Sustainable closet organization ideas

Sustainable Closet Organization Ideas | 2023 Edition

Build A Greener Closet With These Eco-Friendly Closet Organizers

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Are you looking for ways to organize your closet in a more sustainable way? You’ve come to the right place!

Closet organization can be a daunting task, especially if you’re giving it a plastic-free makeover; but with a few simple tips, you can make the process easier and more efficient.

Organizing your closet without the use of plastic can be a challenge, but it is possible. With a few simple steps, you can create a plastic-free closet that is both organized and sustainable.

  • The first step to creating a plastic-free closet is to go through your items and remove any plastic hangers. These can be replaced with wooden hangers, which are both more eco-friendly and look way better.
  • To avoid contributing to the landfill, you can donate your plastic hangers to a local thrift store, or you can give them away to someone in need by listing them for free in Facebook marketplace. My county has a Facebook group called “helping hands”, and you can list free items that you no longer need.
  • The second step is to invest in some non-plastic storage solutions. Baskets and bins made of woven materials are a great way to store items like scarves and hats. You can also use cloth bags to store items like shoes and purses. These items can be hung on the wall or stored in a closet shelf.
  • Finally, you can use natural materials, such as cedar to keep your closet smelling fresh. Cedar blocks or sachets can be placed in drawers and shelves to keep items smelling fresh and free of mold and mildew. They also keep silver fish and other starch-loving bugs that will chew through your fabric.
  • You can even place soy wax melts of your choice around your clothing, inside your storage boxes and even pull out drawers to give your clothing a lovely non-toxic fragrance. I do so with vanilla scented wax melts, and sometimes I don’t even need to put on perfume because I already smell lovely.
WX melts in

By following these steps, you can create a plastic-free closet that is both organized and sustainable. Not only will it look great and more inviting, but it will also help reduce your environmental impact.

Below I’ve listed some of my favorite eco-friendly closet organizers that will literally make your closet look and feel sustainably chíc.

Eco-Friendly Closet Organizers For A Greener Closet

1. Swap Plastic Hangers For Wooden Hangers

Wooden hangers are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic hangers, offering a sustainable and biodegradable option for clothing storage. Wooden hangers are a great choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact, as they are made from renewable resources and are easily recyclable.

Wooden hangers are most often sold in packs of 20. Amazon has descent deals on wooden hangers, and sometimes you can find a good brand for around $20. You can find also find custom-made wooden hangers on Etsy, which are perfect for special occasions like weddings.

Legging organizers on etsy

2. Fabric Organizers For Leggings And T-Shirts

Items like leggings and spandex shorts can be so hard to store, and throwing them in a drawer or large bin just makes them wrinkle. A small fabric organizer is perfect for such garments.

I found these really cute fabric bins on Etsy, and they’re made specifically for hard to store garments like leggings and t-shirts. It keeps everything compact and saves so much space. You can stick them in drawers or just have them sit on a shelf. The light pink design is really cute too.

3. Use Fabric Bins To Store linens And blankets

If you live in a small apartment and don’t have a linen closet, you’ll most likely store your linen and blankets in your clothes closet or under the bed.

Collapsible storage bags are a convenient way to store linen in a sustainable manner. These bags are made of a lightweight, durable material that is designed to be reused multiple times. They are also easy to collapse and store away when not in use.

Storage bins like these recyclable variety by Shimoyama on Amazon are perfect for compressing large items, like blankets, and keeping them neatly stowed away until they are needed. Add some vanilla soy wax melts, or cedar sachets, it’ll keep everything smelling fresh.

4. Incorporate Collapsible Hanging Organizers

Collapsible hanging shelves are an essential addition to any closet. Not only are they convenient for organizing and storing items, but they are also a sustainable choice for the environment.

These hanging shelves are made of lightweight and durable materials, such as canvas, and are designed to collapse when not in use. This means that they take up minimal space and can easily be stored away when not needed.

If you have very limited closet space, without any kind of shelving, consider a collapsible hanging storage organizer like the one by StorageWorks on Amazon. Collapsible organizers are a perfect shelf alternative, great for maintaining a neat closet and they can easily be packed away for travel!

5. Opt For A Steel Shelving System

A steel shelving system is a great way to be sustainable. Steel is a material that is highly durable, recyclable, and requires minimal energy to produce. This makes it a great choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact.

Steel shelving systems are also easy to maintain and can last for many years. Additionally, steel shelving systems are often more cost-effective than other materials like wood, making them a great option for those looking to save money while still being environmentally conscious.

Check out this steel shelving system by ClosetMaid for under $100. You can hang Clothing and store boxes.

6. Stackable Wooden Shelves

Another great way to add a shelving system into your closet, if space permits, is to buy stackable shelves. Wooden shelves can be stacked to create more storage space, and they can be easily moved or rearranged to suit any need.

Additionally, wooden shelves are durable and can last for years, making them a great investment. Whether you’re looking for a way to store clothes, shoes, or other items, stackable wooden shelves are a great choice for any sustainable closet.

ClosetMaid sells different variations of these shelves and you can get really creative by mixing and matching. These stackable closet shelves look really elegant and maximize storage space.

7. Add Fabric Bins For Bra And Underwear Storage

If you’re on a budget, and really want a dresser in your closet that contains multiple drawers, then consider a fabric version—like this 4-door fabric dresser by Amazon Basics. It’s affordable yet elegant and fits even in the smallest of closets.


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