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How To Organize Handbags

How To Organize Handbags In Your Closet

 

 

As the temps get cooler, you’re going to need to start finding and wearing the clothes that will keep you warm and cozy. But just because the leaves are dropping doesn’t mean our clothes and bags need to be falling too.

Here’s where I’m going with this…

Recently I looked into my closet and said to myself, enough is enough!

My bags, not just the ones under my eyes, were floppy and dingy and the clothes on my shelves looked like the back of my elbows. Wrinkled and in rough shape.

I figured out that the solution was to inject fillers, but not the ones you get at a spa or doctor’s office.

Step one: Injecting myself with determination and energy to get the job done.

No more saying one day, when I have time, or have nothing else to do, because we all know how one day often turns into no day, no way, no how.

We need to decide that one day is today and that is just what I did in just a few hours to make my closet look young and fresh again.

You can too when you follow these easy to do tips.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Inject Fillers Into Your Floppy Handbags

Step two: Dumped out all my handbags onto my bed, and yes I do have quite a few of them, so I can see which needed more plumping up.

Most of them are loosely structured and need stuffing to stop flopping around on my closet’s shelves.

The solution is to inject fillers into the bags by stuffing them with bubble wrap, paper, or even the t-shirts you’re no longer wearing.

Just like your hair, they need some body to look good.

Once filled and stuffed, the bags will stand up straight and keep their original shape.

Gee, I wish it was that easy for our shapes.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Tip: I put them back by color, and used a clear magazine holder for the little pouches, extra straps, etc. Think of it as Spanx for holding in all your loose pieces.

FYI most of my handbags are from MZ Wallace. I’m quite a fan of their bags.

All of my leggings are by Lysse. I’m a devoted fan of their bottoms too.

Nope, I’m a BIG fan.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Then I tackled the clothes and shawls/ponchos I have folded on my shelves, or you may have them in drawers.

I folded each one neatly, so that not only can I clearly see what each piece is, but also to make it easier to decide which one to wear or pack when traveling.

To me, they look so much prettier now too, and yes I’ll keep them this way.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

I do have lots of leggings and jeans which I actually wear, so I organized them by color and made one pile for those in a larger size because let’s face it…we all have those days, or weeks, or months…you get what I mean.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

P.S. Not sure you noticed, but nothing from above was about which clothes I had to keep or toss.

Why do you ask?

Well, that’s because I stopped having an unhealthy relationship with my clothes, many, many years ago. Knowing when and how to say bye-bye to the clothes that are doing you wrong is life-changing and you’ll have less mess in your closet too.

Get help knowing how to break up with some of your clothes when you go here to get my FREE End Your Closet Shame 5 Day Video Guide.

 

 

 

I originally wrote the above article for The Three Tomatoes, a wonderful on-line newsletter for women over 50.

 

Ready To Breakup & End Your Closet Shame?

 

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Now that you got to see me fall in love with being in a closet full of clothes, I want to help you fall in love with yours…but first, you may have to start a break up to End Your Closet Shame.

Haven’t you occasionally wondered why it’s so hard for you to say it’s over to the clothes that haven’t treated you right?

  • Do you have pants that are doing you wrong; yet you can’t say goodbye?

  • How about that jacket that hasn’t given you a loving feeling in years?

  • Hanging onto shoes that are holding you too tight, yet you can’t seem to get rid of that heel?

I’ll show you how to let go of the clothes you shouldn’t be holding onto so you’ll see that breaking up won’t be hard or messy to do.

The 5 Day Spring Cleaning Closet Plan starts on May 20, 2019, and it’s Free! 

 

Everybody loves FREE and every woman wants to love what’s in her closet.

 You’ll get a tip per day for 5 days.

 

Enter your email below to End Your Closet Shame In 5 Days:

Your first break up tip to end your closet shame will be in your inbox on May 20.

And don’t forget… I’m here for you.

 

Are You Tidying Up With Marie Kondo?

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Ready to tidy and toss?

So here’s what I’m talking about. There is a new  Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” and it’s gaining lots, and I mean lots of attention and it all started with the great success of Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

It’s so freeing and yes, fun to have an organized home.

Especially your clothing closets and drawers.

To be clear, I’m a wardrobe stylist and not an organizer, but when you’re closet is only filled with clothes that fit well and look great on you, you’ll find it easy to get rid of the pieces that “don’t bring you joy” and the outcome is always a better looking and more organized closet.

I especially like her tip on how to fold clothes and scarves in drawers. You can see her method in the post I wrote here, right after I had read her book.

 

 In order to get out the clothes that are unflattering, you need to know what to look for and to avoid, and that’s why last year I created a free closet clean out challenge called End Your Closet Shame and an on-line Course Dress Without Stress.  NOTE: The course is sold out now and will re-open in late spring.

Take a look at her book and Netflix show to get
you inspired to toss and tidy up.

How about it? Ready to tidy and toss?

Here’s A Quick & Easy Closet Makeover Tip

 

I’m embarrassed to say, that my closet was ugly & needed a makeover.

 

Change is good and easy.

 

No More Wire & Plastic Hangers!

You would be amazed at how a $20 dress can look as good as a $200 dress when hung on a simple attractive hanger. Just as surprising, is how bad a $200 dress can look on a wire, or plastic store hanger.

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BEFORE 

This used to be how I hung my clothes. Yes, the hangers are all the same, but they are ugly. Plastic white hangers tend to turn yellow and stand out in an unattractive manner.

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AFTER

Hang all your clothes on the same type and color hanger, and you will find yourself smiling each time you open your closet doors.

Imagine how if one simple change such as switching out your hangers will make, how much more can be done with your “I can’t find anything to wear” closet.

I used these hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond
and don’t forget your 20% off coupon.

 

Well, you don’t have to imagine, because when you join my FREE 5 day Clean Your Closet Plan to End Your Closet Shame.

 

Sign up HERE to get an easy to follow tip per day for just 5 days, so you can only have the clothes in your closet that you’ll
want and love to wear.

 

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Do You Know How To Give Yourself The Boot?

Well, I really mean how to care for boots. 

how to care for boots Next to sandals, boots are my favorite shoe style to wear. They are comfortable, if you bought the right ones, and offer an easy way to add some pizazz to any outfit.how to care for boots

But a floppy boot is a no-no.

Without proper storage and support, your boots will develop creases, wrinkles and get stinky. Nobody wants wrinkles and creases in their footwear or bodies, but today I offer a solution to your boots. Plus, boots can be pricey, and an important way to care for them is to help them stay in shape.   We go to the gym to stay in shape, and sometimes we sweat, but your boots don’t have to.  Problem solved as I found an easy way to perk up your boots and not take up space in your closet; introducing the Voot boot shaper. TaDa!

See the video below to see how the Voot boot shaper works.

And they’re made in the United States.

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how to care for bootsToday was so productive AND you made it fun too! Thank you!  Now I look forward to getting dressed!   Before meeting with you, I second guessed what colors and styles were most flattering on me.  Now I just consult my color chart and the pictures you took and I’m dressed in a flash.”

Karen Herman – Organized Photos Forever

 
 
 
 
 
Get It Out!!

Get Out The Ain’t Gonna Happen

 
 

 Get Out The Ain’t Gonna Happen

Get Out The Ain’t Gonna Happen

There really are never any good reasons to hold onto clothes that no longer fit, flatter, or make you happy, yet…..

Need an incentive?  How about making money and/or giving others clothes they may not be able to afford?

Here’s an easy way to get out those ‘ain’t gonna happen’ clothes out of your closet and home and make a few extra dollars. 

ThredUp.com, is a company that I recently started using so I can easily and quickly get the clothes that no longer fit or flatter me out of the house.
They send you a giant, and seriously mean BIG, bag  for you to fill up to your heart’s content or your closet’s contents.

You get paid upfront for some items while others are sold on consignment.

You chose whether to shop on their site with your credit, or get a gift card you can use anywhere you like.
 
 

My last gift card paid for my hair salon visit. Nice, right?

ThredUp also takes your clothing donations.

Typically I donate to our local Community center as it is close and convenient, but if you don’t have that option, then try this company as it so easy, and gives you that warm and tingly purge feeling.

If it has been years since you wore a coat, shirt, pants, shoes, whatever, I can assure that there is someone out there with a lot less than you, who would be VERY appreciate of your donation.

Check out how ThredUp works here.
 
 

Hey, need help deciding what to get rid of?
Review my 5 Styling Tips for inspiration & go make some money!!

Double hey: if you want to know how to figure out what you should be wearing and buying, without having to lose weight or turn back the clock, you MUST check my online course before the price increases in a few weeks.

 

Cleaning Out Your Closet

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning Out Your Closet

There Is Another Way For Cleaning Out Your Closet

Seasonal weather changes, means seasonally changing the clothes in your closets and drawers.

Rather than opening your closet door, and then promptly slamming it closed as you feel overwhelmed with the thought of cleaning it out, try the following ideas and tips.

When cleaning out your closet, and trying to decide which of your clothes, shoes, handbags, scarves, or jewelry to label as trash or treasure, try starting small.

No, I don’t mean the clothes that may not fit you anymore, I’m suggesting that you just take 10 items and 30 minutes tops to have a little Q & A with yourself. Try asking yourself the following questions.

Every time I help a client determine what she should keep and actually wear, she can’t wait to get out those pieces that accentuate the body parts she is not that fond of, and start wearing the ones that make her look and feel like bumping into as many people as possible when she leaves her home.

Not only will your closet be lighter, but you’ll actually feel lighter as cleaning out your closet will be very cathartic. Hey, that’s what I’m told over and over and over again.

Use this chart as a guide, and I can guarantee that after you get started, you’ll actually start enjoying the process.

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Many more closet organizing tips are available HERE.

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Hang In There

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No more wire hangers!!! And, please no more bulky low hanging plastic hangers either.

Maybe it is still hard to build a better mouse trap, but not a better hanger.

 

A professional organizer client of mine, shared these new clever space saving hangers on her FaceBook page, so naturally I have to tell you about them too.

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If you need more closet space, and who doesn’t, check out Higher Hangers to give you more room in your closets.

 

You can get control of your closet in just a few hours, when you follow my tips.

One of the many space saving and organize tips I give in my closet organizing guide, is to use all of the same hangers. This will instantly transform how your closet looks.

 

 

“Scarlett has brightened my world. And I mean that literally. My closet before Scarlett, was filled with basic black. Interesting pieces, but pretty much all black. With Scarlett’s finely tuned editing, and her encouraging coaching, I’ve integrated color into my everyday dressing. The result is that I look and feel much lighter (maybe even a bit younger!) and the color makeover is way more in tune with my personality than the black uniform was. Scarlett made this process fun and I look forward to seeing her again for a seasonal tune-up.” Nancy Zola
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Skeleton In Your Closet?

Skeleton In Your Closet

A friend of mine, let’s call her Phyllis; decided she wanted to ‘crash’ her grown son’s Halloween party. Oh, but what to be and wear?

Phyllis uses a cane on occasion for an old back injury, and chose it as her inspiration to attend her son’s soiree as an elderly Grandmother, visiting from her home in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naturally, she thought that she would need to go shopping at a thrift shop or Good Will, to find the pieces to create an outfit that would convey the stereotype of an older woman who hasn’t updated her wardrobe or style in a very, very long time.

Skeleton In Your Closet

She dug through racks of clothing and found a gold lame blouse circa 1975 Saturday Night Fever, with a giant pointy collar, and a shimmer reminiscent of a 50s Christmas tree decked with tinsel.

Skeleton In Your ClosetPerfect!

Next, she scoured boxes of costume jewelry and came up with oversized gaudy, sparkly earrings that were so wrong, yet so right for her costume creation.

On the night of the party, she donned her faaaabulous finds, drew on exaggerated eyebrows, applied lipstick as though her eyes were closed, hunched over and stood in front of her mirror, completely satisfied with her over the top ensemble. She was delightfully unrecognizable and completely dressed to invite stares and laughter and even the admiration of her son for her disguise.

Just one little twist to this story: Phyllis never did need to leave her home to find her costume. Surprisingly, she had all she needed where she lived!

Those racks she scoured were in her spare bedroom and the boxes of unworn jewelry were in her bedroom drawers.

The lesson to learn is that if you can create a costume from your own old and unworn clothing and accessories, there is clearly something spooky going on in your home. It is time to review and remove the clothes that really should be donated to Good Will and clean out the cob webs made out of your threads.

Note: This is a true story and not a scary campfire tale.

If I scared you with this spooky tale, I apologize. Having clothes that no longer fit or look good on you in your closet is very scary because you are losing out on easily finding what to wear plus knowing what you actually have in there.

Get your closet organized and stop being terrified to open it, with your copy of my Closet Organizing Guide.

Skeleton In Your ClosetSHOPPING TIP TO SAVE MONEY!

Sign up at Ebates , and then when you shop via Ebates, you will get back a percentage of
your purchase in a check mailed to your home. A client told me about it years ago, and to date I have received over $800, which naturally, I used to do more shopping. Almost all stores participate, even Amazon and Ebay

 

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Organizing Systems For Your Whole Family

I confess: I am an organizing junkie.
So much so that I am often referred to as a
closet organizer, which I am NOT.

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organizing systems

organizing systems

My client’s closets are always more organized after working with me, because the contents are only the clothes that look good on them, plus I arrange her clothes using my organizing systems.
After hearing lots of buzz about the Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondo, I wanted, well I had to read her book,  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

Turns out her decluttering or in her words tidying, suggestions for clothes are what I have been using with my clients for almost 10 years. If only I had written them down in a book form, I would already have been on the New York Time’s best seller list. My Closet Organizing System is a mini version of her book in regard to what clothes to keep, and how to hang them plus I show how to store shoes, which she doesn’t.
Sadly Marie Kondo’s book has no photos, and it is hard to duplicate organizing systems without some visuals.

You can get my system in my online course Dress Without Stress.

The best tip from her book and one I used immediately was her method of folding clothes that are stored in drawers. I was in such a hurry to use her file folding technique, that I forgot to take before pictures.

I used this system for my son’s T-Shirts and my drawer that has special scarves/wraps along with my nightgowns. I did not fold all very carefully, but these 2 drawers took me less than 10 minutes to refold. Now there is more room in each drawer and it is so much easier to see the contents. Imagine how great these items would look if I folded them carefully.

Using this file system, it is so easy to see what you have and add more space to your drawers. You can watch this video to learn how to fold t-shirts using the Kon Mari method.

NOTE: If you ever struggle about what to wear, check out
my online video course
Dress Without Stress.

AH-Headshot-150x150“I was amazed at how much value Scarlett provided me in our virtual consultation. Not only did she quickly grasp the clothes that looked like “me” from just a series of photographs, but she picked up on colors and combinations which were not in the photos but I personally liked and encouraged me to use them more because they enhanced my features. Scarlett also gave me the reinforcement to understand why some items looked better on me than others. Then to top it off she provided a comprehensive list of examples I could instantly add to my wardrobe. In 2 hours I went from uncertain to confident with a new batch of clothes that really work for me on the way.”  Allison Hartsoe Digital Analytics Expert Organize Everything Digital Marketing Consulting Partner
NOTE: If you ever struggle about what to wear, check out
Dress Without Stress.

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