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How To Organize Your Closet The Perfect Way

Do you know how to organize your closet, especially to help make your mornings easier and also for the future of 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. 

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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, best leggings, 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 — like my best travel essentials — 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. 

How do you organize a closet on a budget? 

So you don’t have to spend a lot of money, here are some budget-friendly ways to help keep your closet organized for good. 

Keep An Area Free and Clear

Clear out and designate an area, on the opposite side of the closet from where your clothes are hung. When planning out your outfits or packing for a trip, you can hang what you want to take on that side for easier viewing.

Women's clothes hanging closet

Turn Hangers 

After you wear something, turn the hanger the opposite way so you can see what you have NOT been wearing. Then, go through your closet every couple of months to figure out what to keep and what to resell, give away or donate.

Shop Your Closet 

Before adding any new clothes to your closet, make sure you “shop” your closet first. This eliminates overbuying and having unnecessary clothes that you may never wear. 

Buy Smart Pieces

When searching for new pieces to add to your wardrobe, buy smart, staple pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe.

I will order a Stitch Fix box when I need some new staple clothes 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 might be the most difficult to organize. I get it, I have a lot of shoes too, mostly Tieks!

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 facing 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 take up more space, I keep them out of the box and 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 plan to keep 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?
  3. Cute and Cozy Winter Scarves For Women



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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.

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