Closets

Like Porn for Organizers

Recently, I picked up a copy of the magazine “Secrets of Getting Organized”, which is put out every spring by Better Homes and Gardens Special Publications. I had been included in an article in this magazine in the past, and was curious to see which of my colleagues were being quoted this year. The photos in this magazine were fantastic. Every home looked pristine and relaxing. The organizing ideas were creative and the decor color-coordinated. That’s when it hit me….

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When Clothing is Not Clothing

I’ve noticed this a lot recently when I’ve been helping clients organize their closets or dresser drawers. We are sorting the items into categories, and the client says, “Oh, I don’t wear that.  I keep it because it has a special memory associated with it.” As soon as I hear that, I say, “Then this isn’t clothing. This is memorabilia.”

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It’s In The Bagg

Designer shoes and handbags are just not in my DNA.  I am apparently missing that segment of the X chromosome.  However, I have been in enough female clients’ closets to know that I am in the minority. I’ve worked with clients long enough to know that letting go of something you no longer use or love is especially hard if you paid a lot of money for it.  That means that designer shoes and handbags often stick around past their…

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Consign for A Good Cause

Closets / Clothing / Donations / Handbags / Shoes / 

I recently wrote about how the internet has been a game-changer for consignment.  (See “A New Spin on Consignment“).  Now a website called Fashion Project is combining the new consignment model with charitable donation. Fashion Project — whose motto is “Fashion as a Force for Good” — enables you to donate your no-longer-loved stuff for the benefit of one of many charities with which they have partnered.  The process is simple. Select a charity from their long list, enter your contact information, and then pick…

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No Place Like Home

I recently returned from the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I spent several days with my colleagues from all over the world, hearing new ideas for serving our clients and running our businesses.  The NAPO conference is always fun, energizing, and inspiring.  In coming weeks, I’ll be reporting on new products, and other lessons I took away from the conference. I flew back on the red-eye from Phoenix to JFK Airport.  I…

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