A Closet For One – Organization Tips


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A Closet For One – Organization Tips


If you live alone or do not have to share a closet, how you organize your closet space is probably different than someone who has to share a closet. The reason…more space of course but there are other aspects to having a personal closet versus a shared closet as well. One very important difference is smell. I know, I know, not a pleasant topic, but a real one none-the-less.

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If your closet partner works out or plays sports regularly, your closet may smell differently than if you do not have a closet mate which may change how you organize your things.  🙂

Another issue with sharing a closet is that one of you may be more of a neatnik than the other. Which is why my hubby and I do not share a closet.  Shhhhh 🙂 So, as you can see, planning a closet for one is definitely a little less intense than planning for a duo.

Today, I am sharing tips for organizing a closet for one. Enjoy!

Making the decision to get your closet organized is a step in the right direction. The task can seem daunting in the beginning, but with some helpful tips, you will get the job done and without a lot of stress.

The amount of closet space is not what is important – how you use it is! to make this project run smoother, I suggest you break the entire task down into small, achievable steps. This will keep the project from seeming like it is too much to tackle. The first order of business is to eliminate clutter from your closet forever.

Remove everything from your closet. Be honest about what you find in there. Analyze each and every item. Getting rid of things is easier for some than others.  Why keep dealing with items that no longer serve you each and every time you open up your closet? I understand some articles in your closet may have sentimental value. Store them in an airtight container in another area of your home.


If you have not worn a piece of clothing in at least one year consider donating it to a worthy cause. If you have worn out shoes that you never wear get rid of them. If it doesn’t fit then get it out of your closet. If you have items that need to be sewn or have alterations done, this is the time to do it before you place those items back into the closet. Anything that you have just stuck in your closet for lack of a better place for it needs to be removed from your home or given a proper location.

Come up with a system for organizing your clothing. This can be by color, style, or season. You can also choose to separate them by where you wear them such as around the house, work, and casual. A good idea is to hang all the pieces of a particular outfit together. Keep in mind the goal is to maximize the amount of space you have available in your closet.


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Before you physically begin organizing your closet, a good plan is to begin mentally organizing. Make a list of what you want in your custom closet organization. Do you love shoes? Then you might need a great deal of storage for all of them. Maybe you need shelves for your sweaters or your favorite books you keep in the closet. Start planning your closet organization by measuring the length and the depth. You will need this information if you are adding an actual system to your closet and need to start figuring out how many shelves and shoe racks you can install.


What type of look do you want to accomplish and how much money are you willing to invest in this project? Do you want the organization shelves and items to be permanent or something you can easily remove later? This is something to consider especially if you are a renter. The answers to these questions will help you determine the type of materials you will use to complete your closet organization. You can choose from wood, wire items, baskets, canvas, plastic, and anything else you want to consider.

The key is to eliminate anything you don’t really need from your closet and then set the remaining items up in a way that works well for you. All of us have different ways of organizing so make your system unique to you. This will help you stick with returning items to their proper location in the closet. Take some time to research the various types of closet organizers and come up with a plan you will love.


So how about you? Do you share a closet or is your closet all yours? Are you thinking of adding an entirely new organization system to your closet or do you just want to tweak what you have?

Follow this series (this is installment 2 of the series) and you can find the first installment here.

Next week in installment 3, I will tell you how to join the closet organization challenge.  I am also starting a FB group dedicated to helping us help each other get over our organizational and cleaning hurdles.   You will love this new group because we will not only share ideas but we will actually share photos and help each other get our spaces in shape one space at a time. There will also be free and downloadable checklists available and I am hoping to also have a give away once our little group reaches 100 followers. Stay tuned.

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11 thoughts on “A Closet For One – Organization Tips

  1. Clearissa Coward says:

    5 Closets just in bedrooms? That’s a dream come true. I know you can do it Dee. Just take your time and do it one step at a time. I just want to say, I want your closet space. 🙂

  2. Evelyn Mann says:

    Just went through my closet recently. And gave a lot of clothes away to a homeless organization in a nearby city. Great tips in this article. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Debbie@debbiestyleslife.com says:

    Great ideas, Clearissa. I actually have clothing in three closets, but they are small. I would love a walk-in closet but that won’t be happening. I have organized my clothing by color but that method seems to get messed up over time and I have to keep at it, which I don’t always have the patience for. My best organizing tip is that I have shoe baskets for my shoes. I don’t put my dressier shoes in the baskets, I use an over the door shoe bag for them, but everyday slip-ons and my booties go in baskets and that keeps a mess off the closet floor.

  4. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hi Debbie, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I have clothes in 2 closets as well. Dress clothes in one and casual and work clothes in another. That works for me. Good idea about the baskets for everyday shoes. Good luck with keeping your closet spaces organized.

  5. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hi Carol, I totally understand the purging aspect of staying organized. It seems that every time I do something to the house I find myself overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have. Right now we are having the house painted and I can’t believe all of the stuff we had to move. I’m back to purging gain. It’s never-ending. 🙂

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