There are more ways to organize your stuff than anyone could possibly imagine. Some of those ways probably only make sense to you, while others are universal.
One of the most visually striking ways to organize anything is by color.
If you’re struggling to find a good way to arrange something in your home, take a look at these creative ways to organize by color. You may just stumble upon a whole new system you love!
1. Create a Clothing Gradient
We’ll start in the closet, where organization is crucial for keeping it from looking like a cluttered mess.
Hanging your clothes by color will bring an aesthetically pleasing order to your closet. Not to mention it will make finding that red top you’re looking for a lot easier.
There are two ways you can do this:
One, you can start with white and hang your clothes from the lightest colors to the darkest until you end up with black. Within each color, order each garment from the lightest shade to the darkest.
Or you can follow the order of the rainbow — ROYGBIV.
Put your white clothes before the red ones and round it out with browns and blacks after the purples.
The smooth flow of a color gradient will bring you incredible satisfaction and keep all your clothes nice and neat.
2. Use Hangers to Identify Clothes
If you prefer to organize your closet using a functional system instead of a strictly aesthetic one, you can utilize colored hangers.
Separate your clothes into categories, depending on your preference.
A few different ways you can divide your clothes are:
- Type of garment: T-shirts, blouses, dresses, jeans
- Occasion: Casual, formal, work, exercise
- By season: Winter, summer, etc.
Get yourself some of your favorite hangers in a variety of different colors. The number of colors you need depends on how many categories you end up with, so figure those out first.
You can even create some DIY wooden hangers with spray paint if you don’t want to buy new ones.
3. Separate Books by Color
Clean up your shelves with this quick and easy way to organize your books.
It doesn’t matter what order you put them in — whether you choose a classic rainbow or something unique to you — grouping your books by color makes a real impact.
Color coding may not make it as easy to find a particular book, but the end result is totally worth the inconvenience.
Organizing your books by color makes your shelves look sleek and decluttered.
If you happen to have built-ins that you store your books on, try putting a single color of books and accessories on each shelf to pack a visual punch.
You can even go the extra mile and put each color in order from the biggest book to the smallest.
Sometimes it’s nice to be a little extra.
4. Assign Each Child a Color
When you have more than one kid in the house, it’s very easy for things to get lost and arguments to break out over what belongs to who.
Eliminate the need to guess and get all the essentials for each child in their own personal color. Then there is no question who that backpack, pencil case, or toothbrush belongs to.
It’s also a good way to teach responsibility and keep your children accountable.
If there’s a red towel on the floor in the bathroom or the laundry in the blue hamper hasn’t been done, you know who isn’t keeping up with their chores.
You can even use these colors to organize the family calendar. Just get sticky notes or pens in each color so you know who needs to be where at any given time!
5. Give Your Keys a Colorful Update
Finding the right key is a pain at the best of times. But you can make it infinitely easier on yourself with a little time and some nail polish.
Simply paint the top of each key with a different color.
As long as you remember which color you assigned to home, work, and your mailbox, you’re good to go!
6. Color Code Your Cords
Cords have a tendency to get themselves into a tangled mess even when they’re plugged in. No one knows how it happens, but we can all agree it’s a common evil.
You may not be able to keep them from getting tied in knots, but you can make finding the right plug a breeze by adding a little color.
Mark each of your cords close to the plug using brightly colored clips, strings, twist ties, or special cord identifiers. If you can’t label what you use, keep a handy key on the wall or in a nearby drawer so you know what color goes to what electronic.
Now, next time you need to unplug something, you won’t go for the wrong plug or have to play a frustrating game of Follow the Cord to find the one you need!
7. Keep Your Colors Simple
Avoid spending time searching to find the perfect match for your stuff.
When it comes to organizing your linens or socks, getting them all in the same color eliminates the frustration of mixing and matching.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a few pairs of silly socks lying around, but for the most part, you want to keep it to a single color. Otherwise, you’re just asking for mismatched socks nine times out of ten.
Your pillowcases will always match your sheets, you’ll always have a coordinated set of towels, and it doesn’t matter if a sock goes missing in the dryer.
Not to mention, it gives a very minimalist look to your organization!
As you can see, color gives you a lot of ways to sort your belongings so they’re easier to find and keep up with. No one looks at color-coded stuff and thinks it’s a mess.
And it requires very little thought. After all, you’re really just putting the same colors together.
So, the next time you need to organize your closet or some shelves, let the rainbow guide you to those greener pastures.
Ryan Sundling is a group marketing manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the conventional housing industry and works with The Oliver on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.