full Closet Makeover}
*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Summers.

Leave a Comment


  1. These are great tips! I too love using pretty (and unexpected items) as display pieces for jewelry! I’ve found that the ceramic egg holders are perfect to hold a bunch of small earrings!

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    Make my closet look pretty is definitely on my “to do” list. It is fairly organized but I really want to add some things to make it feel special. Thanks for all of the great, simple tips!

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  3. Brittany wrote:

    Closet goals!!!! It’s so gorgeous! That leopard carpet totally completes it… Great tips!!!

    Brittany 🙂

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  4. Christina wrote:

    Great tips! I hate when our closet starts to get disorganized being that it is where I start and end my day. I took 2 small cork boards from IKEA and covered them in fabric and did some nail head trim on the edges as a decorative place to display my necklaces. I love a pretty closet!

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      That sounds so lovely!!! What a great idea for displaying necklaces! xo

      Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  5. Stephanie wrote:

    Organizing my closet is definitely a priority of mine for my spring cleaning this year. It’s so not functional and it annoys me often.


    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Yes! Spring cleaning (i.e. regular purging!) is key, too! xo

      Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  6. Amazing tips! Still so in love with your closet makeover! My closet is so teeny, it’s hard to use anything as decor, but maybe there are some small ways I can make it seem more exciting when I open the closet doors.

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Absolutely!! New light fixture (even if it’s just a boob light!), pretty hooks or uniform hangers…those little things make a huge impact! xo

      Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  7. Pam wrote:

    Love your closet and your great tips for helping make any closet great.

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  8. Oh my gosh, can I please have your wardrobe? Love all your boots!

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  9. Patricia wrote:

    I agree on the copycat “huggable hangers”. I fell for them too (so much cheaper!) and the hooks started popping off. None of the real hangers has lost it’s hook.
    Elegant “Cassie boutique” you’ve got there masquerading as a closet. I swear you’re the bootie queen of Texas!
    My favorite organizing tip is the Wayfair wall mounted jewelry organizer. Mine holds a ton and has a mirror on the outside so serves two purposes at once.
    I’m still struggling to find the perfect layout for my awkwardly shaped closet. I have nearly doubled hanging space just by adding an extra rod. I bought a closet rod and suspended it by chains 34 inches below the top rack. I use snap links to attach it to the wire rack/rod above. But there’s more work to do. Too much stuff is way overhead or inconvenient to reach…

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Such great ideas!! Sounds like you’re making it work…that accessories cabinet is a great find!! xo

      Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  10. Bry Jaimea wrote:

    I love that shaggy stool! I wonder if I can import one to Scotland!

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  11. jillian wrote:

    great tips! we have a huge master closet in our new house and i can’t wait to get in there and get organizing! xo jillian

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  12. Jenny wrote:

    Love the closet, and I agree that the leopard carpet is the finishing touch. I also have an Elfa closet. It was expensive, but the best money we’ve spent. I swear it is a marriage saver if you have to share your closet with a spouse. ~ Now if I could just get him to put the clothes IN the hamper rather than beside it. 🙂
    Great post! Love your ideas.

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  13. These photos are super inspiring. It makes me so envious though, because mine is tiny… I mean, some of these closets are bigger than my whole bedroom!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 3.23.17 Reply
  14. Barbara wrote:

    I am in love with your Hammitt handbag and am so sad it is no longer available. My husband was born and raised in Lockland, Ohio. His Father was a police officer, his Mother worked at Stearns and Foster. After we were married, I worked at a Bank in Lockland. Lots of memories from that town. Stearns and Foster has since been torn down. If you ever come across another one, please keep me in mind.

    Posted 3.24.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      What a lovely story!! That bag is stunning, and certainly the nicest one I own. It was amazing to be part of that project and collaboration!

      Posted 3.25.17 Reply
  15. Joy wrote:

    Wow, this is fabulous! Great use of vertical space! I’m moving into a house with small but tall walk-in closets. You’ve definitely given me some inspiration here!

    Posted 4.14.17 Reply
  16. fnaf wrote:

    Beautiful closet! Could you share your thoughts on how practical the acrylic bracelet organizers are? I’m curious if it’s hard to get ones in the middle off the holder without knocking off bracelets on the end. Thanks!

    Posted 3.7.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      It works great for cuffs, but for bracelets that don’t open, you do have to slide them all off. Doesn’t really bother me, and I haven’t found another option that doesn’t require the same. As for the base, it’s really sturdy…I’ve never had mine topple!

      Posted 3.9.18 Reply
  17. very colorful clothes that look very flexible and excited for the coming summer, it is very amazing, with these wings going to the sea is amazing

    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
  18. Catherine wrote:

    Please tell me about what you do with your pants, jeans, joggers, leggings, etc. I don’t see any bottoms hanging in your closet. Also, do you recommend Elfa? Any specific instructions?

    Posted 4.15.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Catherine! This post is a few years old, I’ve done a better job of organizing since then! My pants/jeans are all hanging up now, using the hangers linked below! We don’t have dressers, so leggings/joggers/shorts are in the built-in Elfa drawers under the jewelry. And we do love our Elfa closet system! The drawers are a game changer! xo, Cassie

      Hangers: https://shopstyle.it/l/bf1Zb

      Posted 4.15.20 Reply
      • Catherine Dubbe wrote:

        Thank you! I’m just starting with a blank space (that looks exactly like yours) and I’m so confused. Any advice is appreciated. My friend just turned me on to your blog a couple of days ago and I am obsessed! I’ve spent many, many hours reading (and buying)!! BTW I went to TCU (my friend said you did too?)

        Posted 4.16.20 Reply
        • Cassie wrote:

          The Container Store has an incredible online source, where you can input your dimension and play with all the different configurations according to your space!

          Posted 4.17.20 Reply