This Closet Hack Creates Storage Out of Thin Air (You’ll Want to Use It Everywhere)

published Mar 13, 2024
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I’m a sucker for any household tips involving closet organization. However, it’s not all that impressive to watch someone on Instagram share space-saving storage tips while standing in their gorgeous walk-in closet. 

It would have been easy for me to roll my eyes and keep scrolling past Molly Miller of @therenegadehome filming in a closet that seems to boast actual square footage. But when I saw what she did to her collection of jeans and hoodies in minutes with a few items procured from Amazon, I stopped scrolling to gawk — then I started making plans for my own space.

In this video, Miller shows a closet hack for creating storage out of thin air: Use a towel bar and some S-hooks or clip hooks to create a space to hold your jeans, hoodies, and more! 

I had always defaulted to one of two ways to store jeans — either folded and placed on a shelf or in a drawer, or folded in half on a hanger — and for hoodies, I would just hang them on a hook behind the door (but if I’m being honest, they more often than not end up on the backs of chairs).

Here’s a quick and easy way to transform your closet or a corner of your space by adding under $60 of items to your Amazon cart.

  1. Attach a towel bar to a wall either inside or outside of your closet.
  2. Hang S-hooks on the bar and slip a hoodie over the hook.
  3. Hang clip hooks on the bar, fold your jeans in half longways, and attach the clip to the waistband.

Voilà! Not only have you organized your collection of jeans and/or hoodies, but you’ve also created an easy way to maintain it — most home organizing experts will say that’s the real key to keeping a tidy space.

What I like most about this towel bar hack is that even if you don’t have the wall space in your closet, you can install it elsewhere in your home. For example, you could hang the towel bar on a wall in your bedroom for a chic clothing boutique aesthetic.

Miller shows us that she’s also successfully tried this hack for tools and supplies in her garage and for hanging clothes to steam in her laundry area. I can see it working beautifully in other places in a home, such as by an entryway or mudroom for wet jackets; in a bedroom corner for scarves, purses, and bags; or even to hang actual towels to dry after a bath.

I love the high-end aesthetic of the gold towel bar and hooks for a bedroom, but for the laundry room in my basement, I’d probably opt for something less fancy. The great thing is that there are so many towel bars and hooks to choose from, so you can save money on this hack without depriving yourself of its benefits.