Even if you are not able to build a from-scratch luxury closet, you can create your own dressing retreat by using tricks borrowed from the designers of fabulous boutiques – staying organized, minimizing your belongings and adding decorative flair. Follow these 5 easy steps and you can go from cluttered closet to chic boutique in no time.
1. Ship out to shape up!
You can’t think clearly inside a cyclone. Start by taking everything out of the closet. When you put it back in you can be judicious about what stays and what goes.
2. Clean out those cobwebs. And then pull out your paintbrushes!
With your empty closet, you have a clean palate. Wash every surface – shelves, walls, floors – until they sparkle. Then consider a coat of paint to get a really fresh start. Maybe wallpaper for some fun style or a pop of color for a fashionable spark. Express yourself!
3. Now analyze your needs.
Lighting is a critical part of a well-designed closet. A hanging chandelier is a great addition.
Or consider lighted hanging rods. Just like in boutiques, these simple additions can be battery operated and ensure belongings are always visible. Replace that wooden clothing bar with a chrome one – it will make a bigger difference than you can imagine.
Do you have a collection of bags or boots? If so, treat them like the objects of desire they are and invest in boot trees and acrylic or glass dividers for keeping bags upright and organized. Or a treasure chest full of jewelry? Consider a hanging jewelry panel. You will see your jewelry more easily, wear it more. Scores of scarves? Hang a simple rod like a towel bar and drape scarves or belts over it for easy access and storage.
You want to feel like you’re shopping in your closet!
4. Now back to those piles of clothes and shoes.
First – divide and conquer. Categorize everything that came out of the closet. Then really look at each piece and decide if it stays or goes. A good rule of thumb is if you have not worn it in six months, send it off to a shelter or other charity. Then return the remainder to the closet. I prefer to organize clothes by color or activity – casuals with casuals, dressy with dressy. You decide what works for you and simply stick with it. Then, run – don’t walk – and buy a full set of felt covered, monochromatic slim line hangers. Not only do they save space, they look clean, organized and sophisticated. Just like your favorite boutique.
5. Now the fun part – decorate! But remember, function before form.
Find fantastic pieces that add flair but meet your functional needs. If you have space for seating add a pouf, ottoman or bench. Can you hang a mirror on a wall? Even a small one will make getting dressed easier. Maybe a nice sheepskin rug on the floor or small painting on the wall.
You may not have added any square feet or even invested much money but your closet will look like a million bucks!