Let's begin with the most difficult space to master: the closet. When clothing chaos strikes (as it so often does when we’re in a crazed rush), it can be hard to recover. But an edited wardrobe is not just a thing of dreams—it’s your new reality.
So, where do you start? For closet designer Melanie Charlton, every clean and cohesive closet begins with a much-needed purge
. Start your decluttering journey by taking everything out and scrapping what’s stained, dirty, and doesn’t fit anymore. Then, move on to the items you know you never wear, or those that simply don’t blend in with the rest of your wardrobe.
After you choose to donate or toss unwanted items, don’t forget to properly store the things you decide to keep. According to closet expert Ginny Scott, a streamlined closet
(think matching storage containers and coordinating hangers) is always a happy one.
And whether you have a massive walk-in, teeny closet, or no closet at all
, there are plenty of clever storage items out there to help keep your space under control, from multifunctional racks to revolutionary drawers. (Peep a few of our favorite space-saving closet items here
.) Shoe hoarders who are tight on space may also want to think out of the box when it comes to storage solutions
, like displaying their collection on the walls with hooks or floating shelves.
Still don’t want to take on the closet alone? Thankfully, this new in-home service
will set you up with two stylists who will come into your home and edit your wardrobe for you.