Jan 14, 2020
Kitchen & Closet: Out with the Old
It’s tradition to declare “out with the old and in with the new!” as a new year comes to be. It can be cathartic and energizing to declutter, get organized and clear your space, so take advantage of the new year’s optimism to help start fresh. Stepping back and taking stock in yourself and your surroundings can be a constructive way to assess where you’ve been… and where all your stuff is.
But seriously, where is all your stuff? We like to think of “things” in three categories. The first collection is sentimental, the second is necessary/useful, and the third set is “oh wow, how long has it been since we used this?”
The two spaces that tend to accumulate more things than we need are the kitchen and the closet, so we thought we’d give you a few tips to inspire your space refresh.
Make it thoughtful
Kitchen space and storage are places in our homes that can often be neglected, but with the right layout and customization, it’s easy to find and access what you need. Details like glass jars instead of cardboard packaging make things aesthetically pleasing to look at. Customizing space to organize drawers and tableware elevates the entire look and feel of your space. Put things within reach. Pay attention to the traffic pattern in your kitchen. Everything should be somewhere that makes sense for your surroundings.
Clear off all surfaces
One of the most satisfying things is to enjoy your sleek beautiful space and decor without the punctuating clutter of a stack of mail, or a stray coat. Unfortunately, one of the easiest places to accumulate clutter is right out in the open. First, clear everything off and put it away in its place. No place for something? Ask the question; “what do I need this for?” If it’s a third cheese grater, it’s time to start a box for donations to give your local charity group.
Remember the 80/20 rule
You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. When clearing out your closet, keep that in mind and ask yourself these questions:
- Does this fit me?
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Is it a valuable item?
- Does it need repair?
- Is it in good condition?
Once you’ve answered honestly, you can begin to sort through what to keep, and what to donate.
Merchandise like a Boutique
Now that you have current pieces, that fit, and make you feel great when you wear them, it’s time to organize your clothes & accessories. Here’s a tip; organize your clothes and accessories the way you’d see them merchandised in a retail store, instead of by type (pants go here, dresses go there). I like to create my own unique categories and somehow; all of my staples and favorites fit right into either:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (classic)
Night out in Paris (fun)
Walk in the Park (casual)
or Can’t Live Without (Cashmere wrap with a tiny hole that I walk the dog in)
It’s fun to organize once you define your personal style. A friend of mine uses Renegade Cowgirl, Fancy Lady, Nantucket in Summer, and Boho Beach Babe. Her husband is Soccer Dad, Beach Weekend, Professor on Sabbatical, and C Suite.
Now when I look at my sleek organized closet, I feel like I’m shopping my favorite things versus flipping through hangers thinking I have nothing to wear.
Do one thing at a time
It’s easy to get instantly overwhelmed when thinking about clearing everything, so we suggest picking one thing to start. Enthusiasm tends to snowball with accomplishment so pick something easy first for more instant gratification. When you clear away the unnecessary, you’ll see your things in a new way.