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How To Edit & Organize Your Closet (Plus, Louis Vuitton Giveaway!)

CLOSET EDITING

The most frustrating thing in the morning besides the alarm going off… is trying to find stuff, like the other shoe… or that damn, black cami!
Let’s stop that madness, save you some time and aggravation… and get organized together!
I know it’s an overwhelming project, and you’d probably rather pull your finger nails out, but don’t panic, I’m going to walk you through it.

First, you should watch my VIDEO above.

Done? Okay, now you should watch the VIDEO below.

 

 

Now…that you’ve watched both of those…Let’s talk mind games.
While you are editing. Your clever mind will try to find ways to keep crap.
You’ll hear yourself saying one or more of the following:

– Everything comes back in style. (True, but usually there is a new twist.)
– I spent a lot of money on that. (Great, but you never wear it. Let someone else enjoy it. Consign it!)
– I like it, but I don’t know how to wear it. (You probably don’t wear it, because it’s not your style or it doesn’t fit right.)
– It reminds me of my trip to Paris. (I suggest keeping sentimental pieces stored in a separate place)

Yup, I know all of your tricks. So keep that inner hoarder at bay, and let’s get down to business.

Grab about 100 pieces in your closet and put them on a rolling rack (like this one), and ask yourself the following questions.

1. No more than ONE size up or down.

This is the toughest one for us ladies, if it is more than 1 size up or down from your current size…get rid of it. Clients will plead with me to keep their “skinny jeans,” pledging to get back into them someday. Listen, I know you will get there someday too. But, having them hang in your closet as a constant reminder of the fact that you haven’t reached your goal is…depressing! Think about it. A daily reminder of how skinny you used to be. Get rid of them. And when you DO get skinnier, go shopping!

2. Is it damaged?

Is your sweater faded or balled up? Has your white shirt, yellowed? Does your t-shirt have holes in it? Purge the things that look old. If you think they look old, others will too. If you notice stains, put them aside in your cleaning or dry cleaning pile.

3. Have I worn it in the last 2 years?

If you haven’t worn a garment in two years, you’re not going to wear it.
The exceptions are special occasion dresses (assuming you might actually wear them again), and I suggest holding onto cashmere, leather and/or suede, unless it is very dated.

4. Do I look cute in this?

Just because a piece is new…or it still fits you after all these years, doesn’t mean you should be wearing it. If you don’t feel cute wearing it, donate it.

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ORGANIZATION

 

When you are finished EDITING…it’s time to ORGANIZE.

1. Invest in matching hangers

I tell clients to buy 100 shirt/dress hangers for every 3 feet of hanging space on your rack. It’s an investment, but it’s SO worth it!

2. Sort by type

That means, hang sleeveless shirts together, short sleeve next, long sleeve last. Group blazers together. Keep skirts and pants separated. You get the idea!

3. Sort by color

Use a system that works for you. I like organizing light to dark and I use the rainbow as a guide, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc.

4. Store off-season

Keep off season clothes, shoes in another space and free your closet up so you can really see everything you have.
If you have a really large walk-in closet and you can keep everything in one place, put off-season things in the back.

Phew! We’re almost done.
Now, you just have to get rid of your garbage, donate the clothes that are still wearable and go back through and see what might be missing…

But that can be a project for another day.

I know this is a serious project, but when you are done…and your closet looks great…and it doesn’t stress you out anymore…and it’s easy to find stuff…

It will be SO worth it!!

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Superman  

 My family recently took a trip to New York City for the marathon.
For those of you who don’t know, my husband, Chris, is a huge runner. It’s his ‘thing’.

He’s run more than 40 marathons around the world.
Most notably, he is one of a few people worldwide, to finish 15+ consecutive NYC marathons.
This year was his 18th in a row (19 finishes total).
Amazing in its own right… but, made even more remarkable given the fact that Chris broke his hip in late May…just five months ago. FIVE!

I’d love to tell you he broke his hip in some exciting way, but it was really a simple and freak occurrence.
He fell while racing my son.
I was standing right there, and saw it happen as if in slow motion, the quick stutter steps backwards,

The loss of footing,

And, then… down.

The next thing I knew, I was frantically trying to get our kids, and my 6’2″, 180-pound husband into the car.
I’m still not sure how we managed to get him into the SUV from the driveway.
After a not-so-speedy emergency room visit, we discovered he broke his femoral neck bone all the way through.

His bone had also fragmented, meaning it broke into little pieces.
Doctors told him a hip replacement was the best course of action and that he would never run again.
But somehow through his narcotic-induced haze, Chris managed to find a willing doctor and talk him into a hip repair, which in this case had a 30% chance of working.

You’ll be even more impressed with his mad persuasive skills when you realize, it was 5pm on the Friday, before Memorial Day Weekend, and our doctor was not scheduled for the night shift.

His name, by the way, is Dr. Bryan Kaiser (Yup, I’m naming him.)
We are both indebted to this wonderful doctor!

I wasn’t sure he would cross the finish line, and if he did, I didn’t have high hopes for his condition afterwards.
But, somehow, he pulled it off. He finished in 4 hours and 38 minutes.
Not a personal record. Not even close, but this year it was just about finishing.

One of his friends described him as “Superman.”

I think that’s about right, at least in our house, he’s Superman. But, I need to add amazing dad to that title.

My husband inspires me all the time (in a good way) to take risks, to push myself… to be my best self. And, I just want to say thank you to him, and to all of you who are doing extraordinary things. All of the Supermen and Superwomen out there!

Bundle Up…

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(Because you knew I was going to have some shopping…)
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