Organize Your Closet by Color: 10 Minute Tidy

Cover pic organize your closet by color

Ready for another 10 Minute Tidy Tuesday challenge?  How about getting your closet a bit more organized?  I prefer to hang items up rather than fold them and put them away in a drawer.  That said, I have lots of hangers and lots of clothes on hangers.  Years ago I started organizing my clothes according to color and, I must say, it is a HUGE timesaver.   I can easily put together outfits and I never have to look and look and look for a particular item of clothing.  If I know the color, I know how to find it.

I recently switched out my summer wardrobe for my winter wardrobe.  If you don’t do that, I would highly recommend it.  I gave several reasons for doing this seasonal switcheroo here.  I’m not going to lie…that wardrobe switch takes longer than 10 minutes.  BUT, organizing by color does not.  Seriously, go try it right now.  Set a timer first!

Of course you can arrange your colors however you want, but I will share how I do it:  From left to right I organize my clothes in Browns, Blacks, Greens, Aqua and Teals, Blues, Purples, Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Grays, and lastly Whites.  Patterned clothes just go in the color area of the most dominant color in the pattern.  You might notice that I have some short sleeve tops in my closet even though this is my winter wardrobe.  I like to keep a few around to layer under sweaters, ect.

Organize closet by color

Before I let you loose on color coding your closet, I’m assuming one thing…that you already have your closet organized with like items hanging together.  For example, blouses and tops in one area, skirts in another, dresses in another and jackets/sweatshirts in another.  I personally fold pants and sweaters and place them on shelves.  If you haven’t organized like items together yet, there is no time like the present.  Just turn that timer off until you are done.

I don’t recommend emptying everything out of your closet.  You will definitely spend more than 10 minutes if you do it that way.  I would suggest deciding your color organizing order and start on one side of the rod, pulling clothes out and placing them in the correct area until everything is in its proper place.  It’s actually fun.  If you have a huge closet (lucky you!) and lots of clothes, just focus on one area (tops, skirts, etc.) per 10 minute session.

Once your closet is done, go organize your husband’s closet, or your child’s or your coat closet.  You will love the rainbow you see each time you open a closet door. Color coding your closet…10 minutes well spent!


10 Minute Tidy: Messy Kitchen

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Do you ever look at a task and find it too daunting to do.  You don’t even want to start because you figure it will take for-ev-er to finish?  Or, you know that you are short on time, so you don’t even try?  I’m convinced that at least half of getting something accomplished is just starting it.  Case in point… my kitchen.  I was gone way too late last night and we ate dinner way too late and it seemed way too late to clean up after dinner.  Knowing that I had to get up way too early in the morning, I did some thing that I very rarely do:  I went to bed with a messy kitchen.  This is the kitchen that I woke up to:


Ugggh.  This is really horrifying for me to show, but I know that we all get messy kitchens.  We’re friends here, right?

See that window above my sink?  That is the front porch.  Translation: anyone who comes to my door can see if my kitchen is clean or dirty.  This is a good incentive for me to keep a clean kitchen!

I decided that this would be a great 10 Minute Tidy activity…to clean up my messy kitchen.


First, and probably most importantly, I started my oven timer…10 minutes on the clock.  I told myself that when the timer sounded, my work was done.  To be truthful, the dishwasher was already empty, so that helped me out time-wise.  Usually my family puts their own dirty dishes in the dishwasher, but the clean dishes didn’t get removed until, you guessed it…too late last night.  Excuses, excuses!   As I hurriedly cleaned, I kept glancing at the clock to make sure that I would be done in time, and just as I was rinsing out the just scrubbed sink, time ran out.  Perfect.

I’ll be honest.  When I’m trying to beat the clock like this, it doesn’t really seem like work.  More like a game.  Or a race…without a lot of sweat…or shin splints…or calories burned.  Darn!  But, my reward today was a clean kitchen:


Ten little minutes and I can forget all about it.  Until the next mess comes along because, as we all well know:  A clean house is a temporary thing.

What 10 minute tidy are you going to do today?


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10 Minute Tidy Bathroom Drawer


This is my first post of what I plan to make a regular feature at ARMCHAIRDECORATORBLOG:  10 Minute Tidy posts.  Before I get started with my Tidy project, let me explain where this phrase came from.  When my kids were younger, we had a couple of VCR cassettes of “The Big Comfy Couch”.  At the end of each episode, Loonette the clown looks around her messy living room and says, “Who made this big mess?” and then speed cleans it with a “10 second tidy”.  I incorporated this idea as a way of getting my 5 children to help tidy up the house quickly.  The time limit depended on how messy the house was, usually 2, 3, or 5 minutes.  A 2 minute tidy equated to 12 minutes of fast work if you added up all 6 of us busting a move to clean up.  My kids really didn’t complain very much about these “tidies” because they knew that there was a limit.

These days, I still challenge myself to do speed tidies, especially when there is a task that I would rather not do.  The chores seem so much easier, and I swear I work 5 times faster when I’m focusing on beating a clock.  Think how fast you accomplish tasks when you know company is almost due to arrive at your front porch.

So, 10 Minute Tidy project #1 is my bathroom junk drawer:


Way to much stuff in this drawer.  I have been putting off cleaning it out for a long time.  Realistically, I knew that the job was really not a biggie…it was all mental.  With a 10 minute time frame in mind, I quickly emptied everything out and sorted like items together.


Ridiculous!  Who needs this many contact lens cases!


All of those little bar soaps that you get from hotels?  We don’t even use bar soap around here.  Note to self: from here on out… leave them at the hotel!  Time to donate to a good cause.

I started throwing all of the half used hotel lotions in the trash until I came up with a great plan:


My body butter tub was nearly empty, but after squeezing the contents of all of our mini lotion containers, it was full.  Free lotion!  Those, I will keep bringing home from hotels.

Less than 10 minutes later…


…my bathroom junk drawer is noticeably less cluttered.  I don’t hate opening it anymore!

What quickie project could you go do right now?  How about a bathroom drawer?  On your mark…get set…TIDY!


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Medication Organization Made Easy

A huge part of having a beautiful home is having an organized home.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  You can have the most beautiful furniture and décor, but if it is cluttered by stuff and stuff and stuff, you will not notice the beauty.  That is why every so often I like to share organizing tips.  An organized home is way easier to keep clean than a disorganized home.  An added bonus is the stress that is saved from having to search high and low for items you need.

Years ago I kept all of our medications in a couple of plastic boxes above the freezer.  I had 5 little children at the time and wanted to keep meds out of reach.  Whenever I needed a med of any kind, I had to search through both boxes to find what I needed.  It was more than a little frustrating.  I then organized the 2 boxes by making wooden inserts that divided the boxes into sections and that worked better, but stuff would still overflow into other sections.

After my children got a little older we moved into a bigger place with lots of kitchen cabinetry and that is when I created my meds organization system that we have now used for the past 7 years.  There’s no going back now.  This will be the way I organize them forever more:


Basically, I just got some sturdy dollar store bins, labeled them with vinyl (I love my Roland Stika vinyl cutter!) and then separated everything into appropriate bins.  I’ll admit that I don’t even try to keep each bin orderly.  They are small enough that I can easily find what I need.


If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, no biggie.  Just print out your medical category using your computer, a fun font and your printer and tape it on with clear tape or make a sturdier tag to attach.  Heck, you can even grab a sharpie and handwrite it.  The point is to label the bins for your family’s specific needs, throw them in a cabinet, closet, drawer…wherever you have the space, and forget about it.  At least until the next medical need arises.

Done and done!


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A “New” Wardrobe- Two Times a Year!


Doesn’t that sound awesome?  A “new” wardrobe twice a year?  Please note the quotation marks around the word “new”.  Yeah, there is a catch.  Figures, right?  But, in my own little world, that is just what happens.  I don’t have a walk-in closet and, to be honest, I have enough clothes that 3 women could easily share.  My closet, though plenty large, cannot contain all of my clothes at once, so this is what I do:


By the way, that is my poor hubby’s small closet.  Mine is about 4 times the size of his, yet he doesn’t complain.  Good man.

Every spring as it starts to get cold I bring these bins out of the garage and pull out all of the clothes that I had packed away the previous fall.  Out come all of my capris, shorts, short-sleeved tops, swimsuits and sandals… you get the idea.  Come cooler weather, the same bins come back in for the great fall switcheroo.  Out come the coats, jackets and sweatshirts,


the long-sleeved shirts,


the sweaters and long pants


and the scarfs, warm socks and boots


and I must say, it is just like getting a new wardrobe twice a year!  I think that even if I did have a walk-in closet, I would still pack off-season items away.  I mean, do I really want to see winter coats when the temperatures outside are hitting 115 degrees F?  Emphatic, “No!”.  Although I do keep a handful of short-sleeved tops in my closet to wear under sweaters and jackets, I don’t want to be taunted by a closet full of them all winter long, making me wish for warmer days.

Bottom line:  I just got a “new” wardrobe last weekend and it didn’t cost me a dime!

How about you?  Do you switch out your wardrobe, too?