When you think of HGTV home stylist Emily Henderson, you no doubt think of beautiful taste, immaculate rooms, and enviable closets. But truth be told, Emily is just like the rest of us. Low on time, busy with kids, and overwhelmed by the mess that everyday life makes. Here, she shares what she learned when she decided to conquer the task of overhauling her closet. Read on, take notes, and organize like a BOSS.
Just over two years ago my house looked like it had been robbed. Every. Day. I was allergic to closing cupboards and drawers and every weekend I felt like I was putting things away for HOURS. Finally I had enough. I wanted to be a different person—a neat, organized, more disciplined version of myself. So I enlisted the help of a few experts and voila, my closet… transformed. Here are the biggest takeaways from that process that made the biggest impact on my closet (and life!).
1. START WITH A BLANK SLATE
Pull out everything out and evaluate. Ask yourself a few questions: Do you like it? Does it look good on you? Does it fit you today? If the answer is “no” to any of those then send it to thredUP. It’s the easiest way to clean out your closet and make a little bit of cash. And when it comes to what to give to thredUP? Go with anything that’s good enough that you would give to a friend.
2. INVEST IN MATCHING HANGERS
Using one type of hanger really makes a closet looked pulled together. If you use a thin ones then you save a lot of space. Plus, it looks cute!
3. ORGANIZE BY CATEGORY, THEN COLOR
First, organize by category, and then by color. That way you know where everything is and everything’s easy to access. And it looks really pretty.
4. CHOOSE CLEAR SHOE DRAWERS
5. STORE OCCASION ITEMS IN BINS
Bins are your friends. This is where you put anything you want access to but you don’t necessarily need to find every single day, like shapewear or skiing gear. And then label them, and put them on the shelf. That way you always know where they are.
6. USE ACCESSORY HOOKS
Hands down, the best way to store handbags or scarves is to hang them on accessory hooks.
7. CREATE A SPACE FOR GARMENT MAINTENANCE
Create a space completely dedicated to garment maintenance. This can have your lint roller, your steamer, your sewing kit, your safety pins. Basically anything that you need for fashion emergencies.
Emily Henderson is an HGTV host, home stylist, and founder of the blog Style by Emily Henderson. She specializes in mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets.