The Best Way to Organize Your Closet for the Winter

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with winter: We love all things cozy but hate that it implies freezing temps. So, that brings us to our winter uniform: sweaters, scarves, puffer jackets, the list goes on. And sure, it’s annoying to bundle up every time you step outside just to take everything off as soon as you get to your destination. The most annoying part? Trying not to drown in piles of chunky sweaters, scarves, and an assortment of mismatched gloves. Avoid the clutter (as much as possible) by following these helpful winter wardrobe storage organization tips;

Purge, purge, and purge some more

As soon as you feel the slightest chill in the air, get to work. Start by going through your summer wardrobe and sorting it into two piles: ditch or keep.

Items that you’re keeping

Neatly pack the items that will live another year in large storage bags or clear containers with lids. Store the like items together and label the container accordingly. Make sure all items are clean and de-wrinkled before storing.

Items that you’re ditching

Divide them into three sections: past the point of repair, donate, or turn a profit. Discard any items that are clearly worn — even too worn, perhaps. Items that are a little older but still in fair condition can be donated to organizations like Goodwill, The Salvation Army or your local shelter (depending on their needs). If there’s still some life in a clothing item, then give it a new home and make a few extra bucks by selling it on apps like Poshmark or Depop. This is best for any trendy pieces or items that you barely wore (or worse, are still new with tags).


Sweaters — crewnecks, cardigans, turtlenecks — take up a bulk of your storage space. Keep them in mint condition by neatly folding them and storing them on shelves or in drawers. Keep them in a spot that’s easy to access because, well, you know you’ll be reaching for them every day from now through March. Some lightweight cardigans and sweaters, however, are best hung on hangers to help keep their shape and reduce wrinkles.

Scarves, gloves and hats

There are two main ways you can store these beauties: in a drawer or on one of those fancy hangers. If you’re tight on space, go for the hanging organizer. Not only will it keep all of your scarves (even the thick ones) compact but it allows you to see all the different styles that you own, which means you’ll actually use what you have.

Store gloves, hats and earmuffs in a bin close by or tuck them into a plastic hanging pantry door organizer. Top tip: Keep a pair of gloves in your most worn jacket at all times. That way you’ll never be caught in the cold without them. You can even stick a spare pair in your work bag or purse for the same reason.

Workout gear

We couldn’t avoid it, could we? Roll up your thermal leggings and tops, and store them in a bin. You can even make it your designated workout bin by storing running socks, gloves, and headband inside.

And just like that, your winter wardrobe is looking better already (a.k.a. you can finalllllly see the floor of your closet!)

Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.