There is nothing worse than not being able to find your clothes in your closet when you’re getting dressed.
A clean, well-organized wardrobe—instead of a confusing, jumbled mess of clothes and accessories—means you’ll be able to find what you are looking for and pick out outfits on busy mornings. The task of de-cluttering your wardrobe however can be overwhelming. If you can, hiring a stylist with a fresh eye can really cut down on the time it takes you to re-vamp your closet.
Here are a few tips to get you started from some of my favourite experts:
Step #1: Get Rid Of Your Old Clothes.
It might not be easy, but tossing out or donating old clothes is key to making room in your closet for your latest finds!! Rule of thumb I use for my clients, if you haven’t worn it in the last year its out. If it is two sizes to big or small, forget it… get rid of it. It’s time to buy new clothes. Another question to ask yourself…would I buy this now?
Step #2: Call The Pros—Or Find Your Own Storage Solutions.
If you’re interested in hiring professional help to organize your closet, it may be more affordable than you think. A custom closet is a luxury that many of us can afford. Call a personal stylist and also a few closet companies in your area, a few proper shelves and hanging space can make all the difference for you. If you want to do it yourself, many stores have all of their space organizing displays out right now for spring. Grab some new hangers ( I like the slim line ones, that are covered in velvet so clothes don’t slip) and a few clear bins. Remember If you can’t see it, you don’t wear it.
Step #3: Start Organizing.
If you have the space to hang all your tops, hang them all. You’ll wear more of your tops if you can see them.
Fold the very heavy sweaters so they don’t lose shape on the hanger. Color code your sweaters and also by weight, and use dividers or cubbies. Use a sweater folding board to make perfect folds. You can find folding boards in Homesense and HomeOutfitters.
I personally organize my clients jeans by colour, and fold them. However hanging jeans by the hem can also be a great solution. It is really your preference and also based by what space you have available.
Hang these, best to spend some money on some good hangers that leave less of a mark. You can also fold in the sides of the skirt etc and clip them like that.
I prefer to hang dresses by colour and season and length in that order. So if you have a bunch of red dresses, I start with the ones in season and hang accordingly and put the longer ones at the end of the line. This is also a personal choice. I usually start with strapless and move to long sleeve.
Never leave your dresses, or any other clothes, in the dry cleaning or plastic garment bags. The chemicals from dry cleaning attack the fibers of your clothing and cause damage,” she says. Charlton agrees, choosing to divide dresses “by length” but also “season and day or night.”
I like to line purses up on the top of the closet or anywhere you can see them. It’s hard to change bags if you can’t see them. Scarves folded in piles by color and material works best, and makes it easy to pull one out without ruining the organization of the rest. As for Hats, I like to have them in display so that you can grab them in a jiffy.
I like to organize shoes by colour and style. Hide your flip flops, they don’t need a display…you will always find those.
Most of the time lingerie is in a drawer all jumbled up. If you can try to separate into two different drawers. For a luxe touch, its nice to line these drawers and add little sent sachets. You can find this stuff at any lingerie boutique.
I love a built-in drawer in the closet or dresser in order to keep things neat and uncluttered. If you don’t have that option, hanging necklaces and earing is great so that you can see what you have.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
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