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Are you in that weird in-between time of year when you are “over” your winter clothes but it’s just too dang cold for spring and summer? I totally understand but this is the BEST time to take stock of your closet.

Today I’m walking you through how I organize my closet and get ready for the next season. In all transparency I do this about twice a year getting ready for fall and getting ready for spring.

Cozy off the shoulder top (M)| Cozy Joggers (L)

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My first step is always take a look at the Pantone Colors for the season. If you have never done this it’s really fascinating. Essentially Pantone will look at the New York Fashion Week that occurs in September to see the colors that will be popular in the upcoming season.

Each year you will see fall/ winter colors and spring/ summer colors. Then I start putting the colors of the season into pairing that I’m seeing in new releases or ones I just like.

Pantone 2021 Spring and Summer Colors // Lluminating & Ultimate Grey

Next it’s time to take stock. I pull out my pants and try them on (that was BRUTAL this year). See which fit the best, what styles I already have and maybe some gaps in styles I need to purchase new.

This year I realized I LOVE my skinny jeans but needed to add in some more straight leg crops to wear with sneakers. After my full try on sessions these are the styles I’m keeping:

I like to hang my jeans and most pants (other than athletic leggings) because I have more closet room than I do drawer room. Also I am able to see the styles and brands faster when I face the waistband outward to see the label.

Black Slim Hangers

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These slim velvet hangers are my go to since nothing slides on them and I can really get a lot more in my closet. I have searched a TON and the best value I’ve found on this style hanger has always been Amazon. Now they even have more colors and I love the white/ rose gold combo!

Next I go to my tops, jackets and sweaters. I do a 3 question edit of all my items:

  • Is it in good condition?
  • Does it fit?
  • If it was in a store today would I buy it (aka styles that are still in fashion)

Then I start to look back at the colors of the season. What do I already own in these colors or what colors will I need to purchase to update for the upcoming season.

This year the Pantone colors of the year are Illuminating and Ultimate Grey (aka yellow and grey) so I realized I don’t have a ton of yellow so as I’m shopping or looking to add to my closet I should lean towards yellow.

I then organize by type of item and color. I group jackets/ vests/ shirts and pants all in their own section. Then within the section I organize by color.

I tried to have it short sleeve then long sleeve but it was too much effort so I just do my best to keep the colors together.

Next I put into boxes shoes that I will be using less regularly and store them at the top of my closet. As we went into winter that was heels, flip flops, wedges and summery shoes.

As we get into warmer weather I will flip them again and put my booties up and bring down the sandals. These clear shoe boxes from The Container Store have been the most affordable and organized looking ones that I have found. They stack easily on top of one another and since they are clear I can quickly see even from below which shoes I’m looking for.

Shoe Boxes

For my taller boots I stand them up and put in spring loaded boot shapers. These lightweight ones form to the boot and keep them from flopping over.

Then my “every day” shoes go on the opposite shoe wall that was extended this summer with more shelves to the ceiling.

Right now it’s filled with a whole lot of sneakers and a few booties sprinkled in because the past few months these have been my go to shoes!

Vince Camuto Booties | P448 Sneakers | White Sneakers | Leopard New Balance | Khaki New Balance | ON Cloudswift

Then the biggest question “Does your husband have any room in there?!” The answer… ah some?!

Honestly he works a corporate job and dresses professionally daily and then on the weekends he’s a total athletic wear kind of guy. The space that he takes up in the closet is mostly suits and dress shirts.

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Although we need to talk about his shoes! My man has a lot of shoes and since he is 6’4 and wears a size 12 it was REALLY hard to find a good shoe rack that would fit his shoes well.

This folding espresso rack does just that. To fit the most I do a front/ back staggering. Plus this is 2 racks that can be stacked one on top of the other to build a larger shoe “wall”.

The other area of the closet that he needed was a hanging area for items to be pressed and tie storage.

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Over the 16 years we have been together I have tried every tie organization solution possible. Luckily his company went to a dress for your day dress code a few years back and no longer has to wear a tie daily.

We kept his favorite and used the top 1 runner drawer to roll his ties. This keeps them from creasing and allows for easy color matching when he does need to sport a tie.

Tie Organization with Elfa Start A Stack

So that’s our closet! Last summer when we were repainting our master bedroom we decided to add the top “purse shelf” and additional built in shelving to my shoe wall with a local carpenter.

Then when they did the paint (it used to be BLUE in our closet) we had them spray a bright white paint and it has done wonders to the overall look and feel.

It’s not my DREAM closet, but it’s getting pretty darn close!

Professional images by Audrie Dollins

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