Closets

The Ex-Factor

I have often touted the value of only owning clothes that make you feel like a million bucks. (See You Look Marvelous!) As I tell my clients, dress every day as if you are going to run into someone that you haven’t seen since high school. Do you want to be dying inside and saying to yourself, “Why did I wear this ratty old outfit that makes me look terrible?” Or do you want to be feeling confident and knowing that your…

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Refilling the Empty Nest

My daughter Emily finished college last month, a semester early. We were very happy to have her back home. We were less excited to see the return of her stuff. Getting Emily packed up and off to college in a rented SUV in August of 2015 remains one of my less enjoyable family memories. It was the culmination of a summer of preparation and negotiation. She wanted to take much more than I thought she should. I think we met…

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

A few years ago, Marie Kondo made a splash with her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. A Professional Organizer from Japan, Kondo exhorted her readers to get rid of any possession that didn’t “spark joy”. Her method of folding clothing vertically allowed for easy viewing and retrieval of items in drawers. (See my previous organizing tip: To Fold or Not to Fold.) Kondo is back in the news with her eight-episode Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie…

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Get a Fabric Recycling Bin in Your Building

The laundry room of my apartment building is not a place that usually fills me with glee. However, I recently went down there for my weekly laundry routine and was delighted to find a clothing donation bin! It is part of a program called refashionNYC that is a joint venture between the NYC Department of Sanitation and the charity HousingWorks. In addition to clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens, we can deposit fabrics for recycling, even though they might only be reusable…

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Creating a Home Maintenance Schedule

We recently spent some time moving all of the furniture away from the wall so that we could vacuum behind it and dust the baseboards. Yikes! It has apparently been a long time since we did that. I’ve decided that it would be helpful to make up a year-round maintenance calendar for my home. (Luckily I live in an apartment building, so I don’t need to include things that house-owners would need to do, like roof gutters and lawns!) Tasks…

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