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Color Code Your Wardrobe


A simple and effective technique to “know what you own”…

Color coding your wardrobe in your closet makes it simple to find the clothes you’re looking for, coordinate your outfits, and creates an order to your hanging and folded clothing that is deeply pleasing to the eye.

There’s also another great reason to color code your closet. To find out if you need another black skirt.

Without your clothing sorted by type and color, you can’t effectively see the black skirts you own, so you probably think “yes” and go buy a new one. However, if all eight of your black skirts were placed together, you might think again. In fact colored coded wardrobe storage tends to save people money by easily seeing what is in your closet and how it can be paired with other items.

2 Tips To Help Organize Your Wardrobe

1. Set aside a few hours. I promise the benefits will be worth the time you need to invest.

2. It helps if you have a portable hanging rack so you can move items from your closet rod to the rack and back to the rod as you sort.

3. Be prepared to purge items you no longer want. Have several large trash bag. Use one for items you can donate and another for items that need to be thrown away.

Use these 5 simple steps:

Step 1

Start by separating clothes by type: folded short sleeve shirts to folded short sleeve shirts, hanging dress shirts to hanging dress shirts, pants, etc.

Step 2

Once you have like items combined together begin to sort by color. Group all blues, light and dark, dress shirts together. Continue to group colors for all items so pants to pants, and so on.

Step 3

Choose your color coding method. There are many ways to go but we’ve narrowed it down to the two most effective:

• Light to Dark – Start with white and gradually make your way to darker colors by sight. If colors become too similar use a dividing color in an accommodating color family. For example, separate navy blues from blacks by inserting a section of light blue clothing.

• ROYGBIV – Roy-gee-biv! Sort by the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Many people believe it’s the best way to go about color coding a closet—it’s easy to remember and provides greater contrast between groups. You’ll have to decide for yourself the best place for your blacks, whites, browns and grays.

Step 4

For multi-colored items, simply determine the dominant color of the item. You may even want to create a section just for patterned clothing so that you not only color code your closet by color, but also by solids and prints.

Step 5

Experiment. Figure out what works best for you. There are no set rules when it comes to color coding a closet and wardrobe. Learn which method of color coding looks better to you and which method will be easiest for you to maintain.

Benefits Of Color Coding Your Wardrobe

There are a number of reasons to invest your time in this project. Remember that once you have finished you get to enjoy the many benefits that come along with being organized. I’m sure you’ll find that like all organization methods it’s far easier to maintain a system once you have it in place.

Here are the top 8 reasons to get started:

  1. Saves you time when you get ready for your day.
  2. Saves you money because you stop purchasing the same or similar items now that you can see what you have.
  3. Easier to combine your separates and create outfits.
  4. Easier to pack your suitcase for travel and look your best.
  5. Easier to experiment with what you already have now that you can see what colors pair well with others.
  6. Easier to identify and round out any areas of your wardrobe that you need to add items.
  7. Easier to step back and see if your wardrobe is a true reflection of you.
  8. Makes your closet look like a boutique space.

If you are looking for more wardrobe organization tips check out how closet hangers can help you create more storage space and make your closet more attractive!

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During the consultation, you and the designer will discuss your decorative style, wish list, and project budget, with the aim of designing a closet organization system that will:

  • Create your dream closet
  • Organize your wardrobe
  • Store all your shoes & boots
  • Coordinate hanging space
  • Get optimum visibility
  • Preserve your wardrobe
  • Organize accessories
  • Make space for jewelry