If more often than not your closet looks like a tropical storm has just passed through it, we have two things to say to you: 1. You’re not alone. 2. Keep reading. Why? Because today, we’ve tapped professional organizer Lili Pettit to share her expert tips for keeping your closet clean and spotless, and yes, they really work. It’s no wonder stars like Jessica Alba entrust their closets to her and shopping-addicted editors like us put her methods into practice every day!
Ready to get started? Scroll through for Lili’s rules!
By cleaning out your closet about four times a year (or once per season), you only have things in there that you love, and you can eliminate unnecessary clutter.
Whether it's on a specific part of the rack or in dust bags, drawers, or storage boxes, it's important to assign every item in your closet a home and that like items are together. This way, not only are you able to easily find things without making a mess, but you're also more inclined to put things back when you know exactly where they should go. This will help you avoid the snowball effect of things piling up everywhere.
Don't underestimate the power of a great hamper! Having one is helpful so that dirty clothes or things that need dry-cleaning aren't intermingled with clean clothes or end up in piles on the floor.
Once-a-week maintenance—say, on Sunday nights—will keep you from going past the point of no return when it comes to a messy closet. If you start every week with it clean, you're more likely to want to keep it that way.
Finally, you must always put things back where they belong. Even if you're late or running out the door, taking (literally) a few seconds to simply put things back in their place will help you maintain better habits and a consistently clean closet.
How do you keep your space clean and organized? Tell us in the comments!
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