The Dilemma: Do you ever have those mornings where you stand in your closet and feel like you need to remove everything and start anew? Unfortunately that’s not an option for most of us so what’s the best approach? EDIT, organize, and freshen … then go ahead and add those select new fall pieces (more on that later!)
As summer comes to a close I will toss or donate pieces that I do not wish to keep for next year. Dresses will go to the cleaners or get a gentle wash prior to storage and summer flip flops and sandals will go to the lower shoe shelves or be put in shoe boxes.
For those pretty whites or colored garments I wash with The Laundress Signature Detergent and Fabric Conditioner. This product is ECO friendly, gentle, does the job when it comes to cleaning, and has a light, clean fragrance. If I’m washing gym clothes I will add a laundry booster like oxyclean or use All-Purpose Bleach to assist in stain removal or keeping garments white and bright. For undergarments and bed linens I will use Delicate Lady or No.10 ..love the musky smell! The Laundress Stain Bar is perfect for those hard to reach areas like tricky underarms, delicate straps, collars and cuffs, pants hems and it’s also great for travel.
For cleaning the laundry area and all my marble surfaces I cannot live without the Laundress Surface Cleaner.
- Nontoxic formula is family, food, and pet safe
- Removes soil, dirt, grease, grime, and fingerprints
- Highly concentrated
- Ideal for kitchen counter tops, appliances, cabinet fixtures, tables, and bathroom vanities & fixtures.
- Safe and effective on all surfaces, including granite, stone, marble, stainless steel, and finished woodwork.
I have marble everywhere and this product is super gentle and always leaves the room smelling fresh and clean.
Hang It Up: Several years ago I purchased black slimline hangers and I cannot recommend them enough. The hangers are narrow and wrapped in velvet which allows you you really optimize your closet space and the velvet helps the clothes stay in place. I know this sounds silly but spacing your clothes out is a good idea (two fingers between each garment;) This prevents garments from getting crumpled and makes it easier to see what your wardrobe options are. Obviously you can’t always keep your clothes spaced evenly ;) but making an attempt to do so is helpful.
Organize: Categorize by color. Once you do this you’ll be sold! It really does make getting dressed in the morning so much easier. Add cedar liners to your drawers and refold/organize tees, socks, and the like. I went with cedar wood in my closet and although a bit more expensive, was glad I did it. Cedar makes everything smell fresh and is also a moth deterrent. In a perfect world ;) decide what you will wear the night before and leave your outfit hanging up in the closet. I have to confess that I usually don’t do this so on those busy work mornings I end up doing the Watusi in my closet trying to figure out what I’m going to put on, ha.
Get a full length mirror for your closet. Prior to having this I’d run downstairs to the nearest mirror and try to see if everything was fitting properly. It’s nice to have something in your closet or bedroom that will help make busy mornings run more smoothly.
I think that just about covers it. Is there anything I missed? I’d love to hear what your go-to products are or if you have anything to add to this list:)