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How To Quickly Make Your Closet Look Better

How To Quickly Make Your Closet Look Better

Q. Who wants to know how to quickly make your closet look better?
A. Everyone.

I’ve said it before and am saying it again.

One of the quickest ways to make your clothes and the closets they hang in look neater and more welcoming, is to put all your clothes on identical hangers.

You’ll also most likely will find a few pieces you’ve forgotten about and discover others that truly need to go.

These hangers below, not plastic, are the type you should use and will love. They’ll also keep your clothes in better shape and keep them from sliding off the hanger.

Trust me it’s worth the small amount of time to do this, and while you’re at it please take out all those nasty wire hangers and give them back to the dry-cleaners for recycling.

Here Comes The Bride…no, not me.

Recently a longtime and very stylish fellow member of a woman’s networking group, asked me if I would consider offering a group virtual color consultation for her daughter-in-law to be and bridesmaids. She thought it would be a fun way to gather from all over the country, grand-mothers, moms, aunts and friends… it sure was.

How To Quickly Make Your Closet Look BetterFrom the bride herself:
“That was the perfect activity for a bridesmaids brunch!
Not only should it be something everyone is cognitive of when getting ready for events, but everyone learned something and it also worked as a fun way to break the ice”. Eva Maria

I wish I had thought of this fun service myself.

I showed the bride and bridesmaids what their best colors and necklines are, so that they will be even more gorgeous on next year’s wedding day.

Reply back to get the details on how your family can have this stylish wedding party fun too. It really was a blast!

 

 

How To Clean Out Your Closet Fast

How To Clean Out Your Closet Fast – Tip #1

This is the perfect time of year to start tackling your over-loaded and messy closet.

My apologies if your closet isn’t messy.  You could either be a client, a professional organizer, or a very neat person. But even if you are all or any of those things, you might have some
of the _______________ I share in the video below.

Use my tips to get them out in just minutes. You might have heard these tips before, but if your closet is not looking the way you want it to, watch my short video from last week’s Facebook Live and you’ll be so much closer to a less cluttered closet.

How To Clean Out Your Closet Fast – Tip #1

 

Psst: Take a look at your calendar to see if you’re free on February 6 at 1 pm ET or February 19  at 10 am ET, in 2021…
I’ll be telling you why in a few days.

 

 

 

Buying More Clothes Isn't What You Need

Buying More Clothes Isn’t What You Need

Jennifer Klepper, the author of Unbroken Threads, has a great 10-minute  WIPMondays Instagram show.

WIP stands for work in progress. Aren’t we all WIPers?

She asked me to be a guest a little over a month ago, and even I was amazed at how much can be shared in just a few minutes.

I gave a few tips and thoughts about what you already have in your closet and that buying more clothes isn’t what you need to get your closet to serve you well.

Why Buying More Clothes Isn't What You NeedHere’s what Jennifer wrote after my spot on her Monday 10-Minute Instagram show:

Full truth: My closet includes two embarrassingly large stacks of pants and skirts that don’t fit me anymore. I used to be thinner. So there. I’m going to take Scarlett’s advice: box them up and get them out of the closet. I know what looks good on me. Why keep the stuff that doesn’t?

After you watch my 10-minute spot, reply back with what you did, or plan on doing with some of the clothes in your closet. I love hearing from you.

Oh, and please ignore my Casper 👻 like appearance. I have no idea why my iPad did that.


New year note:

Here we are at the end of a year we can’t wait to leave behind and to get started on a new year filled with much needed fresh starts….but are you ready for 2021?
If you’ve been hiding behind the excuse of “nobody sees me”, yet remain uncomfortable with what YOU see in the mirror after you get dressed, you are so not taking your career and well-being as seriously as you should.

YOU need to address how you dress so you’ll feel better about yourself, which will get you more comfortable to do virtual speaking, networking, and help you make more money.

Speaking of money, you can save some before my prices increase. Choose one of my virtual styling services or my online course Dress Without Stress, at my 2020 prices for you to use anytime after February 15 when my calendar opens up a bit, in 2021. The sooner you choose the service right for you, the earlier you can work with me, and the faster you’ll be feeling and looking put-together and successful in your career.

Here’s a simple tip that will make your neck look younger and not obviously show your or its age.

How you see yourself effects how others see you.
How you feel about yourself effects how others feel about you.

Dress Without Stress Online Video Course

Dress Without Stress is a self-study online video course with tons of my easy to follow, fun, style (and life) changing, thump on the head styling tips you wish you had known years ago.

If you’re wanting to know how to look fabulous and stop wasting money on clothes that don’t look great on you, then the Dress Without Stress video course will be gorgeous on and for you.

All you need is a mirror, sense of humor, and the goal of no longer getting stressed, frustrated and miserable when you try to find something to wear that will make you look great and love who you see in the mirror.

You’ll learn how to use each styling tip for your specific features: the good, the bad and the ones you’re not so thrilled with.

Enrollment Bonus – Personal Styling Tips Consultation

Enroll in Dress Without Stress by 2/20/20 and you’ll get a 1-hour personal styling tips call with me as a bonus where I’ll show you what you should wear and why and then you’ll always know what to wear.

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?

 

end your Closet Shame

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.

how to care for boots

voot discount

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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.