Wardrobe Maintenance 101: How To Organize Your Closet
Updated: May 1, 2020
Are your shoes taking up space?
Do your clothes overcrowd?
Do you feel rushed getting dressed in the morning?
A clear mind starts with a clean closet.
No matter how many storage boxes or color-coordinated hangers you buy, we all find ourselves back to cleaning our closet. The daily struggle of pulling clothes in and out of your closet, just to only half-way hang them back is frustrating. We spend countless time and energy trying to find the perfect look when it’s not the lack of clothes we have, but the lack of organization in our closet.
Make your closet work for you by learning your personal style and designing your ideal closet space.
Your closet space should reflect your personality.
Below discover a universal step by step guide to organizing your closet.
Make your clothes work for you!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
This includes any trash bags, cleaning supplies, additional hangers, storage items, etc. Start by having everything you need on hand.
Step 2: Declutter Your Clothes By Style
Start by sorting your clothes by style i.e.: Pair all tops, pants, skirts, dresses, and blazers separately. Create a pile for each style and set aside. This process will make it much easier to see what all you have, all you need, and all you need to get rid of.
Step 3: Clean Out Your Entire Closet
Every piece of clothing should be out of your closet by now. Use this time to pull out extra hangers, mix-match shoes, or unused handbags.
Step 4: Sort By Color
Now that you’ve sorted your clothes by style, sort your styles by color.
This means all black tops together, denim jeans together, etc. This is a great method to know where your clothes are at all times.
Step 5: Sort Seasonally
Sort your clothes by season.
This means all winter, spring, summer, and fall clothes should be coordinated.
Step 6: Design your ideal closet space
Designing your ideal closet space is all about knowing what works best for you and your lifestyle. i.e.: If your dress code for your job is business casual, you want to have your slacks, blouses, and blazers upfront.
Step 7: Assemble Your Coordinated Hangers
Coordinating hangers brings your entire closet together. Save time and money by buying hangers based on what you already have.
Step 8: Hang Time
Hang your clothes by length. Keep all your shorter items, like tops and sweaters, in one area of the closet and long dresses and pants on the other end. This will give your closet space underneath and all around.
Step 9: Make It Work For You
Once your closet is filled back up, take a few minutes to straighten everything and make sure all styles are color-coordinated.
Step 10: Keep A Donation Bin Handy
Now that you’re all done organizing your closet, use this time to see what you have and get rid of what you don’t wear. Give your clothes a breathing room by giving a 1/2 inch space between each hanger.
- Cambrai Robinson
Stylist + Founder of
Beyond Beauty x Brai