Spring livin’ suggestions: your best closet ever

Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 7 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

We are little obsessed with closets right now. This spring, Professor and Chair of Fashion, and Historic Costume Collection Curator Dr. Connie Korosec will be presenting at our 15th Annual Faculty Lecture Series, “The Best Closet in Cleveland: 30th Anniversary of the Historic Costume Collection.” The College will celebrate fashion thirty years in the making and over 3,500 pieces of 20th Century American fashion, donated by Greater Clevelanders. The lecture (free and open to the public) will be held Tuesday, April 8th at 7PM in the Mullen Little Theater. It’s our very own piece of of women’s history!

With spring, comes spring cleaning. And, today we are talking specifically about spring cleaning in your closetIt’s an ideal time make way for your warm-weather wardrobe. Just searching “closet” on Pinterest will provide you with plenty of inspiration for organizing your best closet ever.

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A great source for home inspiration is Rue Magazine. Check out this video with Kelli Ryder’s, Associate Editor at Rue, tips for organizing your closet.

Looking for more helpful tips? Apartment Therapy posted this article with 20 ways to organize your bedroom closet.

Top: This is our closet/spare room. We don’t have any real closets in our apartment, so we turned a 1/2 bedroom into a storage space. If you don’t have a closet already, you can install racks and hangers on a wall to make one. We used the ClosetMaid 6′-8′ Closet Organizer. It was a pain to install, but it gives us all the storage we need.

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Declutter. Use Discardian’s Closet Trick to get rid of clothes you don’t wear. Image: California Closets.

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Store your most-used items in plain sight, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. Image: Sunset Magazine.

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Combine storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, boxes for odds and ends. Image: Bergen Closet Collection from West Elm.

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Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized. Image: Bumerang Clothes Hangers, $3.49 for an 8-pack at IKEA.

Read all of the tips here.

Please remember to donate clothes you no longer need to those who do. Check your local Goodwill or thrift store for drop-off boxes. 

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