Tips to Transition Your Closet From Winter to Spring

This week I had the pleasure of collaborating with J.Crew for their Transition into Spring event. The event focused on tips to transition your closet from winter to spring and we got a sneak peek at new spring arrivals.

Spring is a great time to reevaluate your wardrobe. Decide what items you are ready to let go of to make room for the new things you will love and wear. Here are a few of my tips to spruce up your closet for Spring and prepare for warmer weather.

PURGE WITH A SPRING MINDSET 
How do you start to purge? By letting go of clothes that no longer fit, are not your style, you haven’t worn in two winter seasons and items that are not in great shape. Include bags, shoes, and accessories when purging from one season to another.

CHANGE YOUR HANGERS
It’s easy, inexpensive and gives you immediate results. If you do nothing else changing your hangers can and will make a big difference.

CONTAIN AND LABEL WINTER ITEMS
Containers are the perfect solution for utilizing vertical space in a closet. Stack multiple containers with seldom worn shoes or off-season clothing and accessories. If you have a spare closet keep all winter items together for convenience and you will gain more space in your closet for Spring and Summer clothing. These are my favorites for storing almost anything because they come in many different sizes.

UTILIZE THE SPACE UNDER THE BED
There are differing opinions on storing items under a bed. The simple truth is if you are tight on space storing off-season items under the bed allows you to have more space in your closet for the current season. Under Bed containers come in many different sizes but make sure they have lids to keep out dust and bugs.

KEEP YOUR BOOTS IN SHAPE
Boot inserts help boots retain their shape so when you pull them out in the fall they look great! These are my go-to for my own boots as well as what I use with my clients. I also love these to store booties on a shelf. They keep them free of dust and allows you to store the booties standing up to retain their shape.

Spring is the best time of year to refresh and revitalize your wardrobe. Your self-esteem will be renewed by only keeping the things you love, wear and make you feel good about yourself. You will save time by not searching for an item and feel less frustrated and have a sense of calm every time you open your closet door.

Invest the time to reap the reward for the closet you deserve.

Looking for an outfit that is timeless?  This white linen shirt, white jeans and leopard belt from J.Crew are one of my favorites!

 

 

 

 

10 Simple Tips to Update Your Closet

I see many closets as an organizer and some just need a bit of updating to achieve their closet goals. These are some of my favorite ways to update a closet without breaking the bank. Sometimes all it takes are a few simple changes to make your closet feel new again.

CHANGE YOUR HANGERS
Changing your hangers is an inexpensive way to make an immediate impact. These are my favorite hangers because they take up less space and prevent clothes from slipping and ending up on the floor. If you can only afford to do one thing on this list, change your hangers.

UPDATE HARDWARE
If you have drawers in your closet changing the hardware is simple, inexpensive and can make a closet feel new again. You can also add a valet rod for hanging one or several items.

ADD A RUG
If you have a walk-in closet adding a throw rug adds warmth to the space and you will be surprised at what a difference it makes.

BENCH OR OTTOMAN
Adding a small ottoman or bench in a closet allows you to have a place to put on your shoes. It’s a small addition but you will wonder how you lived without it!

ACRYLIC SHELF DIVIDER
These
acrylic shelf dividers keep sweaters, tops, and other items neat and organized on a shelf.

COLLATOR FOR CLUTCHES
Many people keep their clutches in cloth bags which makes it difficult to remember what you own. Using an acrylic collator allows you easy access but also adds a bit of glam to any closet.

CONTAINERS
Use the vertical shelving space in your closet to stack containers for off-season items or other clothing essentials. It’s inexpensive and utilizes valuable space.

LIGHTING
Besides mismatched hangers lighting is one of the first things I notice when I go to consult in a client’s closet. Poor lighting really makes a difference in any closet small or large. The proper lighting allows you to brighten the space so you can see what you own.

PAINT
If you really want to make your closet look brand new a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. Emptying the closet may not seem like fun but the end result will really make you happy.

UTILIZE DOOR AND WALL SPACE
Are you short on closet space? Utilizing the back of the door with this will give you added shoe storage. If you have even the smallest wall space available this is perfect for hanging necklaces.

I hope this inspires you to clear the closet clutter and enjoy your new space!

Images 1, 3 & 4 Jessie Prezza Photography

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5 Tips to Say Goodbye to Clothes From Your Past

Closets are a place that reveal who we are and who we were.

I’m always fascinated by the stories my clients share with me when we are clearing the closet clutter. Clothes can bring back memories, some good and some bad.

Two questions I’m often asked are, “what if they come back in style and what if I lose weight”.

I’ve thought about the reasoning behind these questions. Yes, things do go in and out of style through the years, but even if it comes back it won’t be the same style, fabric or color. If you haven’t worn it since it was originally popular let it go.

Weight also plays a big role on why people keep clothes that don’t fit anymore. Looking in your closet everyday staring at clothes you can no longer wear can affect your self esteem. Keep one thing that you love as inspiration, but let the rest go.

What is the reason you just can’t let go of those never worn clothes? Is it regret? Guilt? These emotions keep you from moving forward, even in your closet.

Are you finally ready to say goodbye to the never worn clothes that are taking up valuable space in your closet?

These are five tips to purge the past and bring your wardrobe into the present.

1. Make your fashion choices about who you are now and where you are in your life.

2. Do not keep anything in your closet that makes you feel bad when you put it on.

3. Just because it cost a lot of money does not mean you should keep it.

4. If it’s uncomfortable get rid of it because you won’t wear it.

5. Give yourself a few minutes to grieve over the mini skirt you use to wear or the four inch stillettos and then let them go.

It may be difficult to begin but when you have cleared the past from your closet it will leave you with only the things you love in the present.

Remember, even if your size hasn’t changed through the years, you maybe at a different time in your life and ready for a change.

The new you is just waiting to be discovered!