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Three Ways to Organize Your Closet to Fit Your Lifestyle

Posted on: Friday, May 10, 2019

One of the most important services I work on with clients is to develop ways to organize your closet to fit within your lifestyle needs.  This was also another reader/follower topic request to write about and it’s one of my favorite subjects.  To me, an organized closet is like a bed that is made every morning.  It just looks better and leads to more outfit efficiency.  So, today’s topic is all about the ways in which you can organize what hangs in your closet, so it suits your everyday lifestyle.

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Three Ways to Organize Your Closet to Fit Your Lifestyle

Whether you have a big closet or small, closet organization is extremely important.  But what works for organizing one person’s closet might not work the same way for someone else.  I have found that there are three ways to organize your closet that when used singularly or together work well for just about everyone.  I use one or more of these three closet organizing methods with each and every one of my clients.

 

1 | By Color |

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Remember those days during art class where ROYGBIV was the acronym for remembering the color wheel?  Well friends, this is the first way to organize your closet.  Color coding your closet is key for a clean visual esthetic.  There is a reason why studying color theory in art history is important.  When you organize your closet this way, it allows you to see the relationships between colors.  One of the purposes to organizing your closet this way is that it gives you an indication of which colors you gravitate towards and which colors you lack.  When you organize your closet by color, it creates instantaneous harmony.  Here’s how to start:

  • Group up all the solids and prints within one color family together first starting with red.  Continue on with orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.
  • White, grey, and black are all considered within the ‘neutral’ family so I group them in this way: white & light grey in front of red, dark grey/black behind violet.
  • Then within those colors, separate the prints and group them either in front or back of the same color family (red solids in front of red prints or red prints in front of red solids.. and so on)

 

2 | By Category |

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After you have grouped by color, you can stop there or continue with a second manner of grouping, by category.  Just as with a department store or shop, items are usually grouped together by category (jeans, shorts, tops, dresses) which makes items easier to locate.  Think about your closet as a shop and organize accordingly.  For quick reference, here is a snapshot of the clothing categories as pulled from the Madewell website:

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This is a simple reference guide for arranging your clothing, both in your closet and drawers.

  • Arrange your tees, tanks, tops, and shirts together from short/no sleeve to long sleeve, from left to right.
  • Then move on to sweaters and sweatshirts and on to pants and jeans.

If you’ve started arranging by color first, simply follow the same ROYGBIV rule and integrate the categories above.  Organizing your closet by category allows for you to which areas you have the most and least of, and also gives you better direction when looking to find a particular piece (ie: a top, paired with a pant, etc.)

 

3 | By Lifestyle |

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For those of you who have specific work vs. weekend clothing or strict workwear guidelines, this might be the method for you.  Often, putting items in our closet in groups doesn’t work if you don’t see your pieces as multi-taskers (ie: you would only wear it as a work piece, or as a causal piece or as a dress piece).  Lawyers, business-related professions, real estate agents, these are the types of jobs that often have ‘work specific’ suiting that would not qualify as casual and it would be unprofessional to wear weekend attire to that type of job.  In this instance, the way you would organize your closet would be grouping into lifestyle categories, such as the following:

  • special event (wedding, gala, etc)
  • work
  • business casual (work meeting, networking event)
  • casual (weekend, day off)
  • vacation/summer (holiday)

An additional method within lifestyle would be to categorize into outfits.  This is a version of a mix/match style session that I offer with my clients.  This method is best for people that often don’t want to take a lot of time to get ready or are stymied by the thought of putting together outfits everyday.  To do this, you would create an outfit with these elements:

  • top (shirt, blouse, dress)
  • bottom (pant, jean, slack, skirt, dress)
  • add a layer (sweater, jacket, blazer)

Then using those elements, pair those items together.  So your closet would consist of outfit pairings to help you reach in and grab a pre-curated outfit Monday-Friday!  Here’s a video recap of these methods to help you!

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