Closet Case: How to Stylishly Organize Your Wardrobe

"De-clutter and glam out your closet in order to define your fashion identity," Vanchic's Kim Clark.
"De-clutter and glam out your closet in order to define your fashion identity," Vanchic's Kim Clark.

Creating a closet space that’s organized with everything in it’s place is important, but so is creating an area that you’ll love to look at and be in every morning when getting dressed.

S&P chatted with Kim Clark, founder and CEO of Vanchic closet organizers, whose motto is “De-clutter and glam out your closet in order to define your fashion identity.” She offers up some expert tips on how to organize your closet, while tailoring the space to fit your personal style.

What are some common mistakes people make when organizing their closet space?

A big thing I see is people who are too scared to get rid of their old, over-used or unused items. They’re either constantly collecting and end up with these big collections of stuff. It becomes too hard to coordinate outfits and get dressed in a functional way.

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Small Round Capiz Pendant, $139, westelm.com

Also, stop buying cheap storage supplies that don’t hold up and do everything but help you organize. Another thing I see is people not putting like clothing items together — shirts should all go together, socks should be stored together, etc.

What are a few stylish ways to personalize your closet space?

Consider making a theme or focal point for your space. Don’t have it just be an area with clothes — add decor that ties in with your personal style. When decorating, remember not to clutter. Stick with structured art, knick-knacks, statement fashion pieces and sculptures. Think sophisticated. Too many pictures can get tacky and make the space look smaller.

Have all of the shoe tips lined up equally and all labels facing the same way — the uniformity looks really professional. You want getting ready in the morning to be a stress-free process. Unique hardware is another way to incorporate your personal style. Opt for crystal doorknobs or fun drawer handles — get crafty.

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Antique Bronze Rolling Laundry Center, $59.99, bedbathbeyond.com

Don’t forget about the lighting. This is the most important show-stopper item you’ll need to take your closet from drab to fab. A chandelier, Tiffany-style lamp or under-shelf lighting is a must-have.

If you’re working with a small budget, what are some cost-friendly things you can do to get organized?

The easiest and cheapest thing you could do is to have all matching hangers. Throw away those gross wire hangers you get from the dry cleaners and buy all matching ones. You can find some great hangers at the dollar store.

Find creative ways to make the presentation of the space cleaner. For example, instead of buying Β expensive cedar boot forms, just stuff newspaper or tissue paper in your boots to make them stand-up straight.

What organizational and decor items do you recommend investing in?

Mirrors make a closet look bigger, get lots of them. As for organizational supplies, I like the products at higher-end home stores, such as West Elm over cheaper stores like Wal-Mart. In the long run, those wire, plastic or mesh materials won’t last, so spend the money on quality items that will. You want something that’s chic and fits with your apartment’s or home’s overall look and feel.


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