Top of Closet Organization

We all have that one spot in our home that we can never seem to keep tidy. For some, it’s the kitchen counter; for others, it’s the coffee table. But for many of us, that place is the top shelf of our closet.

You know the one: it’s crammed with random knick-knacks, out-of-season clothing, and half-used candles.

If the top of your closet is starting to resemble a junk drawer, it’s time for a declutter! We’ve got great tips to help you get started. Follow them, and you’ll have an organized closet in no time!

We hope these tips are helpful in conquering the top shelf of your closet! Organizing doesn’t have to be a pain if you take it one step at a time.

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Top of Closet Organization

The top shelf of your closet can be a real pain to organize. It’s usually full of things that you don’t use very often, but you don’t want to get rid of them either.

If your top shelf is a mess, don’t worry! We’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to organize the top shelf of your closet.

Clean it off.

Start by taking everything off of the top shelf. Yes, everything. This includes items that you use regularly as well as those that you haven’t touched in years. Once everything is off of the shelf, give the area a good dusting.

Sort and purge your belongings.

Sort your items into three piles: keep, donate/sell, and trash. Be ruthless when making your decisions! If you haven’t used an item in 6 months (or longer), chances are you don’t need it.

Donate or sell items that are still in good condition but that you no longer have a use for. And anything that is broken or damaged beyond repair should be thrown away. 

Get organized.

Now that you’ve sorted through everything, it’s time to start putting things back on the shelf. Start with the larger items first and then fill in the gaps with smaller items.

Try to group similar items so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for later on. 

Stand back and admire your handiwork! A decluttered top shelf will not only look nicer—but it will also make it easier to find things when you need them.

No more rummaging through piles of stuff every time you need to grab an item!


A cluttered top shelf can make even the most organized person feel like their home is falling apart at the seams. But with a little bit of time and effort, it’s easy to get the space under control again!

Just follow the steps outlined above, and you’ll have a decluttered top shelf in no time flat!

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