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How To Organize Long Dresses in a Closet

When it comes to keeping a tidy home, closet organization is often overlooked. For example, it can be tricky to store floor-length dresses, as they always seem to take over your entire closet, hiding any folded items and causing you to make a mess while searching for them. Luckily, by following a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to effortlessly organize your long dresses while freeing up some much-needed space in your closet.

Here’s how to organize long dresses in a closet: 

  1. Group long dresses together.
  2. Organize them by season.
  3. Coordinate them by color.
  4. Remove long dresses you don’t wear.
  5. Fold the dresses and place them on a shelf. 
  6. Hang the dresses by folding them in half. 
  7. Hang the dresses using two hangers. 

In the rest of this article, I’ll discuss each of these methods in more detail. So, if you want to learn more about organizing longer dresses and freeing up some closet space, be sure to keep reading. 

1. Group Long Dresses Together

First, when organizing your long dresses in your closet, it’s important to group similar garments together. This not only allows you to better keep your space organized, but it’s also more aesthetically pleasing. 

Therefore, when organizing your closet, you should do your best to move all of your long dresses to one section. This can help make your closet appear less crowded since these items usually take up a lot of space. 

2. Organize Them by Season

Another excellent way to organize your long dresses is by season. Depending on the climate where you live, there’s a good chance some of your dresses are not suitable all year round. This is why it’s a good idea to organize them depending on their warmth and wearability. 

You can do this by moving the out-of-season dresses to another closet and switching them out as the weather changes. Alternatively, you can simply organize your dresses in sections based on the season. 

For example, you would still group all your long dresses together but separate them into two sections – winter and summer dresses. This method of organization will help you keep your dresses extra organized and prevent you from spending too much time scouring your wardrobe for something nice to wear. 

3. Coordinate Them by Color

Another excellent method is to coordinate your long dresses by color. What’s great about color coding is that it’s highly pleasing to the eye, and it can be a great way to further organize your dresses if you pair this method with grouping and seasonal organization. Not to mention it’s a fun way of organizing your adorable dresses (source).

4. Remove Long Dresses You Don’t Wear

The best way to keep your closet free of clutter is removing long dresses you don’t wear anymore. We are all guilty of holding on to clothing items that no longer serve us, but it’s always a good idea to take a second to purge your closet of unworn articles of clothing. 

I guarantee you’ll free up much more space than you might expect just by getting rid of a few old dresses you haven’t worn in years.

5. Fold the Dresses and Place Them On a Shelf

Another simple method is to neatly fold your long dresses and place them on a shelf or in a drawer. This method is perfect if you want to save space in your closet and don’t mind having minor creasing on your dresses. 

This approach is especially effective with dresses made of lighter materials. These also tend to wrinkle less, making them ideal for folding. However, if you have pets, it’s important to note that this method might not be for you since cats and dogs leave hair everywhere. Plus, cats love to sleep on folded piles of clothing. 

Therefore, if you have pets, you should consider placing your dresses in a drawer rather than a shelf to protect them from possible snags and hair. 

6. Hang the Dresses by Folding Them in Half

Another excellent method of organizing your long dresses is to simply fold the dress in half on a hanger. Long dresses dragging the floor can become dirty or snagged, so it’s essential to get the hem off the floor if you’re able to. 

You will need:

  • A dress
  • One regular hanger

How to hang a long dress by folding it in half:

  1. Place your dress on a hanger as you usually would.
  2. Scoop the bottom of the dress and fold it back over the top of the hanger.
  3. Tuck in any loose material from the bottom of the dress.
  4. Hang it in your closet. 

As you can see, this method is quite simple, which explains its wide usage.

Ms. Placed Professional Organizing has a fantastic video demonstrating this:

7. Hang the Dresses Using Two Hangers

Another excellent method is to use two hangers when hanging your dresses in your closet. This method is less often used, but it’s one of the most effective ways to keep your long dresses safe and organized. 

You will need:

  • A long dress
  • Two regular hangers

How to hang a long dress using two hangers:

  1. Hand the dress on one hanger as you usually would. 
  2. Take a second hanger and scoop up the end.
  3. Move the second hanger to the middle of the dress’s skirt. 
  4. Hang up the dress. 

This way of hanging a long dress helps to compress the dress and keep it from dragging. It also looks great in your closet since the setup will look so much more organized now.


As you can see, there are quite a few ways to organize long dresses in your closet. I personally recommend trying most of these methods at once as most can easily stack together. 

For example:

  • Grouping.
  • Seasonal organization. 
  • Color coding.
  • Removing unworn dresses.

These are all excellent approaches that can work together to keep your closet dresses more organized. 

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