1. Pull everything out.
The best way to see what you have is to remove it from your closet first. Pull everything out and sort through your current wardrobe. Pick up every piece of clothing and decide if you’d like to keep it. Donate or throw away any item that doesn’t fit, isn’t comfortable or you never wear.
2. Create storage.
Once you’ve pared down your wardrobe, you can better decide on storage. Choose the best storage options for your wardrobe. You’ll need plenty of hanging space for suits, dresses and jackets. You’ll also need shelves for folded items like sweaters. A shoe rack is ideal for your everyday shoes. While clear boxes make it easy to neatly store and protect rarely worn heels and out of season boots.
3. Put everything in its place.
Organize your wardrobe first by occasion and then by color. For example, hang all your dresses in the same area of your closet, but create subgroups by type of dress. Place your formal dresses together, then cocktail dresses, followed by casual dresses for daytime.
Within those subgroups of items, hang clothes by color. Start with the neutrals: black, brown, beige and white. Then hang the remaining items in the order of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, etc. This will make it easy for you to find the right outfit every time.
More Closet Organizing Tips
Organize your closet by frequency of use. Items you wear most often should be kept at eye-level. Store shoes beneath your clothing. Seasonal items can be placed in the hard to reach spaces at the top of your closet.
Take advantage of vertical space. You can almost double the size of a small closet by utilizing all the wall space — even up toward the ceiling.
Add lighting. If your closet is dark, install some basic lighting to brighten up the space. Stick-on lights are a cheap alternative to recessed lighting and a better option for renters.
Coordinate your hangers. Matching hangers make your closet look neatly organized (even if it’s in need of a quick cleanup). Wood hangers are sturdy and relatively inexpensive while satin hangers are ideal for delicate items.
Shoes can be stored using tiered shelves, a ready-to-use shoe rack, clear boxes or an over-the-door organizer. Don’t be afraid to use multiple options — especially if your shoe collection outnumbers your wardrobe!
Add a sorting laundry basket to your closet. Sort clothes throughout the week as you wear them. It’s easy to do a quick load on a weeknight or tackle all your laundry on the weekend.
Install large hooks and wire baskets. Hooks keep hard to hang items like big coats organized in the middle of winter. Wire baskets serve as a catchall for the day’s purse or scarf.