5 Tips for Treating Closet Disorder


By Elle

Abby and Elle Upstairs Fashion

Look, Ma, my clothes are not only hung up, but they’re also organized by style, color and sleeve length. (Bet you never thought you’d see that!)

Personally, I can’t function in chaos. Everything — well, most everything — in my life is neatly organized so that I can be as efficient as possible. It’s also a feng shui thing. From my desk and email inboxes to jewelry chest and purse, everything is categorized, filed, put in its rightful place. Same with my closet. (I know, I sound hateful, don’t I.)

If your closet is a disaster, try these 5 tips to help you get feng shui-ified:

  1. Organize by season. If possible, move your out-of-season clothing to another closet. That way, you can ignore your out-of-season items for entire months and you get more room in your closet. Bonus: When you see your clothes again, they’ll feel brand new! Or at least gently used.
  2. Next, organize by item. Slacks on one side, skirts on another, shirts in the middle. Or whatever order makes you feel happy. The point is to group like items together.
  3. Within each group, organize by style. Shirts are together, but turtlenecks and oxfords are subcategories, cohabitating nicely.
  4. Again, within each group, organize by length. Long skirts to short skirts; long-sleeved shirts to short-sleeved shirts.
  5. Finally, within each subgroup, organize by color. So all short black skirts together, short brown skirts together, black turtlenecks together, and so on.

Sounds a little obsessive, I know. (And like a lot of work.) But, trust me, once done it’s easy to maintain, and it will save you gobs of time trying to figure out what to wear every day.

That said, I haven’t yet found a solution to organizing all my scarves. Any ideas?

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