The Six Best Closet Systems for Organizing Your Wardrobe

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A cluttered wardrobe causes unnecessary stress, according to research. Rather than starting your day flustered trying to find matching socks or your favorite shirt, the right closet system can bring order (and peace!) to the chaos. Ahead, we found the best options—for clothes, shoes, and more—to organize your space.

The Best Overall Closet System: Elfa Platinum Reach-In Closet

Whether you DIY it or pay the extra fee for installation, the Elfa closet system provides plenty of storage solutions for your closet. There are different kits available in the Elfa series, but the classic reach-in closet made our list for its incredible value. It features two top shelves (perfect for out-of-season clothes), two hanging racks, two bins (great for sweaters), and two shoe racks—it's the ultimate all-in-one unit for organizing your closet. If white doesn't match your bedroom, it also comes in a platinum option. ($479, usually $638; conainerstore.com)

The Best Wood Closet System: Sutton Closet Wall Set

The best part about this wood closet system (aside from its heavy-duty construction) is how simple it is to add to your home. There's no complicated installation or awkward pieces; it consists of cabinets and shelves that can be adjusted to suit your needs. It makes an excellent dresser replacement, a linen closet organizer, or even an extension of your pantry. (Starting at $1,699; potterybarn.com)

The Best Wire Closet System: Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Closet

Investing in a custom closet is the best way to ensure you get everything you want. (Check out Martha's spare-bedroom-turned-walk-in-closet!) While a tailor-made closet may not always be in the budget, this Rubbermaid system gives you the option to customize for just over $100. The kit comes with several shelves, rods, and rod hangers that can configure in different arrangements, a feature more than 2,000 Amazon customers love. Choose from two different sizes to fit your space and install the four included brackets. Once the brackets are installed, the shelves snap into place, and you can always adjust them later if needed. (Starting at $110; amazon.com)

Best Freestanding Closet System: Whitmor Heavy Duty Storage Organizer

If you want a portable storage solution, then this freestanding closet system is a must-have. With more than 4,000 rave reviews, the steel and resin system has earned the coveted Amazon's Choice badge—and requires no installation and zero tools. It features two garment racks and four shelves that work great for clothes, shoes, purses, and more. Tip: Use boxes or containers to maximize the shelf space. ($41; amazon.com)

Best Hanging Closet Organizer: Simple Houseware 5 Shelves Hanging Organizer

Available in multiple colors to match your style, this hanging organizer features five shelves ideal for organizing jeans, slacks, sweaters, or overflow items. It also has mesh side pockets for small accessories like gloves, socks, or flat shoes. Hang it in your closet to free up drawer space, or at $13, grab a second for the guest bedroom so visitors have a spot to unpack their suitcase. (Starting at $13; amazon.com)

Best Shoe Organizer: Container Store Over the Door Shoe Organizer

With 12 pockets on each side, this shoe organizer holds up to 24 pairs, regardless if they're heels or flats. It also features three hooks, making it a studier option compared to two-hook designs. If you don't need that much space for your footwear, use the extra shelves for scarves, travel pouches, or other accessories. ($30; containerstore.com)

Bonus! Best Vacuum Seal Bags: SpaceSaver Reusable Vacuum Storage Bags

When it comes to storing seasonal items, these vacuum seal bags are, as the name suggests, a real space-saver. Available in different sizes, they allow you to store an assortment of clothes, linens, or even pillows in far less space than totes or storage bins require. Layer your summer (or winter, depending on the time of year) pieces—stuff only to the stop line—and then attach your vacuum hose. The suction removes extra air, making the bag lie flat so you can tuck it under the bed or place it at the top of your closet to keep them safe and out of the way until you need them. (Starting at $22; amazon.com)

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