Reader question: Clothes closet organization

Reader Lisa Z. sent us the following question:

I am OCD, and I thrive on order. I have crazy organization of my closet, which includes organizing all my shirts first by sleeve length (all sleeveless shirts together, all regular-sleeved shirts together, all 3/4 and long-sleeved shirts together, and all t-shirts together), then by color (1st white, then light grey, then to darker grey, then starting with lightest red going to darkest red through the colors of the rainbow). I have four sets of rainbows in my closet, although I have gone back and forth between one rainbow sorted by sleeve length (which didn’t last long). I have 14 pairs of blue jean pants. I know; the first thing you’re going to tell me is that I shouldn’t have THAT MANY pairs of jeans. That is in addition to the number of skirts, shorts, and other-colored pants I own. But I sort even my jeans in order from lightest shade of blue to darkest shade of blue. The question: Do you think this is a waste of time, or do you recommend sorting clothes this way to find exactly what you’re looking for in a snap? It has always worked for me, but I am just barely starting to catch on to the possibility that this might be a waste of time… Thanks so much and keep up the great work on the blog!

Lisa, I don’t have OCD, and I organize my closet in a very similar manner. My exception to this is that I store my jeans and t-shirts folded in a dresser instead of hanging in my closet. My t-shirts are in piles of tank tops, short sleeves, and long sleeves in my drawer.

I’m also a stickler about all of my shirts facing the same way on the hanger.

Organizing my closet this way allows me to quickly match outfits, easily get dressed in the dark, and my husband doesn’t complain about having to share a closet with me. It may be overkill, but it works.

How about our readership? How do you organize your clothes in your closet?

 

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.

51 Comments for “Reader question: Clothes closet organization”

  1. posted by chzplz on

    I do the same. It takes no less time to put them away in order (except for the brief conundrum around where to file the rugby shirt that has big yellow and grey stripes exactly the same width). And… it looks good even if I don’t have the door closed.

  2. posted by Drew on

    My closet is also organized this way, broadly, but I have far, far fewer clothes than Lisa apparently does. All of my clothes, for four seasons (I live in New England), fit in half a small closet that I share with my wife.

    There’s a small stack of workout clothes (shorts, T-shirts, swim trunks) on a shelf above the closet rod, and a plastic shoebox for my underwear and socks. I don’t use a dresser.

    Here’s the arrangement:

    * 5 short-sleeved shirts;
    * 3 long-sleeved shirts;
    * 1 dress shirt with ties over the hanger;
    * 3 sweatshirts/sweaters;
    * 2 pairs of shorts;
    * 2 pairs of pants;
    * my winter coat with gloves and hat in the pockets.

    I don’t arrange my clothes by color because they’re all in one palette, so everything matches.

    Obviously I don’t have a formal office job, or I’d need more work clothes. We also do family laundry pretty much daily. But the upside is that instead of wearing 20% of my clothes 80% of the time, I wear everything regularly.

  3. posted by Melissa A. on

    My closet is less organized than that. I don’t need *that much* time to get ready. Personally I can’t be bothered to keep up with it and would find organizing my closet more time consuming. The most I do is organize similar types of clothes together, but that’s it (jeans, dress pants, skirts, tanktops, t-shirts, etc). I feel like if I started organizing my life that way it would stress me out.

  4. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    First of all, I don’t have that many clothes. I organize my clothes by season then by “occasion”. I have them divided into two seasons and each season has its own section – formal, semi-formal, business, casual, “hack”.
    My sports-specific clothes (cross country skiing, horseback riding, tae kwon do uniform) are separated from my regular clothes.

    When I go to meet a client for the first time or I have (infrequent) business meeting I wear my business clothes. However, when I am working at a clients home organizing a garage or basement, I will wear my “hack” clothes because I don’t mind if they get “hacked-up” with dirt and bleach stains.

    Also, with my husband being in the military, we have certain functions to attend with a specified dress code. Thus, I just look at the dress code on the invitation and I know right away in which section of my closet I will find the appropriate outfit.

    This system works for me because I don’t have a job that requires me to dress in a specific manner so I can dress by occasion.

    I don’t often suggest this system to my clients. I do however suggest that they keep their “Saturday around the house” clothes separate from their working clothes. This makes it easy to get dressed Saturday morning without having to think. Who likes to think on the weekend anyway???

  5. posted by Anonymous on

    I don’t have OCD *that I know off* and I organise my clothes in a similar way by color and type of clothes.

  6. posted by Design_Maestro on

    To answer Lisa’s original question, I think it’s only a waste of time if you don’t get any benefit the same way. I organize my closet similarly and find it helps when I’m looking for something specific. In contrast, I have only two piles (one dark, one light) of jeans in a drawer. I can easily see which one is the right shade (granted, I have only six pairs of jeans). I used to be strict about folding my panties, but then I realized that it was taking extra time for no real benefit. They are all in one drawer and it’s pretty easy to pluck the right colour from the pile. Think about how much time you’re spending keeping things organized and how much time you’re saving by having things organized.

  7. posted by Debbie on

    I love to wear lots of different color tops with neutral bottoms, so I do the same thing. Recently, I have started keeping all sleeve lengths together (sometimes ordered, sometimes not) because in the autumn I’ll never know if I need to wear long or short sleeves (or 3/4 length!). I like looking at the one big rainbow of shirts in my closet. Prints are another story–they are on the opposite side of my closet with no real order.

  8. posted by Donna on

    I’m organized by color in my closet, but not sleeve length.

  9. posted by Katie on

    My closet is split in half–one half casual, the other half work. From there, it’s organized by when I last wore the item.

    When I’m ready to hang laundered clothes (it only happens once a week for me), I place a hanger backwards as a marker, then hang the clothes to the right of the marker.

    Since I can see what I wore last week and the week before, it makes it easier for me to stay out of a wardrobe rut. (I have a tendency to wear the same items day in and day out.) Plus, clothes that are rarely worn quickly get pushed to the back–it’s easy to see what needs to be worn or purged.

  10. posted by sharon on

    Wouldn’t you spend time looking for those items when you go to get dressed? Either you spend the time before or after. But you are usually more relaxed is the stuff is where you expect it when you need it.

  11. posted by spark on

    I don’t think this type of organization is a waste of time. In fact, if it is true organization and not a compulsion, I don’t think it’s a waste of time any way you do it.

    I also organize my closets in a similar way. I have two small clothes closets, one for shirts and one for pants. Both are almost exactly as you have described.

    Now why I chose to organize this way…because it looks nice when you open the doors! This is the reason my books are arranged in rainbow order as well as my dvd’s and the last few VHS tapes I still own. I even organize series dvd’s (tv shows) by rainbow order instead of year. Because I enjoy how it looks on the shelves.

    Basically I think that what ever organization method you choose is fine, as long as it actually works for you.

    I don’t think your closet organization has anything, really, to do with your OCD problems. I think it’s simply a system of organization that works, because it just makes sense! πŸ˜€

  12. posted by Lesley on

    My friends always tease me because all my clothes are hanging in rainbow order (from red through to violet, with black, white, and grey at the end), and all the clothes of each colour are hung in order of sleeve length! I know where everything is, but sometimes I find that I gravitate to the same things because I know where they are. I think I may try re-arranging by “occasion” – work, weekend, dress, etc. Thanks for the tips everyone!

  13. posted by Lori on

    I do the same as Lisa, although it sounds like I have fewer clothes. I find that it saves me time in the end, because I almost always go to my closet with a specific outfit in mind, rather than standing there wondering what I should wear. This way, I can find exactly what I’m looking for in no time at all.

  14. posted by Jen on

    Lisa,

    For a second I thought that letter had been written by me in my sleep.
    It helps me, I know exactly want I want to wear and can find it. Sometimes I don’t have an outfit planned but can still see everything (I have a small closet so the hanging clothes are packed tight).
    I think it is helps it is worth it.

  15. posted by Ruth on

    I only own a week’s worth of clothes (I’ve been losing weight, and buying more clothes is too expensive). I do laundry on Sundays, and what I’ve taken to doing is picking out my outfits for the whole week as I put my clothes away, and then hanging them up in that order. This way, every day, I just take the next shirt and pair of pants off the hangers, and I know that’s what I’m going to wear. I also started picking out my underwear and socks the night before and leaving them on top of the hanging sweater organizer I use instead of a dresser. Getting dressed in the morning is much easier now!

    Out of season clothes just get pushed to the back in a jumble, which doesn’t bother me.

  16. posted by Marina @ Sufficient Thrust on

    I organize my clothes similarly, although I have one rainbow and then each color is organized by sleeve length.

    I don’t think it’s a waste of time at all to organize like this … not only can you find the right outfit (for both weather and matching colors) in a snap, but it’s more aesthetically pleasing to open your closet doors. A clothes closet that isn’t color-coded is like a kitchen cupboard full of mix-and-match dishes.

    Now that I have the benefit of ample closet space, I organize as follows:

    Hall Closet: Sweaters, then coats, by color

    Spare Closet: Formal dresses, extra hangers

    Normal Closet: Normal shirts in order by color, then sleeve length. I have two sets of those fabric hanging shelves. The first has: swimsuits, thongs, normal underwear, sports bras, real bras, belts, and the second has: dress pants, t-shirts, pajama shorts, pajama pants, workout shirts, workout shorts, denim skirts.

    I need to invest in a bunch of skirt hangers to better organize my 50+ dress skirts, which is mostly what I wear on a daily basis.

    Have you all seen the shoe wheel? (http://rakkudesigns.com/viewdetail.asp?idproduct=1) I want a few of those badly.

  17. posted by Amelia G. on

    I have 4 pairs of trousers — light dressy, jeans, summer khakis, winter dressy — in that order in my closet, and then 2 skirts — summer/black and winter. My shirts are in three drawers, 4 dress T’s and 4 dressy mock turtleneck long sleeves, and then 4 sweaters. All of this fits in a fairly small armoire, and I have really enjoyed finding this “core” wardrobe. I thought I’d miss dress shirts, but being female, I do just fine with the dress T’s and turtlenecks.

  18. posted by sushi1869 on

    Sometimes I get a little lazy and my closest doesn’t always match this, but I keep my jeans and shorts in drawers, my t shirts on one side, and any collared shirt on the other side. I too, have them all facing the same way, and I have them organized according to color, progressing in shades. Recently I have begun to implement an “archive” too, so I can identify which shirts I hardly wear, so I can get rid of those, and to help rotate what I wear. On the collared side, I sort by polo, short sleeve button up, and long sleeve button up. Lastly, the most sickening part of my obsession is that I organize the shirts’ hanger color too – white hangers for t shirts, and blue for collared shirts, and I often try to space the hangers one finger length apart to prevent them from squishing each other.

  19. posted by tina on

    mine are organized the same way. i always get compliments when people see my clothes hung up.

  20. posted by Mike on

    Pants on the right, shirts on the left. When I do laundry, the clean clothes go in the middle. The end result of these two simple rules is that the clothes I never wear precipitate out to either end, so I can donate them to Goodwill.

  21. posted by Groovymarlin on

    It’s not a waste of time if it helps you to choose your clothing more easily and especially if you enjoy doing it! Since I redesigned my closet with new organizers, I actually find putting my laundry away quite relaxing. I do organize my tops by color, though not really sleeve length. I keep my jeans on a shelf in my new closet system rather than hanging, but they’re not organized by color at all. I have like eight pairs and I just switch them around depending on which ones I want to wear next.

  22. posted by Jon on

    Interesting. Pants on the left, shirts on the right. Pants are in no order. Shirts are organized by sleeve length but not color (I actually think it’s easier to find a shirt when the colors are mixed up because there’s more contrast between adjacent shirts).

    Shirts (and hangers) must be facing the same way.

    Long-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters folded on a shelf at the top of the closet.

    T-shirts folded neatly in my dresser. Underwear (all boxers) thrown haphazardly into another drawer. Socks paired and folded neatly in shoeboxes in another drawer.

    FYI, I get made fun of the most because of how neat the t-shirts are. I just think I’m being practical though. Boxers don’t get folded because there’s no reason to. T-shirts do because otherwise they’d be wrinkled. Socks are paired because otherwise finding a pair would be impossible, and folded (rather than matched and turned inside out to pair them) because it’s easier to find the color that I need.

    I don’t know, is that OCD? πŸ™‚ My books are organized by color though, because I think it looks cooler.

  23. posted by Anonymous on

    Mike wrote “The end result of these two simple rules is that the clothes I never wear precipitate out to either end, so I can donate them to Goodwill.”

    Great idea. I tried the thing with putting the hangers the other way after I wore something, but it drove me crazy. This is great and even simpler. Thanks.

  24. posted by Shannon on

    My closet is organized by color, not sleeve length. Pants and skirts are up front because I have fewer of those and I need to chose a bottom first before choosing a top to go with it.

    I have two racks. On the top rack I put my nicer and favorite clothes for work and going out. The bottom rack has weekend and grubbier clothes. If something on the nice rack is getting worn out or doesn’t look as good anymore, I move it down to the grubby rack. This helps a lot when deciding what to purge during my twice-yearly Goodwill trips.

  25. posted by Danielle on

    Although I don’t use the sleeve length rule, I do use a similar ‘type’ rule (tank top/beachwear, tshirt/casual, button up/work, dressy/fancy) followed by the rainbow rule which allows me to see in a second what I have available for the given occasion. I also use bins on top of my shelves to organize my workout gear, pajamas, undergarments, and socks.
    My biggest efficiency improvement has been in how I handle the ‘reusables’ – the worn briefly, not dirty but not clean items that I don’t want to mix in the clean stuff but don’t want to launder yet. Those I fold vertically and neatly lay over the front rim of their respective bins (pajamas on the front of the pajama bin, etc). This way I’m more likely to reuse them because they’re front and center and they never end up in a messy pile I end of diving thru for ‘that one shirt’ later on. Instead they get used again and laundered right away.

  26. posted by Kaylee on

    I organize the walk-in closet that I share with DH into two sections for each of us: tops and bottoms. Beyond that, there’s no organization. I put clean clothes away in the front. That way I know what I wore recently and may choose to wear something that hasn’t been worn in a couple weeks. Less-worn and out-of-season clothes gradually migrate to the back. Our dresser drawers are similarly organized (or unorganized) with recently-worn items on the top.

    I don’t have many clothes so it’s never hard finding a particular item. I keep the number of clothes down by limiting the number of hangers. When I buy something new, I remove an item from the closet/drawer that I don’t like anymore.

    I guess it’s more important to me not to wear the same outfit 2x in one week than to keep everything color- and season-coded. I do laundry daily for a family of four, so by Thursday none of us can remember what we wore Monday. This system keeps us in check and our wardrobes revolving.

  27. posted by Mike on

    I should note that we rebuilt our closet a while back, and when my wife hung my clothes up, she did the rainbow thing.

    It only took about a month for me to completely screw it up, but I didn’t mind because rather than making me feel organized, it made me feel like I had a really boring wardrobe with not enough colors in it.

  28. posted by Morfydd on

    I have two small-ish standing wardrobes with shelves on the right.

    The everyday clothes wardrobe gets shirts by sleeve length, pants, blazers/sweaters, skirts, one dress. Underwear in pullout baskets on the shelves.

    The club-going & formal clothes is similar (though something of a mess right now), with boots and stockings on the shelves.

    They’re both in rainbow order, but almost everything is black. And when I’m completely OCD I alternate hanger colors between clothing types.

    And, um, a very full Rakku for shoes.

  29. posted by awurrlu on

    This summer I did a major closet re-organization and got rid of a lot of stuff. I added a second rod (like this: http://www.stacksandstacks.com.....et-rod.htm but I bought it at Target). At first I was worried about losing the space on the bottom of my closet (which held my hamper), but I was able to still use a smaller hamper below the rod.

    On the top rod, I have my robe, 2 suits, 6 pairs of nice jeans on hangers (my standard work fare), 10 spring/fall tops, and 14 fine gauge sweaters. (Summer tops are mostly t-shirts, so they go in drawers.)

    On the bottom rod, I have 6 skirts (for when I have to dress up; they go with my fine gauge sweaters), 2 pair of dress pants (one light and one heavy), and 5 pairs of summer capris (since I don’t wear shorts).

    Except for two pairs of blue jeans, all my clothes are in the black/grey/brown/green range, and they all mix and match reasonably well. When the seasons change, I put all the hangers in the wrong direction so I can see what I haven’t worn yet. As I wear something, I reverse the hanger and put it at the rear of the appropriate section, so I don’t end up wearing the same thing twice in one week.

    Like Kaylee, I also have a limited number of hangers. I bought some really fabulous ones (kind of like these: http://www.containerstore.com/.....ODID=62780 ), and if I don’t have a hanger, I don’t buy anything!

    The dresser (shared with my husband) contains pajamas, long underwear, t-shirts, underwear, socks/tights, and my hiking/kayaking/gym wear.

    At one point I did the rainbow arrangement (albeit with not much variation given my palette!), but I ended up wearing things in order!

    Oh, shoes: I have about 18 pairs, and they’re in plastic shoe boxes on the top shelf. I took a picture of each pair and put it on the front of the box so I can see what’s inside. I let them air out for 24 hours before putting them back in the closet.

  30. posted by selenium on

    I limit my color palette to mostly black, brown, navy, grey, purples/pink, and white. It helps A LOT. And I hang sleeveless shirts on the right, starting with tanks/camisoles, sleeve length increasing to the left.

    Then skirts, dress slacks and dresses. I don’t sweat the color order but i find the length order helpful as I live in Chicago and last week it was 63 and today it is 83. I check the weather every night and every morning. Dress clothes like suits and blazers are on a different rod, mostly due to lack of space.

    My top dresser (a medium wide Elfa stack) drawer is socks, the second is bras, the next is “bottoms”, then pantyhose/tights, then scarves/misc and then purses.

  31. posted by Kris on

    I don’t have OCD and do exactly what Lisa does. I also hang up tank tops, tshirts and all pants. I know myself and I’m an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ girl. If it’s in a drawer, I’ll forget about it. I’m fortunate to have a very large closet so everything has room to hang. Shoes are below on shelves. The only thing in my dresser drawers are underwear, bathing suits, pareos, pajamas and socks. I don’t wear scarfs or hats (except a baseball cap that lives in my car). I have one belt and that’s on a hanger, too. I have two purses. One I use every day and one for formal occasions. I can get dressed in under a minute. That was the goal. I used to be a professional organizer and closets were my speciality.

  32. posted by Shayna on

    I hang short sleeves together, long sleeves in another area, then dresses and skirts and (dress) pants in the tall area of the closet. My hangers face the same direction but I use the rotation method (always pull from one side and then put clean on the other) and donate what I don’t wear at the end of each season.

  33. posted by Barbara on

    Everything hangs in the same direction, tops with tops, bottoms with bottoms, and sleeves are grouped by length in my closet. Which is also an island of sanity amidst a house of chaos and clutter and stuff. Don’t know how I got to this blog, but so far, it is terrific ;D

  34. posted by Nat on

    In writing it sounds crazy, but I use a similar system except I don’t pay that much attention to making rainbows since I rarely have enough of one type of clothing to sort by color. Also, I don’t hang jeans, work out wear, t-shirts, which are separated in sleeve length piles (yes, I decide which one to wear by pulling from the bottom and dresses which are by hemlength rather than sleeve. When I worked as a costumer, we used this system. I got pretty used to it and adapted it to my closet.
    Also, I insist slap me upside the head if I ever start doing the winter closet/summer closet thing. I like having everything in the same place so I don’t go crazy looking for stuff during the “transistion” seasons.

  35. posted by Cliff on

    Yup, me too. My closet is organized so as to maximize getting-to-work-in-the-morning-after-I-oversleep efficiency. Suits here by color, shirts there by category and style, then by color or pattern, pants there by the same, etc. It’s all about getting the “work” of choosing and implementing my stuff (in this case, the clothing) out of the way as quick as possible. Shoes also organized thusly. It’s only a BIT anal to set it up that way in the first place, when you move in. But from there on out it’s actually easier to put things back in the proper place after use and cleaning, than it is to find some random place, since the EMPTY HANGERS are already dangling there in the right place. What a system, no! πŸ™‚

  36. posted by Jenny on

    Long sleeves, by color, on the top. Short sleeves, by color, on the bottom. Formal/fancy stuff to one side.

    Just last week I pulled the lightweight jackets to one side of the long sleevers, so they have their own section now. I have more than I need!

  37. posted by Aegir on

    My ‘closet’ is a big chair I bought a while back. Clean clothes get heaped on top, and dirty clothes get stuffed behind the bedroom door until laundry day. If the big chair is getting roughly more than 30% visible then it’s time for laundry.

    A place for everything, and everything in its place.

  38. posted by Aegir on

    Oh, and I meant to say, it never takes me long to get ready because all my clothes are pretty much the same.

  39. posted by Dorianne on

    Just getting my clothes up off the floor has been a monumental achievement of my adult life.

    My clean and/or “best” clothes hang in the order they go back in the closet, except for one old sweatshirt that is all that stands between my clothing and the cat bed on top of the deep freeze (which also shares closet space). My previously worn (but still wearable) clothes and many of my casual clothes go on six hooks hung strategically on the wall behind the open bedroom door. Two laundry hampers on the closet floor hold everything else. πŸ™‚

  40. posted by Ellen on

    I don’t do a rainbow (though within categories my clothes are roughly grouped by color), but I definitely sort by sleeve length. Dresses on the far left, then skirts, then long-sleeved tops (with subcategories: turtlenecks, sweatshirts, etc.). In the middle, a small section of pants serves as a dividing line. Then on the right are all my short-sleeved (or sleeveless tops), grouped again by subcategory: sleeveless turtlenecks, dressy short-sleeved tops, polo shirts, and so on. On the far right I keep a couple of robes and other hanging miscellany.

    I also hang my spouse’s clothes by sleeve length, from bike shirts and T-shirts on the left (following the pants, that is) through polo shirts and short-sleeved dress shirts to long-sleeved dress shirts and pullovers.

    I don’t think it’s OCD, it makes clothes selection a lot easier in a varying climate. πŸ™‚

  41. posted by verily on

    I must admit that I’ve very relaxed about my closet organization.

    I have always stuck to the same method of organization. Winter sweaters and pants stacked in separate piles on a shelf. Shirts hung together in one section of the rack. Lighter sweaters on another. And jackets on the far end. That’s it. No internal sorting due to sleeve length or color. I don’t have so many clothes that it takes me more than a minute to find what I want.

    There’s also a rubbermaid container containing clothes that I really ought to just toss entirely. Like some overweight people, I hang onto my “thinner days” clothes due to some foolish idea that I’d actually want to wear them again when I shed some pounds.

  42. posted by Christina on

    My closet is organized to the point of buying boutique tags to seperate all the different lengths of sleeves and to distiguish between work-out clothes and casual/work clothes. It might seem a little over the top, but when my husband puts away laundry, I know that it will always be the way I want it and that happiness makes it worth it!

  43. posted by Gina on

    I too organize my closet, but just a bit differently than Lisa. I go by color first, then by sleeve lengths within each color. I love an organized closet! I’m actually thinking of switching to Lisa’s method. I think it might be more useful, since now I realize I actually look for the sleeve length first, before the color. Thanks!

  44. posted by Amanda on

    I organize my closet by sweatshirts;in color, then churchy sweatshirts/ponchos, by color, and then church tops, by color; and then skirts(I have a hanger that has 4 hangers in 1 on it, and I have 3 of those for my skirts, and 3 for my pants which are next. Then I have my tees that I wear the most in order my color; and then on the end I have my concert clothes, as I’m a senior in High school, and actively involved the music dept., [I’ve got my choir dress, dept. shirt I need for BB games; marching band shirt I needed for FB games and competitions, show choir shirt I need for SC competitions, and SC formal outfit, Jazz band formal outfit for comps and concerts, and the list goes on. It takes up approx. 15 hangers all together. Quite sad…

  45. posted by Mander on

    I do group my shirts and blouses by sleeve length, and skirts and pants by occasion. It makes it just a little bit easier to see what’s available for a given temperature, and when it’s time to put out-of-season clothes away, they are all in one spot. Beyond that I’m too lazy to sort by color, although I can see that being an advantage.

  46. posted by Bev on

    I’m not OCD by any means but that is how I do my closet. Sleeve length first, then color. It makes it easier to rotate when seasons change. Short and 3/4 are always out but sleeveless and long rotate to the back of the closet during off seasons. Pants are separated by color too and by use…casual vs business. Then by color.

  47. posted by RazzBari on

    My t-shirt drawer is fairly shallow (9″ or so), so I fold my t-shirts to that height and ‘file’ them vertically instead of stacking them horizontally. Found a lot of things that I never used to wear because they were on the bottom of the stack and never got to come out & play. In both that drawer and my closet, I group like colors together.

  48. posted by Betty on

    You are not OCD. Some people HAVE this disorder, but no one IS this disorder. What you describe does not sound like you suffer from OCD. Don’t use an actual disease that people suffer from as shorthand for your personality, please.

  49. posted by Her from There on

    I organise my wardrobe in colour blocks too. I don’t have enough colours to make a full rainbow as I love pink too much, and I quite like white but I don’t really like brown or green. I also change over and put away my seasonal wardrobe so I don’t have to worry about sleeve length either. I think it makes perfect sense to put like colours together, so you just go ‘hmmmm, I’m in a pink mood’ or ‘I need a nice soft blue today’ and choose something from that area. Then you can also see quite quickly whether you have too many clothes in one colour, so that you stop buying clothing in that colour for a while.

  50. posted by Julie Keeney Keeney on

    My closet is a flippin mess, and I think it takes me quite a bit of time to maintain this mess, and it takes a lot of time to properly procrastinate about doing any kind of reorganization of this mess, and it probably takes me longer to get dressed too, so overall, you probably are saving time compared to someone like me.

  51. posted by SkiptheBS on

    I use velvet hangers, all black, and organize by color. My dress clothes are far right, in storage bags. Panties are on multi-hook tie hangers, scarves on a scarf hanger, leggings on a multi-tier trouser hanger. Black to far right, then blue, red, and then items on eBay. Far left is a fabric multi-tier compartment for purses and a multi-compartment jewelry bag which holds–surprise!–electronics chargers and small peripherals. Shoes and a few fabric purses go into an over-the-door hanger; robes and a hoodie jacket have hooks off one shelf. No jeans: they aren’t comfortable and take up unconscionable time and space to wash and dry.

    Housecleaning grubbies are my work wear: these socks, and sports bras are Ranger rolled (see YouTube) and shelved. Out of season clothing is stored separately.

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