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Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

As the world changes around us, we are all spending alot more time at home- either voluntarily or non-voluntarily. You can either sink into a binge filled, couch sitting, toilet-paper hoarding depression OR you can make productive use of this new time.

Right now seize the opportunity to do all those things you never seem to have the time to do, like rediscovering your closet thorough a closet edit.

I have shared before my secrets to a perfect closet edit and trust you have been editing a couple times a year, so today I want to focus on editing your closet with the purpose of rediscovering pieces you may have forgotten about and finding new ways to mix and match them. Trying to pair items that you may not have normally thought to put together during that morning rush preparing for the work day!

This takes a little time and an Olympic level try-on sesh, but I promise, it will totally be worth it in the end and will almost be like a shopping experience except you’re using your own clothes and don’t even have to leave the house!

1. Create a Staging Area.

Before you begin this wardrobe rediscovery, you will first need to have a designated space set out for yourself in your bedroom or living room where you can spread out your clothing. Make sure the area is clean and open. This is an important step because your clothes are going to be everywhere during this process and being too cramped will hinder your creative juices!  Make sure there is a mirror in your area preferably full length. (If you don’t have a mirror grab a partner and have them handle step 4 for you). 

2. Sort your clothing by color and type.

Now comes one of the hardest parts of this whole exercise. You will need to begin removing all the clothing from your closet and start sorting them into piles laid out on your bed, the floor, etc. I suggest sorting clothing by the type of garment (blouse, long sleeve shirt, jeans, dresses etc) and then group them by color family the way you might do while washing them and then by season. Once you have completed this step, all your clothing should be in piles around you. Don’t get overwhelmed! The next part can be super fun!

3. Start “shopping” your closet until you come up with at least 5 “new” outfits.

Go through your piles and take a good look at your clothes and accessories. Start putting together new outfits based on different combinations of clothing that you haven’t tried before. Try all the techniques you’ve been to afraid to try before like pattern mixing, layering, using belts to define your shape and new shoe combinations (remember one of my secrets is to always use the wrong shoe.  If you instinctively grab for heels, try a boot.  Test drive new combinations like sneakers instead of sandals with a dress, etc).

If you’re really lacking inspiration, take a quick scroll through some fashion bloggers on INSTAGRAM or flip through a magazine. I bet you if you look hard enough at the clothing you have in front of you, you probably have items right there to create a totally on trend outfit! You don’t have to own every item you see on a model in order to capture that style. You just need an open mind to find the pieces in your own wardrobe that could act the same way to evoke the style! No leather jacket? Try a denim one instead. Don’t be afraid to look at what you already have with a new perspective.

4. Snap a quick pic of your “new” outfit.

Your phone’s camera will be your BFF! Once you have an outfit together and styled, put it on and photograph it. Today you will master the mirror selfie. While some people have gone on to make livings off of mirror pics I use them to track outfits I love or that I wore. Step in front of the mirror in your outfit. Place the phone to the right side of your face pointed at the mirror,  make sure everything is visible from head to toe and snap a pic of your image in the mirror. This step is key because it helps you get a clear idea of what your outfit looks like AND it will give you a visual reminder of your look later on when you are back to the grid and rushing to get dressed in the morning.

Continue this until you have created at least 5 new outfits.  If you don’t have a full length mirror have a friend or family member snap the pic.

6. Clean up and organization.

At this point, once you have all your new outfits photographed and planned out and it’s time to clean up. If you change your clothing out for the season, put last seasons clothing away either in the back of the closet or in your spare closet and place the current seasons clothing front and center.


I recently shopped my own closet and rediscovered this dress (which had somehow gotten wedged between two maxi dresses), these cute woven shoes and macrame bag (TOTALLY on trend for SS20) which I had purchased when TOPSHOP was closing and totally forgot about- I hadn’t even worn these cuties yet!

Take the time to do this now while things are slow. It will help speed up those future hectic mornings and reduce decision fatigue when getting dressed.

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

Rediscovering Your Closet

How to Shop your own closet

The Edit: New Year, New Closet

How to edit your Closet

It’s a new year and that means a new start, the perfect time to dig in and give your closet a total reset.

I’ve touched on this topic before and it’s no secret that closet editing is one of my favorite activities (Hello, I do this for a living).

I edit my own closet twice a year and I can’t tell you how great it feels to open my closet door in the morning and see only the things that I truly love to wear. It’s liberating, inspiring and sets a positive tone for the day!

Whenever I talk about closet purges, I hear people say, “I’d love to get rid of some things but I’m still in the process of loosing weight” or “I have so much stuff I wouldn’t even know where to begin”.

People tend to start a closet edit on their own thinking of it as a reorganization rather than a thorough purge. It’s called a Closet “Edit” because it’s about correcting, condensing and modifying the closet not just rearranging.  Without the purge step you end up right back where you started in front of an overflowing wardrobe, frustrated with nothing to wear.

The biggest mistake most people make is to keep things because they were “a great deal”, “expensive”, “still have tags” or something you’ll fit into “one day”.

A good closet edit is really more like a counseling session. The truth is, whether we acknowledge it or not, we get attached to our clothes, I’d even say we develop a co-dependent relationship with them. Sometimes it’s a matter of nostalgia, like a vintage t-shirt from your first concert or the first big luxury purchase you ever made. Sometimes they represent a version of ourselves we don’t want to let go of, like a pair of tiny jeans that only really fit when you were 22. Whatever the reason might be, it can be hard to let go of these things. But what’s important to accept is that they are just that, things. And once they’re gone I promise you won’t miss them because the reward of a space to start your day that makes you feel good is far superior to the loss of unworn, space stealing stuff.

A true closet edit helps you see what’s really in your closet and rediscover pieces you may have completely forgotten about because they were buried under a mount of “stuff”. It helps you reinvest in your favorite pieces, achieve a much clearer sense of personal style and helps you let go of things that may have been holding you back like “skinny clothes”.

How to edit Your Closet

Please, please say NO to the skinny clothes- sell, donate or toss them but get them out of your closet.  Ladies, you know the ones, the pieces every woman holds onto that you swear you will fit into one day.  Stop waiting, you can look great and feel confident NOW, at any size, and as you do, you actually put yourself in the best psychological place to loose the pounds and keep them off.

You would be shocked by the amount of women who’s closets I have edited who have those skinny clothes lying in wait for them in the back of the closet. I had one client tell me she’s been the same size for eight years, and still feels like she shouldn’t get rid of the clothes from the size she was before she had kids EIGHT YEARS AGO, because she wants to get back there. And you know what? No one needs that kind of emotional punch when looking in their closet. GET RID OF THEM! You don’t need to be shamed by your own clothes. They work for you, not you for them. Embrace your size, get clothes that look great on you, and if and when you lose weight, you’re going to have an awesome time shopping for new pieces not squeezing into eight year old out of style jeans!

Alright, now that I have mentally prepped you for the purge it’s time to get started.

A Good Closet Edit IS achievable on your own if you use my simple editing strategy. So grab a friend and a glass of wine and let’s get to editing!

Empty it All Out, Yes all of it- Designate a staging area and empty your closet or drawers out. You can use your bed or a cleared-out corner of the room. This first step is super important and requires you to remove everything: clothes, hangers, boxes, piles of old magazines, shoes, handbags, candy wrappers (lol). This will create a clean fresh space for you to get organized.

Clean It- Now that it’s empty “clean” the closet.  Wipe the shelves down, vacuum, sweep and touch-up paint!

Organize- In your staging area organize your things the way you use it. Group like things together: Shirts with shirts, pants with pants. That way, there’s no question about where to find those items when you need them.

Sort and Purge- This is a tricky one for most people. You may want a friends help to decide what to toss what to donate and what to keep.  Start by placing your definite “keeps’ into a pile. These are pieces you wear on a regular basis, fit you well and make you feel good.  Then label three bags: Sell, Donate and Toss.  The Sell bag if for pieces in good condition but that don’t fit or you don’t wear like those jeans that are 2 sizes too small and still have the tags on them.  You can sell luxury goods on my favorite TheRealReal and other trend driven pieces on sites like Poshmark and Depop or locally at places like Buffalo Exchange. The Donate bin is for good condition items that might not be worth anything in terms of resale brands like Forever21 and Target fall into this category. The Toss bag is for things that are unrepairable, old, stained or ripped like disintegrating t-shirts, socks and undies that have been lurking around way too long? Toss those please.  I like to do this step twice.  The first time through it tough but by the second round you feel alot more willing to say buh bye to things that have just been taking up space.  On the second sweep try everything on, check to make sure it fits and look for rips, tears or stains.

Restock- now that you have purged it’s time to restock. Think of this as your go at visual merchandising.  You want this closet to be clean, sleek and user friendly.

Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized.  I prefer Velvet hangers because you get less “hanger marks” and clothing won’t slip off of them. Matching hangers, shoe boxes, and containers will transform your closet visually and make you more motivated to maintain the space.  You will also want to keep a few extra hangers on-hand at all times for new purchases or items that have just returned from the dry cleaner. This uniformity will eliminate visual clutter within the space, making it feel instantly neater.

When placing items back in the closet make sure to keep them sorted.  Blouses with blouses, dresses with dresses, etc.  I go one step further and organize by type and color. Arranging by color helps when making quick selects!  Where is that black top I wanted to wear?  Oh it’s in the black blouse section!

Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. Keep shoes and handbags in dust bags and store pointy toes shoes with a bit of tissue paper in the toes to keep their shape.

If you have empty space leave it.  A little space is good.

Rotate Seasonally- I move summer clothing to back during Fall and then in the Spring back to the front row.

Style It- Make it Fancy AF.  Your closet should be a happy place not a sad one.  Add a decorative rug, a fun step stool, some art work even a chandelier if you have the room! A little pattern or texture will transform your space into a luxe boutique all your own. A place that you enjoy.

Don’t Limit Yourself– Feel free to move outside the confines of the closet walls. If you have a nearby nook or wall space, use it for added storage. “Hat Gallery Walls” are all over Instagram!  They look super cool, are totally artsy and keep your hats safe from crushing or damage while saving space!

If this still feels too overwhelming to do on your own you can always hire me to come help you out!

Here’s to a Happy, Prosperous and Organized year ahead!

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