Organizing my closet and keeping it immaculate is a habit I’ve cultivated since I was a child. I love color-coordinating in general so this was quite fun for me! No matter how small my closet was – from the minimal wooden dresser in my university dorm room to my current walk-in closet, I always stick to it. Keeping my clothing neatly hung and categorized minimizes the time it takes for me to select an outfit and get ready in the morning. Of course, it can be challenging to start but I’m here to provide some tips and make your life a little less hassle-free.
Step 0: Buy matching hangers.
Before we start with any of the organization bits, my first recommendation is to buy a bunch of matching hangers. They can be anything you prefer. Having hangers of all the same time creates a sense of uniformity and thus makes your closet look neater. Since I live in an apartment and will likely move out in a relatively short time frame, I bought cheap white plastic hangers from Walmart. You can find similar one just about anywhere (even you local Dollar Spot will sell them). I bought a couple packs and they sufficed well enough. However, I do have some pretty gold ones on my clothing rack, which I will buy more of once I settle somewhere more permanent.
Step 1: Completely empty out your closet.
Lay your clothing and accessories out on your bed or someplace else you can clearly see everything. This gives you a visual of what you actually have. Sift through all of this and make a “toss”, “keep”, and “donate” pile. Be extremely strict with yourself. In the words of Marie Kondo, whatever you place in your “keep” pile must “spark joy”. I really abide by that principal (even before I knew that quote haha). Your “toss” pile will contain clothing or accessories too ratty or damaged to donate. Your “donate” pile will have things you don’t mind parting ways with and giving away. If you want, you can even sell nicer pieces on Poshmark and earn some extra cash.
Step 2: Hang all your tops (and bottoms if you prefer) up.
It doesn’t matter right now how color-coordinated they are, since we’ll be doing that in the next step. Hang them so they all face the same direction, again adding to that sense of uniformity. If you want, you can do this with your bottoms as well. As for me, I simply like folding my pants, skirts, and shorts and placing them in a storage cube (originally a book case) like so:
Step 3: Color coordinate.
Now starts the fun part. And also quite an arm workout! The way I personally do it is: I select a particular color to tackle, and sort it out into blazers, sweaters, cardigans, long-sleeves, short-sleeves, and tanks. Then within each sub-category, I go from darkest to lightest tones. I make sure that the colors I wear most are more accessible. As you can tell, I keep all my blues, creams, whites, blacks, and grays are delegated to the center as these are colors I wear often. Other colors are to the corner since I don’t reach for them on a day-to-day basis. You should do it in a way that makes sense to you!
Step 4: Misc.
As mentioned, I keep all my bottoms in a storage cube. I also use the opposite side wall to store my nail polish stash, belts, and caps (of which I don’t have too many). I keep my lingerie and PJs in plastic storage bins, since it’s easier to either move or sell when I move out of this apartment. When I find my perfect home, I’d like to invest in a mirrored armoire for my intimates because I find them so beautiful.
And there you have it – how to perfectly organize your own closet. I hope you found this post helpful and thank you for reading!