Courtesy Jill Martin
As if we couldn’t love PEOPLE StyleWatch contributing editor Jill Martin any more, she’s bringing her organizational genius straight to our closets with The Martin Project, her closet-organization collection for QVC.
She’ll be on the shopping channel Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. to walk you through the whole line, but she was nice enough to give us a sneak peek — and tips on how to use everything — before the official debut.
If you’re thinking about spring cleaning this weekend, you’ll want to bookmark this page to refer to Martin’s top tips (and what to avoid) in order to make your closet look as killer as PEOPLE StyleWatch’s.
*Before you get started, Martin recommends, “you must sort through your closet and get rid of 75% of what is in your wardrobe.” We were shocked too — but she swears you’ll thank her later. “You only wear your favorite things, and that’s about 25% of what you own. If you haven’t worn it in a year, if it doesn’t fit you right, it goes. Then have some fun and organize in style!”
*First, “invest in slim hangers that are flocked to give yourself 70% more room in your closet,” Martin says, pointing to her colorful cascading hanger set as a good bet. “And color-code your wardrobe by theme. So instead of putting pants together, skirts together and so on, organize by parts of your day. Navy can represent daytime, yellow can be night-out tops, pink can be ‘wow’ dresses.”
*”Statement jewelry is a must in every woman’s wardrobe, but it’s very hard to store,” Martin acknowledges — but she says that the key is to display it like art. “If you don’t see it, you aren’t going to wear it, so opt for organizers that allow you to eye every fab piece you have!” She recommends her mini mannequins to make storing your jewels more stylish.
*And if you’re dreading moving your winter coats back under your bed, Martin has you covered. “Find fun storage to transition you from season to season,” she recommends. “I like my fun faux-fur storage ‘pouf!’ When all filled up — with jeans, sweaters or even extra bedding — you can use it as an ottoman, a decorative piece or even a dog bed!