How to organise a shared clothing closet

How to organise a shared clothing closet

14th June 2024

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Organising your bedroom closet will give you the peace of mind you need when you know where all your clothes are located. Especially, when you share a closet with your spouse; there needs to be a good system to keep it neat so you both can locate your clothing every day.

I always put out of season clothing in tubs and store till needed, but all current clothes must go in the closet.

How to organise a shared clothing closet

First thing you should do is to find any jacket, coat, and cap, or hat. Any heavy sweatshirt that you wear as a coat, cape or even shawls could go in the same pile. Separate those into a pile to be put into a living room coat closet if you have one or another extra closet in a guest room for example. In winter I would also add winter gloves, boots, and heavy scarves.

Next separate all underwear, socks, pyjamas, jogging clothes, T-shirts, shorts, tank tops, bathing suits and store in dresser drawers first. I also put extra jewellery, hair accessories, and dress scarves into dresser drawers. Excess can go into the closet eventually.

Once the closet is cleaned; divide in half if you are sharing the space. Each spouse gets one side. I also use two colour hangers so I can tell at a glance which clothes belong to whom. Divide up clothes.

How to organise a shared clothing closet

Starting from the middle I arrange clothing in this order for me – jeans, dress pants, shirts and tops, skirts, pants suits or skirt sets, blazers, dresses, formal dresses. If you do not hang jeans and have a place for them flat do not put in the closet. I keep blazers with clothing in the bedroom since it is not really heavy outerwear and needs to be coordinated.

For him, I start in the middle going in the other direction. The order being- jeans, dress pants, shirts, sports jackets, and suits.

Then arrange by colour in each section from light to dark. Prints go with their dominant colour. Basically I would go from white to black in each grouping such as tops or skirts. With tops and blouses, arrange by sleeve length after colour. For blouses and tops start with sleeveless, spaghetti straps, short sleeves, sleeves, and finally long sleeves keeping them still in their colour first. Arrange skirts by mini, short, mid-calf, ankle. Dresses can also be arranged by length after colour.

Use clear boxes for shoes and if you have lots add a label to the end of the box you see. Use clear boxes for tops that will not hang and in winter sweaters. Stack those on your top shelf.

Any overflow from dresser drawers could also be collected into one of these boxes. Labelling them on the end helps to keep you from opening them all.

How to organise a shared clothing closet

Belts and neckties can be hung on hangers. Use skirt or clip hangers to hold dress pants, skirts, coat hangers if you can find them are best for heavy coats. Everything else can be put on regular hangers.

Make sure as you organise, you check all clothes for repairs and only return clean clothes with anything fixed that is necessary. Part with anything beyond repair. Those things should be thrown.

The best course of action is to have a large plastic bag handy and put in it anything you need to get rid of it. If you have not worn it in a year, dump it and donate it.

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