Spring cleaning never sounds like a fun job, but when it involves your closet, it certainly can be! We called in the expert, and friend of L&C, stylist Katie Schuppler of KS Style Consulting to give my closet a makeover. And though I thought it would be hard to part with any of my “favorite” clothes (which is pretty much all of them), it was actually a pretty painless process! And Schuppler has shared some tips on how to make your own closet clean-out just as painless this spring…
First, Schuppler went through my whole closet, and without even beginning to talk me out of any items, she put everything in its place. Here is how she set my closet right:
- Organize your hung shirts by sleeve length, and separate out button-downs and thinner sweaters from other shirt styles.
- You can organize them by color within those categories too but that is for “very visual people,” and it can sometimes cause you to lose garments if they blend together.
- You should also hang any of your lingerie to prevent wrinkling.
- Sweaters should be folded, as should jeans, leggings and any other pants that don’t wrinkle easily.
- Moving left to right, she arranged my hanging clothes from: pants to shorts to skirts to lingerie to dresses to tops (in sleeve order) to jackets.
Other closet saving tips Schuppler recommends are investing in an over-the-door shoe hanger for flats, sandals and lower heels. For your jewelery, Walmart.com has a hanging mirror that then opens up to be a jewelry box. Schuppler promises, “it’s amazing and it has space and spots for every type of jewelry.”
If you are spring cleaning on a budget, some easy organizational items Schuppler stands by are no slip hangers and dividers in drawers. The hangers can all be one consistent color, which gives your closet a more organized look all on it’s own, or you can color code the hangers to match a clothing type. The drawer dividers can range from fancy Container Store cases to simply cutting a piece of cardboard up and placing it on end in the drawer to divide up bras, panties etc.
In terms of how to know if you should get rid of an item, Schuppler says her rule of thumb is, “if you bought it and don’t feel 100% comfortable in it, get rid of it immediately!”
And she should know! Having been in the fashion industry for seven years, Schuppler left a retail directing job in Milwaukee to come and start her own business in Chicago. Since then, her list of clientele as a personal shopper, closet organizer and outfit curator to her clients in the city and the suburbs has really taken off. She even has clients who she proudly says, “haven’t shopped in over two years” because she has shown them new ways to wear their existing outfits for each new season. Talk about a money saver!
And if you want to cut down on your own shopping list, she gave us a few things to make sure you have in your arsenal. The items of clothing that every woman should have in their closet are as follows:
- a black blazer and/or an investment piece in a jersey blazer (in any color really) as that fabric can go from day to night and easily take you from work to a date
- a little black dress (obviously)
- nude close-toe heels
- black ponte pants (which Schuppler describes as “leggings where you can show your butt”)
- cropped cardigans for work and casual events
- sleeveless printed blouses, which make for “so many outfits especially if you have a business casual workplace”
Hopefully this will all make at least one step of your spring cleaning to do list a breeze, and if you’re still hesitant, give Schuppler a call! I promise you won’t be disappointed.