Amy Friedman of Clutter Away LA on Summer Closet Organization
Her 5 must-haves.
1 | MATCHING HANGERS
It seems like a simple switch, but using just one type of hanger has a big impact on the overall look of your closet. It will ensure that all items are hanging at the same height and offers a clearer view of a rack of clothes. That makes it easier to dive in and make a choice. Available in shirt and pants versions, the flat design saves space and keeps your clothes from slipping off and crumpling on the floor. I prefer Non-Slip Velvet Hangers from The Container Store.
2 | PLASTIC SHOEBOXES
If you’re still storing your shoes in the boxes they came in, it’s time to upgrade. If you don’t see it, chances are you won’t wear it. Clear plastic shoeboxes keep footwear visible and allow you to make a decision without having to get a box down and open it. They also just add to the overall attractiveness of a closet. Available at The Container Store.
3 | ACRYLIC SHELF DIVIDERS
No matter how well we fold items, eventually the piles get messy. Use these sleek dividers to keep stacked piles of T-shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts in place while offering a clean, clutter-free look. Buy on Amazon.
4 | FABRIC SHAVER
Springtime calls for putting away your heavy wool and cashmere sweaters. I advise dry cleaning sweaters before they sit on a shelf or in a drawer for six to nine months. I also like to get rid of any pilling or fuzz balls before putting them away. That way, sweaters look fresh when I reach for them when the weather cools. My go-to tool is the Evercare Fabric Shaver, which you can buy on Amazon.
5 | DEODORANT REMOVER SPONGE
When putting away clothes, we often scan the exterior of the fabric but forget to check the interior, where often a stain has formed from deodorant. A quick wipe with one of these sponges removes deodorant instantly. And it’s not just for seasonal switch-outs; I use mine throughout the year. I can’t tell you how many closets I’m in where I find blouses with deodorant stains.
For more, go to clutterawayla.com.
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