How to Organize a Closet Like a Pro

Professional organizers give their tips for organizing a closet to save space and to make finding an outfit easier.

Clothing, clothing everywhere but not an outfit to wear! It’s an issue many of us have, which can likely be chalked up to a lack of clothing storage and closet organization. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to organize your closet like a pro, we have you covered.

How To Organize a Closet by Category

One of the best principles to start with when organizing your closet involves grouping things. Put your shirts together, pants together, dresses together and so on. This way, you’ll see exactly what you have in each category (do you really need five black belts?) and you’ll always know exactly where in your close each type of garment or accessory is located.

Organizer Clea Shearer of The Home Edit also suggests color-coding each category, while Jeni Aron of Clutter Cowgirl says breaking things up by season is also important. “If there are six whole months when you’re not wearing a heavy wool skirt, that piece can be placed with her winter sisters in another spot.” Seasonal clothing storage keeps things out of the way when you’re not using them.

How To Maximize Closet Space

If your closet is small, you’ll want to utilize door and wall space. Here, you can use over-the-door shoe organizers, coat racks and purse racks. You can also place a few simple hooks on the door for frequently worn items, or an outfit you plan to wear the next day.

For closets with a bit more room to work with, try things like adding shelves or a rod. If you have the vertical space, installing a second closet rod will utilize wasted space above and below the original rod.

You can also build closet shelves that double your storage space—taking your closet real estate to its full potential and storing twice as much stuff in a more organized way.

Add Visual Appeal

Finally, use matching hangers, shoe boxes and containers to transform your closet visually, thereby making you feel more motivated to keep your space tidy. Matching, narrow hangers also save space in the closet.

Alexa Erickson
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