If you’re like us, you’re totally buggin’ over the fact that it’s been 20 YEARS since Clueless came out (is it possible for a millennial to feel old?). It seems like just yesterday that we were first watching Cher choose that iconic yellow plaid skirt set and white thigh-highs from her virtual closet. *Sigh* I still want that closet!
To celebrate the film’s anniversary and because they are so committed to your closet being as fabulous as Cher’s, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls teamed up with Melanie Charlton, closet organizer to the stars and CEO of Clos-ette, on some tips to keep your closet from being a total Monet! Here they are:
Tip 1: When cleaning out your closet, ask yourself “Would I buy it today?” The first step to getting your closet organized is to go through and edit–as hard as that can be! Ask yourself if you’d buy this item today, or if it has a sentimental factor that warrants storage. If you haven’t worn an item in more than two years or if it’s two sizes too small or two sizes too big, it’s time to get rid of it. My biggest piece of advice is to not go through this process alone! Pick a friend whose style you admire and invite them into your closet to provide an honest opinion.
Tip 2: Remember that size doesn’t matter (of your closet, that is). No matter the number of square feet, shape or amount of clothing you own, you can easily transform your closet into an effective, organized space. The key is to make every inch count and the best way to do this is by making use of shallow wall space. Use hooks to hang bags and scarves in order leave more room for hanging space. Your closet door is also a great place for hanging items such mirrors and storage racks. To kick start your storage solutions mission, check out stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls that have a variety of space saver items from drawer organizers and over-the-door racks, all at amazing prices.
Tip 3: Think outside the box. You don’t have to be confined to the configuration of your space and you don’t have to hire a professional to transform your closet. There are simple ways to make the most out your space by getting creative and thinking outside the box, and actually use boxes! Create shelves out of boxes or bins and stack them in the back of your closet. Bring in portable drawers and even changing out your light fixture or bringing light into your closet is an easy fix to brighten up your space.
Tip 4: Know what to hang. There are basic guidelines that everyone should follow when it comes to hanging items in your closet. First and foremost, you should always use no-slip velvet hangers to maximize space for clothing and avoid wire hangers that can damage your clothing. Second, purchase matching hangers to make your closet look neat and well-arranged. Places like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have a wide selection of quality hangers in different colors that are both durable and stylish. And finally, create a wrinkle-free environment for your clothing by leaving enough space between each garment to avoid each garments from pressing into the other.
Tip 5: Show your true colors. Sort your clothing by type, color, and season. Streamline your closet color even more by organizing each section by shade from light to dark. Remember that eye follows pattern so this makes it easier when picking out what to wear. I recommend color coding your garments into separates, which will help you visualize the contents of your closet and easily mix and match separates quickly. This will help you get out of your comfort zone and condition yourself to pull together different outfits instead of wearing the same clothing over and over again.
Tip 6: Know when to fold ‘em. There are certain types of clothing that should be folded rather than hung so that they don’t lose their shape. Sweaters are best folded and stored on shelves or in drawers. If you’re tight on space, a great alternative is to fold your sweater in half, shoulder to shoulder, and position it over the bar of your hanger with a piece of tissue in between. Jeans can also be folded, stacked on shelves and organized by denim shade.
Tip 7: Use a pegboard for storing jewelry. My favorite way to store jewelry is on a pegboard because it allows you to sort, store safely and prevents entanglements, all while transforming your pieces into a beautiful display. You can head to places like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls to find beautiful jewelry boxes or the more unique pieces to store your jewels like lacquered trays.
Tip 8: Look into seasonal storage solutions. As you look ahead to transition to fall, it may be time to swap out your summer fashion. If you don’t have additional storage space, keep current season items most accessible and pack up items you won’t wear for a while in natural fabric storage bins. For those with limited storage in your closet, use airtight containers or trunks for under your bed or even ottoman and benches in your living space. Before you put our clothes away, it’s very important to make sure to clean items. Either wash and fold or try steaming them with lavender water to keep your garments fresh.