Design Your Home: Closet

Declutter your closet in 4 steps

Every room in your home should reflect you. Your rooms should be functional enough to take on your beautifully chaotic and wonderfully messy everyday - as well as flexible enough to cater to future plans - like a family. Each month we’ll be highlighting a different room in the home and providing tips and tricks to help ensure your home is the best reflection! As we end January and dive into the rest of 2018, let’s ensure a tidy, organized space for our home’s secret weapon: the closet.

Ever have that moment when you need that one thing, you go to open the door of your closet, and a box or twenty fall at your feet? No? Just us? Okay. Well, in the event that this has ever happened to you - know that we feel your pain and can help you with your closet solution need in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Get a little messy

While it may seem counterintuitive to start messy, it’s actually the most logical. Here’s why: you’re already there. Your closet is currently messy and cluttered, it’s mostly a matter of moving the mess out of the closet so you could sift through it and later organize to your heart’s content.

So, take everything that’s in the closet and stage it on the floor (or large table) next to it.

Step 2: Fix it up a little

Take a deep breath because this is where it can get overwhelming - you’re going to start to organize your mess into piles (cleaning supplies, outerwear, hardware, etc.). As you’re sorting, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I used this item within the last year?
  • Do I need this?

If you answer “No” to either of these questions, organize that object into a “Discard” pile. While these items were nice to have, you’ve found that you can live without them.

Step 3: Make it look good (And smell good!)

After you’ve discarded the unnecessary pieces of your closet, grab your favorite hangers and storage containers and get ready to have a solo-organizing party!

As you’re gathering and putting your items together, consider these tips

  • Maximize your space: Seasonal or “one-time-use” items might be useful towards the back / bottom of the closet. The pieces you use frequently, store them towards arms length or an an easy-to-reach spot.
  • Let them hang: Items that can hang - bags, backpacks, umbrellas, etc. can hang off sturdy hooks or hangers.
  • PROTIP: Hang a DIY Air Freshener in your closet and keep your items feeling fresh and fancy!

DIY Air Freshener:

Instructions: Add baking soda to a small jar and add Lemongrass and Orange Bare Oils. Place fabric over jar opening and seal with ring. Use in your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen for a fresh and lovely scent.