How to Organize Your Coat Closet

I am neurotic. Everything has to be perfect all the time. Everything must be clean, organized, and in its rightful place. If things are not just so, I cannot rest, I cannot concentrate, and I cannot live my fucking life. So, now, I give you my coat closet.


When I was about 7 years old, my mother taught me how to organize a closet. Over 30 years later, and I am a wizard when it comes to pulling a closet together. So, as I am organizing my new place, I am excited to pull my clothes out of boxes, and place them on new hangers, and in my closets. Today, it's all about the coat closet, and organizing this space is simpler than organizing a main closet.

Most jackets and coats have collars and long sleeves, so I don't have to worry so much about organizing by color type and sleeve length. Yes. That's a thing. And we'll get into that when we talk about my main closet. For now, all we have to worry about is color, even more than coat length.

The thing about selecting outerwear, is that it's all about color coordinating or contrasting with your outfit. So, the best way to organize your coat closet is by color! Start with your lightest colored coat, and carry on to your darkest colored coat. In my closet, the color order is as such...

  • White
  • Off-White
  • Cement
  • Cream
  • Tan
  • Camel
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Black
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