With Winter steadily approaching, it's the perfect time to re-organize your closet to make room for your ever-growing collection of cozy sweaters. If the idea of cleaning out your closet seems daunting, don't worry; we’ve enlisted the help of organizational pro Beth Zeigler, founder of Bneato.com. With these quick and painless tips, you’ll transform your wardrobe into tip-top shape in no time. For more information, check out our closet organizing video!
I'm not going to lie to you; as a busy mom-of-four, spring-cleaning often takes a backseat to changing diapers, driving to afterschool sports, and cooking dinner. But this year is going to be different! I'm making it my mission this spring to tackle one room at a time and whip the house into perfectly organized shape.
My first order of business is the craft closet. Crafting can get messy, but that doesn't mean that your supplies can't be kept neat and tidy. I'm pretty good about keeping my craft supplies neat, but there's always room for improvement. So, I've been doing a little research and I found a few creative ways to keep organized. Here are a few of my favorite innovative ideas that I wanted to share with all my fellow craftistas…
Use an egg carton to store your sewing kit:
Use a pillbox for beads, pins and eyelets:
- The clothes you can't fit in. If you haven't been able to fit into clothes for a year, then it's time to put them in the donation pile. Even if you promise yourself you'll lose that extra 10 pounds, chances are that what hasn't happened in 12 months probably won't happen anytime soon if you haven't made any progress in a year. Chuck any too-tight clothing, but if you really need to, keep one for inspiration.
- The clothes you know you should throw away. Even if it's supercomfortable, do you really need that frumpy t-shirt that you're holding onto for sentimental value? Get rid of items that should have been disposed of a long time ago.
- Irreparable clothing. Get rid of damaged clothing you can't fix — for example, a shirt with a stain you can't get out or a silk dress with an irreparable hole that you can't mend.
- The clothes you haven't worn in years. Use the two-year rule for clothes: get rid of apparel that you haven't worn in two years. I say two years, because there may be a special-occasion dress you take out for events like weddings.
- Outdated clothes. You may be hoping for your old clothes to come into fashion again, but are you willing to wait another decade? Get rid of your items from years past if you haven't been wearing them.
To make the most of your old clothing, organize a clothing swap with girlfriends.
Link Time: Michelle Obama's White House Garden, Closet Organizing, and Thrifty Cabin Decorating Ideas
- Get the look of Michelle Obama's White House garden. — Gardenista
- Easily transform lackluster furniture with new hardware. — Houzz
- Organize closet clutter with these simple solutions. — Real Simple
- Ideas for surviving (and thriving!) in a small space. — Stylelist Home
- Tour the fresh-on-the-market townhouse from The Squid and the Whale. — Curbed
- This California cabin is chocked with thrifty decorating ideas. — Country Living
If you're guilty of any of the following statements: "I can't even see the back of my closet," "Good luck finding that in there," or "There's no room for it all," we've got two words for you: closet cleanse. It's much more than just a tidy-up ordeal; consider this a seasonal turning point for you and your wardrobe storage. Aside from switching out your chunkier sweaters and Winter-durable coats for lighter layers and frocks, it's important to maximize the closet space you have to its fullest potential. With the help of stackable containers, doubled racks, and one seriously cool t-shirt folder, it's not so hard to restore peace to a once chaotic closet. Click through for seven ways to streamline your storage and make room for Spring's prettiest wares.
It's fun to fantasize about the lives of the rich and famous — the designer brands, free swag, and endless red-carpet events! It would only make sense that their closets would be bursting at the hinges, right? Not so true. In fact, the high-profile individuals featured in this slideshow have created spaces that reflect their personalities, large wardrobes, and organization skills. Click on to check out five tips we've gleaned from these amazing celebrity closets to personalize an often-neglected space.
A fun way to spice up your wardrobe: Throw a swap party! That's right. It's a cool way to get the girls together and jazz up your fashion closet . . . especially if you are on a Closet Organization mission — like me.
Send an email invitation in advance to all of your besties giving them time to collect their items. Serve some appetizers and a signature cocktail. Everyone gets a chance to display their collection. You'll be moments away from a new look. Why stop there? You can also swap beauty items and your favorite books; sharing is caring. Be sure to be the hostess with the mostess and add a little party bag to go. Sephora has everything a girl can need to go in her little purse. You'll be sure to make your friends feel special.
To see how to set up a sweet fashion swap party, read more
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