The “I Can’t Find Anything” Fix: How To Organize Your Closet?

04/04/2024 Kaysar

The “I Can’t Find Anything” Fix: How To Organize Your Closet?

Simple Steps to Find (and Keep!) Everything in Your Closet

How Do You Organize Your Closet

We’ve all tasted the pain of cluttered space. It drains energy. It takes away motivation. And even worse, it can also affect our daily tasks, whether it is work related or others. And yes, we constantly have the problem of confidence in completing the organization. This is very common, and there are many other closet stories like this. A 2020 survey by National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) indicated that around 73% of Americans felt overwhelmed by clutter.

Each closet tells a story. I’ve walked into situations that looked more like a battlefield than a space for clothing and personal items. One memorable morning, I was greeted by a mountain of clothes that seemed to have taken on a life of its own. The owner, overwhelmed and on the edge of giving up, had lost hope. With a few simple techniques and a bit of patience, we managed to turn chaos into peaceful calmness.

Before You Begin, You Need To Ask Yourself: What Kind of Closet Am I Dealing With?

Before we jump into all these amazing organization tips, take a minute to assess your own closet situation. Is it a walk-in with room to breathe, or a more compact space that feels like a game of Tetris every time you get dressed? Maybe it’s somewhere in between. Understanding your closet’s personality will help us tailor a plan that works best for you.

So how do you organize everything in your closet? This experience, along with many others, has shown me that with the right approach, organizing your closet is not just possible, but it’s a life-changer for your daily routine and mental wellbeing. There are mainly three techniques for closet organization: Declutter with Purpose, Categorize Wisely, and User Vertical Space. Let’s take a look at these in details.

Three Techniques for Organizing Closets

1. Declutter with Purpose

The first step towards a meticulously organized closet starts with decluttering. This process isn’t just about getting rid of excess; it’s about making intentional choices regarding what deserves a spot in your personal space. A useful technique is the “one-year rule”: if an item hasn’t been worn in over a year, it’s likely time to part ways. However, exceptions exist for sentimental or seasonal items. Decluttering can be an emotional journey, so approach it with kindness towards yourself. As you sift through your belongings, ask yourself: Does this item bring me joy? Is it functional in my current lifestyle? Your answers will guide you towards a more streamlined wardrobe that reflects who you are today.

2. Categorize Wisely

Once you’ve pared down to essentials, the next step is organization. Start by separating your items into broad categories (e.g., tops, bottoms, accessories). Within these categories, further organization can be achieved by grouping items by their use or occasion (workwear, activewear, evening wear, etc.). This dual-level categorization simplifies finding what you need and helps in maintaining order long-term. For families or shared closets, consider labeling sections or using different colored hangers for each member to keep everything in its rightful place.

3. Use Vertical Space

Vertical storage solutions can be a game-changer, especially in small spaces. Utilizing the full height of your closet maximizes storage potential and keeps items within reach. Over-the-door organizers are perfect for shoes, accessories, or even beauty products, freeing up valuable shelf and rod space. Similarly, multi-level hangers allow you to store multiple garments (like scarves, belts, or pants) in the footprint of one. Don’t overlook the back of the closet door; it’s prime real estate for hooks and racks that can hold a variety of items.

Ideal Number of Clothing Items

Adopting a minimalist wardrobe isn’t about adhering to a strict number but about curating a collection of items that are versatile and worn regularly. The magic number varies by individual lifestyle and preferences but aim for a core wardrobe that can mix and match to create multiple outfits. This not only makes daily dressing easier but also ensures that each piece gets the love and wear it deserves. Remember, a well-organized closet isn’t measured by the number of items but by how well it aligns with your lifestyle and brings you joy.

Organizing by Color or Type

The decision between organizing by color or type depends on personal preference and the nature of your wardrobe. Organizing by type allows for a quick overview of all available options for a particular garment, making it easier to put together outfits based on occasion or weather. Within each type, organizing by color can then make the selection process even smoother, adding a visually pleasing aspect to your closet. This method also simplifies laundry sorting and can highlight any color preferences or gaps in your wardrobe.

Handling Overflow in Your Room

When your closet is bursting at the seams, it’s crucial to explore alternative storage solutions and decluttering strategies. Under-bed storage bins are ideal for seasonal clothing or extra bedding, keeping them out of sight but accessible. Re-evaluating your possessions regularly helps prevent accumulation and encourages a more mindful approach to consumption. Embrace the concept of a capsule wardrobe, focusing on quality and versatility, to minimize excess without sacrificing style or functionality.

Starting Your Organization Journey

Begin by setting a date and committing to it. A weekend works best. Prepare by gathering necessary supplies like boxes for donation and storage solutions. Start with a small section to build momentum.


Organizing your closet from a chaotic mess to a neat space is an incredibly rewarding journey. Now, I turn to you, dear reader: What challenges do you face or did you face with closet organization? Do you have a system in place, or are you looking to start fresh? Share your plans and any questions you might have. Remember, the path to a clutter-free closet is a journey we can experience together, one step at a time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do I decide which items to keep or discard during closet organization?

A: When decluttering, ask yourself if each item brings you joy or serves a purpose in your current lifestyle. If an item hasn’t been worn or used in over a year, consider parting ways with it.

Q2. What’s the best way to categorize items in my closet?

A: Start by separating items into broad categories like tops, bottoms, and accessories. Within each category, further organize by use or occasion (e.g., workwear, activewear) for easier access.

Q3. How can I make the most of vertical space in my closet?

A: Utilize over-the-door organizers for shoes and accessories, multi-level hangers for efficient garment storage, and hooks or racks on the back of the closet door for additional storage options.

Q4. What’s the ideal number of clothing items for a minimalist wardrobe?

A: While the ideal number varies by individual, aim for a core wardrobe of versatile pieces that can mix and match to create multiple outfits. Focus on quality over quantity.

Q5. Should I organize my closet by color or type?

A: The decision between organizing by color or type depends on personal preference and wardrobe nature. Organizing by type allows for quick outfit selection, while organizing by color adds visual appeal and simplifies laundry sorting.

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