Closets

The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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Why Vegetables Are Better Than Clothes

Time and again, clients call me to organize their overstuffed closets and dresser drawers.   Most of the time, they swear to me before we start that they really do wear all of those clothes.  Once we get started, however, I hear the usual comments: “That hasn’t fit me in years.” “I never felt comfortable in that.” “That has a huge stain on it.” And my favorite: “Oh, I’d forgotten I had that!”

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Making Our Closets Work Year Round

Here in New York City, spring has been toying with us. First it’s here, then it’s gone, then it’s here again. The last few days have been beautiful, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that spring stays this time! This ping-ponging of the temperature reminds us that there really isn’t a clear transition point from winter clothes to summer clothes. The majority of our clothes can be worn all year round (or at least on those days when the…

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Do You Have Too Many Clothes?

Without even looking in your closets or drawers, I will hazard the guess that you have too many clothes.  By that I mean that you have clothes you hardly ever wear, as well as clothes you never wear, ever. How do I know?  Because everyone has too many clothes. Remember the 80-20 Rule, a.k.a. the Pareto Principle?  It applies to clothes as well.  We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  That means that we are dedicating 80%…

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