Ivory Lane blogger, Emily Jackson, always looks polished and pretty from her head to her toes! Not surprisingly, all that impeccable style requires an equally impeccable closet. Emily recently revealed the transformation of her personal closet on her blog, and below she’s taking things five steps further with the organization lessons she’s learned along the way.
When designing your closet for productive (and pretty!) everyday use, organization is obviously key. Whether you’re working with a small or large space, it’s important to keep the individual items stored in an orderly and easy-to-find system. Organization makes any room feel larger and the finished product can make for a huge design statement in your home, too. Read on for my top five tips for keeping your closet organized as inspired by my own recent closet makeover!
1. Keep your clothes organized.
I prefer to have separate sections for tops, sweaters, coats, dresses, pants and skirts. Once they are sorted by category, I then like to sort them by color, which makes finding the exact piece you are looking for so easy! It’s also nice to have your clothing sorted into seasons, so your currently worn pieces are more accessible.
2. Invest in high-quality, matching hangers.
Maybe this is just me, but I needed to have the same hanger throughout my entire closet. I chose wooden hangers and special skirt, pant and coat hangers to ensure that everything is hung properly. This also helps keep your clothes from falling down all the time or from stretching on incorrectly shaped hangers. Finally, this step gives your closet a nice cohesive look!
3. Say ‘goodbye’ to the old and ‘hello’ to the new.
At the start of every season, I go through my clothing and ask myself questions like, “Does this still fit?” “Have I worn this in the past year?” or, “Is this still in style?” If I answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, it might be time to say ‘goodbye’ and perhaps replace that item with a new one. Getting rid of old clothing makes room for new clothing, allowing your closet to constantly feel refreshed rather than cluttered.
4. Make use of shelves, drawers and empty wall space.
When I was designing my closet a few months ago with Alice Lane, I knew I wanted it to be clean and comfortable. I hoped to make use of every inch of space without going overboard. I wanted shelves for my handbags and boxes, drawers for my folded clothes and miscellaneous items, a desk for my jewelry and work accessories and wall space for my favorite art pieces so I could soak up daily inspiration!
5. Have fun with your accessories.
I intentionally displayed my shoes to be a changing statement piece. Some rows have three pairs, some rows have two pairs and some shoes are turned! I also keep my perfumes and sunglasses on a tray where I can see them. Perfume bottles usually have a beautiful design and deserve to be on display. I love sunglasses and adore having them all lined up and within easy reach when I’m choosing an outfit.
To see Emily’s full closet reveal and to find clickable resources for the products pictured in today’s post, click over to Ivory Lane!