4 Ways to Organize your Closet

Last week I made a post on how to do an in-depth closet purge. But what’s the point of doing a closet purge if you’re just going to let everything get disorganized? So here are 4 organization ideas so that you can get your closet in check!

1. Organizing by color

Organizing by color is a great idea if you have a limited color palette in your closet, if you enjoy creating color coordinated outfits, or if you just enjoy the aesthetics of having a color-coordinated closet.

To start, begin by removing all the clothes you have that are black, gray, or white. These will be the easiest to organize, as you can just sort them from darkest to lightest, or vice versa. Then the other colors can just be sorted as they would appear on the color wheel. I usually start with red and work my way over to purple, but you can choose any starting point that you like.

Sorting patterned pieces can be a bit trickier, but you have a few options. You can:

  • sort it based on the dominant color of the pattern
  • sort all your patterned pieces separate from your solid colors
  • sort it based on other colors in the pattern

2. Organizing by season

Organizing your closet by season is great if you live in an area with clear seasonal weather, but if you live in a climate like mine (where there can be crazy temperature fluctuations) then you may want to try one of the other organization ideas.

To organize your closet by season, simply separate your hot weather clothes from your cold weather clothes!

If you’re like me and live in a place with a lot of weather fluctuations you could also sort your clothes in a gradation from warm to cool (or vice versa). For example:

sweaters → long sleeve t-shirts → short sleeve t-shirts → tank tops

3. Organizing by category

Next up is my favorite way to organize my closet: by category:

To organize my closet by category I simply separate my clothing by type, and I find that it makes putting outfits together a lot easier.

Here are some of the categories I use:

  • tank tops
  • short sleeve t-shirts
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • cardigans
  • pullovers
  • jeans
  • leggings
  • trousers/slacks/dress pants
  • skirts
  • dresses

I like to combine the category organization with the color organization, since I tend to create highly color coordinated outfits.

4. Organizing by capsules

If you’re not familiar with the concept of capsule wardrobes/capsule closets, then here’s a brief explanation:

In a capsule closet a capsule is formed by using a limited amount of clothing pieces that can all be paired together, such as in this image example below:

A capsule closet in which every shirt matches with each pair of pants and a dress
Any of the shirts can be paired with any of the bottoms or layered with the dress.

If you’re more of a minimalist, organizing your clothes by capsule can work well for your lifestyle.


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2 thoughts on “4 Ways to Organize your Closet

  1. That’s interesting. I always did it with : All skirts together, all pants together, all T shirts together etc. At the end I always wear the same things. I learnt that David Kibbe organises the clothes on hangers: Each Head to toe on a hanger. From shoes to accessories etc. I like the idea but it makes it difficult to use the same item in two Head to toes and I am not rich enough to have 45 outfits with different items for now.

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    1. I’m very much the type of person who likes to mix-and-match items, so that way I can have a smaller wardrobe with lots of outfit combinations. Having just one outfit that a piece can work in is a little too extravagant for my taste XD Mainly because thrifting is my favorite way to get clothes, so my style will always be a bit eclectic.

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