How to Organize Your Closet

posted in: Organizing | 0

How to Organize Your Closet

Are you tired of wrestling with clothing in your closet?

Do you want to finally get things organized when it comes to your shirts, slacks, and shoes?

We all know closets are small and defined spaces; so why is it so difficult to keep a closet organized?

Well, it all comes down to two main items: daily use and lack of structure.

In this post, I offer several practical tips to help you organize your closet.

Whether you have a small or large closet at home, these tips will help you keep things in order…the smart way!

Please note: In observation of Independence Day here in the U.S., there will be no blog post on Tuesday, July 4th. I’ll be back with a new blog post the following week on Tuesday, July 11th. 

Can’t wait until then? Here’s a few things you can do in the meantime…

Check out our most popular posts on the blog

Shop our store of eBooks and calendar printables

And if you haven’t yet done so, sign up to receive access to our free resource library of eBooks, worksheets, checklists, and more! 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase from the affiliate.


Declutter clothing and accessories.

Before you become steeped in reorganizing your wardrobe, do yourself a favor and thoroughly declutter your closet. Remove clothing and accessories you no longer want or need, as well as items that no longer fit or are hopelessly damaged (torn, ripped, stained, broken, etc.).

Are you still unsure as to which items you should keep, and which items you should donate, recycle, or trash? Ask yourself any one of these twenty-three decluttering questions to get a better handle on the situation.

Match like items with like.

The next step in organizing your closet is to match similar items with similar items. This makes it easy for you to find items in your closet (dress shirts are stored with dress shirts, for instance), and it also makes it quite simple for you to store items, too. You can match shirts with shirts, sweaters with sweaters, slacks with slacks, belts with belts, shoes with shoes, and so on.

Now, you might have to physically move or remove items in your closet to place similar items next to one another, but it will be worth it. If you want to really get fancy, you can organize similar items by color so it’s easy to find what you need in a pinch.

Assign specific storage locations for items.

Now that you’ve matched like items with like, it’s time to find a specific storage location in your closet for each item. Doing so will make it easier to find and store items because you’ll know *exactly* where to place things. All you have to do is choose where in the closet items will be stored.

For instance, you might decide shoes will be stored on a shoe organizer on the floor of the closet, shirts on the left of the closet hanging rod, and slacks on the right of the hanging rod.

Make use of all available space.

Are you using every available inch of space within your closet? Don’t be afraid to expand your storage mindset both horizontally and vertically. For example, how could you utilize space behind the closet door or on the closet floor, underneath dressers, vanities, or shelving, or near the ceiling?

Now’s also a good time to remove any non-clothing items from your closet and relocate it to another storage area within your home. Remember, you want to use *all* of the space within your closet, not just a fraction of it.

Fix damaged closet hardware.

Take a moment now to finally address all those nagging fixer-upper or DIY projects you’ve been meaning to address over the past few months. What items need to be repaired or fixed in your closet? Go ahead and recycle and that broken set of hangers with a sturdy new set, fix that broken closet door hinge, replace the lightbulb or light fixture(s), repair those broken drawers or shelves, and properly mount that clothing rod.

Avoid the “throw and go” mindset.

It’s important to keep in mind your closet isn’t a self-organizing system. Remember, whatever you don’t take care of now, will have to be addressed later. All the more reason to carefully replace items in your closet after use! Just a little bit of daily maintenance will keep your closet neat and tidy.

Take a few minutes at the end of the day to replace shirts, slacks, and suits on hangers, fold and stack t-shirts and sweaters in drawers, match and place shoes in storage bins, and place purses and bags on shelves.

Use smart storage solutions.

Thankfully, nowadays there’s no end to closet storage solutions for the home. You can find ready-made storage solutions for individual items, such as belts, slacks, scarves and accessories, as well as full-organizational unit solutions that make it easy to store items tougher. You can even make your own storage solutions using bins, boxes, crates, hooks, and hangers.

Before purchasing closet storage products, check to see if you already own storage solutions in your home, or if you can repurpose items you already own.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase from the affiliate.

How about you? What do you think is the most difficult thing when it comes to organizing your closet? Which of the above tips are you going to put into use for your closet or wardrobe? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

Opt In Image
Hello Organized Life!

Join over 3,200 others and get access to my free library of organization eBooks, worksheets, and checklists.

Plus, updates delivered straight to your inbox!

Your information will *never* be sold, rented, or traded.