Clothing

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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Another Way to Donate Clothes

I last wrote about Vietnam Veterans of America in 2011. At that time, they still were picking up clothing donations in NYC. They no longer do that, but they have offered a wonderful alternative. Go to their Happy Donations website to print out a free shipping label. Fill a box with clothing, shoes, jewelry, and/or accessories. Add the label and take the box to a UPS store. You can also give the box to a UPS driver or leave it any…

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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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Simplify Your Laundry and Your Life

The older I get, the more I simplify my laundry. Some of my habits have been lifelong habits, while others I’ve adopted more recently. Here are some of the ways that I’ve kept laundry day, my wardrobe, and my linens relatively simple. No more hand washing When I was younger, I washed my bras and some of my blouses in the sink every week, then let them drip dry in the shower. Now, I wash everything in the washing machine….

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To Fold or Not To Fold

We had a brief heat wave here in NYC last week, and I found myself perusing my drawer of short-sleeved and sleeveless shirts. It was nice to rediscover some favorites that I hadn’t worn in many months. But it was a little frustrating because I couldn’t see all of them, just the few at top of the pile. So I decided to redo them in Marie Kondo style. For those of you not familiar with Marie Kondo, she is the…

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