Top 10 list of things to do and not to do when organizing your clothes closets:
1) Create zones
Just like in your kitchen, arrange similar items together, i.e., all slacks together, sweaters together, long sleeve blouses, short sleeve blouses, fancy T-shirts, workout clothes, etc.
2) Hang pants/slacks/trousers by their cuffs
This avoids unwanted lines and creases in your pants and takes up less room. Again, when hanging them, all the butts and crotches face the same direction. IF space is a consideration — you just don’t have enough tall hanging space available — you may hang pants folded over on a robust trouser hanger (not the thin cardboard ones you bring home from the cleaners).
3) Never hang knits
Surest way to stretch out shoulders, waists, and create divots and puckers that may never go away. One exception may be very tightly woven twin sets. IF you have satin hangers that in NO WAY put any pressure on seams or shoulders, you can try to hang them but DO check these items frequently to see if gravity IS stretching the fabric out. If you notice any movement in the garment, immediately remove it from the hanger and fold.
And store ‘like’ knits together, so bulky sweaters live with bulky sweaters and thin sweaters live with other thin sweaters.
4) Hang everything facing the same direction
Seems simple enough, eh? Note how your dry cleaner or laundry hangs their garments — they’re not likely to change their procedure so unless you’re unhappy with their service, use their directional choice to inform yours.
5) Uniformity of hangers
Everything is easier to see and find when it’s all hung at the same height.
6) Tops over bottoms
Think of the direction of your clothes, from head to toe. Hats on the top shelf. And if you have double hung rods, hang skirts, slacks, and shorts on the bottom rod and blouses, shirts, and other tops on the upper rod. It’s visually pleasing and makes sense when pulling outfits together.
7) Location, location, location
Just like in your kitchen, think of where and what you wear most often and locate that closest to the closet door. Don’t give up prime real estate for novelty items. Unless you’re a socialite, you probably don’t need your ball gowns within easiest reach.
8) Only one button
Again, your dry cleaner may not comply, but when you hang something up, save yourself some time and inconvenience but only buttoning one button at the neck of any garment to hold it on the hanger.
9) Keep outfits together
If you have more than a few navy skirts or trousers but only two suits, why make it a struggle in a possibly poorly lit space to try to match the top and bottom? Keep suit components together so when you need them, they’re within reach of each other. Each piece or item still has its own hanger, the sets are just grouped together.
10) Arrange each category of garment from white to black
It’s much easier to find your favorite white blouse if it’s next to all the other white blouses. This also helps when identifying any gaps in your wardrobe. When arranged by color, you’ll finally recognize how many of each color you own.
BONUS) Use baskets to corral smaller items
Avoid shelves cluttered with random items such as small bags and clutches or teetering towers of silk scarves. Get some baskets or bins and group all like items together in each. If the container isn’t see-thru, clearly label the contents so you don’t need to pull each one off the shelf every time you’re looking for something.