5 Ways to Organize by Color

5 Ways to Organize by Color

Sarah Coffey
May 13, 2010

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're a visual person. Maybe you "read" photographs more quickly and more easily than text, or you might prefer charts and graphs to written reports. People who think visually often organize their homes by color.

Color can be a great unifier, creating connections between various objects. It can also help to differentiate things, like using color-coding to keep your tax files separate from your personal files.


  1. In Emily and Meeko's home, yellow accessories create a sense of cohesiveness in the kitchen.

  2. Although they don't precisely color code their books, Matthew and Deb group the spines in similar colors and patterns to make a shelf look organized.

  3. Jennifer groups together a few different patterns that have similar colors running through them. The embroidery hoop frames and common palette make them read as one group.

  4. Laura is a professional organizer who color codes her closet. Grouping shoes, shirts, and coats by color makes them easier to locate.

  5. Kitty keeps her photos and small things organized inside colored boxes.

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Photos: Jessica Watson, Matthew Shallenberger, Jill Slater

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