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How To Organize Your Closet The Perfect Way

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Do you know how to organize your closet, especially to help make your mornings easier and also for travel? I am going to share some best closet organization tips to help maximize your time and space. 

One of the things that excited me when we bought our house a few years ago was the master bedroom closet. Coming from a really small house with a tiny closet that I had to share with my husband, this was a big deal to a fashion and shoes addict like myself.

I travel a lot and I’m a last-minute packer who only carries on, plus I am kind of a mess in the mornings. People often ask how I am able to get ready and pack so quickly, and a lot of it has to do with how I have my things organized in my closet. 

I am going to share how to organize your closet the perfect way so you can have less stress when getting ready. 

What are five tips for organizing your closet?

There are so many ways that you can reclaim your closet space, simply by decluttering the right way and organizing your clothes.

Here are my top 5 most useful tips: 

1. Hang up everything that you can

I hang pretty much all of my clothes on non-slip hangers (because they don’t leave indentations in your clothes), except for my favorite jeans, workout clothes and undergarments.

Hanging up your clothes not only makes it easier for you to see everything, but it also keeps clothing organized and wrinkle free (for the most part).

2. Keep all clothes out year-round

For the most part I keep pretty much all of my clothes out year round. This makes it easier when I am traveling somewhere that might have different weather from my own. I also do this because I like to wear tanks and tees in the chilly months under cardigans, blazers and jackets.

Keeping all of your clothes where you can see them will also save you time from having to store and then unpack certain clothes each season. 

3. Separate things by category

Separate your clothes by type (sweaters, jackets, tanks, tees, long-sleeved tops, dresses, pants, shorts, skirts). 

4. Organize categories by color

I keep my clothes organized based upon color. 

5. Hang up clothes by type

All of my clothing is hung up in my closet by type and color. This makes it easy to find what I am looking for, especially in a hurry or when I have to pack my carry-on bag

Hopefully sharing a tour of my closet gives you a better idea of how it is organized. 

4 Clothes Organization Tips

Here are my favorite tips that help me keep my closet organized for good. 

Tip 1: Keep An Area Free and Clear

I keep an area on the opposite side of the closet free for when I am picking out clothes, especially to pack for a trip, so I can hang what I want to take on that side for easier viewing.

Women's clothes hanging closet

Tip 2: Turn hangers for clothes you wear 

After I wear something I turn the hanger the opposite way so I can see what I have NOT been wearing. This helps when I go through my closet every couple of months to figure out what to keep and what to give away or donate to a good cause.

Tip 3: Shop Your Closet 

Before adding any new clothes to my closet, I always “shop my closet” first, which eliminates overbuying and having unnecessary clothes I may never wear. 

Tip 4: Buy Smart Pieces

When I am searching for new pieces to add I will often order a Stitch Fix box so I can receive some unique pieces to mix and match with my existing ones. 

best way to organize clothes for women

How To Organize Shoes

Of all the things in your closet, your shoes are probably the most difficult to organize. I get it, I have a lot of shoes too! Here are my no-fail solutions for organizing shoes. 

  • Keep them in their original boxes. My shoes are all in their original boxes. Not only does that keep your shoes from getting dusty and dirty, it also saves space because you can stack them.
  • Make the shoe box labels face out. I make sure the label on the shoeboxes face out so I know exactly what shoes are inside.
  • Stack shoes by type. The shoes are kept in order stacked in rows by type (sandals, booties, heels and more), to make finding what you want super easy.
  • Use a shoe rack. When it comes to my favorite flats, Tieks, I have a separate shoe rack where I leave out the ones I often wear (check out my favorite pair here). This makes it simple to grab a pair and go in a hurry.
  • Display larger boots. Since my boots are bigger and their boxes would take up more space, I keep them on display along the back shelf of my closet.

Someday I will hopefully have the closet of my dreams (like the one below), but until then, I am making the best out of the space I have, which I hope helps you figure out how to organize your closet in the best way too.

picture of organized clothes in a closet

Staple Wardrobe Pieces

Here are some ideas of staple pieces to add to your wardrobe:

  1. What To Pack When Traveling For A Weekend
  2. Are Tieks Shoes Perfect For Travel?



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Jean |

Friday 16th of November 2018

Clarissa, you organize your closet almost exactly the way I do! I think the only difference is you sort by garment type first, then color; I put all my different style tops together, grouped by color. And I keep my shoes in boxes, grouped by color rather than style. And my closet, and wardrobe, are much smaller!


Sunday 18th of November 2018

That is so funny! Glad to hear we have similar style!

Keri Lyn

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

I love to have an organized closet but I've fallen behind... you inspire me to spend some time getting mine back in order!


Sunday 18th of November 2018

Thanks for the comment and the kind words friend. Having an organized closet can definitely be a time saver.