If you’re quarantined at home, there’s no better time to give your space a deep cleaning for spring.
Prepare to put all of your winter gear in storage and make room in your closet for warm weather staples. We spoke with Arielle’s go-to organizer Lisa Jacobs from Imagine it Done for a full play-by-play on how to give our closets a deep cleaning for spring. Read on for her expert advice on how to keep your closet organized and make the most of your storage space.
How often should people give their closet a deep clean?
You should plan on giving your closet a deep clean three times per year. In January, step into the new year with a fresh new start, and in March or April, you should do a spring clean to transition your closet from winter to spring. In October, clean your closet to transition from summer to winter.
How much time should you dedicate to cleaning out your closet?
Allocate one day up to potentially several weeks if necessary. Time is based on the content of the closet, the degree of disorder, and the amount of time you have to dedicate to the project.
Lisa Jacobs’ Step by Step Guide to Declutter, Edit, Categorize, Contain, Curate, and Personalize Your Closet:
Be realistic and establish goals based on your lifestyle. Then, make a plan and create your own timeline. Gather supplies, including contractor bags (heavy-duty garbage bags to sustain weight) to contain the categories and garbage collected during the edit. Have a dust cloth and vacuum handy too. Set up garbage bags into categories: give away, donate, consign and toss. You can leave the keepers on their hangers.
The Edit is the first step towards an organized space. This is the most difficult step but also the most rewarding. Don’t dwell on the cost of the garment. Instead, think of the freedom you will have with a neat, functional, and beautiful personal space. Do an honest once over through all the hanging clothing. Ask yourself: does it fit, does it flatter, does it make you feel like a million bucks?
Next, sort through the items on the shelves, in drawers, and anything on the floor (like shoes, boots, and handbags) editing in the same way with the aforementioned categories.
Now is the time to consider new hangers. Purchase a lightweight hanger for all the different categories: lightweight, heavy, skirts, pants, blouses. Swap all of your hanging clothing into the new uniform hangers. When all of your hangers are the same, it will highlight your clothing and create a finished look.
Categorize your wardrobe according to your lifestyle: work, daytime, leisure, dress, and blazers. Color coding the categories works well only after you have separated the purpose of your items. For example, for sweaters, you should separate long sleeve sweaters from your short sleeve ones.
Contain your garments into drawers, onto shelves, and in your hanging space. Use bins for smaller items placed on shelves and on the floor of the closet.
Curate is the final (and most fun!) step in this process. Now you can add personal items and accessories (like sunglasses, jewelry, and hats) to brighten your new space.
After all your clothing and items are set up, don’t stop examining the goods. Once the space is organized, you should live with the new design for a while and be flexible knowing that you can make changes. This is your space for your life. Make it a reflection of you! Bravo, you now have Imagined it Done!
What are the biggest organizational mistakes you see in your clients’ closets?
The biggest organizational mistake I see in my clients’ closets is they don’t take the time to know what they really want. This is the honest truth: people know what they don’t want but not what they do want. Only when given choices do clients make a sensible decision. So give the client choices and inspiration, understand their lifestyle, and communicate a plan.
What are some tips to keep our closets clean and organized once we do this big spring cleaning?
It is not about the before and after, it’s all about the “during,” which is when a client gets to know themselves and their stuff. Make certain spaces organized for function, not only design. To maintain organization, you must resign to establishing a routine and in general, have less stuff. Designate times to edit and cleanse in the change of seasons and in advance of packing for trips.
Do you have any “closet hero” hacks or items that you always use when organizing a closet?
The most essential item to maintain an organization is a suitable hanger for all different categories.
What should people do with all of the clothing or accessories they want to get rid of?
Give away to friends and loved ones!
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