How to Organize Your Closet

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

With January almost over and Chinese New Year just around the corner, I wanted to take the next few days to share my TOP tips for organizing your way to a happier, healthier YOU!
Well, maybe not healthier but these tried-and-true tips will definitely help you become more efficient when planning your space. Form follows function lovers, not the newest trick in the book but IMPERATIVE for prolonged success. 

Let’s start with the closet, shall we??? 
OooOoWeEee!!! My absolute favorite corner of our cozy little enclave. 

1. Organize clothing first by color, then by length of sleeves (sleeveless> short> long> you get the idea). That way the next time you’re searching for your long sleeved striped black and white blouse, you simply step over to that spectrum of color et Voila! Blouse on your body in no time at all. This method will also help to define your wishlist if you don’t already have it. Do you really NEED another black blazer when you’ve got 10 of ‘em lined up side-by-side? Probably not, but if you don’t see it, you won’t believe it. 

With that first tip in mind, I like to section my clothes with blouses on top, mini-dresses and pants on bottom. So if you’re still working that single low closet pole like how it came with the house (bleh!), please DEMOLISH that sucker immediately and hightail it to your nearest hardware store to install double decker racks like you see here STAT! You’ll use every square inch of the vertical height, doubling the space for under $100!

2. Invest in slim velvet hangers (my fave’s from Costco HERE) to keep the look consistent and streamlined. Bonus points for its anti-slipping features, perfect for your silks and satins. They’re not the most heavy-duty hangers but at $15/pop for a 35-pack, you can afford to replace them when needed. I use basic walnut wooden ones for my coats and jackets, available HERE from the Container Store.

3. Store hats, large handbags, and other seasonal items on the uppermost shelf of your closet. Since these items don’t get regular use, I like to place them in plain sight but out of rotation. I also keep a handy footstool tucked aside for these hard to reach areas. My favorite ones are from HomeGoods in an assortment of fun candy colors to match my closet.

4. Install a storage shelf system so you can stash sweaters, heavy knits, and boxes for all your smaller trinkets. I like to roll my sweaters up to maximize space while keeping them wrinkle-free. As evidenced from my travel essentials and packing guide here. Oprah taught me that decades ago and I’ve adopted that mantra since. I use the smaller boxes stacked atop one another to store gloves, beanies, headbands, and other loose accessories.

5. Even though it’s a walk-in, my closet is still not that big. After allowing le bf to stash his belongings on the entire left side, I’m relegated to rolling out a freestanding garment rack for my seasonal items like winter coats and heavier knits. Which I can double-duty as a styling space come spring.

No matter what anyone tells you, only invest in the commercial racks (here and here). Ikea and Target versions won't last you past one season. Trust.

It really helps to physically see everything you own. No more digging through piles of clothes in a forgotten corner of your bedroom. No more wishing you had something to wear when everything’s laid out front and center. Interior design is all about making thoughtful decisions to improve your everyday lifestyle. And organization is your first lesson when it comes to design hunnies!

Come back tomorrow to see how I store all my accessories since that teensy little walk-in’s about to burst at the seams y’all!

You won’t wanna miss it!


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  1. I'm planning on picking up some of those hangers in March, when I clean out my closet! :)

    xxDenysia Yu

  2. INCREDIBLE organizing!!! LIKE SOOOO GREAT!!! I defn' need to get some of those no mess in' around no slip hangers! LOOK Awesome! AND LOVVVVVE your hello kitty luggage---jealous:)
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  3. Oh, I just love your closet! Gorgeous!

  4. WHY I haven't rolled my sweaters in my past is baffling me! Makes so much sense for space and keeping shape. I will be rolling up some sweaters this weekend for sure :) Excited to catch up on your blog. It's been a while since I've been able to make the rounds. Hope all is well!

  5. Such a great post with amazing organizing tips. I'm just getting my whole apartment in shape (you know, as in decluttering and such) so that article is pretty helpful once I get to the clothing side ;) ♥ xoxo

  6. well this comes in handy for me now, cuz i was just reorganizing all my stuff..again..!! It feels like I don t have enough space but I know that the real problem here is the way I arrange them. So I`ll keep you advice in mind! :D

  7. great idea!! I like it :)


  8. these are great tips. I can't believe how quickly January is passing by! I'm definitely getting ready for Chinese New Year and making sure things are more organized and clean. =)

  9. i definitely need to implement all of these tips - i do color coordination at least.. still workin' on changing over all my hangers to the slim ones!~


  10. Thanks for this! I totally need to do this. The non-slip hangers are a great idea!


  11. oh man i wish i could have my closet organized. it just wont happen! great post


  12. Just what I needed!
    Thanks for sharing!

    x Krizia

    Shark Attack - Fashion Blog

  13. What a great post, these are all amazing tips! It's so hard to get organized and the thought of getting started is so daunting, you break it down so simply!

    xx Hélène

  14. I used to have my closet organized by colour... but I'm not really sure what happened. right now it's a mess!

    Rolling your sweaters is a brilliant idea, I plan on reorganizing mine tonight. way easier to see them all.

    Emmett - Hippie Lace

  15. Hey sweetheart, this is such a useful, great post! I feel like I clean up my closet 5 times a month and it gets messy again and again, haha! Hope you had a wonderful first month of 2014! xoxo

  16. Great tips dear! will use it soon when i do my spring cleaning~ ^_^


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