We all would love to have the sprawling walk-in closets that you see on home decorating shows on HGTV and other popular TV networks. Unfortunately, living in urban settings like New York City where it is expensive to buy or rent an apartment and space comes at a premium, it's important to make the most of the space you have. This is especially true when organizing your closets.
The amount of closet space an apartment offers can be an attractive feature for homebuyers and renters when evaluating an apartment in NYC, but what are the tips and tricks to maximize the closet space you ultimately have in your apartment?
Prevu recently discussed this topic in a conversation with Drea Montali - a professional organizer and local NYC expert on styling closets. Drea brings a unique perspective to organization from her experience in Visual Merchandising at lululemon athletica and as a Designer at California Closets. Check out her helpful tips below.
Drea Montali: Start with a category. Decluttering can be overwhelming especially if you take on too much at one time. I like to start small by picking a category such as pants. Take all your pants out and really look at them. Any repeats? Any of them really worn out? Are there some you haven’t touched in years? By looking at everything in that one category at one time you usually realize that you have too much. The average person wears 20% of their clothes 80% of the time.
I definitely think investing in a custom closet system is a great way to maximize space! Custom closet companies such as California Closets have expert designers that know how to use every inch of your closet. It’s also a great investment because custom closets are considered a capital improvement so they add value to your property.
My other go-to items are:
Don’t put fabric in the garbage. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to recycle fabrics and textiles which has made this industry the second leading cause of pollution. Just because something has a hole in it, doesn’t mean it needs to go into the garbage. There are places that you can donate fabrics that will re-use it or give it to someone in need.
Organize your closet together. Make a date night out of it. Order in and have some wine! If you organize the closet together, you both understand the space you are working with. I also find that when couples declutter together, both people get motivated to part ways with more things.
This is also when hiring a pro comes in handy. Having a professional organizer there can act like a mediator and make the process way easier on couples.
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Drea Montali is a professional organizer, closet stylist, and space planner. Inspired by a minimalistic approach and a "less is more" philosophy, Drea's goal is to help others love what they have and feel like they are in their own personal boutique everyday. To learn more about Drea Montali - you can connect with her via website or on Instagram.
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