Tracee Dundas Fashion Editor @fashionablyyoursnola
You know the feeling you get when you walk into a boutique and everything on display is coordinated perfectly, folded neatly and like a kid in a candy story you’re ready to snatch up EVERYTHING! Of course, this is done by design to make the fashions and accessories enticing and eager for you to purchase.
What if you could accomplish that same professional, boutique-like look in your own closet?
Here are a few tips to help you get the process started. Afterall, studies show that the average person only wear about 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time. With that said, sounds like we all have a few items that we can dispose of. . . So, let’s get started.
1. Make declutter and getting organized a regular task by committing to doing it monthly.
2. Create a Donation Bin, a Repair Bin, and a To-Stored Bin that you cycle out monthly.
3. Rule of Thumb: If you have not worn an item in two seasons consider getting rid of it.
4. Stop the hoarding! Let go of anything that is too small or ill-fitting. Chances are it’s only taking up valuable space in your closet.
5. Ask yourself does “IT” project the image I want? If the answer is NO, let it GO!
6. Store out-of-season items away. (This allows you to see what you have for the current season.) Place items in bins or vacuum space-saver, label, adding a cedar chip to ward off moths…after all this is New Orleans. Store under the bed or in the attic until needed.
7. Invest in Slim Line hangers. Using these super slim, felt hangers increases closet space by 25%.
8. Tight on space? Consider using a vertical shoe rack to store jeans and lightweight sweaters. Just roll them up and slide them right into the slots.
9. Gain space by using multi-hanger hooks for shirts and pants.
10. Consider the “Backward Hanging” method: As you wear something turn the hanger in the other direction so you can gauge what you’re wearing and help you to rotate your fashions.
11. Showcase some of your favorite pieces by putting them on display using picture frames and hooks for a pretty DIY way to hang jewelry, scarves, hats, belts, and ties for the hubby.
12. Store small and occasionally used items in baskets that can be easily tucked away.
13. Make decluttering your closet a positive experience by keeping in mind the end result is to have an organized, boutique-like vibe that’ll make you smile every time you step into your closet.