As true fashion lovers can attest, it’s great to have a robust collection, but keeping it neat and tidy is another story, especially with in-between seasonal styles and wishy-washy weather. We consulted with Allison Weigensberg, expert organizer over at Everything in Place, member of the Professional Organizers in Canada, and featured numerous times in The Huffington Post. Save time in the morning and space in your closet with these these nifty tips from the expert!
I don’t want to minimize my wardrobe, but I also have a lot of items that I don’t wear regularly. What’s the secret to streamlining a closet?
A. This really boils down to the saying “out of sight, out of mind”. Morning routines can be rushed, so your natural inclination is to reach for what you can see. If some of your pieces are hiding at the back of the closet, or buried in a drawer they are not going to get used. A great trick is to rotate your clothes. After you wear a piece and wash it, hang it up at the back of the closet. The same tactic can be used for folded items in your drawers, place it at the bottom. This way you’ll slowly be rotating the items you have and bringing the less seen pieces back into the light of day!
Any tips for organizing jewelry, accessories, and other odds and ends?
A. Again, you really want to find a solution that allows you to see what you have. A hanging organizer with clear pockets can be great for bracelets and earrings. If necklaces are really your thing try incorporating them into your decor. A few decorative hooks on the wall or some funky knobs can provide a great place to hang up and display your necklaces.
If you would prefer to have your jewelry still accessible but not out in the open I would try using clear, stackable, compartmentalized trays. They are a great way to maximize your storage space.
How do you manage organizing clothing by season, as well as tricky transitional/unpredictable weather periods?
A. Normally I would advise my clients to put away all their spring and summer clothes as soon as it starts to get chilly in the Fall. This year, especially here in Montreal, the weather has been so all over the place that you pretty much need every season’s clothing handy. If you have the closet space to keep everything together, I say do it. To keep all your pieces organized, I would recommend using labelled closet dividers. This way you can separate your clothes by season within your closet so that you know just what to reach for after you check the day’s weather. You can also get some pretty storage boxes for items that don’t need to be hung up. Store them stacked on the floor in your closet, or on top (if you have a shelf above the rod). Just make sure to use really specific labels on them so you don’t have to go digging through all of them just to find your favorite sweater.
I may or may not have an uncontrollable shoe addiction (although who doesn’t!?). What can I do to keep them organized and accessible?
A. The right shoes can really make an outfit, so having them all organized and accessible is key. It really depends on the space you have to store them. I love using small stacked shelves at the base of the closet. You can save space by placing one shoe forward and one backwards. If you don’t have a lot of floor space think vertical! Shoe organizers that hang in the closet or on the back of the door really help take advantage of otherwise unused space.
If you are blessed with a spacious closet with ample shelving I would opt for clear shoe bins with lids. They’ll help keep them from getting covered in dust and you’ll be able to see your options when picking your perfect shoe for the day’s ensemble.
Is there any hope for those of us cursed with a lack of closet space?
A. A small closet is just a chance to get creative with space! You really want to step back and look at the space you’re not using. Take a good look inside your closet to find those unused walls and corners. The inside of a closet door can be a great spot to install a few hooks or towel bars. Same goes for the dead space at the back or sides of your closet. Some of my favorite go-to products for a small closet are a closet doubler (it’s basically a rod that hangs from your existing rod and doubles your hanging space), space saving hangers (they usually hold 5 items in the place of one hanger and can switch between being hung vertically or horizontally) and also switching out all your hangers to sleeker, slimline ones. You would be surprised how much extra space you can gain in that swap. Plus, having all the same type of hanger looks really nice.
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