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What's IN and OUT for Closets in 2024


Happy New Year from my closet!

Andrea Litsch Dallas Closet Designer in her own custom closet

As we begin 2024, I've noticed a trend on social media during the holidays—people sharing their 'Ins' and 'Outs' for 2024 across various genres.


If you're embarking on a custom closet journey this year or in the future, I'm sharing my list of recommendations and things to avoid in closets for 2024.


What's IN for Closets in 2024:


Making Your Closet A Priority In A Design Build Or Remodel

Making your closet a priority in a design, build, or remodel is crucial. If you're in the process of building or remodeling, especially when focusing on the primary bathroom, don't overlook your closet. Even if you prefer a basic functional setup, custom is the way to go. Take a look at my Instagram. With the closets I share, my goal is to educate and highlight details so that more people choose to embark on the custom closet journey and don't feel overwhelmed or disappointed. When your closet is tailored to your needs, organizing and finding your items becomes a breeze. This leads to effortless efficiency during your morning routine, setting a happy and stress-free tone for the beginning of your day :)


Tailoring The Closet Finishes To Be Cohesive With Your Home

Closets are no longer an afterthought; they are spaces used at least twice a day, intended to be functional and calming for you. Blending the finishes to complement the primary bath and your home is a nice way to create that serene place.


Be Realistic With Your Budget, That Way You Are Shown All the Options For Your Price Range

Whether your budget is less than $5000 or exceeds $50,000, transparency is key. Clearly communicate your budget along with your wishlist and goals so that your designer can create the space that will align on budget, meet the functional needs and aesthetic goals. Building on the previous point, if a white closet isn't your preference, express that from the start. Prioritize features like flat front drawers in an upgraded finish over shaker doors in white if that better aligns with your vision. With numerous options available, enlisting the expertise of professionals can guide you through the decision-making process.


Lighting

Lighting in your closet can serve either an aesthetic or functional purpose. Aesthetic lighting enhances visual appeal, while functional lighting ensures better visibility for your clothes and items. These two aspects can certainly overlap! Lighting is not an all-or-nothing choice.


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lighting options in a closet


Take A Look At What You Keep In Your Closet & Purge Regularly, Rather Than Waiting For A Big Spring Cleaning Event.


In 2022, I began dedicating time on Sundays to my closet. Every Sunday, I spend 10-15 minutes putting back everything I've worn or used during the week, helping me keep chaos under control. It also serves as a moment to tidy up and review sections of my closet, deciding whether to part with a few items. This approach transforms the task into a manageable activity rather than an overwhelming or dreaded event.


Shop Smarter


While we're on the topic of purging and managing your closet, let's address the constant stream of one-click 'buy now' influencer recommendations.

Having a good grasp of your closet inventory, style, and actual needs is essential for successful closet organization. It's about avoiding the temptation to stuff your closet with items you won't wear and adopting a smarter shopping approach.

Wardrobe stylists are increasingly becoming a trend (and perhaps a staple) for everyone. You no longer need Paris Hilton-level wealth to enlist the help of a wardrobe stylist.


If this isn't up your alley, consider bringing in help. In Dallas, Molly Hudson (thewardrobe.editor in on Instagram) is amazing. If you prefer a virtual option, Liz Teich (thenewyorkstylist on Instagram) or Connie Jespersen (artinthefind on Instagram) look fantastic.


Personally, I've started a list on my phone of wardrobe staples I need. When a sale happens or I feel like shopping, I refer to that list. This strategy helps me avoid impulse purchases that might not be right for me



What's OUT for Closets in 2024:


Mismatched Hangers & Color Coding

This is the fastest way to bring order to your closet. You don't have to buy fancy hangers; just pick whatever works for you. If you want a recommendation, please check out this blog post on hangers for your closet.


Color coding is appealing to the eye.

An easy approach is: white, ROYGBIV, grey, brown, black

(R=red, O=orange, Y=yellow, G=green, B=blue, I=indigo, V=violet)


This will instantly provide streamlined organization!


Thinking A Custom Closet Is Out Of Your Budget



Custom comes in all shapes, sizes, and budgets.


I've designed linen closets for $200, Reach-Ins for $800, and primary closets, storage rooms, and more for over $70,000. If you have disposable income for Amazon purchases, $8 lattes, lash extensions, travel, etc., there's a conversation to be had about custom closets.


White Is The 'Cheapest'

black and grey closet

White is not always the cheapest. With many companies, they have tiers for finish pricing. Typically, white, ivory, some sort of grey, and black are included in that. For metal finishes, chrome, matte aluminum, matte nickel, and slate are usually the most economically priced. Two-toning is a great way to bring an upgraded finish into your closet at a better price point."


Treating your closet like a dumping zone

Stop it!!!!!!!!!!

my custom apartment closet in dallas texas

You start and end your day with your closet.


Read that again

If you're busy and can't put things away in the moment—totally fine! But make a game plan to eventually put it away so you don't end up with a disaster that will take an entire weekend to correct.


Holding onto clothing items that no longer service a purpose

purging your closet

Let it go.


Need help purging your closet? Read this blog post on 4 tips to successfully purge your closet!



That is it for my list of what is In and OUT for closets in 2024!


If you have any additional questions on this post or would like to work together please click here.


Thank you for stopping by!

Andrea Litsch Closet Designer

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