Pro clutter cleaner Lili Pettit is known for transforming and organizing several celebrity wardrobes, including Jessica Alba’s. Each month, we ask Pettit for her expert opinion on a new closet-related topic. Scroll down for this month’s tips!
Pinterest sets a high standard for our closets! Scroll down for a few of the ways we go about turning regular wardrobes into stunning spaces.
"The storage available to you is the foundation of your closet. A lot of the closets we see on Pinterest have beautiful, custom built-ins. If you’re lucky, maybe your place came with these! If not, you can order them from places like California Closets or use one of the many amazing DIY project ideas from Pinterest to create your own version. I’ve seen steel wardrobe racks used to make a beautiful headboard-and-closet combo, I’ve seen repurposing and painting of thrift store cabinets—the ideas are truly endless! The important part is to make sure you find the space, structure, and shelving necessary to store everything you have. If you can get creative and make it your own, that’s even better!" — Lili Pettit of Clutter Healing
"Once you’ve figured out your storage situation, start organizing by grouping like items together. If you can see all of your shoes in one place and bags in another, it’ll be a lot easier to decide where they should live permanently in your closet to make the most of the space. This is also the perfect time to address the quality of your items! Edit down what you have, and get rid of anything old, holey, or that you can’t see yourself using anymore. At the same time, make sure you’re taking care of any valuable items you will be keeping. For example, make sure your boots and purses have shapers and dust covers to protect them from the wear and tear of closet life. Only the best and most useful things belong!" — Lili Pettit of Clutter Healing
"After you have a general idea of how much you have and what is most important to your daily life, place those things in easy-to-see and easy-to-reach areas. Things like dress-up costumes that are out of the ordinary should go in the back or on a higher shelf. Think logically; make sure the things you use every day are the easiest to get to. And keep in mind that visibility is incredibly important. If you can, put your shoes on open racks, hang jewelry on a prominent stand or from decorative hooks, and display your bags. If you can see it, you’ll use it!" — Lili Pettit of Clutter Healing
"It’s time to start on the fun part—making it beautiful! Color-coding makes it super-simple to find what you need, is beautiful aesthetically, and really contributes to that chic Pinterest feel. Clutter Healers coordinate using the light-dark spectrum. We start with black/dark colors on the left, move through the rainbow colors in reverse ROYGBIV order, and finish with beige, tan, and white on the right. Do this for every section, and you’ll be amazed how transformed your closet will feel!" — Lili Pettit of Clutter Healing
"Now that you have things placed and color-coded, take another look at the space. The closets popular on Pinterest are created with high-end boutiques in mind. To go from a simply organized closet to Pinterest post–worthy, it’s all in the artistic details. Whether you pick a fun paint color for the inside of your closet, hang a painting that you love, or add homey touches like strand lights or lamps, keep adding finishing touches to build a space that feels quintessentially you!" — Lili Pettit of Clutter Healing
And now you have a Pinterest-worthy closet! Take a picture of your work and use #CHcloset to share it with the world!