Chicago’s unpredictable spring weather is the perfect excuse to stay inside and spring clean. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at the mere sight of your closet, arm yourself with expert organizing tips from Deirdre Pursel, owner of locally based Organize & Edit.
1. Get Into the Mood
Pursel advises relaxing with a glass of wine while you clean.
“Getting into the right frame of mind is key,” Pursel says. Push the feelings of guilt aside and imagine you’re with your non-judgmental best friend, pour yourself a glass of wine, and make tidying up enjoyable.
Plunge makeup brushes into boiling water to zap pore-clogging bacteria. Just make sure the water doesn’t pass the brush line or the handle might melt.
4. Organize Small Items Chicly on a Tray
Chicago Tray, Jayson Home ($66). 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-248-8180
“A tray is the chicest way to look like you totally have your life together,” Pursel says. She finds hers at Jayson Home (1855 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-248-8180) and uses them to sort buttons, business cards, and other little things that tend to cause clutter.
5. Fix Broken But Beloved Clothes
Bring shoes and handbags that need a little maintenance to Joseph’s Shoe Clinic/Repair (6847 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, 773-478-3226). Take care of the alterations that have been piling up. Replace buttons and extend hems—whatever it takes to make clothes feel new again.
6. Donate What You Don’t Need
“Keep your closet you,” Pursel says. Give yourself permission to take the items that you’ve been holding onto solely out of guilt to the Pan-African Association (6163 N. Broadway St., 773-381-9723). “There are pieces you’ll consign and ones you’ll give to Goodwill,” Pursel says. “This is [the place] for the in-between pieces that you want to make sure help someone.”