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Mastering Closet Organization:

A Step-by-Step Guide to a Tidy Wardrobe

Written By Melanie McConnell as part of our Blog Posting Collaboration

Organizing your closet can be a rewarding project that simplifies your daily routine and helps you make the most of your wardrobe. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to organize your closet effectively:

1. Set Aside Ample Time:

Before you start organizing, allocate a block of time when you won't be rushed. Depending on the size of your closet and the amount of clutter, this project may take several hours or even an entire day.

2. Empty Your Closet:

Take everything out of your closet and place it in a clean, open area. This step allows you to assess your wardrobe and start with a clean slate.

3. Declutter:

Go through each item one by one and make decisions about what to keep, donate, or discard. Consider the following questions for each item:

  • Do I wear this regularly?

  • Does it fit me well?

  • Is it in good condition?

  • Does it bring me joy or serve a specific purpose?

Be ruthless with your choices. Donate or discard items that you no longer wear or need.

4. Categorize Your Clothing:

Sort your clothes into categories such as:

  • Tops (shirts, blouses)

  • Bottoms (pants, skirts)

  • Dresses

  • Outerwear (jackets, coats)

  • Shoes

  • Accessories (belts, scarves, hats)

  • Special occasion or seasonal items

5. Prioritize Seasonal Rotation:

Consider separating your clothes by season. Store out-of-season items in storage bins or vacuum-sealed bags to maximize space.

6. Invest in Storage Solutions: 

Choose storage solutions that fit your closet space and your needs, such as:

  • Slim hangers to maximize hanging space

  • Shelf dividers to keep stacks of clothing neat

  • Drawer organizers for underwear and accessories

  • Clear bins or boxes for storing small items or shoes

  • Hooks or pegs for hanging bags, belts, or hats

7. Organize by Frequency of Use: 

Place items you wear most frequently at eye level for easy access. Less frequently used items can be stored higher or lower in your closet.

8. Use Vertical Space: 

Utilize the space from top to bottom. Install extra shelving, hooks, or racks to maximize vertical storage.

9. Label and Arrange: 

Label bins, boxes, and shelves to make it easy to find what you need. Arrange clothing by category, color, or any other system that makes sense to you.

10. Regular Maintenance:

Commit to regular closet maintenance. Set aside time every season to review your wardrobe, declutter, and rotate seasonal items.

11. Personalize and Style: 

Add personal touches to make your closet feel inviting. Consider adding a mirror, artwork, or decorative hooks.

12. Enjoy Your Organized Closet: 

Take a moment to appreciate your hard work. A well-organized closet can simplify your life and make getting dressed a breeze.

Remember that organizing your closet is an ongoing process. As you acquire new items or your needs change, be prepared to revisit and update your organization system. An organized closet can save you time and stress, making your daily routine smoother and more enjoyable.

Melanie McConnell is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Mello Spaces. A former elementary school teacher and a mom of 2 under 2 she helps families get organized. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram: @mellospaces

Florena Davies is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Organize by Flo. She helps individuals and families of all kinds achieve their organizational goals and create spaces that reflect their unique needs and lifestyles. Check out her website at and on instagram @organizebyflo.

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