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8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

“I have too many shoes!” — said no woman ever. We girls love our shoes, so please get off our case!

So we love pretty shoes, bags, and dresses. But what’s the point if we don’t have them in view to marvel at?

Hey, it’s not about how much stuff you have. It’s definitely not about buying more stuff. It’s really about how you work with what you already have. It’s about organization—knowing where you put what, and being able to easily pull it off a shelf to wear. It’s about giving your favorite things a happy home when you’re not using it on you.

If you’ve been putting off your closet organizing, we say procrastinate no more! In just 8 simple steps, you’ll be able to turn what was once a disarray into an oasis you’ll love and want to spend all day in.

And when we say simple, we really mean simple—nothing drastic and no supermom skill required (although that’s always a bonus!).

1. Start with a clean, empty space.

Empty out everything from your drawers, cupboards, and shelves. Clean surfaces and vacuum corners. You’ll want a spotless, blank canvas to work with.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

2. Categorize.

You may resent putting people into boxes, but for your closet you’re going to want to put your things in order. Think in types and categories. For example, on the first row, starting on the top left, I start with vests and move on to tops (notice I also color-coordinate? But don’t worry, we’ll get to that in just a sec), and on the second row is where I hang some of my cardigans, sweaters, hoodies, blazers, and jackets, from left to right. Remember, categories first, color second. Same thing goes with shoes.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

3. Use uniform hangers. 

This is a life-changer, and of course a closet-transformer—a strikingly easy step that many often overlook. The use of uniform hangers will immediately (seriously!) systematize your closet into a neat and tidy collection.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

4. Coordinate colors and patterns.

Now that you’ve categorized your collection, it’s time to match colors! I hang all my casual dresses together and start from the color white, cream, brown, yellow, peach, pink, red, purple, green, blue, grey, and finally end with black.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

Collared shirts are hung together, and color- and pattern-coordinated.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

5. Organize by length and/or sleeves.

There’s one special section in my closet for formal and long dresses and gowns. In this case, I like to organize by length. That way, I can easily decide which dress to wear for a particular occasion. As for the empty space below the shorter dresses, that’s where I keep some of my bags and clutches. In other cases, I would also organize according to sleeve. For instance, thin, spaghetti straps first, followed by thicker straps, other sleeveless items, and finally items with short and long sleeves.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

6. T-shirts in drawers.

Check out our space-saving, quick and easy method of storing t-shirts that’ll allow you to scan through your entire collection and pick out one for the day!

How to Organize T-shirts

7. Store similar items together.

For items that are folded instead of hung, I like to still keep things organized by compartmentalizing. Jeans are in one stack from dark to light wash.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

Dresses that aren’t hung are also stacked according to color. And finally, pajama pants, of course, get a little nook for themselves.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

8. Create a “special section” for favorite items!

Last but not least, my absolute favorite part of the closet: a special exposed DIY hanger for outfits I’m selecting for an upcoming event or favorite pieces that I love being able to see at all times.

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

My closet was once in clutter, but with these easy tips I now enjoy a beautiful sanctuary of…my favorite things.

How do you keep your closet organized? Share with us your tips!


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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!


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