This is a basic writing on how I organize my Sass projects, mostly for self documentation.

I have two structures; mid and small-size projects. I work mostly for small business, so there is no need to over engineer my Sass code.

Small projects

plugins/
  |-- _colorpicker.scss
  |-- _normalize.scss
utils/
  |-- _functions.scss # All mixins, functions, extends, etc.
base/
  |-- _base.scss # Base, typography and forms.
components/ # Micro components.
  |-- _buttons.scss
  |-- _dropdown.scss
  |-- _navigation.scss
layout/ # Macro components.
  |-- _grid.scss
  |-- _layout.scss # Header, container, footer, etc.
  |-- _sidebar.scss
pages/ # Specific pages styles.
  |-- _pages.scss # Home, contact, etc.
todo.scss # Styles that I can organize later.
main.scss # The manifest.

Mid-size projects

plugins/ 
  |-- _colorpicker.scss
  |-- _normalize.scss
utils/
  |-- _extends.scss
  |-- _functions.scss
  |-- _mixins.scss
  |-- _variables.scss
base/
  |-- _base.scss
  |-- _forms.scss
  |-- _typography.scss
components/ # Micro components.
  |-- _buttons.scss
  |-- _dropdown.scss
  |-- _feedback.scss
  |-- _navigation.scss
  |-- _tabs.scss
layout/ # Macro components.
  |-- _container.scss
  |-- _footer.scss
  |-- _grid.scss
  |-- _header.scss
  |-- _sidebar.scss
pages/ # Specific pages styles.
  |-- _contact.scss
  |-- _home.scss
todo.scss # Styles that I can organize later.
main.scss # The manifest.

In both structures I use the same folders and each one have their own purpose.

plugins/

When I don’t use Bower for third party libraries, this is the folder where they go.

utils/

Here are the files that have functions, mixins, extends, or classes that I use more than once in different folders.

Notice that if I use a mixin only once, I include it inside the file where is needed, for example I have a button-generator mixin that I only use on _bottons.scss, so I have it included in there only.

base/

Core styles like html, body, p and a tags, also the form and table, for example. In other words, the foundation (not the framework) of the project.

components/

Here are all the UI (User Interface) components that are required to use in the layout.

For example, we have the navigation that goes inside the header, or the buttons that goes almost on any part of the layout; header, main, footer, etc.

layout/

Header, footer, sidebar and other elements that makes the site structure.

As I mentioned before, the layouts are built with the help of the components. We can code the header using the .site-logo, .site-navigation, and .social-icons classes (from the components/ folder) and make them work together inside the _header.scss file.

pages/

Page specific styles, for example:

  • _home.scss
  • _contact-us.scss
  • _portfolio-gallery.scss

main.scss

The manifesto that include all the files to render the style.css.