The only way to organize your closet

Want a beautifully organized closet? Here are the rules you absolutely must follow:

  1. You must hang your clothes by type.
  2. You must hang your clothes by color.
  3. You must hang your clothes by size.
  4. You must hang your clothes by season.
  5. You must hang your clothes in outfits.
  6. You must hang your clothes by the occasion you’ll wear them.
  7. You must hang your clean clothes and keep the dirty clothes on the closet floor.
  8. You must hang your clothes in order of cleanliness.
  9. You must put all your sports bras in drawers.
  10. You must put all your sports bras in baskets.
  11. You must hang all your sports bras on the hangers they came with.
  12. You must fold your shirts.
  13. You must roll your shirts.
  14. You must hang your shirts.
  15. You must hang your jeans in order of color.
  16. You must fold your jeans and keep them on the top shelf.
  17. You must roll your jeans and put them in a basket.
  18. Your shoes must go on the floor of the closet.
  19. Your shoes must go in boxes.
  20. Your shoes must go on a shoe rack.

Are you ready to tear your hair out yet? The secret to an organized closet is to throw out all the rules you’ve picked up along the way from magazines, mothers, blog posts, TV shows, movies and catalogs. And then think about what sort of clothes you have, how you’d like to keep them, and what’ll be easiest for you to maintain. Here are a few non-binding suggestions that’ll help you figure out what works for you.

Go with whatever makes it easiest for you to put clothes away. We’re motivated to get things out, but putting them away is more tedious.

The easiest way to feel like you have an instant closet upgrade is to use uniform hangers. Whatever kind you like, use all the same color or style or material.

  • Banish any hangers you got from the dry cleaners. They’re too thin and don’t give your clothes enough support.
  • Velvet hangers had so much promise but wrestling clothes on and off them gets old fast.

Decluttering all the clothes you never wear will make things substantially easier. You may have iron clad reasons for keeping them but if you haven’t worn them in five years, you really aren’t going to.

Keeping sentiment clothing elsewhere will free up some space. Why keep your college t-shirts in the current pile of t-shirts if you know you’ll never wear them?

Remember, clothes are functional and/or fun. You either wear something because you need to or because it makes you feel good. Preferably both. If you’re keeping anything for another reason, please think twice before allowing that item space in your closet.

© 2013 – 2019 Joyful Surroundings LLC. All rights reserved.


Does your closet baffle you? If you’re in the Boulder County/Longmont area, here’s how to work with me. If you’re further afield, here’s how to hire a professional organizer.

Joyful Surroundings LLC – (720) 526-2114 – lucy@joyfulsurroundingsllc.com

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