Operation Closet: Octavia

Octavia

I remember working with Octavia at Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, admiring her effortlessly chic outfits every morning. She had me at “hello,” and I knew her closet would be the closet of my dreams. Now let me tell you, it definitely did not disappoint in contents, but its organization needed some serious help. Though if it didn’t, you wouldn’t be here reading about it, so let’s thank our lucky stars Octavia let it get a little out of hand.

One of Octavia’s biggest challenges was deciding where things would be placed. She has a fairly large closet, but couldn’t seem to work with the space and resorted to keeping her sweaters on the bench in the bedroom, her shoes in the hall built-ins, and other items scattered on her chairs and bed. Due to this, she had a lot of unused space in her closet that was only occupied by naked hangers — clearly not a good use of her walk-in closet! As many of my clients do, Octavia also had mismatched hangers facing all different directions, which created a distracting, messy vibe. While she did have her clothes separated by type for the most part, sleeveless blouses were intermingled with flannels, and skirts were hung between pants, and absolutely nothing was color-coded. In other words, imagine a sheer mess. Actually, you don’t even have to imagine it because I’ve got it all for you to see below.

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The first step was a blissful trip to Bed Bath and Beyond where we purchased canvas shelves for sweaters, an inordinate amount of black huggable hangers, and an expandable shoe rack. By purchasing all of these items, we were able to relocate her sweaters from the hall built-ins and her bench, her shoes from those same built-ins, and lots of clothes that were without a home. Now, her clothes and shoes were all in one place: her walk-in closet. After talking to Octavia about her day-to-day getting ready routine, we determined the best layout for her closet. By moving jackets toward the back end of her closet that was formerly empty, we were able to make room for hanging pants and the canvas sweater shelves all on the upper rack that was once used for her jackets.

Another big step was transferring all of her items onto the hangers we purchased and hanging them with other like items. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I organized her clothes first by type and then by color. Take dresses for instance, they were arranged with sleeveless first, then sleeved, and each respective category was placed in ascending color order. Tres bonne, non?

The folded section of her closet needed just as much attention as the hanging section. I folded all of her jeans neatly and placed them with like washes. The same went for her shirts, shorts, and sweaters. Since I was able to move some items around, as well as create more space by folding neatly, we were left with three full shelves with absolutely nothing on them. This meant – can I get a drum roll? – we were able to place the shoes that didn’t fit on the shoe rack!

When I saw Octavia’s look of complete awe and amazement when she walked into her closet, I knew my job was done! Now all we have to do is keep our fingers crossed that Octavia’s feet grow two sizes overnight and all of her gorgeous shoes are up for grabs (just wait until you see them below!).

After:

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