Closet Organization?

There has been a lot of closet organization topics on the forum lately and I just love them. It has me considering a change.

Right now my closet is organized by item. Tanks together, short sleeve together, 3/4 sleeve together, etc. In the past I tried organizing by item and then by color but for some reason that didn't work for me.

Reading all of these posts on organizing by color though has me thinking about trying it again but this time by color. All black items together, still sorted by type. So I would still have tanks together but instead of different color tanks next to the black tanks I would have black tops and black pants, etc. Clear as mud, lol?

What works for your closet and the way you dress?

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  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I do what you are planning - colour first then type. I do it this way because I have an open hanging space & it just looks better imo. Occasionally I try to change to type then colour but it just looks too messy now :)  

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Items are hung by type then colour ie. short sleeves tops all together and separated into colours:)

  • JulieJohn replied 5 years ago

    Mine is a mish-mash. Part of it is by color, but the other part is by type. You get me thinking it might be time for a change, but I don't know what that change will look like. If I sound clueless, it's because I am. Perhaps a series of hooks like Jerry Seinfeld's date recommended all those years ago...

  • carter replied 5 years ago

    I've been changing my closet over to Fall the past couple days. What I call my "everyday side" (work, errands, etc...basically most of my "leave the house" clothes) is working well for me. I have all knits, both sweaters that are hangable and long sleeve tees on one rack, blouses on another rack and pants on another. Non-hangable sweaters are on shelves over the pants. All categories are organized within their sections by color. I used to further separate by type in knits and pants, but I never really got the clean rainbow I wanted. It's the other side of the closet that is driving me nuts. This side holds dresses, skirts and blazers, none of which I wear very often. It also has off-season clothes, gym wear, loungewear and anything else that doesn't belong on the everyday side. So one side looks great and works well. The other is a total mish mash that makes no sense.

  • cheryl replied 5 years ago

    Thanks ladies and JulieJohn I am afraid of changing it all and then not liking it but I guess it will just be a closet adventure lol.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Mine is organized by item, then color. Light to dark. It has worked best this way for me to find what I want quickly. It would be interesting to try what you want to do just to see very visually how much I have of a color.

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    I can organize by type and then by color. It works well with my closet because I have different sections- mine are sweaters, tanks/layering tees/jackets, knit tops/blouses, jeans/sweatshirts, and pants/skirts/dresses. Then one more for purses and DH gets 3. I only have the one full length section because I sacrificed the other one for shoe racks :)

  • cheryl replied 5 years ago

    Carter, I have on of those sections in my closet too, some coats, some cardigans, a dress some swimsuits and who knows what else lol....oh my.

  • cheryl replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the responses. It's so fun to read about how everyone does things.

  • Lantana replied 5 years ago

    I build capsules based on individual skirts and pants so it's best to have those items hanging together. As a result all my other clothes are now sorted by item too. I used to sort by colour because it looks nicer that way but I find the change has given me quite a creative jolt.
    I have also found it very helpful to photograph and pin my capsules onto a (secret) Pinterest board. It's easy to open up my iPad and see what the possibilities are. Penny

  • Mrs Moo replied 5 years ago

    Hi Cheryl, I think the main thing is if you change it and don't like it , you can always change it back again and the extra time spent figuring things out will make you more familiar with what works and what doesn't :) Plus it's kind of fun...

    Personally, I couldn't organise by capsules as I've whittled my wardrobe down to the point where it just is one big capsule. Everything goes with everything now, so organising by outfits would limit my choices somewhat. I don't have much left after many ruthless purges, currently about 40 items for all four seasons (not including 12 footwear and 3 coats) and so the wardrobe is pretty empty. I do hang shirts, jeans and blazers by type though, with jersey tops and jumpers in a drawer.

  • Ingunn replied 5 years ago

    I have a fairly small closet, so I store out of season pieces elsewhere, and sort my current selection by pieces first, then by color and/or from light to dark. I find it very helpful to be able to see everything at a glance.

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    I regrouped by color for awhile this summer, and it was helpful in making progress on color palette changes and focus.

  • VernieJane replied 5 years ago

    I have noticed everyone is organising their clothes according to colour lately too. I think it looks nice, yes, but it also makes things easier to find. If you're like me, and you're always frantically searching for that ONE black tank top that you wear with everything but its always mysteriously "lost"...the colour coding option is probably better for this type of thing. On the other hand, do you want to look through all your winter and summer items all the time, all mixed up?? I need to make a change too, but not sure how... For example, all the dresses are together on the end of the rack...Should they stay together, or go into their proper colour category?

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    I do type of clothing and then try to do solids and prints and by color so it would be knit tops and then short sleeved button shirts then long sleeved button shirts and then jackets.  Within the groupings I would put all the solids together and the prints together and usually by color.  I am not a capsule person so I find this works better for me.  I often have an idea of what bottom and top I want but not sure of the topper so it is easier for me to have them together.

    Good luck.

  • El Cee replied 5 years ago

    I have my closet organized first by category (e.g. - long sleeved tops). Within a category I may also sort by fabrication (knit vs. woven), solids vs. patterns, and then (lastly) by color (light to dark). Sounds complex, but it makes perfect sense considering what garments I own.

  • cheryl replied 5 years ago

    So fascinating. I think I am going to try grouping by color to change things up. Hopefully I will have some time this weekend to get to it. I am actually pretty excited about the prospect lol.

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