When a closet is organized, everything is easier to find. Your morning routine is streamlined and your start your day on the right foot!
How you organize your closet will differ slightly based on the space you have, the size of your wardrobe, and the kind of life you lead. However, these nine universal steps can be applied to any closet and any wardrobe:
#1 PURGE WITH A PURPOSE
Before you start cleaning your closet, decide who will get the castoffs. Knowing that your clothes are going to a favorite charity, a homeless shelter or the local do-gooder thrift shop is a goal that you can feel good about.
#2 DECLUTTER YOUR ITEMS BY CATEGORY
Instead, separate your items into categories like pants, dresses, tops, outerwear, accessories, and undergarments. Then sort through every item in a single category before moving on to the next.
Why is this method better?
Because it’s way easier to compare similar clothes when they’re all grouped together in front of you, making it easier to get rid of the things you know you have too much of or don’t want.
As you go through your stuff, make a commitment to only keep the clothes, shoes and accessories you know you love and wear with frequency. If anything gives you reason to hesitate, toss it in a pile for donation.
#3 EMPTY AND CLEAN YOUR CLOSET
Once you’ve made separate “donation” and “keep” piles for your clothes, shoes, and accessories, give your closet a once-over and pull out anything else still lingering inside it.
When only the occasional lone safety pin remains, dive in and give your closet a proper deep clean. Vacuum the carpet/floor, wipe down the shelves and scrub any scuff marks or dirt off the walls.
#4 ASSES YOUR CLOSET CAPABILITY
Take note of your closet’s best features: Maybe you have tons of vertical storage space, built-in shelving, or multiple hanging rods. Use these to your advantage.
For the areas of your closet that aren’t so great — your hard-to-reach upper shelves or total lack of shelves altogether, for example — figure out what you can do to fix these problems.
#5 STORE YOUR CLOTHES, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES
When organizing your closet, think first of the lifestyle you have. Do you strick work attire? Are you more in the creative filed and normally wear business casual attire? Do you have to drop off the kids on the way to work?When For me as a work- from-home designer, it was important to organize my clothes and shoes by color so when I get ready in the morning I go by what color I want to wear, pick the item and I’m out the door in 10 minutes to drop of my daughter at school.
Then organize items by groups. Keep like items with like items. Store all your belts in the same spot, hang your sundresses alongside each other, and keep your workout shirts separate from your pajamas.
#6 HANG EVERTHING DELICATE, FANCY OR STURDY
That means delicate items like dresses, skirts, and lingerie, fancy items like suits, and sturdy, structured pieces like coats and blazers.
Hang everything facing the same direction, with longer items on the left and shorter items on the right so the bottom of your clothes creates an upward sloping line.
Limit the visual clutter and give your closet a sleek, streamlined look by using matching hangers for your clothes.
#7 COLOR COORDINATE YOUR WARDROBE
It’s true — organizing your clothes by color can be tedious, but the end result will make picking out an outfit so much easier, especially if you’re a visual person.
No need to drive yourself crazy trying to remember the exact order of the colors in the rainbow (but it’s ROYGBIV if you want to be precise). Even creating the most general color distinction will make your closet easy to navigate.
#8 STYLE YOU SPACE
Adding a mirror, a piece of art, fun colors, faux plant or hanging wallpaper are all easy ways to add character to your closet. I created an area for my jewelry collection, where I displayed my most used on jewelry hanger and stored the rest in grey organizing trays (see this post for more photos). I added gold toned tray to store my perfumes and black and white framed picture for added a focal point to the area.
#9 MAINTAING AN ORGANIZED CLOSET
The more often you work on closet maintenance, the less time it will take. Go through your closet and complete a quick makeover (or make-under) once a month, and tackle the full re-organization process twice a year. In other words, the next time you can’t find an important piece of clothing, that’s a good sign you need to re-org your closet!