Closet organizer to the stars, Melanie Charlton, shares how to declutter, maximize storage space and organize your favorite items efficiently just in time for fall shopping. Ready to conquer?
Ask: Would you buy it today?
The first step to getting your closet organized is to go through and edit. Ask yourself if you’d buy this item today or if it has a sentimental factor that warrants storage. If you haven’t worn an item in more than two years or if it’s two sizes too small or two sizes too big, it’s time to say goodbye. Melanie’s greatest tip: Don’t go through this process alone! Pick a friend whose style you admire and invite them into your closet to share an honest opinion.
No matter the size or shape of your closet, you can easily transform it into an effective and organized space. The key is to make every inch count by using shallow wall space. Use wall hooks to hang handbags and scarves to make more room for clothes. The closet door is also a prime place for hanging items such as mirrors and storage racks. To kick-start your organization mission, check out stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls for a variety of budget-friendly space-saving solutions, from drawer organizers to over-the-door racks.
You don’t have to be confined to the configuration of your closet. There are simple ways to make the most out of your space by getting creative and thinking outside the box — and by actually using boxes! Create shelves out of boxes or bins, bring in portable drawers and stack them in the back of your closet.
There are basic guidelines that everyone should follow when it comes to hanging your clothes. (You had no idea, did you?) First, try to avoid wire hangers that can damage and warp your clothing. Second, create a wrinkle-free environment for your clothing by leaving at least one inch between each hanger. And if you really want a Cher-like closet, purchase matching, no-slip velvet hangers to make your closet look neat and well-arranged.
Sort your clothing by type, color and season. Streamline your closet system even more by organizing each section by shade from light to dark. Remember that eye follows pattern, so this makes it easier when picking out what to wear. Melanie recommends color coding your garments into separates which will help you visualize the contents of your closet and mix and match pieces more quickly. This will also help you get out of your comfort zone and condition you to pull together different outfits instead of wearing the same pairings over and over again.
There are certain types of clothing that should be folded rather than hung so that they don’t lose their shape. Sweaters, for example, are best folded and stored on shelves or in drawers. If you’re tight on space, a great alternative is to fold your sweater in half, shoulder to shoulder and position it over the bar of your hanger with a piece of tissue in between. Jeans can also be folded and stacked on shelves.
Showcase your precious pieces on a pegboard to sort, store and prevent entanglements, all while transforming your gems into a beautiful display.
Looking towards fall or winter, it’s probably time to swap out your summer fashion. If you don’t have additional storage space, keep current seasonal items most accessible and pack up those you won’t wear for a while in natural fabric storage bins. For those with limited closet storage, use airtight containers, trunks or even ottomans and benches in your living space. Before you put your clothes away for the season, be sure to wash or steam them with lavender water to keep your garments fresh until next year.
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