How To Organize Your Closet Without Losing Your Mind

Updated March 17th, 2020

If you are anything like us, you likely have organized, reorganized and then organized once more your closets. And it seems it ends up needing to be reorganized by the time you finish.

The key to remember is that you can’t just set it and forget it. Organizing your closet, and keeping it that way is something that never ends. It should be a process and not something you do once a year out of desperation.

The key is to have a system and then follow it every time it starts to seems cluttered or too full.

In this article, I will go over some ways to keep your closet organized and looking tidy.

Get the Right Hangers

Before you do anything, you need to have several types of clothes hangers ready to go. You’ll use different hangers for different types of clothes. Hangers made of wood are there for the heavy stuff like sweaters and suits. Thin, nonslip ones for your silky and smooth clothes, and metal for just about everything else.

Organize your Clothes By Type

Having your clothes grouped by type will make finding things easier. When they are organized, you’ll keep the closet neat without needing to take stuff out and then jam it back in.

You’ll also be able to see quite clearly which clothes you are not wearing enough. Then you can pack stuff away for the season, or give some away to charity.

This is part of the ongoing organization I mentioned before. This will be happening all throughout the year as you consolidate your clothes, which will make for more space.

Design your Ideal Closet Set Up

You don’t need to hire a professional designer to get your closet looking great. If you use a little imagination, you can have it look neat and tidy as well as stylish.

Empty out your closet completely and take a picture of it. Then print out the picture or open it on a photo editing app.

Then just literally draw in the space where you want things. You can draw shelves, boxes and shoe racks. Label each area so that you can see where your stuff will go. Mess around with a few different designs and then pick your favorite.

Stack Thick Items

Have a couple of sweaters on hangers, but keep most of the heavy stuff folded and stacked on a shelf.

You’ll be able to clearly see what is in the stack and be able to coordinate easily.

Whatever seems to always be at the bottom of the stack and is there for a while needs to be put away in storage or given away as it clearly is not something you want to wear.

Use Storage Boxes

For things like socks, underwear and pajamas, use storage boxes that either rest on the floor or on a shelf. Roll them up so they take up less space and you can really pack them in.

You don’t necessarily have to put things you need on a daily basis there. That’s what your bureau is for. But, stuff that needs to be out of the way since it takes up too much room in a dresser drawer.

Keep Frequently Worn Clothes at Eye Level

Out of sight, out of mind. If you put things where you aren’t seeing them then you will forget you have them. Instead of stacking clothes on a high shelf, use that space for boxes. If you have shoes in a shoebox that only come out once per year, then place them above.

Anything that is less frequently used can be stored above your eye level or on the floor since it’s ok if they get forgotten.

Go Vertical

Use the space to your advantage and get hanging shelves or shoe racks. You can put anything in them. Shoes are the obvious choice, but also accessories, lingerie, and bathing suits all fit into those spots where the shoes go.

You can easily hang one on the rod in your closet if you have one, or from a shelf. Just make sure it is sturdy enough to hold the weight.

Label Things

You should always know what is in your closet so things don’t get forgotten. Labeling boxes or bags inside the closet will keep the guesswork out of it. You can even put a whiteboard on the inside of the door. Make a chart or even a drawing of the inside of the closet and write down what is on the floor, on the top shelf and in the hanging rack, for instance.

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