Color Simplifies Closet Organization

I’ve heard several different strategies recommended for organizing one’s wardrobe to make it easy to find what you need quickly and easily. One method is to group all jackets, all pants, all skirts, tops, dresses, etc. together. I suppose there is some merit to that approach. Another method is to group pieces together as you would wear them as an outfit. This jacket with that bottom….that sort of arrangement. Sometimes going so far to hang a necklace or scarf around the hook of the hanger that you would wear with it. That system seems far too limiting as you would likely wear that jacket with several different tops or bottoms….at least you would if you stayed within the confines of your own personal best colors because one of the biggest advantages of doing so is that separates will be compatible with many if not all of the other colors in your wardrobe.

I admit I did squish things together for this photo.
As you might have guessed, my favorite method of organizing clothes hung in the closet is to group all like colors together regardless of what they are and have the colors flow from one to the next just as they do on the color wheel. That way I know that if I’m looking for my pink blouse it’s going to be in the ‘RED ZONE’. If I’m looking for my tan slacks they are going to be in the ‘BROWN ZONE’.  It’s kind of a no-brainer. I know where to hang each thing based on color. I know where to find each thing based on color.
I start my ‘NEUTRAL ZONE’ on one end (doesn’t matter which end) with all my whites then all my greys, then blacks followed by my navies and then browns. My first “real” color is red. That begins my color wheel. This area includes any pinks, corals, wine colors…..anything related to red. The next color is violet or purple followed by blue, then green, then yellow. If your personal color harmony includes orange you could add them onto the end after yellow.  Give it a try.  It’s not just an easy system to work with, it’s nice to look at.

Whites 
Grays
Blacks
Navy
Brown  (includes tans, taupes, beiges)
Red (includes pinks, corals, burgundy)
Purple
Blue
flow from blue to green with your turquoise, aqua and teal colors
Green
Yellow (includes golds, mustards)
Orange (you might include rust colors here)

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