The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year

Have you looked in your closet lately? When was the last time you actually — *gulp* — cleaned it out? 

If your closet looks kind of like mine right now with shoes covering the floor…..clothing hung haphazardly (honestly – it’s probably not hung at all)…..purses strewn about….belts, ties and scarves threatening to choke-hold you anytime you get near the closet door….then you need this guide, probably yesterday. #whoops

Happy #fashionwednesday! It’s a new year – which means its time to clean out those closets and get organized for the year. I’m taking this week to sweep out the old and bring in the new (because Christmas was good to me and I need to find spaces for all my new shoes). It’s super important to keep yourself clean and organized so you have time to worry about more important things. I find that I work better, am happier and all around less stressed when my home is clean and organized. Here is The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year!

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The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year

Odds are you have a ton of clothes wasting space in your closet right now. They’re either too old (I’m looking at you, top-I-wore-as-a-senior-in-high-school), too small, too big, out of date, etc. The list goes on and on when it comes to why it shouldn’t be in your closet – but the point is, if it doesn’t make you feel 100% confident like to boss woman you are, then it’s time to toss it. Let’s dive into this.

The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year

First stop, Pinterest some inspiration for that beautiful closet of yours.

If you need some help looking for the right way to organize your closet, Pinterest should be your first stop. Find out what kind of organization style works for you and see how those people are organizing their closets and making their lives easier and less stressed. Create a new closet organization board and get pinning.

Next, stock up on the organizational essentials. 

It’s important that you have things in place to help you organize. Start with some space saving bags to put away out of season clothing so you can see what you are working with right now. If you don’t have any shelves, consider putting in some shelves (or temporary shelves if you can’t put holes in your wall). Grab some bins to put on the top shelves to hold other, smaller items and consider getting a shoe rack if you have the same problem I do (hello, too many beautiful wonderful shoes). Consider replacing your hangers for thinner, sleeker designs meant for space saving and potentially invest in tie or scarf racks to hang those items.

Third, ask yourself the right questions and get into the right frame of mind.

Go into this with the idea that you are going to dedicate a solid few hours to making your closet the space of your dreams. Know this ahead of time and plan for: short breaks, snacks and hydration. Don’t get frustrated or upset when you have a large pile of clothes that have to go. Think of it as making room for newer, more YOU items. 

While you go through your clothing and shoes, ask yourself this one simple question: does it serve you RIGHT NOW? If it doesn’t, it’s time to go. Think on these additional questions, too: Does it fit me RIGHT NOW? Not some ideal version of myself — does it flatter and fit you right this very second? Do you feel confident in that? Does it bring you joy to pull this out of the closet? If the answer is no to any of those – it’s time to, as Elsa aptly puts it, let it go. 

The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year

Next – make 3 large piles while going through your clothing. KEEP, DONATE, TRASH.

There are always organizations that could use your gently used clothing – just because it didn’t serve you, doesn’t mean it can’t serve someone else in need. If it is still in good shape, consider donating. While I’m sure many of your clothes fit the gently used description, you know there are some that don’t. That holey tee that you keep meaning to patch, the jeans with the button missing, the weird run in your favorite leggings….trash ’em. Any clothing with obvious (non-manufactured) defects need to be let go. They had a great life, but it’s time to bin them. The other pile is obviously your keep pile. When you put these clothes on, they should make you feel strong and fabulous. Go back to those questions above and continuously ask them to yourself to ensure you only keep the clothes you look best in.

Organize by a certain type.

I choose to organize by season, and then by color. I put away my off season clothing and then organize my current season by appropriate color, and then by sleeve length within each color (more of this during the summer – I don’t really have varying sleeve lengths in the fall and winter. It’s most all long sleeves). It makes sense to keep your closet organized by the way you see best, so decide how you prefer to do it and DO IT. I love doing it by color because it makes me feel like I can choose what speaks to me instead of digging through tops to find one I really like. 

KEEP THINGS VISIBLE.

If you can’t see it, you aren’t going to wear it. It’s the truth. Out of sight, out of mind has never rung more true than when it comes to clothing. Think about it — you probably keep about 3 or 4 pairs of shoes out where you can see them and you wear them all the time. What about that cute pair in the back you can’t really see? Do you ever think to pair it with your current outfits? Probably not. That’s why it’s best to organize what you have in an easily visible and accessible way. I leave my shoes in their shoes tree by season – if I can’t wear them right now, they get put in a box. That ensures room for all my in-season shoes and allows me to see everything at a glance. 

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The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year


Organization doesn’t have to make you pull your hair out – I promise. I am a firm believer in easy and concise organization because I believe to key to a happy home is a clean and organized one. When everything has a place, you don’t have to look for things. They’re right where they belong. 

Are you planning on doing a closet clean out any time soon? Let me know in the comments below if you found this Closet-Organizing Guide helpful!!

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67 COMMENTS

  1. Kristin | 3rd Jan 18

    That is an amazing closet! I wish I had a closet that could house that system…or any system! Closet Goals…

    • Taylor Mobley | 3rd Jan 18

      Thanks Kristin!!!! Organization is like an addiction. LOL.

  2. Chelsea | 3rd Jan 18

    Holy crap, girl! Your closet literally made me gasp! It’s so pretty!

    • Taylor Mobley | 3rd Jan 18

      Thanks Chelsea. Decluttering and organization is so important!

  3. Rachel | 3rd Jan 18

    I did a similar post today on decluttering – great minds think alike πŸ™‚ These are great tips! Going through my closet/dresser is always such a daunting task but I’m ready to tackle it!

  4. Lily | 3rd Jan 18

    I need to organize my closet SO bad, it’s something I’ve been putting off for the last few months. Love all of your tips, Taylor!

  5. Chiara | 3rd Jan 18

    omg you’ve inspired me bc my closet is a complete mess ;( ahh!!!

  6. Ashley Stephenson | 3rd Jan 18

    I seriously have so many pinned dream closets! My closest is a huge mess majority of the time!

    • Taylor Mobley | 3rd Jan 18

      SO is everyones. Now is the time to clean that out!

  7. cara | 3rd Jan 18

    Love all of these tips! Having the space for it definitely helps in keeping things organized but it’s also important to focus on having items in your closet you actually wear and use. I used to be bad about holding onto old stuff, but thankfully I did a huge purge last year and it’s helped a ton!

  8. Courtney Heathcock | 3rd Jan 18

    Now THAT is a closet! I love all of these tips! My husband and I got married in July and both have a LOT of clothes and so we’ve been trying to downsize. These tips are super helpful!

  9. Emma Conrad | 3rd Jan 18

    Cleaning out my closet is on the TOP of my to-do list for this year — glad to have these tips!

  10. Kristen Jones | 3rd Jan 18

    I just HAVE to clean out my closets this weekend. Our spare closet is STILL full of clothes that we’ve been wanting to get rid of for the past year. This weekend…it all goes.

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      LOL. YOU go girl – it feels so good once it’s done!

  11. Patricia @ Grab a Plate | 3rd Jan 18

    Great suggestions! I’ve organized my closet (I could always thin it out a little more, I suppose!) but now I have to help my husband with his — it’s a disaster! Ha!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      It’s so much nicer when it’s clean and organized – help him get it together. πŸ˜‰

  12. Nicole | 3rd Jan 18

    My problem is I hold a special bond with so much of what I buy! Then I finally donate stuff or sell it and then 7 years later it all becomes in style again and I wish I had it back (hello tommy hifiger sweaters and guess tees)!!! What to do, what to do!!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Hahaha! I say even if it’s not super in style, if you still feel confident wearing it, keep it. πŸ™‚

  13. LeeAnn | 3rd Jan 18

    I need this closet! Actually, I need TWO of them because my hubby has way more stuff than I do and his stuff usually ends on my side!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Hahahah! I need a million closets and more storage space too!

  14. Christie Brown | 3rd Jan 18

    I always put off clearing out my closet haha. It’s such a task but I always feel so refreshed when I do get around to it. I LOVE searching Pinterest for closet inspiration – so much prettiness in one place! *insert heart eyes emoji here*
    Great guide, girl. I’ll have to keep it in mind for when the dreaded clear-out time comes. πŸ™‚ x

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Thanks Christie! Right?! Pinterest gives me all the inspiration!

  15. sara | 3rd Jan 18

    I have a teeny tiny closet and I have to share it with my husband. Our old house had the greatest closet and now I’ve got this small box. It’s been an awful adjustment!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      UGH. That is the worst – moving backwards! Hopefully these tips will help!

  16. Mary Powers | 3rd Jan 18

    Totally need to do this!!! My closet is embarrassingly unorganized! Great tips πŸ™‚

    – Mary
    http://www.MissMaryPowers.com

  17. Jenny | 3rd Jan 18

    My closet is a nightmare. I have so many clothes I want to sell and donate so I need to get to it.

  18. Candace | 3rd Jan 18

    I have a stack of clothes I need to get repaired, but you’re probably right, I don’t need them haha. These are some really great tips you shared!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Haha I always do that and then months go by and I don’t get around to repairing. It’s time for them to go!

  19. adriana | 3rd Jan 18

    I looove this! I’m slowly but surely decluttering and organizing my closet – it’s a huge job haha! Love your tips!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      It is definitely a huge job but so satisfying when it’s done.

  20. Elsbeth | 3rd Jan 18

    Great tips, just what I needed

  21. Morgan Klein | 3rd Jan 18

    I might not know you BUT I feel like this post was written for me LOL! Seriously this is inspiring me to do something that I’ve needed to do for years!!! Thanks for sharing this!!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      HAHA! YES! I am so glad it inspired you. Organization is SO key.

  22. Christina | 3rd Jan 18

    I totally need to go to town organizing my closet soon. Making that a goal for January.

  23. Kileen | 4th Jan 18

    Such a helpful post girl!! Will definitely be using these tips, especially for the new year!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  24. Amy | 4th Jan 18

    My closet is definitely on my to-do list for this year. I would like to be able to walk down the whole thing! Thanks so much for this!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Right? Just looking into my closet without cringing was a success.

  25. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 4th Jan 18

    Wait is this your closet????? Like how did you space everything out so perfectly omg

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      LOL. Inspiration pics, my friend. I only wish I could be THIS beautiful in my little apartment. Hopefully soon!

  26. Nataly | 4th Jan 18

    SO needed this! My closet is in need of a makeover!!

  27. Nicola | 4th Jan 18

    Right now I need you to come and organise mine.

  28. Carley | 4th Jan 18

    Our closet is actually on our To-Do list for this year. It’s looking pretty shabby and in desperate need of an update. I love the concept of the organizational systems.

  29. Amanda | 4th Jan 18

    I WISH my closet could look like this. Unfortunately ours are on the small side so our clothes get pretty crammed in. I am big on organizing by color though to make it easier to find pieces πŸ˜›

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Small closets are tough to work with but organization tools can really help!

  30. Azanique | 4th Jan 18

    I totally want to focus on organizing my closet during January! I have tons of things I need to get rid of.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  31. Stephanie | 5th Jan 18

    I’m actually proud to admit my closet is quite organized! But I know once my fiancΓ© and I combine closets, that’s gonna change and I’ll need all the help I can get hah!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Jan 18

      Yes – just be sure to keep your stuff separate so it’s easier to find things. πŸ™‚

  32. Kimmie | 5th Jan 18

    I need to do a maaajor closet purge- thanks for the inspo!

  33. Deborah | 5th Jan 18

    So organized – and so nice to look on. Makes our minds clearer. Thanks! have shared on Twitter πŸ™‚

  34. Crystal // Dreams, etc. | 6th Jan 18

    I started going clearing out/reorganizing my closet and it feels AMAZING! I definitely need to invest in a shoe rack soon. And tie/scarf racks are also helpful for organizing bras.

  35. Megan Elliott | 8th Jan 18

    Yessss I love this post!! I’m all about closet OCD. Lol these tips are awesome!

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