Clothing Closet Chaos

By Julie Bavington

Ah, I hear it all the time: “I am overwhelmed trying to get ready to go anywhere. I can’t find anything to wear. My closet is such a mess!” Does that sound familiar?
Here are some simple steps to organize your closet so that mornings are less complicated.
Make your bed. :)
Take everything out of the closet and lay it on your bed. (That’s why you have to make your bed first!)
Group like things together.
This is one of those times where we can really see the 80/20 principle in action. We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. So why do we own the other 80%? And what can we do about it? Purge.
Knowing what to purge:
Do you LOVE it?
Does it look good on you?
Is it old, faded, or otherwise beyond repair?
Does it fit properly?
Is it from a different era of your life?
Are there multiples of the same (or a very similar) item?
It is time to let it go!
What do I do with the things I have purged?
Trash, donate, consign, hand down to a friend/coworker/family member

Now that you’ve purged it is time for the…
Group like items together, then like colors together.
Use baskets and bins to group smaller items together on shelves.
I keep a box in the bottom of all closets for things to donate. As we grow weary of an item, I don’t hang it back up when it returns through the laundry cycle. I simply toss it into the donate box.
Thank you for joining me on this journey through the closet. Let me know what your tips are for keeping your clothes in check. What are your problem closet areas?


Winter-2009-023-150x150About the Author
Julie Bavington has been a Professional Organizer in Jacksonville, Florida since 2007. Her areas of expertise include conquering paper clutter, setting up residential and office organizing systems, decluttering homes, and teaching through hands-on training. Julie has spoken to several local groups, including MOPS, MEMS, Women Enlightened, Watson Realty and other professional associations. She has been featured in the Florida Times-Union, Life: Beautiful, The Expectant Mother’s Guide, and several online publications. Professional associations include the National Association of Professional Organizers ( and Faithful Organizers.