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Conquering your closet chaos

The power went out in the middle of the night, and your alarm clock didn’t wake you. You get a late start and run around hysterically as you try to get ready for work. You open your closet to find yourself lost in a sea of fabric on plastic hangers with a little bit of everything shoved everywhere, but you have nothing to wear. 

Sound familiar? If not, just wait. It happens to the best of us, and it isn’t fun. 

Being unprepared is the worst feeling in the world, especially when you’re pressed for time, so I’m going to share some quick, simple tips for getting your closet in order and making those unexpected moments a bit easier to deal with. 

Closet organization 101: 

  1. Make sure all hangers are the same style and color. 
  2. Remove all items that do not belong. 
  3. Separate and classify tops by color and sleeve length. 
  4. Fold sweaters and jeans and place on a shelf if space allows. 
  5. Separate skirts and pants. 
  6. Use bins for accessories like belts, scarves, hats, etc. 
  7. Use labels on bins to access items easily. 
  8. Separate shoes by style (boots, tennis shoes, flats, heels, etc.). 
  9. Add an over-the-door shoe rack if space is minimal. 
  10. Put purses in bins, or hang them on the wall with Command hooks if space allows. 
  11. Use a jewelry hanger for necklaces and bracelets. 
  12. If possible, place items like costumes, jackets and formal attire in another closet. 
  13. Only use floor space for shoes and bins. 

Remember that your closet should be a place to hold your clothes, not your entire bedroom. Now, I know this is real life, and not everyone can always keep a Pinterest-perfect closet. We are all busy, but taking that extra one to two minutes to put things back in the right place is so valuable because it saves you time in the long run. Your closet will bring you more joy by staying in order. 

If you have any fun DIY organizing tips, I would be happy to read and share them. Please email them to, or share them directly to 

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