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It’s hard enough to maintain order in your own closet, let alone one you share with your significant other. After all, shared closet organization means melding two personalities, two wardrobes, and fitting double the amount of shoes into a tiny space.

If that mental picture sends you into panic mode, don’t worry. It’s totally normal to be a bit stressed about giving up space that was once all yours.

Shared closet organization is totally doable. You just need some creativity, smart planning, and an open line of communication with your partner to make it happen.

Read on to learn how to successfully share your closet space with your significant other. These practical tips will help you divide your space, stay organized, and hold onto your sanity:

Declutter first

The biggest key to shared closet organization is to limit what goes inside it. Before you start arguing with your partner over who gets the highest shelves, you each need to cut down the amount of stuff you had in your individual closets. That means clothes, shoes, accessories, costumes, and tools, for example.

Separate your things into categories, then sort through your belongings one by one. Donate any item you don’t love or wear regularly.

Organize your closet together

Even if your partner doesn’t have the tidy gene (and claims to trust your judgment), it’s important to organize your closet as a team.

Discuss your habits, morning routines, and which items you wear regularly. Doing this will help you figure out how much space each person needs and where to store certain clothes.

If you both get ready for work at the same time, try storing your stuff on separate sides of the closet to avoid getting in each other’s way. On the other hand, if you use the closet at different times of the day, you might be able to share drawer and hanging space more easily.

Above all, remember this:

You don’t need to split your closet space 50/50 if you don’t want to. While working on shared closet organizationfocus on organizing your clothes in a way that makes it easy for both of you to get dressed in the morning.

Store off-season items elsewhere

Limit your stuff to the basics. Store the pieces you wear every day front and center, and stash off-season items — like skirts, shorts, sandals, and bathing suits — in your coat closet or a bin under the bed.

Label storage boxes

If you’re low on drawer or shelf space, store dress shoes, scarves, belts, and hats in baskets or shoe boxes.

Just make sure to label or color-code each person’s boxes, so it’s easy to find what you both need when you’re scrambling to choose an outfit before work.

Take advantage of every inch

When you’re tackling shared closet organization, you need as much space as possible to keep your things organized and accessible.

Use high shelves to store bins. Mount sturdy hooks on the back of the closet door (here are eight more hidden storage areas in your home). And take advantage of open floor space to store a shoe rack or small dresser

Designate a place for dirty laundry

No matter how tiny your closet is, make space for a laundry basket or hamper. Having an easy place to stash your dirty clothes means they won’t end up in smelly piles on the floor. If that won’t keep the relationship strong, we don’t know what will.

Take advantage of vertical storage space

Vertical storage space is a serious game-changer. Even the smallest, most poorly designed closets have plenty of vertical storage possibilities.

Here are five:

  • Install wall hooks to hang belts, hats, robes, and handbags
  • Use key racks as jewelry displays
  • Save shelf space by storing sweaters in a hanging organizer.
  • Hang a shoe rack on the back of your closet door.
  • Use a towel rod for scarf and tie storage.

Use convenient storage solutions

The more convenient it is to put away clothes, the more likely both of you are to do it. That’s why it’s smart to use storage solutions that make sense for you and your partner.

If you both hate folding clothes, get rid of the shelves in your closet and install an extra hanging rod.

Or, if your partner dislikes bending down to put their shoes away, store them in a hanging organizer.

Purge often

Every couple months, set aside time with your partner to reevaluate your stuff and decide what you want to keep.

Get rid of anything ill-fitting, unloved, unworn, or damaged beyond repair. Paring down your stuff simplifies the process of choosing an outfit and makes it easier to maintain your shared closet organization. Win-win.

Need help with your organizing project, whatever it is? Struggling to combine households, or to finally get all those moving boxes unpacked? Just Organized by Taya can help. Get started by booking an appointment here.

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