Karl Lohnes: Spring cleaning has never been so stylish

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If you’re looking to upgrade, here are some ideas on how to add more storage with efficient tools every closet needs.

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After a very long winter, I look forward to spring cleaning. The first thing I’m going to do is rearrange all my closets. If yours are like mine, they’ll be filled to the brim with things I probably haven’t used in a few years.

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I think there are two types of people: those who throw things in the closet and close the door in a hurry, and those who keep a closet under control by tidying up and sorting daily. I have to admit I’m the old guy. But with high hopes for organized, clutter-free closets, I look forward to adding efficiency and style behind closed doors.

If you also want to upgrade your closets, read on – I’ll show you how to add more storage with efficient tools every closet needs, and (spoiler alert) I might have an idea that rips the doors off. .

First of all

The first thing to do with an overcrowded closet is to empty it completely. Remove every item and give the interior a good vacuuming and dusting, and maybe even a new paint job to spruce it up.

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After that, it’s time to purge! Sort the items into what to keep and what to throw away or donate. I like to use the one-year rule — if you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it. Your goal – if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned out your cupboards – should be to empty at least 30% of them.

Finally, organize your closets by setting aside seasonal items, which can be stored on the top shelf of the closet until you need them again.

A powerful, small-sized garment steamer keeps clothes piled up in the closet wrinkle-free.  Black and Decker Compact Steamer, $32, www.blackanddecker.com
A powerful, small-sized garment steamer keeps clothes piled up in the closet wrinkle-free. Black and Decker Compact Steamer, $32, www.blackanddecker.com

Small effective improvements

No matter the size of your closet, there are a few inexpensive upgrades that will make it more functional, and the perfect time to add them is when the closet is empty. A battery-operated LED light that sticks to an interior wall will brighten up a dark closet, and a handy steamer is a great investment if your closets are jam-packed with clothes.

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Steamers create powerful steam that lets you remove wrinkles and refresh fabrics quickly. I also use them to good effect for smoothing out bed skirts, curtains and other fabrics around the house during spring cleaning.

Additional smart features to improve closet organization include over-the-door shoe racks (great for storing silk scarves, jewelry and accessories), a hook for your everyday robe and don’t forget not the tiered hangers that keep more clothes organized. vertically.

A fabric shoe rack on the door keeps shoes and accessories handy and organized.  Arm & Hammer 20-Pocket Air Freshener Closet Organizer, $35, www.bedbathhandbeyond.ca
A fabric shoe rack on the door keeps shoes and accessories handy and organized. Arm & Hammer 20-Pocket Air Freshener Closet Organizer, $35, www.bedbathhandbeyond.ca

Show your order

Are you one of those neat, ultra-organized people who have no problem cluttering their closets? Take a cue from a trend in hotel rooms by removing closet doors – it makes small or cramped spaces feel bigger and open.

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Of course, this will expose what’s inside, so you’ll need to commit to keeping the closet organized and tidy, and making sure it’s a stylish space too. Wallpaper or paint the interior, add a stylish lamp, use decorative shelves and baskets, and show off only your most Instagrammable handbag, coat, or boots.

Here’s a tip: This spring, HomeSense’s organization section is full of stylish storage accessories that help spruce up the look of crowded spaces. While expanding the look of your space, you’ll show how tidy and efficient you are.

Make the most of a small space

Want to add more shelves to your existing closet? Here are three simple ways.

— My favorite trick is to install a narrow shelf about 12 inches above the closet floor. It will offer you a second level to store shoes or trash cans.

— Look up and install another shelf about 12 inches below the ceiling of the closet. Chances are there’s a lot of wasted space up there that can be used for off-season items.

— Install shelving on one side wall of the inside of the closet. The loss of these few centimeters of hanging space will be compensated by the gain of five to six shelves for many baskets.

Do you have a decorating dilemma or want more decorating tips? You can follow Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.

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