When you open your closet; do you feel inspired or does the clutter stress you out?
And how many of your clothes do you actually wear? I’m guessing there are some items in there that you haven’t worn in a long time.
A cluttered and packed closet not only takes up physical space but also mental space.
One of the best ways to deal with this is to organize your closet by color. Let’s dive right in!
Why you’d want to color coordinate your closet
Organizing your clothes by color has several benefits:
- Save time, as it’s easier to pick and match an outfit
- An organized closet gives you peace of mind when you look at it. Looking at a mess makes you feel stressed.
- It keeps you from forgetting you own something. In some cases, this can also keep you from buying something that you already have, so it can save you money too.
How to organize your closet by color
Here are 4 steps to get started on color coordinating your closet.
1. Start with decluttering
Okay, this might not be what you wanted to hear. But start with decluttering first to make organizing your closet easier.
It is easier to organize if there’s less stuff in it.
Throw out any items that are stained, ripped or worn beyond repair. Even if it’s a beautiful item: if you’re not going to wear it’s better to not let it occupy space in your closet.
Donate or sell if an item doesn’t fit anymore or you haven’t worn it in the last year – but still looks good and ready to wear.
If you’re nervous about selling or giving away your stuff because you think: “I might wear it when… this or that…” then here’s a trick for you.
Put all those items in a box or suitcase and store it out of your sight, away from your closet, for say 3 months. Soon, you will forget you even have those items and you will be totally fine. Selling or donating will be much easier that way.
2. Set different areas
After decluttering, you should have only clothes left that you want to keep.
Now your task is to decide where you will keep them in your closet. With designated areas in your closet, it is easier to organize and stay organized.
For example, in a drawer or on a shelf, you could make a row for your jeans, another for sweaters, another for t-shirts and so on.
In my hanging section, I have a few dress pants and skirts that I keep next to each other. Most of my hanging clothes are tops. Those are organized by color.
It’s up to you what’s the most ideal placement in your closet. But try to give each category of clothes a designated spot for the best organization.
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3. Hang your clothes by color
It’s color organizing time! A popular color order is following the colors of the rainbow: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
This color wheel is more extensive than the rainbow colors which might help you better.
However, you can sort in any color coordination that works best for you, for example from light to dark.
The order of my hanging shirts is: white, light blue, pink, dark red, dark blue, black (and then there’s 1 olive green shirt).
I never realized that my ‘main colors’ were blue and red (besides black and white) until I color coordinated my closet. I don’t have a capsule closet but I do like to stay with these color schemes, so I can mix and match everything easily. Another reason to organize your closet by color!
To have the ultimate look of an organized closet, use the same type of hanger. It will give your closet a cohesive look.
4. What about folded clothes?
You can definitely color coordinate your folded clothes as well.
The KonMari folding method is great. It’s compact and gives you a great overview of all your clothes.
If you have drawers in your closet, I highly recommend using this folding method. If you have deep shelves, your folded clothes will stay better organized if you use boxes or drawer organizers (yes, even though they will not go in a drawer).
Let’s get started to organize your closet by color
Now you know the steps to organize your closet by color – it’s time to get started!
- Declutter first, even a ‘quick and rough’ decluttering will help
- Set designated areas in your closet for different types of items
- Hang your clothes by color in a way that works for you
- Fold your clothes neatly and color coordinated – I highly recommend the KonMari method
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