7 steps to a color-coordinated wardrobe


Get ready for a functional and Pinterest-worthy transformation. All you have to do is follow the rainbow!

Are you ready to organize once and for all? If you’ve missed the official spring cleaning, don’t worry – it’s always a good time to spruce up your wardrobe. After a successful Tidy up the closet, here is how to organize your closet with the best closet systems and closet organizers. And if you want to take your newfound organization a step further and really want to remodel your space for a boutique-like experience, we have the perfect solution: create a color-coordinated closet for the ultimate decor. It is not only visually appealing, but also almost effortless to maintain.

Plus, it’s an easy-to-use system that will help you get dressed and save time, whether you have a small closet or a spacious walk-in closet. Color coding makes it quicker to find what you’re looking for and know where to put things. This will reduce your chances of getting back into a cluttered mess as everything has a clear home and you don’t have to think twice about it. You also get a clear picture of what you have – you may not know how many white shirts or black tank tops you actually own – and what you’re missing. Follow this simple procedure to get the most out of your clothing.

Clean and prepare

The first thing you should do is clear everything out of your closet. This may seem overwhelming, but it is an essential part of the process. Decide what to keep, what can be donated or recycled, and put aside any clothing that you can sell online. Trust us: with clearing out you will be successful in the long term.

Next, you need to choose a system. There are many different approaches to getting a color coordinated closet, so it’s best to evaluate each option and then figure out what works best for you. Just as individual style is very personal, so is the way you arrange your clothes. You can create a complete rainbow by grouping each hue in one place. Or you can sort your items by category (tops, pants, dresses, etc.) and then enter a color code within each garment type. Others prefer to line up by seasons and then sort the hues that way. Most professional organizers suggest breaking it down by category first to explain that this is the fastest way to put outfits together. But the ideal solution is the one that best suits your lifestyle.

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Optimized hangers

Before you get started, there are a few basic ways to tweak your color-coordinated closet. Choosing the right space-saving coat hangers can be the key to a cohesive design. Different sizes and shapes (don’t even start with wire hangers!) Can be distracting – and detrimental to your threads, too. The first option is to choose a universal style for everything that will give your wardrobe a seamless and consistent look. Some professionals swear by non-slip and space-saving clothes hangers made of velvet, others prefer clear acrylic styles that are subtle and focus on the clothing.

Another option is to use different hangers for each type of clothing (e.g. beige for pants, red for tops, purple for dresses, etc.). This would serve as a visual identification system and is best for people who do not categorize their clothes.

Use partitions

Walk down an aisle in a department store and you will find helpful tabs marking different sections. You should do the same in your closet – it’s a crucial part of keeping order and order. However you choose to arrange your threads, you should personalize each area with something that clearly identifies its content. Partition walls come in all shapes and sizes and can be purchased from Amazon or any homeware store. They are also easy to make with tags or labels. These simple add-ons become an easy-to-understand roadmap to keep your messy tendencies in check.

Organize ROYGBIV

The next thing you should figure out is what color scheme to follow. Professional organizers prefer the classic rainbow scheme (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple – also known as ROYGBIV), especially Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin from Edit the home. Their Netflix series chronicles the duo’s penchant for carefully crafted, kaleidoscope-colored spaces (and features celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow). According to them, our brains naturally recognize this pattern, making it an intuitive blueprint to follow, and it’s also incredibly easy on the eye.

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Or go from dark to light

If the rainbow spectrum doesn’t pique your interest, turn to Marie Kondo’s hugely popular book. The life changing magic of tidying up. She prefers to follow a gradient from dark to light, hanging the darkest and heaviest pieces on the left and the lightest and airiest on the right. According to the KonMari method, this creates joy and a feeling of balance and well-being. We like to try everything for an instant mood boost!

Prioritize your preferred colors

When putting together a color-coordinated wardrobe, the overall aesthetics are important, but function remains the most important success factor. Think of your favorite pieces and which shades you always wear. If you have a penchant for pink or prefer to wear all-black ensembles, you’ll want these in the front and center. The items you put on most often should be the easiest to access.

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Choose a location for prints

The final step in organizing your closet by color is to address everything with a pattern. You can create a separate section just for pieces with unique designs (like flowers or stripes). Or determine the predominant color in the garment and then group them with the category of that main shade. Once you have a fully color organized wardrobe, check out these shoe storage ideas and closet lighting ideas to add the finishing touches to a dreamy dressing room.


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