Closet organizers are sets of shelves, hooks, racks, boxes, and storage bins that can transform a closet from a haven of chaos to an organized area where everything is in its place. They can be a mixture of accessories brought together from different sources, but entire kits are often sold with matching shelves, racks, and bins that fit together and compliment one another.
While every closet must keep its rack for hanging clothes, most have only one shelf, set above the clothing rack. A good closet organizer will shorten the clothing rack, raise it to make room for a second rack below, and add shelves along one side. The original shelf above the rack can either be raised or even doubled and used for storage. Objects used every day can be placed on the lower shelves.
Below the double clothing rack, a shoe rack is a convenient accessory that keeps the closet floor clear of shoes and safer for walking. Many organizers include shelves with built-in storage bins that slide in and out like drawers. Other non-attached bins may be placed on the side shelves, above the clothing racks, or on the floor next to the shoe rack. If the door is a sliding one on a frame, often smaller shelves, bins or racks can be attached to the inside of one of the doors for added space. If the door opens out into the room, several hooks can be attached to it or even a hanging shoe organizer.
The ideal closet organizer will include a light. Even the most efficiently organized closet is still a dark place with little or no outside lighting. Most people will find that keeping things organized is much easier when they can see what they need and where it goes.