How to organize a shared closet in the master bedroom

Tips for being able to locate clothing in a shared closet

Organizing 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.

One idea is to always put out of season clothing in tubs and store till needed, but all current clothes must go in the closet.Simple tips for arranging clothes by style and color are provided. The use of good colored hangers and clear storage boxes gives a finished, neat look to your closet space.


Step 1

Take outer clothing and place somewhere else

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 you can also add winter gloves, boots, and heavy scarves.

Step 2

Separate drawer items from hang up clothing

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

Step 3

Clean and separate closet space

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

Step 4

Arrange woman’s side of closet

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

Step 5

Arrange man’s side of closet

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

Step 6

Arrange each side by color and style

Then arrange by color in each section from light to dark. Prints go with their dominant color. Basically colors would go from white to black in each grouping such as tops or skirts. With tops and blouses, arrange by sleeve length after color. For blouses and tops start with spaghetti straps, sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and finally long sleeves keeping them still in their color first. Arrange skirts by mini, short, mid calf, ankle. Dresses can also be arranged by length after color.

Step 7

Use clear boxes for some items

Use clear boxes for shoes and if you have lots add a label to 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.

Step 8

Label boxes on end

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

Step 9

Use correct hangers

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.

Step 10

Only keep clean, repaired clothes in closet

Make sure as you organize, you check all clothes for repairs and only return clean clothes with anything fixed that is necessary.

Things Needed
• Clothing
• Proper hangers
• Clear boxes
• Labels and markers
• Time and patience

Tips & Warnings
• Part with anything beyond repair. Those things should be thrown.
• 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, give it away, dump it or donate it.


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