It’s the season for spring cleaning, and with many spending 24/7 at home these days, optimizing your space is more important than ever. For city dwellers, capacity limited, especially when it comes to closets and bathrooms, so starting with these contained areas can help minimize the wandering clutter that may make its way into other parts of the home.
Professional organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, founders of The Home Edit, have worked on apartment-sized walk-in closets and shoebox-sized apartments alike, and no matter the square-footage, they find realistic solutions for the spaces at hand. The duo has a reputation for their magazine-worthy projects–from color-coordinated pantries to no-shoe-out-of-place closets–as well as their A-list clientele that includes Gwenyth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Reese Witherspoon, and more.
Although their in-home services are on hold, The Home Edit also offers virtual consultations, and they’re finding that people are really taking advantage of this time to get their spaces in order. For a DIY approach, Shearer and Teplin suggest starting with smaller projects that are easy to tackle without feeling overwhelmed. “Our goal is for people to feel calm and comfortable in their homes,” Shearer and Teplin tell CR. “And organizing helps that, both physically and mentally.”
Here, the organizing mavens break down their tips for tidying up closets and bathrooms–two spaces that can be done in a day and have the biggest payoff.
What are your main tips when it comes to clothing organization?
“Create seasonal closet bins for summer and winter. Place one on a high shelf and one within reach, and rotate them as the weather changes.
Stackable shoe storage is a great way to optimize your closet shelves. You can double, or even triple the number of shoes you’re able to store and keep them protected from dust and damage at the same time.
Purchase matching sets of space-saving or huggable hangers. It’s the easiest way to transform your closet. These hangers look more polished and you won’t have to worry about clothing slipping onto the floor.”
Also, lining up your shirts, pants, dresses, etcetera, by color is a simple way to give your closet a polished look and makes items easier to find.We start by category and then sort by color in rainbow order, ROYGBIV. When you can see what you are working with in-full, it’s easier to match the shades. Prints and plaids tend to be the hardest items to color sort, so just go with whatever color jumps out at you. This method isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, it’s also an intuitive system to streamline your daily routine.”
What’s your advice for editing what you keep in the closet?
“Be realistic. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably never will. It’s just taking up valuable real estate for clothing that you do wear. We find that many people feel guilty about purging their clothing, whether it’s because someone gave it to them or it was expensive. But don’t feel bad! Instead, donate it to someone who needs it or sell it online for someone else to love.”
The Home Edit aesthetic is centered around space and light–do you think people can still achieve this with a small closet?
“Absolutely—just because a closet is small doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and functional. The issue that many people run into is adding too many storage solutions to a small space, which can make it look even more cluttered. Take exact measurements and choose products that fit your space and needs.”
For bathrooms, how can people avoid keeping their space clutter-free?
“Creating a containment system is key. Without it, a flat surface can easily become a dumping ground for clutter. For small bathrooms, it helps to take advantage of vertical space. A simple over-the-door rack allows you to customize a system to your needs and free up valuable drawer and cabinet space. In cabinets, turntables and stackable bins are a great way to maximize space while keeping your categories contained and accessible. In drawers, use individual inserts in a variety of sizes, rather than buying ones that are already melded together. This way you’ll be able to create a custom system that fits exact measurements and the items that live there.”
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