I love to kick back and organize my closet. And Natalie's closet. And the Captain's. And once I organized the victim's closet at the crime scene. Alright fine, it happened more than once. But if those people were still alive, they'd thank me. And you'll probably want to also once you hear my tips for keeping everything neat and accessible.


  • Store each pair of shoes in its respective shoebox. Take a photograph and attach the picture to the relevant box so you can find the shoes instantly. If you have a photographic memory, or if all your shoes are identical, then you can skip that last part.

  • BONUS TIP: There is nothing as important as good hygiene. Unless it is good foot hygiene. You know the old saying, "a clean, odorless foot is a happy foot." Trust me, it's a saying. So do yourself, and all of humanity, a favor and keep your feet odor-free with this technique: fill a tube sock with baking soda or tea leaves and tie the end closed. Place the filled socks in your shoes when you're not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe, so don't delay: go make yourself some. Right now. Please.


  • To maintain an orderly closet, hang all shirts to the left, followed by all slacks/skirts, followed by all suits. All items should be arranged by color. Shoes should be organized similarly by placing them together in categories: dress, athletic, and casual. I like to sub-categorize by date of purchase, but you don't have to do that. Unless you want to.


  • Organize your drawers by color and style. Black dress socks in one row, white athletic in another. To keep everything even tidier, use zip lock bags for each pair. And do yourself a favor, and try to keep the socks of equal number and the rows of equal length. Believe me, you'll feel better knowing that everything is in order. Or I will at least.

  • Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen. Or you could just do what I do, and rewash everything when it starts to lose that clean smell. Your choice.

Carol S.
To keep sets of bed sheets all together, place them in their own pillow case. No more searching for a matching set! 

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