How to Organize a Clothes Closet by Color

Organizing your closet will save you from searching through clothing every day.
Organizing your closet will save you from searching through clothing every day. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Keeping your closet neat and organized can simplify your daily routine by allowing you to quickly select an outfit while you are rushing to get ready for work or school in the mornings. Arranging your clothing by color will improve the appearance of your closet and make it much easier to select the appropriate style and color of clothing. Before you begin, get rid of any clothing that doesn't fit, has stains or is in need of repair.

Remove all clothing from your closet. Sort through each item and separate pieces by type: shirts/tops, pants, skirts, dresses, sport coats/blazers, matching suits and neck wear (ties for men; scarves for women). Place items that do not fit into specific categories into a separate pile.

Check each item for rips, tears, stains or damage. Discard clothing that you cannot repair. Place clothing in need of repairs in a pile, but don't put them back into the closet until you've made the needed repairs. Remove any clothing that you can no longer wear.

Hang all tops or shirts on the pole inside your closet. If you have two poles in your closet, hang tops on the upper pole. Separate tops with long sleeves from tops with short sleeves. Arrange short-sleeved tops from left to right, starting with the lightest color and ending with the darkest color. Arrange long-sleeved tops in the same manner. Push the organized tops to the left side of the closet.

Hang pants, skirts, dresses, sport coats/blazers and matching suits in the same manner, working with one type of item at a time. If you have two poles in your closet, hang an entire group of similar clothing items on the same pole, if possible.

Organize your pile of other items in the closet by color. Move hangers on the pole or poles to leave as much room as possible between each piece.

Arrange shoes on the floor of the closet, grouping casual shoes and formal shoes together.

Organize sweaters and other accessories on shelving if your closet has shelves. Place folded sweaters on shelves, starting with the darker colors on the bottom of the pile.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a single rod and modest-sized wardrobe, it may be easier to just group all items together within their color. Use what works best for you. Brown jackets, shirts and trousers could all hang together. Hang like items within the same color family together.
  • If you have 20 black shirts, you can arrange them into categories within the color. Put all the black tanks first, then the short-sleeved tops, then the button-down shirts. This streamlines the look of the clothes and makes it easier to find while still within the color category.
  • To complete the soothing environment of neatly organized colors, you can also buy colored hangers to correspond to the colored clothing. Alternately, you can buy identical hangers for all your clothes to give an orderly, uniform look.
  • Items of a similar type stack together more easily and stay neat longer. If you've got folded jeans or printed tees, put these in separate piles from your folded sweaters.
  • Organizing by color can also help when you go shopping. If you have an entire shelf of beige sweaters, you now know to buy a different color next time!

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