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Effectively edit your wardrobe

A lot of audits have been happening these days with clients and I could not be MORE thrilled!  I was with a client this past weekend and she had been holding on to pieces she didn’t even know she had (a prom dress from 19 years ago). You read that correctly.

We all do it though. We hold on to items for sentimental reasons even though we KNOW we’ll never, ever wear it again.

I try to edit my wardrobe all the time and more than ever in the past year.  It helped when I began the Kind Closets project with non-profit, Bridge to Success.  Kind Closets is a resale opportunity for men and women looking to a) make money and b) give back in a kind way.

When the Kind Closets opportunity presented itself, it was a perfect time for me to get real with myself.  I took the coaching I give to my clients:  If a style was not right for my body, I let it go.  Same with the color.

Lighter wardrobe, refining my style and proceeds benefit one of my favorite non-profits. What’s not to love?!

1. Think about your favorite outfits and looks.  What were they and why do you think you liked them so much?

2. Organize your wardrobe by styles

  • Blazers/jackets
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • skirts

3. Now organize the above styles by color.

4. Edit. Go through and automatically pull pieces you have not worn in a year. Really.  One day maybe’s don’t cut it.

5. If you are having a hard time letting go of expensive pieces or memory attached pieces- ask yourself:

  • How can I update this or alter it so it looks better on me and I LOVE it?
  • How would I FEEL if I let it go and knew it was making a difference for someone else? (AKA if you donated the item/items).

6.  Bring any donation bags or sell bags immediately to your car, don’t let them sit around, otherwise you will begin picking!

Are there 5 pieces in your wardrobe you can let go of today?  Happy editing!

Is your closet giving you anxiety? Get organized!

 

Can you imagine knowing where everything is in your closet?

Imagine you knew where your jewelry, those thin black socks, slips, tanks, hats. Shoes. Every item you have had it’s own very perfect place.

Talk about efficiency!  Knowing where all your pieces and clothes are can dramatically save you time getting ready in the morning and putting your pieces away.

Closet organization is one of my favorite services I offer because it really sets you up for a lifetime of getting dressed easily!

What closet organization looks like:

  • We have a 30 minute consult at your home looking at your current closet.  What is working? What does not work?
  • I suggest/research tools that will make a difference for you: (bins & acrylic trays-see above some of my favorite tools!)
  • Shop for the tools we have agreed on
  •  Meet you at your house to create an impeccably organized wardrobe.  We take everything out (and I mean everything; jewelry, belts, scarves, workout gear, any “wearables”)

You’ll most likely discover “new pieces” you forgot you had! 

Matching hangers are a must have to any organized closet. It creates a streamlined, clean closet.  My favorite?   I began with the Huggable Hangers from HSN. Then, Costco started carrying the same velvet thin hangers, 35 hangers for $10, can you believe that?  Love it!

I then organize your wardrobe by:

  • Sort.   We make piles  1)donate  2) sell through Kind Closets: Consign for a Cause  3) Re-purpose (hem, change color with dye, change style)
  • Season.   We box or put your other seasonal wardrobe out of your current closet/immediate space
  • Styles (short sleeve, long sleeves, dresses, going out clothes, work clothes, pants, skirts..)
  • Color.  Organizing by color truly helps getting dressed.  You often know what color you want to wear or avoid-  immediately streamlining the search, you go right to your color bunch.
  • Final hanger change (if need be)

Organized! Labels will be on bins. Everything will have a place.

 

You will now have an organized, effective closet to shop from; getting dressed for work, social or an event will no longer be a chore but be fun!