Did you guys know I have a free online course about how to create a really wearable wardrobe?
I do, and it’s called….THE WEARABLE WARDROBE.
You can sign up RIGHT HERE if you’d like!
When you sign up, you get an email asking what your biggest issue with your closet is, and about 95% of your responses to this question are the same:
You have lots of clothes in your closet, but you don’t know how to put together outfits.
So today I’m going to share a couple of tips to organizing your closet so it’s EASIER to put together outfits.
1. Organize by item.
Hang all your button down shirts together. All your dresses together. All your skirts together. Do this for as many of your items as you have room. I even do this with my shoes — all my flat sandals are together, my sneakers are together, also my boots and heels.
It helps you look through all your options at once, and it also helps keep you organized as you put laundry away.
And you don’t need a huge closet to do this! Even if you only have one hanging rod in your closet, separate them into sections within the rod.
2. Organize by color.
This may seem silly, but trust me, it helps so much. I go in rainbow order, putting any red items together, then orange, yellow, green, etc. Most of my closet is black, white, and gray, and make sure those are separated out too.
This makes it easy to see all your white t-shirts at once, or all your striped tops, or all your chambray tops. So much more efficient than digging through to find a specific one!
3. Install a Closet Valet Rod
This is a little rod you can install in your closet and is used for hanging/displaying one or two items of clothing. When I’m getting ready for bed at night, I’ll often spot an item of clothing I want to wear the following day, and I’ll hang it on the valet rod so it’s ready to go for the next day. If I don’t hang it up, I sometimes forget the next day and then have to deal with that morning frustration, “what should I wear??”
Also I love that you can hang a top up there and then grab skirts, or sweaters, or jeans and hold them up as you choose an outfit.
4. Store your layers and accessories in your closet.
I’m talking about lightweight jackets, cardigans, scarves, hats, etc. Not talking about coats and gloves — those can go in the coat closet.
Having as much of your wearable closet actually IN your closet lets you put together your entire outfit before walking out of your closet. If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind! So when you put on a t-shirt and jeans, you can see and try on your collection of baseball hats or neck scarves, and complete your outfit right then and there.
Not everyone has room for this, but if you do have extra room, try to keep as much of your wardrobe in your closet as possible.
[tip: try a HANGING RACK LIKE THIS on the back of your door for scarves, hats, etc!]
5. Put a full length mirror right by your closet.
Being able to see your outfit as you try it on helps you put together the best possible outfit. It lets you try on two or three pairs of shoes with an outfit, and then be able to put the unused ones right back on the shelf. Or easily try on a couple of jackets with your outfit, and then hang the jackets right back up. It’s so practical, efficient and helps you stay organized.
Spin around and check out your outfit from all angles to make sure it works. Don’t rely on your bathroom mirror where you can only see from the waist up!
I have a LARGE FULL LENGTH MIRROR on the wall right outside my closet — You could hang yours on your closet door, or inside your closet, whatever works for you.