Making Room for Spring

Whenever a new season rolls around, I always like to take some time to assess what’s in my closet. Not only does this help me to get organized, but it also reminds me of pieces that I may have forgotten existed. So basically, it’s a win, win if you ask me!

First things first, I do a scan of my closet. Even though I spend more time than I’m willing to admit in my closet and organize it quite often, I still somehow manage to forget about key pieces that would be perfect for the season at hand. During this scan, I’ll take the time to acquaint myself with what I already have, as well as what I may want to buy. I’ll also make some mental notes of outfits ideas, which makes getting ready in the mornings all the easier.

Next up, I’ll make little modifications that will help keep me inspired throughout the season. This can be as small as hanging a neck scarf around your door handle—which, by the way, is the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit—or placing a few hats on a hook. Having these accessories at the ready won’t just keep your closet in the spring spirit, but will also keep your looks feeling fresh all season long.

How do you get prepped for the seasons? Please leave a comment and let me know!

The Closet Challenge

I’m a big fan of a closet cleanse, and I always feel significantly better after one. Though if we’re being completely honest, not all closet cleanses are easy—rather, they are usually quite hard as they force you to take a hard look at all the items you have and make selections about what to keep v. what to say goodbye to.

The saying goodbye part is what’s hardest for me. Even if I’ve never worn an item, or if it were very expensive, I still struggle with getting rid of it. So as of late, I’ve been trying out something new: As I cleanse my closet, I create challenges for myself to follow to truly test if I’ll miss the item I can’t easily part with in the moment.

For example, I’ll place all of the items that I’m contemplating getting rid of but can’t quite pull the trigger to do so in one spot of my closet. Then, I’ll give myself a month to wear them. If they never make it into my rotation, then I know it’s time to say goodbye, officially.

This method has been working really well for me, and I encourage you to try it as well!

Tricks of the Trade: Denim Organization

As someone who wears jeans just about everyday of the week, I’ve collected quite a few pairs over the years. Couple that with my passion for all things organized, and let’s just say I’ve tested out many different ways to store jeans. From being draped over hangers to folded up in a dresser, I’ve tested every which way and finally landed on my favorite.

From my perspective, the absolute best way to organize your jeans is to keep them on an open shelf in your closet (seen here in mine). The reason for this is that I like to keep my jeans in piles, separated by wash. This is identical to how I organize the rest of my closet: by color coordination.

Having all jeans of the same wash stacked on top of one another inevitably means quite a tall pile. For this reason, storing my jeans in a dresser simply doesn’t work because the drawers are just not deep enough. Plus, keeping your piles of jeans out on an open shelf means you can see every single pair in the mix.

As you’ll see above, I have 4 different piles of jeans: 1) whites and colors, 2) light washes, 3) dark washes, and 4) gray and black washes. By folding each pair into thirds, the piles stay nice & tidy and are super easy to maintain.

Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

How to Store Winter Necessities

Remember when I shared one of my core organizing rules that everything must have a home? Well, sometimes that home needs to be customized depending on the season, and that’s totally ok!

Since I’m constantly reaching for warm accessories these days—think mittens, scarves, beanies, and the like— I decided to make a dedicated spot in my closet to keep them all within arm’s reach. While I usually use the hooks in this closet to plan out my outfits for the week, I conveniently have another set in my other closet that I’ve been using for that very same purpose. With the hooks in this closet now freed up, I’ve been loving being able to easily grab some warm winter accessories whenever I may need them.

Tricks of the Trade: Folding Sweaters

I’ve written about sweaters in the past, and how you should always opt to fold them. But now I thought I’d dive into how exactly you should go about folding them. Follow along to learn how to fold even the chunkiest of sweaters!

Step 1: Lay your sweater flat, with the front side down.

Step 2: Fold one sleeve and side in toward the middle of the sweater. You don’t want to overdo this fold (as that will make your sweater pile much too tall). Instead, imagine the sweater is divided into thirds and you want to fold in just 1/3 of the way.

Step 3: Fold the rest of the sleeve down toward the side of the sweater. This will also help to prevent an overly bulky fold.

Step 4: Repeat on the second side.

Step 5: Fold the bottom the sweater up to meet the top.

Step 6: Flip it around and voila! I like to then pat the sweater down a bit, as to smooth it.

Now what are you waiting for? Go get to folding those sweaters! I know you can do it.

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Breakdown

 

Ready for a breakdown? I thought so!

As many of you know, I have two closets in my apartment. Though since my second closet is really like a glamorized coat closet, I thought I would focus on my main closet for the purposes of this blog post. You’ll soon see that this main closet is pretty sizable and through my efficient placement and thorough organization, I’ve only made it feel roomier.

When structuring your closet, you want to focus on practicality. For me, I have two long rods so I knew that I wanted to hang dresses, skirts, dress pants, and blouses on them. Though I knew that I would also need more storage. Cue: a dresser tucked beneath my blouses.

While this may seem like an obvious storage trick to many, that’s not always the case. Many of my clients have simply left the space under the hanging items underutilized, which is a miss in my book. The only exception to this is dresses, because these are often long and flowy so I would not recommend keeping any sort of dresser drawers underneath them. A shoe rack, however, could potentially work in that space.

In addition to my two long racks, I also have shelves in my closet. One level of shelves is very accessible—well, by very I mean I can reach everything so long as I stand on my toes—while another level is far too high to reach. Given this, I placed the items that I need at arm’s length on the first level, such as all of my jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts. Then on the upper level, I have more seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, scarves, as well as extra purses.

So now are you ready to tackle your closet? Once you’ve got the layout mastered, you can move onto color coordination. And lucky for you, I’ve got lots of posts about that very topic.