Rainy day organizing projects | Closets Rainy day organizing projects | closets give you a sense of accomplishment. You can always schedule rainy day organizing projects even when it is not raining! You can organize by room but I suggest that you start small and declutter one closet at a time. Plan ahead so that you have uninterrupted time to declutter and re-organize. Most closets don’t need an entire do-over. It is a matter of taking the time to focus on the space using my “1-at-a-time rule“. When you declutter and organize 1 space at a time you are less likely to get overwhelmed more likely to feel a sense of accomplishment. Easy, step by step tips for rainy day organizing projects | Closets Avoid buying anything in advance. You will likely end up with unused bins, containers, and hangers after you purge. Make sure that you have enough bags and containers for trash, recycling, shredding, donations, items that you can resell, clothing that needs dry cleaning or alterations. Take everything out of the closet. Clean and vacuum the closet and shelves, oil the hinges, replace dead light bulbs, or add motion detector lighting to the closet. Make quick, easy decisions to let go of anything that you no longer need, want, or that is in good repair and cannot be fixed at a reasonable cost. Sort “like” items into piles. Set the items that don’t “belong” in that closet aside for now. You will find a different place for them to “live” after you finish re-organizing the closet that you are working on. Contain smaller items that need to stay together in bins, baskets and clear containers. Label containers, as needed. Store frequently used items in easy to reach, visible places. Whenever possible, store heavy items at eye level… read more →
7 No-Fail Closet Organizing Tips All of my organizing tips including these 7 no-fail closet organizing tips are meant to be shared and not kept secret. No doubt some of you can, or at least want to try, do this by yourself before you consider working with a Personal/Professional Organizer or Image Consultant. When it comes to organizing your closet and clothes here is the list of my 7 favorite no-fail closet and wardrobe makeover tips: Ask the question and answer honestly. Make quick decisions. Donate, consign or trash immediately. Turn all of your hangers backwards. Establish a system that works for you and use it. Keep only those clothes fit the body you are in today. Keep only those clothes that make you look and feel beautiful and confident. If you can do all of the above you will be successful and sadly, never need to work with me, your San Diego Professional Organizer. Here are how my 7 no-fail closet organizing tips work: Closet Organizing Tip #1: ASK THE QUESTION, ANSWER IT HONESTLY – When was the last time that you wore this? How did it look on you then? How does it make you feel when you wear this? What if you lose those extra eight pounds? Would you wear it then? What would happen if you “needed” it again even though you didn’t wear it last season either? Would you try to replace it with the same or similar item? If it has sentimental meaning why is it stuffed in the back of your closet? There is no need to judge yourself. The questions are meant to be direct and help you make the decision. A Professional Organizer will never make that decision for you. Closet Organizing Tip #2: MAKE QUICK DECISIONS – There is hardly… read more →
3 Quick Ways to Create More Closet Space My San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer’s 3 quick ways to create more space in your closet don’t require that you remodel, install, or move. A closet makeover means downsizing the stuff in your closet and organizing what you keep. The only items that need to be in there are the ones that you wear, that fit you today, and that make you look fabulous. 1. Discard everything (clothes, shoes, scarves, belts, purses…everything) that is stained, soiled, torn and beyond repair. This includes sentimental items such as your old cheer leading outfit! 2. Donate everything that is 2 or more sizes too small for your body today. Just do it! 3. Organize all of your clothes in your closet that need to be hung. Anything that can/should be folded needs to go into drawers. What are you waiting for? Wear it, love the way that you look in it, or lose it!
An organized closet space includes storing the items that may be needed without taking up extra space. Living in a place like San Diego attracts visitors and with the holidays approaching I want plenty of space for my guests. You don’t necessarily have to be a Professional Organizer to know that clearing the clutter and containing items will make any space look and function in a more organized way. You can do your own closet makeover simply by using the right organizing products. This standing hanger holder, for instance, is a great storage solution. The holder keeps loose hangers from getting tangled up or damaged. Here are some more professional organizing tips that you will find useful: Maximize your use of vertical space Add shelves for storing items that you don’t use often Keep a folding step stool in every closet to makes items accessible and easy to reach
Does any of this sound familiar? I waste so much time trying to figure out what to wear in the morning. I end up wearing the same top and bottom each time. My wardrobe is basically two or three colors. Everything goes with black, right? There is only one way to organize your wardrobe and closet…the way that works best for you! Sometimes my clients love their clothes and actually have a lot of items, but their complaint is that they don’t know how to expand their wardrobe and create multiple outfits. Out of boredom or frustration men and women end up wearing the same things repeatedly. Recently, I worked with someone and together we created 54 outfits from less than half of the items in her closet. During one of my “Shop In Your Closet” sessions she didn’t have to purchase one new thing and found 54 new outfits!! You can organize your wardrobe using one basic rule…it’s my “3-to-1 rule”. For every bottom (pant, skirt, jeans) you create 3 different options for tops (jacket, shirt, sweater). You can now organize these combinations in your closet so that you don’t have to recreate them from scratch. There’s no rule that says we have to organize our clothes by color or item (all the sleeveless, tee shirts, etc. together). Do the same thing with accessories, too. You can group the ties, belts, scarves, etc. with those outfits and hang them together. You’ll save so much time, feel and look great, and oh yeah, the compliments will start rolling in, too. Have fun with it.
I was reading something this morning entitled, “Treating Yourself Well” and it reminded me of why I include image and wardrobe consulting in my professional organizing services. My mission is to help busy individuals streamline their lives so that they make room for what is important to them. This includes being able to create and enhance your individual style. Why is that important? It makes sense to me that while we are striving for efficiency, promotions, the right partner, and simply to be the best person that we can be we deserve to: Feel our best, most confident self inside and out. Project our best self in how we move throughout the day. Share our unique gifts and strengths with everyone we interact with. My Outside In Approach is not about helping you figure out what to wear so that others will like the way that you look. What excites me is when I see a client look at his or her reflection in the mirror and smile, stand up straighter, and say things like “I never would have tried this on!”, or “My gosh, that is so me! Thank you.” I can see your beauty, star quality, and how to bring that forth no matter what you are putting in the way. Yes, confidence comes from the inside but the synergy between external and internal factors is very powerful and motivating. Yes, it really is all about you! The perfect time to identify your style and align your image and wardrobe with what you want for yourself is always NOW. You don’t have to wait for the kids to grow up, or to lose five more pounds. Look your best every day, in the body that you’re in today!
One of Professional Organizer, Kathy Wadill’s 9 recommended strategies in “The Organizing Sourcebook” is “Weed constantly”. As your San Diego Professional Organizer I am declaring that Wednesdays are a great day just for that…weeding. You already know that organizing is an ongoing process rather than something you do once and it stays that way, right? Imagine that if every Wednesday you spent 30 minutes weeding out the things that you no longer need or use, how easy it would be to maintain your living and work spaces! Let’s take the clothing in your closet, for example. Looking at the photo you will notice one of my favorite strategies: resetting the hangers. This is an easy and visual way to assess which clothes aren’t being worn. Here’s how: Turn every hanger backwards. Each time you wear a garment and hang it back up, turn the hanger in the correct direction. At the end of each month, or least season, look at the hangers that are still backwards. This would suggest (except perhaps for formal wear) that it’s time to donate or consign. NOTE: If during the month you notice the items on backwards hangers, it’s a great reminder to wear those things and enjoy them, too. That way, you are not wearing the same things over and over again! It’s not about discarding everything. It’s about using, wearing, and enjoying the things that you still like. Try this strategy and POST YOUR COMMENT about your results on www.outsideinorganizer.com
There are different ways that we can describe a woman’s body type. Rather than comparing our bodies to fruits or geometric shapes, I prefer something like those used by fashion stylist, Stacy London: Curvy, Extra Curvy, Not Curvy Bigger on Top Bigger on Bottom Extra in Middle The key question is, do you know how to dress for your body type? At Outside In Organizer and Makeovers my mission is to help you look your most fabulous and feel your most confident in the body you are in today! Remember these 3 guidelines: (1) Use clothing to create balance and accentuate your best features. (2) Wear clothing that fits well. Most women’s clothing requires some altering. (3) Don’t keep something you own, or buy something that doesn’t look great on you today. Working with an Image and Wardrobe Consultant isn’t a luxury. Think of it as an investment in your “image education”. Not ready to go there yet? Go with a friend who will be honest (and kind). Here is the OIOM Process: First, we analyze your current wardrobe – what to keep, donate, consign, alter. Second, we “shop in your closet” – recreate your wardrobe by mixing, matching, layering, breaking up suits, etc. Next we go shopping (not buying) – a session with no pressure to purchase. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and learn what styles, colors, patterns, and accessories create the most fabulous-looking you! Your goal? Walk away with the skills and confidence to know what to wear, how to wear it, and ways to shop! Make it a fun learning experience.
Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy. First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, put it into the DONATE or CONSIGN bag. RETURN UNWORN ITEMS: If it still has tags on it and you never wore it, return it for store credit. Second, if something is worn out or soiled and beyond repair or laundering, DISCARD it. You deserve better! If you need summer clothing that fits and is still in style but needs to be LAUNDERED or DRY CLEANED, do it now and put it in your summer storage area for next year. Move it out to make room for the coming season.
Do you have a closet full of clothes but tend to wear the same items and outfits most of the time? Try these strategies for wearing all of your clothes in new ways! Purge those items you know that you will never wear, or will never fit. Decide how you want to organize your closet: by color? Sleeve length? By outfit? Re-organize the clothing accordingly. Hang an accessory that you haven’t worn recently over the hanger with an outfit. Enjoy that scarf or necklace and create a new outfit. Do the same with shoes. Now, turn every hanger backwards and each time you wear a garment, rehang the item correctly. At the end of the season, donate or consign everything that is still hanging the wrong way.