My pal Chantel flatters me in many ways. First, she reads my blog. Second, she implements the style advice therein. Third, she is my friend and she's a baby. (Well she's 24 and yet she still likes me and doesn't make feel old or crotchety.) Fourth, she is a super awesome work colleague. Fifth, she asked me to help her with her closet so I got to play
Chantel is single which means she doesn't have to share any closet space with 20 near-identical dress shirts, 50 ratty t-shirts or any other items that aren't hers. Closet space is of no concern, but organization is! The closet has a single rod on one side, double rod on the other, ample shelving above and floorspace underneath, and built in shelving in the middle along the back.
Those cases are gone, Baby, gone.
Since she didn't have proper pants hangers, we ended up folding her pants...
Yes, Chantel, that counts even in 10-15 years when you're a haggard mother like me.
(Forgot to mention Chantel, bag this stuff up in grocery bags in order to get max stamps.)
We were able to identify a few holes in her wardrobe (chambray, decent shorts, crop pants for work, lightweight but warm long sleeve winter layering pieces, pink, yellow) and clarify some style direction (no more drab colours, try unexpected pieces together, wear those sweatshirts I covet with your cute dresses or skirts). We used scarves and accessories to complete an outfit. We made a bra bet. We identified the need for some organizational aides:
These are mine, but Chantel needs 3-4 in her front closet and maybe 2 more in her master closet.
You can also use these for scarves, small bags, hats, pencils, etc.
We agreed that, as a rule, you shouldn't keep clothes in your closet that are too big or too small in case you fit them one day; when you shop at VV or otherwise make smart purchases, it is far more valuable to know you can wear everything in your closet than have your clothes wrecking your day when it has just begun! We also agreed that if you haven't worn something in the past year, if something just isn't your style even if it was a gift from a loved one unworn with tags on, if it's out of your style, you edit it out EVEN if it was expensive to begin with. As I discovered during my closet edit, keep memento pieces and do save a small box for special pieces that you just can't part with. And the last lesson learned: if there is even a remote chance it could be mistaken for a choir or convocation gown, it goes.
Thanks Chantel for inviting me to your closet and letting me have my way. Let me know when you decide to go redeem your stamp card and I'll help you find that chambray!