When you’re searching for inspiration to DIY your small walk-in closet, just type #closetorganization into Instagram and you’ll see photos of beautiful closets that will literally take your breath away. And while some closets have received a full-blown makeover by a professional organizer, a lot were overhauled by people like you and me.
Sure, the pros make the job so much easier, but I guarantee it won’t give you the feeling of accomplishment as your own successfully completed DIY project will. Saving money is always the end goal of any DIY project — right after creating something that makes you smile, of course.
Even though completely making over a small closet isn’t cheap, there are ways you can avoid spending more than you have to for bringing that piece of joy into your home. Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once, especially if you’re fully committed to installing a new closet system.
The first two places I usually turn to for fashion, hair and DIY tips are influencers on Pinterest and Instagram because of the endless possibilities. We’ve rounded up a few influencers who are inspiring us to take a fresh look at our closets and hopefully they’ll offer a little inspo for you and your next home DIY project, too.
Small Walk-in Closet Inspiration DIY
Narrow Wood Closet System
“An organized closet doesn’t necessarily make the decision of ‘what to wear’ easier. But, it will allow you to know ‘what you have’. Plus, it just looks a lot better!”
The @theorganizingblonde masterfully organizes closets, pantries and other spaces that collect clutter. For something similar to these organized closets, the ClosetMaid starter kit can help solve your biggest organizing headaches for your fashion essentials. It comes in many affordable options you can customize to fit your needs.
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Wire Walk-in Closet Organizer DIY
A little organization can make a world of difference. And that’s just what influencer @carlysos has pulled off smashingly. This versatile, easy-to-install system is one of the quicker ways to update your closet. It has a variety of configurations and most kits come with all the mounting hardware you need and usually don’t require cutting to make it fit.
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IKEA PAX Organizer DIY
“This has been one of my longest and most challenging projects yet. Trying to track down all of my pieces from @ikeausa and changing up my plans multiple times definitely added to the chaos.”
We love what @designingparkside has done to her mom’s small walk-in closet. She completely made over an ordinary closet and made it look bigger and so much brighter. The best part is the pull-out door she customized herself. Watch the TikTok unveil.
The PAX system from IKEA has over 200 different products to choose from, so you can literally customize your new closet exactly how you want. One of the great things about getting everything from IKEA is that you don’t have to do it all at once, which can be a big upfront cost all at once. And like Kristi, you might change your mind multiple times before deciding on the finished product.
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Modular Closets DIY
“Organizing requires so much energy, thought, design, creativity, trial and error and hard work so when that magic moment hits, and it ALL comes together sometimes I just need to sit in our finished projects and admire the transformation.”
Christina Giaquinto, Instagram
The Modular Closets brand ambassador, @christinagiaquinto, turns ordinary into extraordinary. This organizing expert is obsessed with helping other declutter their home and life. Modular Closets help maximize your space with DIY-friendly closets. Giaquinto also recently helped makeover the Real Housewives of New Jersey Dolores Catania’s amazing closet.
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Budget-friendly Closet Organization
“There is a balance to organizing, especially when your space is limited.”
Adorn Your Space, Instagram
If your budget is small, there are still big ways you can make your space look clutter-free. The professional organizer, @adorn_your_space, can turn any disorganized clutter into a less chaotic room. They have tips to making the best use of your space and advice on where to put what. There is a plethora of choices for making your space look completely put together, with a few affordable pieces that turn any closet into a vibe.
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Not technically a DIY closet organizer, but peel-and-stick wallpaper is a relatively quick way to update your closet walls and can make your space look bigger than it really is. The white brick wallpaper that influencer @ronnieisenberg uses instantly adds faux texture against the white shelves. While @indigodesign.co mixes a pretty pastel to the walk-in closet. And @2borganizedaustin‘s client put a pop of wallpaper on the doors of the cabinet, which is such a cool idea.
And if you want to forego the somewhat time consuming installation of wallpaper and opting for paint, then you must check out Home Depot’s Oops Paint section to save on colors you may not have thought of before.