How Stars Get — and Stay! — Organized, According to the Pros that Put their Homes in Order
Tyra Banks's Walk-In Closet
Create Space Where It Didn't Exist
Get shoes off the ground to instantly make a closet feel less cluttered, says Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, who designed Tyra Banks’s space. “Hang boots on shoe trees with hooks,” she suggests.
Adams also turned an empty wall into a jewelry display case. Use pegboard, fabric and doublesided tape to DIY a similar setup. You can get ultra suede fabric, like the one Adams used for Banks, by the yard on Amazon. “No more tangled necklaces!” says Adams.
Thomas Rhett's Master Closet
Arrange Clothes for Easy Dressing
Group like styles together so your outfit options are clear at a glance, suggests the Home Edit cofounder Clea Shearer, who worked with country star Thomas Rhett.
Sort shirts, for example, first by sleeve length and then by category (T-shirts, button-downs, etc.). “Matching hangers make everything look neat too,” she says.
Shearer also suggests sorting through all your clothing before you even begin organizing.
“Editing is such a remarkable way to transform a space," Shearer says. "If all you can do is just go through your closet and remove the things that you don't wear, want, or will never use, that alone will make a huge difference.”
Kristen Bell's Tea Drawer
Divide and Conquer Kitchen Drawers
Kristen Bell is a tea lover, so Jen Robin of Life in Jeneral used divider inserts to keep her stash neat. If you have an overcrowded drawer, think about which items are important to you — lip balm, stamps, measuring tape? — and then fill each compartment accordingly.
"We always say, don't be afraid to play around with it, it's like one big puzzle," Robin says. "It's okay if you don't get it right the first time, there are so many moving parts."
Christina Anstead's Pantry
Keep Dry Goods Fresher Longer
In HGTV star Christina Anstead’s pantry, Kate Pawlowski of Done & Done Home decanted foods like pasta and cereal into clear, airtight containers. “They stay fresher, you can see how much is left, and it’s more visually appealing,” she says.
Pawlowski also suggests arranging shelves in a way that makes sense for your family. Because Anstead has young kids, the organizer arranged to have healthy snacks at the kids' height level, and junk food out of their reach.
"You also want to put heavier items like bulk drinks lower down so you don't have to lift too far when you're putting them away from the grocery store," she adds.
Anstead is thrilled with the results: “I feel happy when I look in here now!”
Khloé Kardashian's Fridge
Group Related Foods Together
“Khloé Kardashian’s ultraneat fridge is actually super attainable,” says Home Edit cofounder Joanna Teplin, who worked with the star. Categorize and contain similar items — like leftovers, meats or kids’ snacks — in their own areas. When you have a spot for everything, you know what you have and what you need. Says Kardashian: “There is a method to the madness!”
Teplin also suggets using clear or labeled bins to store all your food products. No more losing food in the back of the fridge!
Gwyneth Paltrow's Hangout Room
Make It Easier for Kids to Clean Up
Encourage good habits by organizing kids' spaces in a way that’s easy to understand and keep up with. “Arranging books in rainbow order serves as a simple instruction for putting things back where you found them. Plus it makes a room look fabulous and polished,” says Clea Shearer, who designed Gwyneth Paltrow’s kid cave — which is outfitted with closed storage cabinets for those days when the system breaks down.
Shay Mitchell's Baby Changing Station
Have Essentials at the Ready
Organizer Jen Robin knew Shay Mitchell would have her hands full with her daughter Atlas, 4 months, so she made sure supplies were “unwrapped and ready to go” in the nursery. Organizing them in an assembly line means less rummaging around.
"Being a mom is like being a superhuman," Robin says. "So you want to make sure you're streamlining every single process and saving time and energy.
Kameron Wescott's Toy Closet
Place Favorites at Eye Level
When Trish Hodson of Bee Organized SF Bay overhauled Real Housewives of Dallas star Kameron Westcott’s closet, she put the most used toys low to the ground and other items up high. “Keep messy things, like art and science kits, at the top, so the kids can’t get into them when Mom and Dad aren’t around,” she says. "We always put function before aesthetic."
Hodson also suggests being mindful of how you're stacking multiple boxes containing things like games and toys. "When you’re stacking, put the wider, heavier items on the bottom," she says, "that way they won't wobble."
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