How To Organize Your Closet

Closets can become one of the most unorganized spaces in your apartment. It’s where most clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. are placed. Organizing your closet can be overwhelming, particularly if it hasn’t been done recently. There are easy ways to organize your closet. If kept up, cleaning it will be a breeze. 

Organize Your Clothing 

First, take everything out of the closet. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s an important first step and will make the rest of the process that much easier. Once all of your clothes are out, separate them by category. Dress clothing, shorts, sweaters, etc. When you categorize all your clothes, sift through each category. You’ll find items that don’t fit or that you don’t like anymore, and start a new pile of giveaway clothes. Do this for each category until you’re done. Hopefully, there is a good amount of  clothing that you’re giving away, and this will leave more room open when you start putting things back in the closet. 

Organize Your Shoes & Miscellaneous 

Once the clothes section is complete, look around at the other items that have been in your closet. Shoes will probably be another item you have a lot of. Do the same thing you did for the clothing, except you may not have to separate them into categories. Take a look and take note of the shoes you frequently wear and set them off to the side. Now look at the other shoes. The shoes you know you had but never wore, put them in the giveaway pile. If you haven’t worn them, you probably never will. You’ll also notice shoes you forgot about. At first glance, you’ll know whether you’ll wear them or not. If you know you won’t, don’t keep them. They’ll just take up space. Now, look at the other items in the closet and see whether or not they can fit or be given away. 

Clean the Closet  

At this point, you’re ready to put everything back in. Before this, however, do a quick sweep and wipe down the floor and surfaces in your closet. If you have a large closet with carpet, make sure you vacuum it so everything in there is clean and fresh. While you sort through your clothing and other materials, it’s a good idea to keep the closet doors open to air it out a little bit. Sometimes closet air can be rather stiff with everything in it and the doors shut the majority of the time, so let the closet breathe a little bit as long as the doors aren’t in your way. 

Organize & Put Everything Back 

It’s time to put everything back in place and organize your closet. If you have shelves or items that go on the floor, I suggest putting these back in first so the clothes hanging won’t get in the way. Organize your shoes by most frequently worn or based on season. Then place any other items you may have in an organized way. 

Now you can begin to place your clothes in the closet. When you put clothes back in, organize them. You can place dress clothing on one side and shorts or more casual clothing next to them, and then any other category you organized the clothes into. That way when you look for something to wear, you know which section to look through instead of trying to search through the disorganized clothes. 

Another great way to organize your closet is to place all hangers the same way. When you put clothes back in the closet, even when you’re in a hurry, make sure the hangers don’t overlap. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to straighten them up. Clothes can hook to each other, hangers can get stuck in between other hangers or clothes, which can lead to a mess and a waste of time. By nicely placing your clothes back in the closet after use, it’ll save you time and frustration in the long run.


Organizing your closet can be a dreadful task, especially if it’s been out of hand for a while. The hardest part is just starting. However, once you start  it gets easier and will lead to a clean closet. Sometimes cleaning your closet can ease the stress and tension in your mind because now, when you open your closet everyday, it won’t be an eyesore. It’ll be a nice, clean and organized closet that you won’t mind opening. 

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