Spring Cleaning: Closet Organization

Closet Organization

So in Part 1 we put a system in place to clean out our closet.  Now we organize!

I redid our master closet a couple of years ago when my husband bought me wooden hangers for my birthday. (Don’t worry, he’s not a bad gift giver, this is actually exactly what I asked for and they made me very happy. I have issues I know).  I still have plans to really take our closet to the next level with some built-ins but we’re not there yet.

Ways to Organize Your Closet

There are a couple of different ways to organize your closet.  I tend to change it up from time to time.  I’ve got a mixture of these going at the moment.

  • By Color– every item is grouped by color regardless of type
  • By type– t-shirts together, sleeveless tops, button downs, dresses
  • By Outfit– when I feel like I’m wearing the same thing over and over I’ll create outfits and hang my clothes up by outfit then wear them from front to back. When hanging up clean laundry I’ll take pieces that are still hanging and use them first to create new outfits then fill in with the clean clothes.

Here’s a tour of our master closet:

Work Out Clothes and Shoes

I’ve got my husband’s workout clothes and shoes stored in this section of shelving.  I used fabric bins from Target to separate the space.  Workout Shirts (sleeved/tanks) are on the top row, Shorts in the middle and pants on the third row. Under this shelf we have a small round hamper to collect dry cleaning and wire hangers.

Men's Clothing

I also used fabric bins up on the closet shelf to store his sweats and swim suits. His ties and belts are organized on a rotating tie organizer.  After seven years we just had to replace it. All of his work clothes are in this section, sorted by type then color.  Under the hanging clothes I used a shoe organizer for his work shoes. His regular clothes are hung on the opposite wall.  Shirts up top (polos by color, then other shirts by color, followed by button up shirts by color).  T-shirts and shorts on the bottom.

Sweaters and Scarves

Moving to my side of the closet.  I added a pre-made shelf from Lowes to stack sweaters on.  I added another shelf underneath to stack jeans. Below the jeans my shorts and skirts are hung by color. I use the pole section above to drape scarves.

Color Coded ClosetMy tops are hung by color. Followed by button up shirts by color, then pants, dresses and suit jackets.

Sport Bras and ShortsAbove my hanging clothes I have fabric bins for sport bras, work out shorts, sweat pants, pajama pants, swim suits and cover-ups.

T-ShirtsSport shirts are hung by team. Below, t-shirts and sweatshirts are hung by color. This part of the closet is also where we keep our 3-section laundry hamper (whites, darks, lights).

Shoes

I have a nice built in shelf for my shoes, arranged by type and color.

Shoes

At the bottom of my shoe shelf is a fabric bin to collect donation items.

That’s our closet.  I have visions of adding drawers to the bottom of the hanging areas and making it a one stop place for everything we need to get dressed.  Follow me on Pinterest for more closet ideas.  We can dream together.

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