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Organize Your Clothes by the Colors of a Rainbow

by Angela On January 20, 2009

Clothes on hangersYou asked so I am answering!  “How do I organize my clothes by color”?  Oh yes, I’m going there!  For those of you who are ready to make your closets functional and fabulous organizing your clothes by color is the ultimate treat.  It’s like the cherry in your martini… oh I mean on top of a sundae.   

First things first, before you start organizing your clothes by color you need to start by sorting your clothes by how you use them.  This is critical so don’t skip this step.  Again, color coding clothes is taking closet organization to the next level and for most people it is best to start organizing with general categories and then incorporate color coding into each specific category.  See my recent post January is Clean Out Your Closets Month for the steps on how to get started.   

So here are my recommendations on the how to organize the clothes in your closet based on the colors of the rainbow.   

I start with the foundation of the colors of the rainbow or ROYGBIV (sounds like: Roy G. Biv).  This is an acronym that you probably learned in science class in middle school, at least I did.  Where each letter of the acronym stands for the first letter of a color.  If you look at a rainbow in the sky from the top of the rainbow to the bottom it follows the ROYGBIV pattern.   

Unfortunately, ROYGBIV does not include black, white, brown or gray, which are very popular colors in most people’s wardrobes.  So I have adapted the acronym to ROYGBIV-CBBGW.  Here’s what all those letters stand for: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (purple), violet (pink), cream, brown, black, grey, and white.  

When I am organizing by color I work from left to right and I start with the color red and work through the rainbow of colors.  If you are unsure about a color work it in where it seems to fit best with the other colors.  For example I would put a coral or peach color after red but before orange.   

So go and make those closets beautiful!  I would love to hear how your closet turns out.  Do you want to keep it simple or are you into extreme organization?  I want to know! 

Knowing exactly where to find your favorite shirt when you need it…that’s the good life.  



Copyright (C) 2008 Angela Ploetz, POSH Space

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9 Responses to “Organize Your Clothes by the Colors of a Rainbow”

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  3. Closet Bins says:

    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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  5. If you have clothes 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.

  6. […] reorganizing your closet this weekend you can put your clothes in color order (see my previous post Organize Your Clothes by Color of the Rainbow ) and see how many colors you have and which colors really look good on you and which ones you […]

  7. Victoria says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! This was very helpful while organizing my closet.

  8. Elise says:

    Thanks so much for this informative article. I was always very confused as to where to place those “extra” colors. I thought violet was a like a lavender purple color? So, it’s pink? Goodness, I should have learned this is grade school. lol! I was also placing whites before creams. Within each color family are you supposed to go from darks to lights or lights to darks (that is, dark blues to light blues)? Thanks again!

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