How To Organize Your Closet In 6 Steps

Written by on February 10, 2012 in DIY, Lifestyle - 21 Comments
how to organize your closet in 6 steps

Hi, Glitter Girls! Briony here from A Girl, A Style. After my last post on sorting out your makeup bag, so many of you tweeted asking how to apply the same rules to your wardrobe. Most of us, I’m sure, struggle to find more closet space. The goal is to ensure that everything using space is earning its place.  Here are my tips for getting your own in order (do these seasonally or annually for best results!):

1. Remove: Literally take everything out of your wardrobe and drawers (and wherever else you store clothes/accessories). Give the whole space a clean with a damp cloth so it’s free of dirt and dust. Throw in some scented sachets, bars of gorgeous-scented soap (to keep moths away and make everything smell lovely at the same time), and then place some drawer liners to protect your clothes and keep everything fresh.

2. Clear out: Start sorting through all the piles of stuff you’ve taken out (do this in sections to avoid getting overwhelmed). Sort everything into three categories: ‘definitely keep,’ ‘questionable,’ and ‘definitely get rid of’ (anything worn out beyond repair, too big/small, and anything unflattering that makes you feel miserable).

3. Organize: With the things you’re ‘definitely keeping,’ check that everything is clean and in good condition, and then start putting them back in your wardrobe in the most organized way you can manage. This means grouping like with like, and storing things where you can find them. I stack all my shoeboxes at the bottom, sort hanging clothes by type and then by color, fold jeans, put sweaters on shelves, and keep everything else in drawers. Buy good hangers to protect your clothes (padded hangers for silk or wool items, wooden or slim plastic hangers — never wire — for everything else).

4. Declutter: Start sorting the two remaining piles (‘questionable’ and ‘get rid of’). Go through the ‘questionable’ pile piece by piece and ask yourself: Do you actually love it? Do you wear it? (If you love it but don’t wear it, start now!) Does it honestly still fit your style/lifestyle/body? Do you feel great when you put it on? If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these, move it to the ‘get rid of’ pile. Sometimes it feels great to be ruthless (call in an honest friend for help if you have trouble letting go!). If anything needs to be repaired or cleaned, do it that week. Add whatever makes the cut back into your (now) organized wardrobe.

5. Purge: With the last pile, either sell or donate anything still in good condition to a charity or a friend that you know will appreciate it. Toss or recycle anything that is worn out (no one wants your holey t-shirt, no matter how much you loved it). Again, do this the same week so the piles don’t lurk in your house.

6. Maintain: You’ve got everything in order, so try your best to keep it that way (it takes the stress out of getting dressed each day). Only put things back in your wardrobe if they are clean, in good condition, and make you feel great. If you’re short on space, store clean, out-of-season clothes in airtight tubs or suitcases until you need them again.

Images via Briony

  • brighton

    such prettty pictures! I would love to see more!! and thanks for the tips :)

  • GawgusThings

    I so need to do this again!

  • Vanessa

    This is exactly what I needed! My closet reorganization has been on my “to do” list for way too long now!

  • bougiehippie

    good advice but isn’t this the same thing over and over again? are there any tips on efficiency or things we dont know already?

  • Heidi

    I need to get my closest organized real bad! Thanks for the motivation!

  • Seema

    Thanks for the great tips- will try to do some of them this weekend!

  • Geraldine Looker

    I have a couple of baskets for scarves, need to get a couple of Hat boxes. Belts I hang on a trouser hanger and fasten the buckles. Necklaces I also use a trouser hanger to stop them becoming tangled

  • Dee

    Wow! I just did this at the turn of the year…great post!

  • Anna

    I would like to add another point:
    7. If you are brave enough keep an inventory, but anyways, make a list of things that need to be replaced or need to be bought and another list of things that you wish for in the future. Inspiration boards work very well. It is important to dress for your personal self and your everyday lifestyle, so keeping these basic rules in mind will keep you from spending money on things that you might not like (as much) in the end, etc.
    Also you can shop more easily for additions and know what you are looking for. This especially helps if you are trying not only to focus but also to expand.

  • Kitty Cotten

    This post is perfect timing for me! I’m cleaning and organizing my wardrobe this weekend as part of my one-month “shopping diet” goal! Step 1 – Cleanse Wardrobe ( Step 2 – Identify Basics ( Step 3 – Organize (coming soon!). Love the Glitter Guide!

    Warm Wishes,

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  • shyla

    I’m a little curious as to why never wire hangers?

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  • Amanne |

    My closet is in desperate need of some organizing. This is a great reminder on that. I never used scented soaps. Something new to try.

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  • Lists of Love

    Great tips! I like to organize my clothes into ROY G BIG colors. It helps me quickly find what I want to wear in the morning.

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  • Ram Prasad

    Was unable to manage spacing in my wardrobe this winter. Your blog really helped and would implement them to the earliest.

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