11 Smart Spring-Cleaning Tips From Khloé, Gwyneth, and More
Every time we see a celebrity home, it's immaculate. Sure, we usually catch a glimpse at A-lister homes after they've been styled for a photo shoot, but they're a great source of design inspiration: After all, it's the work of a talented team of architects, stylists, and interior designers. While most of us don't have the luxury of a design team, there are some key lessons we can learn from taking a peek at celebrity spaces. From pristine closet storage (Khloé Kardashian, we're looking at you) to a perfectly stocked pantry (Gwyneth Paltrow, of course), Hollywood heavyweights sure know how to organize their homes. Read on for handy spring-cleaning tips from our favorite celebrities.
Celebrity wardrobes are a spring-cleaner's dream. A peek into actress Jaime King's closet reveals row upon row of perfectly arranged sweaters and handbags—it's enough to give anyone closet envy! While most closets conceal their contents, there's something luxurious about putting key items on display. Steal her style by swapping out a couple of drawers for ones with a glass display window, and use it to stash accessories or items you use regularly. It'll give your space a fresh look and will help you access those accessories you reach for on repeat.
Spring-cleaning tricks don't get more straight-forward than this. Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni transformed her home into a fresh, vibrant space with bursts of daffodil yellow. Give your bedroom or living room a two-minute spring makeover by adding bright accents, such as fresh throw pillows or a new vase.
Looking to give your home a fresh look for zero cost? Take note of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's recently renovated New York home. The couple partnered with interior designers Ashe + Leandro to create living areas that are both functional and aesthetic. One key standout: Their use of exposed and concealed storage. Rather than create an entire wall of built-in storage, Ashe + Leandro alternated between exposed shelves and concealed cabinets. Give your home a quick refresh by removing cabinet doors and styling the newly exposed shelves with stacks of cookbooks or your favorite dinnerware set—it'll open up the space and, better yet, won't cost you a cent.
When it comes to organizing a closet, few celebrities do it better than Louboutin-obsessed Khloé Kardashian. The reality star put the Pinterest world in a spin when she opened up her immaculate walk-in wardrobe to Architectural Digest. While it's unlikely you have the same luxury of space, a peek inside this Kardashian closet taught us the value of color-coding your clothes and accessories. Every item in the vast master closet has its own space. Shoes are positioned in color order and smaller accessories are stored away in matching boxes. Khloé's not the only Kardashian who loves a good spring-clean: Sister Kim has partnered with eBay for Charity to do a closet cleanse and sell her clothes. Follow suit by donating clothes you no longer wear to charity, and invest in a new hamper and storage boxes to organize your closet.
If there's one kitchen and pantry we'd love to raid, it's Gwyneth Paltrow's. The actress and Goop founder is the unofficial queen of organization, cleanliness, and good health, making her the perfect A-lister to listen to for spring cleaning advice. Paltrow's former Los Angeles home is exactly what we'd expect—pristine, organized and understated. Inspired? Follow her lead by spring cleaning your pantry contents, too. In an interview with Self, the actress reveals her must-have healthy pantry buys. Give your pantry (and diet) a once-over by making some Gwyneth-approved swaps, such as trading salad dressing for olive oil and vinegar; refined white sugar for agave syrup; and chips for a mix of nuts, seeds, and dry fruit. Store them in labeled glass canisters for the final finishing touch.
Let there be light! Herald the new season like actress Nina Dobrev and update your room with fresh curtains. Swap out thick, wintry block-out drapes for airy linen curtains to let natural light shine in.
Guilty of discarding your bags and coat on the bedroom floor as soon as you get home from work? Create an extra benchtop by adding a bedroom bench like Jane Fonda. The actress's New Mexico ranch bedroom features a carved wood table at the end of her master bed to offer extra space for books and personal items. It's the perfect décor addition for those who struggle to keep a tidy bedroom.
When the weather begins to warm up and it's clear that spring has arrived, nothing represents the new season more than freshly cut flowers and lush green foliage. Reinvigorate a tired kitchen space by bringing the outdoors inside. Actor Patrick Dempsey's California home incorporates nature throughout the light-drenched space with large urns of fresh hydrangeas and tabletop planters bursting with fragrant lavender.
Despite the room's stately proportions and high ceilings, celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus opted against a large coffee table in his former Greenwich Village duplex penthouse. While we know that styling a home with large décor can actually create the illusion of more space, Berkus broke the rules by swapping out a large table for a collection of smaller statement pieces. If you're short on time but want to give your home a fresh look for the new season, follow suit and trade your large coffee table for a collection of small pieces. It'll instantly update the room and might encourage you to shift around other furniture to change the spatial flow.
Organize your home office in one easy step with this Lauren Conrad–approved tip. The actress gave her desk a makeover in one swoop by investing in matching storage. The star brought order to her mounting pile of paperwork and stationery collection by adopting an understated white and wicker theme.
If you're like us (we know you are!), it's easy to accumulate keepsakes from years of travel or a penchant for shopping. While we love sentimental purchases, it can be hard to find a home for your one-off buys. Country star Darius Rucker gave his home a fresh look by styling his bookcase with statement objects from around the home. Standout items like a gilded vase and gold statue are interspersed with novels and coffee table books, giving the home a styled yet personal feel.
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