Spring Forward to Organize Your Life

Does it seem as though there just isn’t enough time in the day?  We get up and by the time we look around it is time to collapse and get ready for another day.

Here’s an idea that might make your life a bit easier.  I do it and it takes some work but feels wonderful afterwards.  It’s simply organizing my wardrobe.  Twice a year I put aside a day to go through everything in my closet and see what makes me happy.  Not only does it help me clear things away (and my closet can become a bit overcrowded each season) but looking at the finished product makes me feel happy and productive.  And guess what — I find stuff that I totally forgot about.  It’s like shopping in your own closet.

I’ve worked as a stylist and have seen many closets in my life.  Even the most fabulous fashionista has times when she looks into her closet and says, “I don’t have anything to wear”.  But they have people (like me) who put them together.

I have a few suggestions which I work on with my private clients and that I hope you will find helpful and easy to implement.

  • Weed things out. I don’t know about you, but I am a collector.  Last count I had about 12 pairs of black winter pants.  Who needs 12 pairs of black slacks?  So that’s when I decide which six pairs are the most flattering and pull the other six (still in clean excellent condition) to consign.  I do it with all my clothes and then work to sort them in the closet by item type and color.  Daily life is so much easier when you can move the clothes in your closet and actually see what you own.
  • Re-edit your go-to pieces. Pull your favorite pair of pants or skirt from your closet.  You probably have a go-to top or jacket that you pair them with.  So, pull that as well.  Now find another top or jacket that could work as well.  Is there one, two, maybe more?  You’ve now created several outfits from one core item.  Now take that Jacket/top that you first pulled out and do the same.  Try to do that with at least five pieces that you love to create a capsule wardrobe.
  • Create outfits with those stray pieces. If you love something and don’t know what to do with it, bring it with you the next time you go shopping.  Ask the salesperson or personal shopper (many stores offer free services) for some suggestions and don’t be afraid to tell them what you want to budget for it.  At eDesigner our stylists will help you put together something great in any budget.
  • Triple R: Reduce, reuse and recycle.  For those items that you are not wearing but are still fairly current or in as-new condition, take them in for consignment.  This way they will go to someone else and you’ll be able to get something back from your investment in them.  At our store many customers use their credits to buy another fabulous item, which makes them feel wonderful.

I was shopping in consignment stores for many years and looked for them during my travels around the world.  I used them for business when I had to find something unique for a movie I was consulting on or for a personal client who didn’t want to look cookie-cutter at an event.  When the opportunity came about to buy my own established store, I jumped at the chance to create a type of store that I would want to shop in.  Neat, clean, with smart women working here to help our customers find that special piece.

At eDesigner Resale we are always willing to work with both our consigners and our customers to make sure that they are happy.  Having them as happy repeat customers is always our goal.

eDesigner Resale, 720 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ  07010  201.943.3401

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