Ready to finally tackle the daunting task of cleaning out your closet? To ease the quarantine project, we enlisted the help of Melanie Charlton Fowler, founder of Clos-ette, a holistic organizational design firm that specializes in achieving functionality while maximizing your space. Below Melanie is sharing helpful tips on the dos and don’ts of organizing your wardrobe essentials. Put her expert insight to good use this weekend and declutter your closet.
Do: a ruthless edit prior to organizing your clothes and accessories.
Do: coordinate all your hangers (by color)—it’s a merchandising trick that helps your eye follow the clothing rather than the hanger.
Do: make sure to use hardware to store items on shallow-space walls.
Do: use your resources, like consignment sites such as The Real Real or organizations like the Red Cross (or even ask a social worker at your local town hall to see if clothing items are needed for donation). You could even do a giveaway if selling items doesn’t excite you or feel meaningful, but don’t keep what you have edited out. Find a special *new* home for the pieces you no longer want.
Don’t: use shoe boxes to store your shoes.
Don’t: hold on to old hoarding habits that keep your closets full; let go of items. For some, it’s easier if you use a virtual organizer or find a partner or child or anyone you are quarantined with who will tell you the truth of what looks good and what does not.
Don’t: roll your clothes when you fold them; use either a file or flat fold.
Don’t: organize your shoes side by side in pairs if you’re low on space; use the heel-to-toe method with pairs of shoes so you see more pairs in the front row.
Happy spring cleaning! How are you organizing during quarantine? We want to know in the comments on Instagram.
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