The 2 Most Important Items To Have In Your Closet Are…

The 2 Most Important Items To Have In Your Closet Are…

Hint…they are not articles of clothing.

In fact you can’t even wear these items. But I promise you they are essential.

Item #1  – PAPER.

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I know, super exciting, right?? Okay, on its own it’s not much. But, add in most important item number 2, and you’re off to great things.

Item #2 – A pen.

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Or a pencil, or a crayon, or whatever you can write with – eyeliner works in a pinch but I don’t recommend it.

Why are these 2 things so important?

Besides the fact that you need both – I don’t want you writing on your walls so paper is important, and it’s of no use to use without a writing tool – together, these two items will create….

THE LIST.

I know, you are probably thinking, “What is she talking about??? I can’t wear a “list”, and, the last thing I need is more stuff crammed into my closet, but hear me out.

What do you do when you are in your kitchen and you realize you are out of something? Maybe you have pasta but no sauce, dip but no chips, etc. Maybe you have eggs but they are expired. Typically you write it down, or, for the tech savvy, you type it onto a list on your phone. Your closet is similar to your pantry, or at least it should be. There are basics like bread, milk, and butter (white t-shirts, jeans and, hopefully, underwear).  And then there are the extras, like a pair of red high heels, which become the fresh ground cayenne pepper we can use to spice up our wardrobe (corny pun totally intended).

How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgotten your list? Isn’t it the most annoying feeling ever? You walk up and down the isles trying to be reminded of what you need. Instead you end up throwing random items in the cart and leaving without what you truly came to purchase.

SO glad other people do this! Countless times I have gone to the store pulled out my coupons and realized I left my list at home! ARGH

There is not much difference with your wardrobe shopping list. Going into a store unarmed, without any kind of list, is dangerous. More than likely you will spend too much time, and worse, too much money, buying something that you don’t really need, or doesn’t have anything to go with it once it joins its other clothing friends in your closet.  Human nature and instinct take over when we go into a store. Remember, with regards to food, we started out as hunters and gatherers. Clothing is no different in that we hunt (shop) and gather (buy) it. The problem arises when we shop for the wrong clothes, or we buy something we don’t actually need. Let’s say Fred the caveman hunted bison, while his wife Frida gathered poison ivy. They bring it back to the cave but their daughter Finley says she hates bison, (she’s debating on going vegetarian, typical teenager), and, Fred Jr. can’t use the poison ivy leaves as toilet paper because, well, I think that one is fairly obvious.  Now Fred and Frida are tired, hungry, annoyed, AND they don’t have any toilet paper (i.e. leaves).

The point is that we feel the need to buy something, even if it is not the right thing, just to feel like it was worth our trip and our time. But this can lead to poor choices, like coming home from the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale with a cute yellow dress that you got for a total steal. You think it will be the perfect dress to wear on a lovely Spring day, you can even picture yourself strolling through a park, or the farmers market, wearing this exact dress. You go home and put the dress in your closet. And there it sits, staring right back at you, two years later, tags still attached. The reality is that you don’t really look that good in yellow, and the dress is a bit tight. And that walk in the park you pictured never happened, and your farmers market trips were done in sneakers and stretch pants, just like Jennifer Garner who always keeps it real when she is out and about. Love her! That dress purchase may have felt right in that moment, but it ends up being so wrong for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

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This is not real life.

It’s time to shop smarter. It’s time to save money. Keeping a notebook or notepad right inside your closet, along with a pen, ensures that when you discover you are about to run out of something, or, you are missing something to complete an outfit, you can write it down immediately, and remember it. This list needs to be kept in your closet as opposed to somewhere else, because in your closet is where you’ll be when you realize you need something. Once we walk away from that closet we barely can remember what we own. Have you ever gone into J.Crew and saw they have t-shirts on sale and they have every color under the rainbow? We have no idea what one we NEED, only which color we WANT.  Only when you are standing in front of your closet will you be aware of what you are missing to complete potential outfits sitting right inside your own closet.  When you go to toss your basic black cardigan into the donate bin (which I also suggest you keep right in your closet), you can quickly jot down that you need a new black cardigan. When you put on that beautiful printed skirt you bought at Anthropologie, but take it off yet again, because, you have no idea what will match with it, then write that down! Maintaining a  list will help to keep your shopping focused and efficient. Much like compiling a shopping list for a specific recipe, you can compile a list for an item or even a type of outfit you think is missing from your wardrobe. This way, when you open that flash sale email, you can check your Need list and be prepared. No more buying stuff just to buy, needlessly adding more stuff to what could be an already crowded wardrobe.

ARE YOU ON MY LIST? 

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*Insider Tip – Take a picture, it’ll last longer. 

Afraid of being out and about and forgetting to bring your list? There is no need for that list to ever leave your closet. Every so often just take a picture on your phone of the list, then create an album under your Photos app and call it Shopping. This way, no  matter where you are, you will know what you need. All you have to do is look at your list, and you can take advantage of buying something that fulfills a specific need, or want, in your wardrobe.  Bonus points for taking a picture of that hard to match item, giving you a visual to reference if you are out. Show your picture to the sales staff for suggestions on how to complete the outfit.  You can also take photos of your clothes as they are hanging in your closet and post those photos to the same Album. Now you will have a visual reference reminder of what is hanging in your closet. Even if you can’t see each and every item, it is still more helpful than drawing a blank on what you have and what you need. Say goodbye to impulse shopping and hello to taking control of your closet.

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Blazers are essential to this client’s wardrobe. After editing and organizing she now knows that she is good on white blazers. And, if by chance she does fall in love with one, I always recommend the one-in-one-out rule, this way things stay neat and tidy.

Compiled a list but not sure where to shop for new items? Don’t have the time, or the patience? I’m here to help! Choose any or all of the services below…

  • Audit your closet – take stock of inventory and see what is in there and what you need – together we will start your list.
  • I’ll go to the stores and pick out the clothing on your list and deliver it right to you.
  • Prefer to shop online? I’ll send over an interactive shopping list customized to your needs and you can click and shop at your convenience.
  • Click here to Contact me via email

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

The most important thing to have in your closet is….

I’m doing an ode to Throw-Back Thursday with an excerpt of an old post. I cannot stress enough how important this little item is to have inside you closet!

 

 

It is not an item of clothing. It is a NOTEBOOK.

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What do you do when you are in your kitchen and you realize you are out of something? Maybe you have pasta but no sauce, dip but no chips, etc. Maybe you have eggs but they are expired. Typically you write it down, or for the tech savvy you type it onto a list on your phone. Your closet is similar to your pantry, or at least it should be. There are basics like bread, milk and butter in the way of white t-shirts, jeans and socks. Then there are the added extras, like red strappy high heels, they are like the fresh ground cayenne pepper to our wardrobe. How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgotten your list? Isn’t it the most annoying feeling ever? You walk up and down the isles trying to be reminded of what you need. Instead you end up throwing random items in the cart and leaving without what you truly came to purchase.

SO glad other people do this!  Countless times I have gone to the store pulled out my coupons and realized I left my list at home!  ARGH

 

There is not much difference with your wardrobe shopping list. Going into a store unarmed, without any kind of list is dangerous. More than likely you will spend too much time and money and up buying a piece that you don’t really need, or even worse doesn’t necessarily even go with anything else in your closet. It’s human nature that when we go into a store we feel the need to buy something, even if it is not the right thing, just to feel like it was worth our trip and our time. But this can lead to big mistakes, like coming home from the grocery store with some exotic organic dressing when you don’t even have lettuce at home to make a salad.

I'm hungry and my refrigerator is full, but...

 

It’s time to shop smarter. It’s time to save money. Keeping a notebook or notepad right inside your closet, along with a pen, ensures that when you discover you are about to run out of something or you are missing something to complete an outfit, that you can write it down immediately and remember it. The reason it needs to be in your closet as opposed to somewhere else in your home is because in your closet is where you’ll be when you realize you need something. There is no way you are emptying your bathroom and thinking about what color belt you need to make that unworn sheath dress turn fabulous. Only when you are standing in front of your closet will you be aware of what you are missing. When you go to toss your basic black cardigan into the donate bin (which I also suggest you keep right in your closet), you can quickly jot down that you need a new black cardigan. When you put on that beautiful printed skirt you bought but take it off yet again because you have yet to find the right match for it write that down!  Compiling on ongoing list will help to keep your shopping focused and efficient. It will turn the items you have into completed outfits, just like compiling a list for a recipe you can compile a list for that outfit or look you think is missing in your wardrobe.When that flash sale comes across your email at lunch you can check your Need list and be prepared. No more buying stuff just to buy, needlessly adding more stuff to what could be an already crowded wardrobe.

 

*Insider Tip – Take a picture.

Afraid of being out and about and forgetting to bring your list? There is no need for that list to ever leave your closet. Every so often just take a picture on your smart phone of the list. This way no  matter where you are you will know what you need. Say you are sitting on a train and you check your email and find that The Loft is having a flash sale of 40% off. All you have to do is toggle over to your photos, look at your list and you can take advantage of buying something that fulfills a specific need or want in your wardrobe.  Bonus points for taking a picture of that hard to match item so you have a visual to reference if you are out, you can even show it to the sales staff for suggestions on what shoe or accessory or color top would look best. Say goodbye to impulse shopping and hello to taking control of your closet.

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Compiled a list but not sure where to shop, or don’t have the time or patience? Call me and I can do the shopping for you! I can deliver items right to your door, or create a virtual shopping list online so you can click and order. 

 

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

 

 

 

What Exactly Is A Wardrobe Audit?

What Exactly Is A Wardrobe Audit?

The top 10 things you need to know about a wardrobe audit.

I am the first to admit that my job is more than a little unusual. Personal styling and personal shopping have been around for a long time, but inviting someone into your home to audit your wardrobe is a relatively new concept. I’m often asked exactly how this works so I thought I would explain with a little more detail.

1. You need to put the cart before the horse.

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Or in other words, before you can have an effective personal styling session you need to have your closet cleaned out. This way it is easier to find your clothes, ensures that you like everything in there, and, last but not least, that it fits you properly. If you are even thinking about having a professional organizing system installed, then you really need to edit first. Even if you are thinking of buying matching hangers. This way you can plan for your wardrobe you are currently wearing, not the one that includes your suits from 20 years ago.

2. This does not mean that your closet has to look like you are a cast member of Real Housewives. 

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You do not need to have a large closet. Or a professional organization system. I work within your space and budget.  You don’t need to live in a mansion that was professionally decorated.  And I don’t care what the rest of your house looks like so don’t clean for me. I am all about your closet. I have clients that only have rolling racks, no closets. I have clients whose wardrobe is spread over 5 closets. I have clients that haven’t cleaned out anything in 40 years. I don’t care, really. I love my job so much it is ridiculous.  And by the way my house, and my wardrobe, are not perfect. They are evolving and changing all the time. Hopefully just like I am.

3. It takes two to make a thing go right. 

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Much like a session with a personal fitness trainer, I am there to whip your wardrobe into shape. But since your wardrobe is not a living, breathing, thing, you have to be its voice. In most cases you can expect me to come in with one of those great big silver rolling garment racks and wheel it right in front of your closet. Then I will take each item out, one by one, and together we will decide if should stay or go. It is a lot of work, on both of our parts, and you will be tired afterwards. Would you buy it again today if you saw it in the store? Is it doing it’s job?  I will never have you get rid of something you love. I will push you to move on from pieces that are only holding you back and taking up valuable space in your closet.

4. I am not a style dictator.

If you are looking for a complete overhaul and makeover than I am not your girl. The reason I need you to go through your clothes with me is because it helps me to understand who you are. Every item tells a story. Why you bought it, why you like it, why you hate it, why it works, why it doesn’t.  My style is not meant to be your style. I am there to help you find and cultivate yours.

5. It’s gonna take a while.

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I base my packages around 3 hour sessions. Some people need more. Rarely does anyone need less. We will take out everything. You’d be surprised at how much stuff we all have.

6. It can be addictive.

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Once we start most clients want to keep going through everything. T-shirt drawers, pajamas, shoes, jewelry, accessories. Streamlining and simplifying feels good.

7. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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Parting with the shoes that cost you $100 that you wore once but never again because they hurt your feet? That sucks. Getting rid of the size 2 pants in the back of your closet you had pre-baby? Depressing. Rehashing old purchasing mistakes? A total bummer. But having those things in your closet haunting you every day? That is the biggest buzz kill of all.  Your mistakes have been made. You are the size you are right now.  What is done is done and your life is worth living as it is right now. Don’t dwell on the past and don’t wait for the future maybes.

8. You can make some money.

 

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Consigning clothes is easier than ever. I will give you my best picks of where to turn your clothes into cash, or, you can hire me to do it for you. Either way you get a check for stuff that was just sitting in your closet.

9. What happens in your closet stays in your closet.

I have found everything from old food, to shoes that had no business being in anyone’s closet ever. I have found a cat. Yes, it was alive. Apparently it just liked to hide in the closet.  I have seen it all and it does not faze me. I am not there to judge, or to tell anyone else what your closet or your spending habits are.  It is no one else’s business. And for some the process is emotional. There have been tears. There is always laughter. We will have fun.  It’s all good.

10. I put it back and take it with me when I leave.

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I look like Santa. Except my bags are pink and packed with clothing to donate. Oh and I don’t have a white beard, yet. And I’ve got to take my trusty rolling rack back home so I will be putting all of your clothes back into your closet. In a cohesive way that works for you and your lifestyle. Usually it will be by type and then by color.

*INSIDER TIP – THE FUN PART COMES NEXT.

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The best part of completing the wardrobe audit? Putting together all the great outfits. The hard work is done. At this point I can even come into your closet without you even having to be there, and put together outfits for you. I can pack you up for a trip. I can even switch your closet over from season to season.   I can do this because now I know that every single piece in your closet is loved by you. It fits you. If there are items missing we can quickly and easily identify what you need. So shopping becomes a purposeful and fulfilling event. And you can get on with your life, outside of your closet.

Thanks for reading,

Suzie