Clear the Clutter, Home Organization, Unclutter Your Life

How to Spring Clean Your Closet

Show your closet some TLC

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and it’s time to dust off those shorts – spring is here! You’ve spring cleaned your bathrooms, your pantry, your kitchen (pretty much every surface now smells lemony fresh and you’ve worked up a sweat), but there’s still one last space that needs a refresh: your clothes closet.

Giving your closet a good spring clean is the perfect way to declutter your wardrobe and go into the season with a fresh slate. Follow along with us as we take stock, make some small changes and get our closets spring ready.

Step 1: Clear everything out and clean your closet

Pile them on the bed, the floor, the desk – just get those clothes out so you can see what you’re working with. You’ll probably find that some non-clothing items have snuck their way into your closet, things like holiday decorations, books and knickknacks. If you have the space, store or display these elsewhere so your closet can be a one-stop getting dressed shop.

Once everything’s out, it’s time to clean. Wipe down shelves and drawers and use a broom or vacuum to sweep the floor. Most vacuums have a wand attachment that’s especially handy for reaching dusty corners, high and low.

Step 2: Put your winter wardrobe into hibernation

Those scarves, gloves and fuzzy hats have served you well, but the snow is long gone, and your sandals are just begging to be unboxed! It’s time to say goodbye to cold weather clothes to make room for spring essentials.

Start by going through all the clothes you took out of your closet. Things like heavy coats and sweaters can be folded up and stored in bins in the basement or hall closet for next season (a few Deluxe Utility Totes can handle the job). As you go, set aside anything that you didn’t wear or only wore once all winter. If these don’t fit or just don’t fit your style anymore, donate them or sell them to give them a second life.

Step 3: Take stock of your spring wardrobe

Time to repeat Step 2, but with your spring clothes. Take them out of storage (or from where they’ve been squished at the bottom of your dresser) and go through them. Set aside anything you didn’t get much wear out of last spring, that doesn’t fit or that’s a style you’ve outgrown. Add these to the donate and sell pile.

Step 4: Now for the fun part – organizing your closet!

The first step to getting your slimmed down spring wardrobe into your closet is figuring out what to hang and what to fold. This can vary depending on what clothes you have and your space, but here are some tips to start.

Hang things like blouses, dress pants, jackets, dresses and any pieces that wrinkle easily. You may also want to hang favorite items that you reach for frequently. For everything else, folding will do just fine. You can fold t-shirts, jeans, shorts and activewear. When organizing your hangers, pick a system that works best for you. You can organize your clothes by type, color or even by how dressy or casual they are.  

Another idea is when you hang your clothes, place the hangers in reverse or backwards.  Once you wear and wash an item, place it back in the closet with the hanger facing correctly.  Then at the end of the season, you will be able to which clothes you actually wore.  It will make cleaning out the closet easier each season.

 

Step 5: Bins are your best friends

A few good storage bins are all you need to pull off a mini closet makeover! Bins are helpful for separating clothes, storing folded items or organizing accessories. The Your Way® Cube in canvas is the perfect roomy storage cube for jeans, t-shirts, pajamas, activewear and more. You can also find this bin in some fun neutral prints.

We love the Canvas Storage Caddy for accessories – its pockets make it perfect for sunglasses, belts and scarves – while the Felt Display Bin is a cute way to keep your purses and wallets all together. The finishing touch to any Thirty-One storage bin? Personalization! Add embroidered words to label what’s inside or go for a fun monogram or phrase. 

Step 6: Last but not least, upgrade your hamper 

When it comes to laundry hampers, choose one that’s large enough (to avoid clothes all over the floor) but not so big that it takes up valuable closet space. We like a soft-sided hamper like the Stand Tall Bin – interior metal rods add support and structure without being too rigid or bulky. Plus, the long straps make carrying heavy loads so much easier. This is another great place for personalization, so have fun with it!

Say hello to fresh starts

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to clean you out – just take it step by step. Soon your closet will be refreshed, full of clothes that bring you joy and so organized that getting dressed will feel like a total treat. For more bins and caddies to tackle your spring cleaning projects, check out our bestselling organizing styles.

Looking for the prefect solution to your organizing challenge?  Be sure to comment below or reach out to me.  Want to know how to get your #wishlist for FREE or at a deep discount? Let’s do a BINGO & Bags virtual social…..

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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50 ways to #LUVmyLUT

From the grocery store to the beach and back, everyone has their own favorite uses for our famous Large Utility Tote. And with so many colors and prints to choose from, you can never have too many!

Just when you thought the Large Utility Tote couldn’t get any better…. along comes the  the Large Utility Tote Ltd.  Post your most creative, practical or just plain wacky uses for the LUT using the #LUVmyLUT hashtag – check it out!

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Large Utility Tote Ltd. is everything you love about our classic LUT, plus:
  • Elevated fabrics
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Here are just a few of our favorite uses!

1. Roller derby gear
2. Pet toys
3. Car emergency kit
4. Vacuum parts
5. Snowballs
6. Hurricane/tornado prep bag
7. Plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt
8. Board games and puzzles
9. Road trip essentials
10. Pool floats & goggles
11. Firewood
12. Triathlon transition bag
13. Reusable gift bag
14. Girl Scout cookie delivery
15. Separate kitchen items for food allergies
16. Ski pants, boots & goggles
17. Library books
18. Water balloons
19. Gift-wrapping station
20. Grocery shopping
21. Carry farm implements and feed
22. Transport veggie plants

23. Transport Christmas presents
24. Newspapers for recycling
25. Drone-flying equipment
26. Dry ingredient sensory bin
27. Playdate-in-a-bag
28. Food drive collection
29. Search-and-rescue gear
30. Kids’ school projects & artwork
31. Take baking ingredients to Grandma’s
32. Pet carrier (Wait…what?)
33. Teacher tote for recess duty
33. Video games & controllers
34. Fire/police vehicle bag
35. Paper cutter & cartridges

37. Youth sports team snacks
38. Dirty clothes hamper
39. Yard sale shopping
40. Pumpkin patch
41. Hands-free laundry basket
42. Daycare bag
43. Paintball gear
44. Hanging closet storage
45. Moving into a college dorm
46. Dress-up costumes
47. Tailgating kit
48. Horse grooming supplies
49. Girls on the Run practice gear
50. Leggings!

 

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The perfect addition to your large utility tote.  The Double Chill Thermal Set.  The Double Chill Thermal Set includes one large thermal insert and one small thermal insert. Both inserts have a special Leak Lock lining, zip closure, and side handles for individual transport.. Slip both thermal inserts into the Large Utility Tote to keep food and drink cool for picnics, camping, tailgating or any other outdoor gathering.

The Pocket a Tote will keep all your loose items together and secure in the Pocket-A-Tote. This clear plastic zip bag attaches to our Large Utility Tote and Deluxe Utility Tote so you never lose the important little things. Made from clear PVC material, the Pocket-A-Tote snaps into the grommets of our totes so you can separate and transport smaller items for picnics, beach trips, camping, play dates, tailgating, sports practice and games, holiday decorating, kids’ stuff and more

When you need to keep things separated for traveling, business or home, the Zipper Pouch is a must-have essential. Made of laminated canvas and featuring a zipper closure, the Zipper Pouch is a great option for transporting beauty products, jewelry, accessories, first aid, baby items, art supplies, medications and more when you’re away for the weekend or longer. Keep it in your beach bag for lotions and sprays, in your car for manuals and service papers or in your desk drawer for cords and chargers.

The Top-A-Tote fabric lid is designed to fit securely on our Large Utility Tote in order to keep contents secure and dry. Inside contents can be viewed through the clear PVC window on top. Slots on the ends allow for the handle straps to slide through. The Top-A-Tote also makes it possible to stack Large Utility Totes for easier transport and storage. Available in four colors to match easily with our Large Utility Tote spring fashion prints

How do you use your Large Utility Tote? Share on social using #LUVmyLUT!

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Clear the Clutter

Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet 

I think Spring may have finally arrived – some warmer temps opened the door for flip flops and capris.  Of course the dreary days with rain make me wonder…..Through it all, I am ready to purge my closet and pull out some spring clothes. What is even more exciting is I am creeping close to my goal weight which means I will have lots of spring clothes to wear.

Transitioning into a different season is the perfect opportunity to clean out your closet and minimize your items. I’m sure I am not the only on who has clothing pieces from last summer which are probably no longer in style, fit, or didn’t survive being in storage. Why hold on to these things?  The chances of you wearing them is unlikely so it is time to toss and refresh.

1. Take every item out of your closet.  Yup, toss it all in the middle of the floor.  It will look like your closet threw up but it is the only way to make sure you go through and touch every item one-by-one.  The goal is to only put items back in your closet you love.

2. Does it fit badly? A little tight here, too big there so the bottom line is it no longer serves a purpose. Holding on to beautiful or expensive items we love and once fit us is like holding onto the past… let’s look forward. Give them to someone you know will benefit from them.

3. Not worn for a year. If an item has been hanging in your closet untouched for one year, it’s time to say goodbye.  I know you are thinking – it’s seasonal, right?  If you didn’t wear it last season, you probably won’t wear it this season either.

4. Fold jeans in drawers. Jeans should never be hanging in your closet because they take up too much space and will last longer in drawers.  This was a new tidbit for me!  Hubby puts his on the shelf but for a different reason.

5. Time for the new. Old socks and undergarments can be thrown away. Now is a great time to buy clean, new sets.  OR you can hold onto them and use the undergarments when you travel.  After they are worn, toss them – more room in the suitcase when you come home/

6. Tailor now or never. If there are things in your closet you can’t wear because they need tailoring, do it immediately or toss them. If you really loved and wanted to wear them, you would have had tailored it by now.

7. Part with unused gifts. So many people keep items just because they were a gift, even if they don’t like or wear them. The person who bought you the gift would probably prefer someone else wear it, rather than you ignoring it.

8. Limit handbags.  Well, maybe not the number of them just the ones you keep in the closet. Bags take up space.  The rule of thumb is, we only need three bags for our day-to-day lives: a large tote, an evening clutch, and a cross-body bag.  Remember, I have a bag for all of your needs. I will totally disagree with only needing 3 bags but I am the proverbial bag lady, right?  Try to keep bags hung on a hook if possible to maximize space.

9. Minimize. After ridding yourself of all unneeded, unworn, and uncared for items, you will feel lighter, get dressed quicker, and spend less time getting ready.  I also am focusing on certain color pallets so everything goes together.

What is your best tip for organizing your closet?

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Clear the Clutter

Organizing Tips

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Is this how you feel when you think about organizing your house?  It can be overwhelming. How many times have you bought products you thought would work only to find out, the didn’t.  So, they sit in a closet mocking you.  I know, I have been there.

Here are a few simple tips to help you out…

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3794598aDo a card run – birthdays, holidays, new baby etc. – once a year and store cards in a file tote.  Thirty One offers the Celebrate Card Set for $1 per card.  Always have a card at your fingertips for the holidays, birthdays and more!

5_ice-cube-tray-storageUse ice cube trays to hold jewelry.  They can also be used for clips, erasers and other desk-drawer essentials.  A great deal at the dollar store.

blog_2012_01_24_0396 Don’t know what to do with the bread clips…Use them to label what each cord in a power bar.

6c I LOVE dry erase boards.  I keep one on the refrigerator to track the items we need at the grocery store.  I also have one in my office to note supplies which need replenishing.  Another great dollar store find!

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4e05b1b28a9f6fc0c9de9b9a9359283f No matter how big or small your closet it, a well-lit wardrobe is easier to keep organized. Find one which will fit your needs and your space.

8553569A0000  Buy a framed cork board or picture board to hang it in the kitchen and pin up favourite recipes, clipped from magazines.  Thirty One’s Wall Together PinBoard is perfect for this and can be personalized.

What are some of YOUR best tips for organizing on a shoe string?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Clear the Clutter

Closet Storage Hacks

196922-Happy-Hump-Day-EveryoneWhen I was a single mom, we lived in a double wide trailer.  I had a HUGE walk in closet with lots of space.  I couldn’t imagine having anything smaller.  Was it filled with clothes? NO!  It just had lots of space to store things.

Now, in the condo my closet is a constant battle which I’m always losing. First of all, it isn’t very big.  I have two racks to hang clothes on because I honestly thought it would be better. I must admit, I am rethinking the decision.  Between clothes I wear, clothes I hold on to just in case, and storage of some other random crap, it’s like a time bomb ready to explode.  I know, not the best advertisement for someone who wants to help YOU get organized, right?  Well, this is a year of being accountable and it includes sharing the good, the bad and the ugly!  I do LOVE helping others get organized….

I’m trying to get a handle on it – of course with using some Thirty One products BUT also with some other hacks I found in the black hole of Pinterest….. Here are some of the ideas I found which could help you…

Use a soda tab to hook hangers together.
soda-tabUse a wine rack to organize purses.  Being a purse girl, this may come in handy in my office or family room more so than the bedroom..

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A shoe rack can hold a lot more than shoes.  You know all of those scarves or belts or maybe even your tank tops.
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Keep a kitchen bin in the closet for outgrown clothes.  Put a plastic bag in it so when it is full, you can just pull it out and head to your local donation spot.
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Keep shoes neat and off the floor with a ThirtyOne Large Utility Tote.
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Take pictures of your shoes and tape them to the boxes.
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Keep laundry organized and ready to go.
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Or try Thirty One’s Stand Tall Bin….802f02f87f653cdfb6fc6d61708b87b3

Keep hair tools and makeup brushes neat and tidy with Thirty One’s Double Duty Caddy.e6b048b6ea610b3e3ad9ff95b288e514

What are some of your favorite closet organizing tips?  Share them with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!