Reduce Closet Frustration With This Ultimate Guide To Color Coding

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Why You Need A Color Coded Closet:

A color coded closet can …

…make your life easier …

…by making it easy …

…to find what you are looking for in your closet. 

How?  Well, consider this…

You know you are wearing a dark pair of jeans today.  You know you would like to pair them with your favorite white tee.  But you spend 10 minutes trying to figure out where you hung it up within the mess of other shirts and colors.

This will not happen with a color coordinated closet.  Color coding clothes allows all of your similar colors to be grouped together.  So if you know you want the white tee, you just have to look in the white shirt section of the closet.

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How To Color Code Your Closet 

Step 1: Declutter Unwanted Items

Start creating your color closet by removing any items you no longer want or need from your closet.  This includes anything that does not fit, does not look good, is out of style, things you can no longer wear, and possibly seasonal items that can be stored in another area of the house.  

Step 2: Sort Into Categories

Sort your clothes into categories based on the occasions for which you wear them.  

    Closet Category Suggestion 1 – work clothes, casual clothes, shoes, accessories

    Closet Category Suggestion 2 – casual shirts, dressy shirts, casual pants, dressy pants, dresses, skirts, sweaters, jackets, other (robes, pajamas, belts, hats, and other things you choose to keep in your closet)

Step 3: Create Your Color Coding

As you hang or fold each category to place it back in your closet, organize clothes by color.

    Closet Color Order Suggestion 1 – Place clothes back in your closet based on the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV, giving you a rainbow closet. (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

    Closet Color Order Suggestion 2 – Place clothes back into your closet based on a color system that works for you.  The one I use is Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Cream, White, Grey, Black, Stiped.

Julie Hazard putting away a blue sweater in an organized color coded closet

Color Coding Folded Clothes

If you are folding clothing in your closet to place on shelves, fold all of the clothing that would fall into one color category.  For instance, all of the dark to light blue sweaters or shirts, all the dark to light red items, and so on.  Do the same for each color and place clothing items in a stack.

It is as simple as that.  Your closet color coordination is finished and you now have a closet that is organized by color.  

You can also do this with shoes using the same steps above.

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How Do You Color Code Patterned Clothes In Your Closet?

This is a question that gets asked very often.  The truth is, it is up to you.  If you have a black and white shirt, it is your call whether you place it with the black or the white category in your closet.

If the patterned clothing is more complicated, like an array of colors, you can do two things.  One, you could place it with the color category that is most dominant in that article of clothing. 

Or two, if you have a lot of clothes that are very colorful or patterned (like rainbow colored clothing), you could create a whole category just for your patterned clothing and still arrange them by most dominant colors.

If you watch the video above, you will see that I added a striped color category to the colors in the color coded category in the closet.  The sky’s the limit when you are organizing your own closet by color.

color coded clothes in closet

Should You Organize Your Closet By Color?

In my opinion, yes.  As a professional organizer, one of the biggest problems I see in people’s homes is that they don’t know how to find things easily in a large space like a closet.

Creating smaller categories, like color coding, within a larger space, allows for the eye to find what it needs faster and easier.

How To Organize Your Closet By Color:  Additional Tips

Using the above steps, you can easily organize using closet color coordination and create a walk-in closet or reach-in closet that really works for you.

If you still feel like you want more separation between color categories, these clear dividers are great on wood shelves to keep stacks of clothing from falling over.

These dividers work well with wire shelves to help keep clothing from falling over.

If you have enough space in your closet, a good addition and separator may be this hanging shelf unit for you to color coordinate your folded items.

Watch my video to have more of your questions answered and see how to organize your closet by color for better organization.

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Benefits of a Color Organized Closet

If you have ever had these thing happen to you, then you will reap the benefits of a color coded closet:

  • Know you bought something you loved, but cannot remember where you put it in your closet.
  • Have found items with tags  on them when cleaning your closet out.
  • Know you have a ton of clothes but can never find anything to wear.
  • Spend too much time searching for the one thing you wanted to wear that day.
  • Spend too much time in general in your closet trying to find things.
  • Feel overwhelmed when you walk into your closet.
  • Feel like at any minute there may be an avalanche of clothing falling on your head.

If any of these sound remotely like how you experience your closet, watch the video to learn so super easy ways to declutter and organize your closet without spending a ton of money.

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Top Reasons To Get Started Color Coding Your Closet Today!

  1. You will know exactly where to put new items you buy.
  2. You will be able to find items of certain colors easily.
  3. It will save you time when you get ready each day.
  4. It will help you feel more organized.

Happy Closet Organizing!

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