Chaotic to Curated: How to Organize Your Closet

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Fashion, Your Home | 0 comments

Hello Lovelies,

I know you’ve been waiting for a step-by-step guide for organizing your closet.

Is your closet a chaotic jungle of clothes and shoes? Don’t let the overwhelming clutter scare you away! Learn how to organize your closet and transform it from chaotic to curated. With a little bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can turn that closet into a beautiful boutique display. It might seem daunting, but with a few helpful tips, your closet will be organized, stylish, and begging to be shown off. So, let’s get started and make your closet the envy of all your friends!

1. Declutter first.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, take a deep breath and repeat after me: declutter. Yes, that’s right. Decluttering is the first step towards a more organized and stress-free life. So, roll up your sleeves, put on some music, and let’s get started. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you’ll feel once you clear out the unnecessary items weighing you down. There is no point in organizing things you don’t like, want or need. Sort everything out of your closet into three piles: keep, donate/sell, and toss.

Toss any clothes that don’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the past year. If they don’t make you feel like a million bucks, drop them in a pile to go to charity. I don’t care if they have sentimental value or if you paid way too much for them. If they don’t fit, are damaged or stained, or don’t qualify as your favorite, they take up valuable space in your closet. 

Try the old hanger trick if you are on the fence about a piece. Turn all your hangers around so that they face the opposite direction. Then, whenever you wear something, return the hanger to its original position. After a few months, you’ll see which clothes you haven’t worn yet and discover some long-forgotten gems in your wardrobe! So, go ahead and give it a try – your future stylish self will thank you.

Declutter and organizing

2. Organize your clothes by category.

After decluttering your closet, organizing your clothes by category is next on the list. Grouping similar items, such as pants, skirts, blouses, etc., will make finding what you’re looking for much more manageable. Once your categories are sorted, neatly fold and hang your pants and jeans. Maximize your storage space for sweaters, socks, and lingerie using drawer dividers so everything has its designated spot.

Now, let’s talk more about hangers. Using the right hangers can make all the difference in keeping your clothes in good condition. Slimline hangers work great for blouses, shirts, pants, and skirts, while padded hangers are perfect for delicate fabrics like silk and cashmere. Also, remove plastic and wire hangers from dry cleaning and rehang items on their designated hangers. This will prevent your clothes from getting creased or misshapen, plus they come in a variety of colors to match your style. Plus, matching hangers look fantastic when you step back to look at your handiwork!

Accessories are often the trickiest to organize, but don’t worry—I’ve got you covered. For necklaces, use a hanging jewelry organizer. For earrings and rings, a jewelry organizer with drawers works wonders. I have one for bracelets, too. Lastly, you can store scarves and belts in a drawer, hang them on hooks, or in acrylic boxes. I use stackable boxes.

3. Store out-of-season clothes.

Struggling to fit all your clothes into your closet? Fear not, for there is a simple solution. Instead of cramming everything in, try storing your out-of-season clothes in boxes or vacuum-sealed bags. I store hanging clothes in my attic on curtain rods that my husband, Ollin, installed, covering them with a sheet. Don’t store delicate fabrics as, in most cases, attics are not temperature-controlled. Not only will this free up much-needed space in your wardrobe, but it will also make it easier to find that perfect outfit without sifting through piles of clothes. 

4. Return things to their rightful place.

It goes without saying that putting things back in place after you wear them and taking the time to fold or hang clothes properly is a must for maintaining a clutter-free and organized closet. 

And don’t forget the rule of “one in, one out.” When something new enters your wardrobe, try letting go of something old to prevent overcrowding.

Finally, please make it a habit to go through your clothes regularly and get rid of items that no longer serve you. Doing so will keep your closet tidy and organized all year round and make getting dressed in the morning a breeze. Trust me, these tips will not only help you stay organized but also make your closet look Instagram-worthy!

PS. Look for my online course about decluttering and organizing, which is coming out soon! Get my FREE Decluttering Guide — The Power of Decluttering.

Please leave your organizing tips in the comments.

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Products I use/suggest depending on your needs:
Slim Velvet Hangers
Storage Boxes with Clear Windows (I use these for blankets, comforters, and out-of-season foldable clothes. They fit side-by-side or are stackable.)
Hanging Storage (These are great for shoes, small handbags, and I use a cubby to keep a stack of tissue paper for folding into clothes for traveling.)
Storage Bins for Desks, Drawers & Bathrooms

Get my free Decluttering Guide here.

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