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Organize Your Closet with Ease

We had such a long winter and cool spring that it took me until Mother’s Day to change my closet from my winter to spring wardrobe. Each season when I do this I re-evaluate not only my clothes but also my closet organization. My goal, always, is to make my closet as efficient and user-friendly as possible.

This time I consigned or donated a lot of pretty but unused handbags and freed up a shelf.

Aaaahhhh, prime closet real estate.

In the past I would have filled it with more shoes, but this time I was ruthless about clearing out any shoes that were not being worn often enough (or at all) and so this shelf was open and ready for something new.

You are going to laugh, but I decided this shelf was best served by holding my colorful collection of polar fleece since, yes, even in late May I am still wearing them when I cuddle on the couch at night with my kitty. By doing that I opened up space in my dresser drawers so I could see my workout clothes more easily. It was a win-win.

My closet is not the only one I’ve been in recently. In the past couple of weeks when not shopping with my clients I have been helping them in their closets get their spring/summer wardrobes ready and figure out what they need to add (or delete!).

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that many of the same closet issues come up again and again.

Even if at one time your closet was organized can you see how easily it can fall into disarray and make you frenzied each time you want to get dressed?

A few quick reminders about key components of an organized closet bear repeating and can make a big difference in your morning experience of getting dressed.

Keeping it simple is key!

This is a television segment I did last year entitled, ‘Give Your Closet a Makeover.’ You can tell I’m talking fast to fit as much as possible into my allotted 6 minutes (and 6 minutes on TV is actually really long!).

While this video will not answer all of your questions or cover everything there is to know on this topic, it will get you started (or get your re-inspired if you started this process and then let it slide—you know who you are!).

From there you can take it deeper by reading this post and why not jump on the Facebook group page and let’s share more resources and ideas — it has been a happening place lately!

Shoe Closet Tip:

I was in the Container store on Sunday and saw that they have clear shoe boxes available for $1.89 each. When I want to maximize a shoe shelf I can sometimes fit a pair of shoes in a clear box (I recycle the boxes the shoes came in) with another pair sitting on top. I can see both so I remember what I have and will wear them. This allows me to use my closet space to its full potential.

And, one more simple (but gratifying) shoe tip:

Store your shoes heel to toe and you can fit more shoes on the shelf.

Choose one activity to organize your closet and it will inspire you to do more—seeing (and feeling) the results is the best catalyst!

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3 Must-Do’s Before Leaving the House

Is your life busy, overflowing and just downright crazy, especially first thing in the morning? Have there been mornings when you have left in such a rush that you wished (in hindsight) you had taken a few more minutes to pull yourself together before heading out the door?

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What Would You Say to Your 20-Year-Old Self?

I recently read this terrific letter a woman had written at 40 to her 20-year-old self. It was full of insight and awarenesses that most 20-year-olds – well, at least it was true for me – don’t get. While our understanding about who we are is constantly growing and changing, there is a huge growth spurt for most of us in those 20 years.

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Real Life Ideas for Adding Spring Trends to Your Wardrobe (Video Blog)

Every season the designers reveal the trends that are hot. This spring was no exception. I always give my interpretation of the trends (what’s worth adding and what to skip) and if you missed that article for the spring you can read about it here. Continue reading…

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What Do You Wear on a Date?

Despite the technology driven world we live in, there is still such a thing as an actual in-person date. While initially connecting by email and text (if that’s how it starts for you) there is no worry about how you look. Once you decide to meet in person, however, that is when the jitters start! How do you decide what to wear when it comes to such an already nerve-racking life event?

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How to Shop at Marshall’s

Off-price stores are a great way to add beautiful designs to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. They sell high quality goods at less expensive prices. This sounds good, but because the stores are often large, if you have an aversion to shopping, they can feel incredibly overwhelming when you first walk in and begin perusing the options. Of course, for those women who find shopping relaxing, they are a great place to enjoy the treasure hunt or a fun place to pass 20 minutes between appointments.

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How to Use a Tailor to Expand Your Wardrobe

Chances are good that you were not taught that using a tailor is necessary in creating your wardrobe. Don’t feel badly. Most women weren’t. With the exception of special occasions like proms and weddings or maybe basics like hemming a pair of pants, tailors often seem like a luxury you don’t need and can’t afford either financially or in terms of time and energy expended—or both! Ahhh, not so fast.

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Top 5 Steps to Store Your Winter Clothes

It’s spring…finally! In New England, however, this means that the temperature can vary dramatically from 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit within a matter of days (and sometimes even hours!). That said, the last thing you feel like doing as the days get brighter and warmer is continuing to wear your winter clothes.

As you think about transitioning your wardrobe, the question arises as to what to do with your winter attire. Unless you have a really big closet, it is important to move off-season clothing out of your working closet and keep only those items you will wear in the upcoming months handy. Otherwise you end up with a giant mess and it becomes very hard to make decisions about what to wear. Continue reading…

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Two Sharks, Three Styles, Four Lessons

At first glance, fashion for business women may seem pretty straightforward and structured, but the truth is that working environments are as diverse as the individual businesses and the people in them. While you need to appeal to your company’s protocol, there is always wiggle room in there to add your personality. The trick is standing out in a way that makes everyone happy.

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What You Think is What You Get: How to Shop for Clothes with Positive Results

Today is the first day of spring. Whether you are still buried in snow, freezing temperatures and are expecting yet another snowstorm (as we are) or your daffodils are popping up and color is everywhere, it is time to review and update your spring wardrobe in anticipation of much warmer weather to come.

The question is, do you want your shopping and dressing experience to feel like this?

Or this?

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I love Ginger. The first word that comes to mind when I think of her is integrity. She is also smart, funny, generous and really good at what she does — which is to make women feel great about themselves. Who would not want that? 

I learned that burgundy is a great color for me, that I look better when my clothes are not HUGE, that shimmery and ruffly things actually look good on me (who would have thought)? Ginger taught me how to wear more natural looking make-up, what length/style skirts look good on me and how to tie scarves. 

Whether you are doing a workshop, a weekend or a shopping trip with her you will feel accepted and learn something about yourself. Ginger is wise and gentle. She never shoves her vision down your throat but very gently and lovingly leads you to seeing things. Ginger has a great eye. 

Even if you know what you like and don’t want someone telling you what to wear, if you are even a mite curious about what Ginger does I urge you to jump in and try out one of her services; you won’t be sorry. She will not dictate anything to you. It all comes from inside and that is the great thing. 

Ginger approaches every client with respect for the individual that he or she is. If you have any clothes in your closet that you don’t wear, if you ever wanted to expand your wardrobe, if you want to learn how to wear scarves, make-up, or jewelry…if you ever felt you had “nothing to wear” or envied someone else’s style, do yourself a favor and let Ginger into your life. You will be really glad you did.

Leora T.