Yesterday was the first day of spring, so in honor of warmer days ahead I'm sharing some of my favorite cleaning and organizing tips to get your closet back into tip-top shape before summer hits, and we want to spend all our free-time outside! Because spring is the perfect time to embrace the saying "Out with the old, in with the new!"
Make your Closet Intuitive
If the experience of getting dressed is time-consuming, inconvenient or frustrating, you're not going to look forward to it. Whatever you are organizing, it's about the experience of doing what you are doing. It needs to be graceful, intuitive, and pleasurable.
Organize things intuitively, as though you're setting up an assembly line. You should be able to pick out one item after another without interruption. Have things in one general area, so you're not running around from one end of the room to the other. Have a specific spot for everything so you're not looking for things each time you get dressed.
Keep Your Items Visible
Many people tuck shirts, sweaters, pants and even dresses into drawers, but that's a good way to forget about them. When you're in a rush, you're going to reach for the things you see first, so keep all your "main" items visible on hangers or shelves.
Have what you need to make an outfit out and visible. Save drawers for socks, bras, underwear, first layers, workout clothes, pajamas and lounge wear.
Kitchen to Closet
A pair of paper-towel holders mounted on the inside of one closet door organizes scarves or ties and keeps them wrinkle-free. A kitchen-utensil rail proves to be ideal for belts: Each gets its own S hook.
I love this tip because it allows me to keep my accessories organized and in plain sight! That way after I've picked out the perfect outfit, I don't have to spend 20 minutes trying to find the perfect accessories.
Full Length Mirrors are a Must
Trying to assess your outfit in a bad mirror is futile. If you want to see how your footwear impacts your outfit, if you want to see how skirt length works on your leg line, if you want to make sure your tights really complement your scarf, if you want to know how all of the pieces you’re wearing interact, you need a full-length mirror. Basically, if you want to get the big picture of your personal style, you’ve gotta see everything at once. Viewing your top and bottom halves separately will sometimes suffice, but you’ll be amazed by how different it feels to see your whole self, top to bottom.
Mirrors also make a closet area feel bigger and more open, which can help make your small closet even larger, less cluttered, and open.
Change your Shopping Habits
If you buy clothes simply because it's a new season, you'll quickly become disenchanted with your wardrobe. Instead, buy only items that you really love -- when your closet is filled with clothes you're obsessed with, getting dressed each day will be much more enjoyable.
Don't be stuck in the cycle of consuming and purging, consuming and purging. Have a clear idea of your lifestyle and your desired look so you only buy clothes and accessories that suit your needs.
I hope these tips help you in tackling your spring cleaning this year! Comment below with your favorite organization tips!
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