My Closet + Spring Cleaning Tips

West Village, NY

Ahhh Spring!  A time of rebirth and renewal!  It’s a time to clean out those closets and make room for new energy and new pieces that will give you that extra pep in your step.  I’m getting nostalgic looking back at these pictures of my old closet.  This closet was a special place – it was where a lot of brainstorming and some serious outfit planning went down.  Before I moved, I got rid of a ton of pieces!  A few of  you have been asking me to do a closet sale since I’m cleaning out my wardrobe again – and it’s something I will definitely consider. ;)  If you haven’t already read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I highly recommend you doing so.  It’s all about decluttering your space to help make room for inspiration and creativity.  For closet storage – I love these Ikea bookshelves and this rolling rack.  You can’t go wrong with fun wicker baskets for scarves, bathing suits, and belts.  Keep old shoe boxes and use them as storage for odds + ends.  Toss plastic hangers and order these velvet non slip ones.  Organize your clothes by season and buy under the bed storage bins or consider renting a small storage unit if necessary (I used Box Butler in NYC and had a great experience – and no this isn’t sponsored!)  Donate or consign anything you haven’t worn in a year (I loved Second Time Around consignment store.)  And finally the wardrobe mantra I live by; invest in classic pieces you’ll have for years to come!  Less is more – quality over quantity.

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Calypso St. Barth mirror (similar)  |  Serena & Lily chandelier
Ikea bookcase  |  Anthropologie knobs // Rolling Rack
Restoration Hardware chair (love this one)  |  Rug (similar)  |  Curtains (similar)
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  • Soraya says:

    Your closet organization is perfection! Love the sunglasses out and all your coats. Thanks for sharing — Soraya

    March 9, 2017
  • Rach says:

    I love your closet! I’ve been hearing so many great things about that book! I’m highly considering reading it!

    March 9, 2017
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Love the simple organization and the beautiful things displayed … such an eye feasts! Just gorgeous! :)

    💋LA BIJOUX BELLA💋 | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    March 9, 2017
  • Amanda says:

    Love these tips for organizing! Plus, I’ll take all of your nude shoes and bags!

    xo, Amanda

    March 9, 2017
  • C's Collection says:

    Love that you displayed your purses!

    C’s Collection |

    March 9, 2017
  • sasa says:

    Love your closet, Kat:P

    Shall We Sasa

    March 9, 2017
  • Carey says:

    Having some major shoe envy after seeing your closet!

    xo, Carey

    March 9, 2017
  • Jessica Weeks says:

    I absolutely love your closet and this article! How gorgeous is your decor! Making a organized, boutique-like closet is something I love to do–thanks for the ideas :)

    March 9, 2017
  • Sophie says:

    Gosh, what a stunning closet!

    March 9, 2017
  • Meredith says:

    Great tips! Is the shoe rack a built in? Can you please share where it is from? Thanks!

    March 9, 2017
    • replied:

      Yes it’s a built in!

      March 9, 2017
  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific says:

    Closet envy! I love your shoe and bag collection

    March 9, 2017
  • Jenny says:

    What a beautiful closet space! I love the way you’ve displayed your shoes on the shelving x


    March 9, 2017
  • Rosa Maria says:

    OMG!!!! Dream closet! So many beautiful things….<3

    March 9, 2017
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    March 9, 2017
  • vera says:

    Beautiful photos & love all your tips! I have been enjoying watching your Insta-stories.
    Blonde in Cashmere

    March 9, 2017
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  • Sharan says:

    Love your closet! You did an amazing job.


    March 13, 2017
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  • Sammy D says:

    Wow I love all of your sunglasses, and the shoes!

    April 3, 2017
  • Emily Piskulick says:

    your closet is so chic! xo

    April 6, 2017
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  • Roshani says:

    Great tips, i really need to work on my wardrobe, your is too organised. great post and cheers

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