The French have an expression: Moins est plus. Less is more. And that is the foundation for most home-decluttering ventures. Get rid of what you don’t need, wear or use. (Rule of thumb: If you haven’t thought about it, or worn it in six months (or even three), hand it over to good will or consignment.)
Once you’ve got your stuff to a manageable and useful pile, what to do? ORGANIZE. That was the theme of our Tuesday workshop @ 5th Street Ace with Roslyn Ashford, interior designer and home-staging pro. If you missed it (we had a great turn out with wine and snacks!), here are some of her tips for getting your digs together for 2010:
Supplies: Measuring tape, pencil, paper
1. Divide your closet into zones: Areas for hanging long and short items, shelves & drawers, shoes, accessories. (Accessories for men–ties, belts, caps. Women–purses, bags, belts, scarves, hats.
2. Measure these zones so you know how much room you’re dealing with.
3. Also weasure all the walls, not just the ones wherne you think your clothes will go. Pay attention to depth, height and closet door opening.
4. Plot the structure, placing the zones into walls in your space. Start with the longest wall for hainging, then shelves & drawers, then shoes.
5. Once the structure is complete, finish with closet accessories for your accessories. These can be clear drawers, scarf hangers, dividers.
Additional items you’ll want to consider:
- Full-length mirros
- Proper lighting
- Bureau for underwear, socks, pajamas
- Seating if you have a walk in
- Color for interior walls