The Process-Getting Organized

When it comes to closet organization, everyone’s closet is always different from the last. This particular closet that I had the pleasure of working with in the Spring took some time, but it was worth it and a lot of fun! After 4 hours  we collected 4 bags of clothes and a bag  full of hangers to dispose of,  (this was on top of the 5 bags she had done on her own prior to my arrival)!

imageMy client had three different closets in which she kept her clothes and one of them was in another bedroom. Like with any organization, I like to walk my clients through their closets showing them what things work and what things don’t and begin to purge (Don’t worry, I’m always willing to compromise, be it that you have really good reasoning). 🙂 Next, we do classification. This is most helpful when your searching for sweaters or collar shirts because they will all have their perspective locations making it easier for you to find at any given time.
image

Depending on how big your closet is will determine if you will be able to keep all your clothes out or have them stored and rotated. With this particular client, she had enough closet space between the three to keep everything out for each season of the year. Once we are done classifying, I show you how to make multiple outfits using what you already own and adding suggestive pieces.
image

Lastly, we can discuss other helpful tips such storage for shoes, jewelry and other accessories. In the case of this client, I provided her some ideas on helpful storage units she can use to organize her shoes on her own. I never leave without giving my clients a checklist of the basic pieces they need to complete their wardrobe for every season. The best thing I can ever do for my clients is to show them how to make the most out of what they have and help them build from there. Now that Fall is vastly approaching,  my only question is…whose next? 🙂

 

Advertisements

Are You Closet Ready?

wpid-IMG_20140130_173658.jpg

You may not be able to tell, but Spring is vastly approaching and that means it’s almost time to start getting “closet ready.” What does being “closet ready” mean? Well it’s a process, but at the end of the day it all leads back to having a game plan and sticking to it! Let’s face it, not many people like cleaning out their closet, but it is something that needs to be done. So are you “closet ready?”

Here are three questions that you need to consider:

1) Am I happy with how my closet looks?
2) Are there clothes that I have either never worn or only worn once in the last year?
3) Can I readily find a specific article of clothing if asked to?

Now, if your answers were “no,” “yes” and “no” in that order to any of the questions, then you are not ready. However, even with that being said, have no fear! Below I have three easy tips that will help you get your closet on track:

1) Keep it clean
2) Keep it organized
3) Have a system that makes sense.

Lets start with keeping it clean. Imagine if your closet was a boutique and you were its owner. Do you think anyone would want to shop in it if they saw dust bunnies collecting around your shoes and handbags? How about if all your merchandise was mixed together in a clutter? I don’t know about you, but that would give me the impression that you don’t care about your investments so why should I? To keep a tidy closet, just do a little house keeping once every two weeks to keep it looking up to par. Below is one of the ways I store some of my shoes. I like the door organizer because it not only saves space, but it also helps to keep the dust away.

wpid-IMG_20140130_160955.jpg

Next up is organization. This simply means that everything has its own place. When I used to work at Nordstrom we used to size and colorize our rounders and straight bar fixtures so it was more appealing to the eye as well as easy to find. For me, I like to organize my closet by group, style and color. So that means all of my tops are together and within my group of tops, I have all my button downs separated from my blouses and sweaters and so on. From there, they are colorized from light to dark. If I take out a certain piece, I know exactly where to return it to and it works for me!

wpid-IMG_20140130_164811.jpg

Lastly, does your closet have a system that makes sense? What do you do with your clothes that are not apart of the current season? Instead of leaving them mixed together, make sure you rotate them as the season changes. I have a lot of clothes, so much so that I have two closets in my room and I use 1 1/2 of them (my poor husband)! Over the last few years I have used storage bins to put my clothes in with the change of seasons (These can easily be found at Target or Wal-mart). It makes things sooo much easier. Another method of allotting room in your closet are to use Space Saver Bags. This product has been out for a while and probably the best thing ever made. They are simply bags that you can put your clothes in and then vaccum out the air for flat storage…how cool is that!

wpid-IMG_20140130_162753.jpg

Once you get your closet in order and it makes sense it will not only look good, but it will make you feel good too. I actually enjoy taking the time to go through my closet to purge and organize. It is also a harsh reality of how much clothes I have bought over the last year! 🙂 Everyone needs a little help along the way and when you do, someone is here to help. Contact me for questions or to make your appointment today! No closet is too big or too small!

Fun Tip: I recently learned, that either hanging chalk in your closet or putting them in drawer with your clothes will take up any moisture from the air and therefore leaving your clothes dry from mustiness.