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Organizing Your Closet

Tips to help you organize your closet.

Organize By Color And Group

If you get a lot of clothes for Christmas or a birthday, there is one thing to do: split your closet into sections. Like sweaters, long sleeves, short sleeves, and so on. Then organize by color group, all the same colors together. If you have shoes, organize them by type; like high heels, sneaks, boots an so on. Also for type of occasion; like party, wedding, sports, work an so on. It will also work with jewelry, head gear, dishes, movies and books too.


By Haley from Georgetown, DE

Organize Your Closet

Raise the closet pole up high but under the top shelf. Depending on the size of your closet, one side could be for the short items and the other for the long. Purchase ready-made book case type storage units (Lowe's) and put it on one side, I used two side-by-side and made an extra shelf for each one. You can store a lot of your sweaters, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, etc. on the shelves, much like they stack them in retail stores. There is storage room near the floor - to store shoes on the floor.

Everything is neat and very visible. Use larger plastic storage boxes for out of season items and store on the top shelf. You will find that you have more dresser draw space and less hanging of blouse type items in the closet.


Closet organizing units sold tend to be expensive if you buy the whole unit! Each situation will be different. Use your imagination.

By Syd

Figure Out What You Don't Wear

First, get rid of stuff you don't wear. If you can't tell what you don't wear, he's how to figure that out: Hang up everything! Start with sleeveless shirts (even t-shirts) and organize them by color. Move on to short sleeve, then long, etc. When you can see how much you have of one type of clothing and how many of each color, it's easier to see what you never really wear. Of course, there are items you don't wear often but want to keep. But you'll see colors you don't even look good in (mine's yellow) and colors that don't "go" with anything you have. Once you have thinned out how much clothing you have, it will be easy to put things away.


I got this idea from the store I work in which hangs everything up and organizes by type of clothing and color. I did this to see what I really needed and what I didn't. The other piece of this puzzle was to decide how many of each thing I needed. NOT clothing I wanted, but needed. Nobody needs 14 of anything. The less you have, the less you have to take care of. The less you have to take care of, the fewer resources you will have to use to care for those things. It's a win-win for you and the world.

By rabbithorns

Colored Hangers

Use COLORED HANGERS to organize. Example: use RED hangers for Dress Clothes; WHITE hangers for T-shirts; BLUE hangers for School Uniforms. Then be sure to hang all the same colored hangers together.

By Anna

Tops and Skirts

Closets were just a suggestion when my house was built, they are so small. I wear knit tops with skirts everyday to work. I use hangers for knits with prints and fold solid colors in a dresser drawer. When wearing a skirt with print, I just go to the drawer and find matching color. With the prints hanging it's easier to see the designs.


By Sandy

Keeping Accessories for Outfits Handy

When putting outfits, in your closet, that have certain accessories, put them close by. So when you're dressing in a hurry, everything is close at hand and you won't have to go searching for that belt, scarf, tie, etc. This would be especially helpful, if for some reason, a pal had to go to your house to pick out an outfit for you.

By Terri from NV

Work Outfits

I like to hang necklaces, belts, pins, etc. that go with an outfit right in the hanger with the clothing. I try to set up my work outfits on Sunday afternoons, it makes for faster weekday mornings. It also gives me a chance to inspect these outfits for, snags, loose buttons, necessary ironing, etc. I look great all week and manage a few extra minutes sleep each morning!


By Terry

Hanging Pants and Skirts

Use safety pins or clothes pins to attach clothing like skirts, pants, shorts to wire clothing hangers, in case you don't have the convenient clip hangers like they have in stores, for your closets. I like using these pins instead of folding and draping the clothing over the hanger. This way, if your clothing has been hanging for a while, it doesn't have dust across the top of the fold, which is hard to get off.

By Terri from NV

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 18, 20070 found this helpful

One handy tip that my sister gave me was to ensure that you put the coat hanger into the wardrobe all the same way. This will mean that you don't have to fight with the clothes every time you want to grap something as the hangers are all the same way and will not get caught up.


This is also good in case of an emergency. Something we don't want to think about is a fire or other disaster that may leave you with little time to get out. If your coat hangers are all facing the same way, you can just grab and throw them out the window together with yourself. The loss of your home will be hard enough and having some clothes of your own to wear might ease the pain.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 3, 20070 found this helpful

for a while i had to be at work at 5 am andwas getting up at 415 am, and not wanting to disturb any one in the house, as i do laundry, i hang my panties, bra, pants, shirt and socks on the hanger in the closet, and then just grab a hanger and its all there

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 17, 20080 found this helpful

Most Sears stores will give away hangers, all kinds, types and sizes. Depending on what you need, men's, womens, childrens.. go to that deptartment and mention this to the clerk, here in Michigan they are more then happy to get rid of them! And best of all .. they are FREE!

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July 19, 20080 found this helpful

Old shower curtain hooks can be used to attach belts, jewelry, scarves, etc. to a hanger.

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December 7, 20080 found this helpful

Excellent ideas! Thanks!

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

I have a lot of earrings. I purchased a small 3-drawer vinyl cabinet like you see at Target, placed it in a convenient spot on a closet shelf, put 2 ice cube trays side-by-side in each drawer. Instant individual earring pockets! I even placed a beautiful royal purple washcloth in the bottom of each drawer under the trays.
The same works great for rings, too.
A drawer without the trays is a great place for my watches, for necklaces I do not want to hang, for bracelets. Be creative!

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