The first day of spring hits in exactly one week, on March 20, 2016. You know what that means… time to get prepared for the annual spring cleaning. You may remember my past articles from the years, on how to organize your closet in 2013, how to not put off or avoid your closet in 2014, or last chance spring cleaning before the heat blared in 2015. This year, I had the amazing opportunity to ask organizing and storing expert, Emma Gordon from Clutter.com, a few questions and get advice about how she goes about her closet:
- How do you go about storing your winter clothes once it gets warm?
Winter boots should be stored with a shoe deodorizer in the bottom, and a pool noodle to prevent creases. Jackets, coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, cowls are washed and dried and stored in an opaque tote with cedar sachets. I use the same tote for summer items, so when it’s time to pack up winter I get to unpack my summer wedges, sarongs, floppy hats and other accessories.
- Are hanging shoe organizers the best way to go?
Over the door hangers are not only great for shoes, you can use them to store styling tools, workout accessories, umbrellas, etc. Basically anything that would otherwise collect on the floor of your closet or waste space in your dresser.
- Which one do you prefer: hanging your tops or folding them into a drawer? Why?
Depends on the material. If it’s a knit material (tee shirts or sweaters) I fold them, if it’s woven material I’ll hang it in the closet. Knit fabrics will stretch out along the shoulder seam when hung in the closet, and woven fabrics are less wrinkled when you hang them up.
- What is your best advice to save space inside the closet?
– To save space in my closet I use tiered hangers to utilize as much vertical space as possible. Linen shelf dividers go on the top shelf so I can fit more folded items in without having stacks toppling over and creating a “floordrobe”.
– Keep a small wastebasket in your closet for clothing tags, old receipts, broken accessories, etc. When all the trash is up off the floor you can easily vacuum and keep your closet looking tidy.
Emma Gordon is an LA-based organizing and storing expert at Clutter.com with a weakness for DIY projects and kitchen gadgets. She has worked with celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Bryce Dallas Howard, Whitney Port, and Jamie Lynn Sigler.
Emma’s useful advice has actually gotten me inspired and excited to dive into my closet so I can make it spotless as ever this year. What advice is most useful for you for spring cleaning this year?