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How to organize clothes?

Start by removing all the clothes and accessories from your closet and organizing them by type: shirts, pants, suits, dresses, coats, shoes, belts, and handbags.

Set aside the things you don't wear anymore, and consider their future.

Here are a few possibilities for dealing with these items.

possibilities and uses for clothes you don't wear anymore.

Here are a few possibilities for dealing with clothes that have fallen out of favor:

  • Store winter or summer garments until the appropriate season.
  • Update old clothes by having them altered.
  • Donate unwanted wardrobe items to charity.
  • Sell expensive items online or on consignment.
  • Use soft, worn-out clothes as cleaning or car-washing rags.

Among these remaining garments, you'll probably find numerous wrinkled but wearable items that you haven't slipped on recently because you couldn't find them. Make a mental note to place these "aha!" items in plain view.

evaluate your past storage methods and consider how to be more efficient.

Now is a good time to evaluate your past methods for organizing your clothes and consider how you can be more efficient.

Have you spent far too much time searching for the right shirt to go with your favorite suit? Consider hanging the two pieces side by side.

Are you a separates mix-and-matcher? Then group separates by color (so you can quickly scan for the day's color scheme) or by type of garment, placing blazers next to shirts and pants beside skirts.

Decide whether it would be easier for you to view your clothes by type (work clothes and weekend wear), outfit, color, or length, and then organize your clothes accordingly.

adding more space in your closet for clothes.

You can double your closet space by adding a second rod below shorter items such as shirts and folded-over pants. 

Then hang more of the same there. Alternatively, you might consider adding shelves for your T-shirts, sweaters, and shoes beneath hanging items.

After all, when your clothes are buried inside dresser drawers, it's out of sight and less likely to be worn.

What's more, hanging a knit or lightweight garment on a hanger can distort the shape of the fabric, detracting for its appearance and requiring more frequent - and more time consuming - laundering.

making room for odds and ends.

What about those odds and ends that can clutter drawers and dresser tops? Hang a mesh laundry bag in your closet to keep socks, stockings, handkerchiefs, and other small items easy to find.

Try looping belts over a hanger next to your pants, or hang them on hooks inside the door. You can store hats or handbags this way as well.

Finally, don't be like your child and wear the same thing every day. Clothes need a rest. (Shoes, too.) If you like it that much - buy two. 

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the organizing tools and supplies you'll need to organize your clothes and your closet.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.