Tricks of the Trade: Folding Sweaters

I’ve written about sweaters in the past, and how you should always opt to fold them. But now I thought I’d dive into how exactly you should go about folding them. Follow along to learn how to fold even the chunkiest of sweaters!

Step 1: Lay your sweater flat, with the front side down.

Step 2: Fold one sleeve and side in toward the middle of the sweater. You don’t want to overdo this fold (as that will make your sweater pile much too tall). Instead, imagine the sweater is divided into thirds and you want to fold in just 1/3 of the way.

Step 3: Fold the rest of the sleeve down toward the side of the sweater. This will also help to prevent an overly bulky fold.

Step 4: Repeat on the second side.

Step 5: Fold the bottom the sweater up to meet the top.

Step 6: Flip it around and voila! I like to then pat the sweater down a bit, as to smooth it.

Now what are you waiting for? Go get to folding those sweaters! I know you can do it.

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Breakdown

 

Ready for a breakdown? I thought so!

As many of you know, I have two closets in my apartment. Though since my second closet is really like a glamorized coat closet, I thought I would focus on my main closet for the purposes of this blog post. You’ll soon see that this main closet is pretty sizable and through my efficient placement and thorough organization, I’ve only made it feel roomier.

When structuring your closet, you want to focus on practicality. For me, I have two long rods so I knew that I wanted to hang dresses, skirts, dress pants, and blouses on them. Though I knew that I would also need more storage. Cue: a dresser tucked beneath my blouses.

While this may seem like an obvious storage trick to many, that’s not always the case. Many of my clients have simply left the space under the hanging items underutilized, which is a miss in my book. The only exception to this is dresses, because these are often long and flowy so I would not recommend keeping any sort of dresser drawers underneath them. A shoe rack, however, could potentially work in that space.

In addition to my two long racks, I also have shelves in my closet. One level of shelves is very accessible—well, by very I mean I can reach everything so long as I stand on my toes—while another level is far too high to reach. Given this, I placed the items that I need at arm’s length on the first level, such as all of my jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts. Then on the upper level, I have more seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, scarves, as well as extra purses.

So now are you ready to tackle your closet? Once you’ve got the layout mastered, you can move onto color coordination. And lucky for you, I’ve got lots of posts about that very topic.

Tricks of the Trade: My Closet Secrets

first-image I feel like I haven’t talked about my closet in a minute, and that needs to change. After all, my favorite room to organize is the closet.

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I’ve talked about how I like to divide by type and then sub-divide type by color before, but I thought I’d go into even more detail this time. Let’s use my long-sleeved blouses as an example.

Here you can see that my long-sleeved blouses are all hung together. That is step one and is fundamental to an organized closet. All like items should be grouped together in your closet–long-sleeved blouses with other long-sleeved blouses, short-sleeved blouses with other short-sleeved blouses, and so on and so forth. With this method in place, you’ll never again have to search for that one blouse you got a couple years ago on sale at Barney’s but haven’t worn since because you can’t remember where you put it…

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Once everything is divided by type, you’ll then want to move on to color. Starting from pinks and reds, make your way to black. Not only will this help with finding a particular item, but it will also make your closet look like a work of art.

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Operation Closet: Octavia

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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!).

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Want your closet to look even half as amazing as Octavia’s? Find out how to contact me here.

Operation Coats

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I’m assuming that we all can agree on this: coats don’t go in the same closet as the rest of your clothes; they belong in a hall closet or another small closet. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I wanted to share my organization strategies for my coats, since there are a few note-worthy twists.

Typically, I organize all of my clothes in color-order, beginning with red and fading to black. My coats are organized a little differently, so allow me to explain. Since my black coats are my heaviest ones and I only reach for them about once every two years when I travel somewhere freeeeezing, I decided to place them in the back of my closet where they’re less accessible. After black, comes gray, then navy, then green, and so on and so forth.

In addition to the color reversal, I also hang my coats on hangers slightly thicker than my traditional huggable ones. Shocking, I know. But because my coats are located in a separate closet, I can stray from the huggable hangers if I want and I actually find that thicker, plastic hangers work better for heavy coats. With that said, if my coats were in the same closet as the rest of my wardrobe, I would ensure that they were hung on none other than huggable hangers.

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I wanted to share these organizational twists to showcase how it is totally acceptable to modify and change the rules to fit your own lifestyle. It’s not realistic to think that everyone’s closet or home will be organized in the exact same way, and thus it’s important to realize that a few twists and judgment calls here and there are to be expected.

Operation Closet: Roxana

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Being a social girl myself, I was thrilled when I got the chance to work with Roxana Saidi of Rx Social. Not only is Roxana a social media extraordinaire, but she also is one of the most stylish girls in West Hollywood. Let’s just say when I saw her collection of handbags, I was sold on helping her organize her closet!

Since Roxana has a stunning collection of designer clothing, shoes, and handbags (just wait until you see her crocodile Celine bag!), it felt utterly wrong that things were randomly placed, facing different directions, and hanging on mismatched hangers. When I noticed her Givenchy flats placed next to her Balenciaga booties, and her scarves intermingled with her handbags, I knew organizing by type was going to be a main priority. Well, that in addition to swapping out some hangers and color-coding everything to absolute perfection!

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First things first, I decided on a structure. Since her closet has some hard to reach areas, I opted to stow summery dresses in the right corner since she won’t be reaching for those for several months. On the other hand, I kept items like jeans, blouses, and sweaters front and center where she could easily grab them.

Another important element for me was ensuring that every piece was facing the same direction. This involved removing many items from their hangers and re-directing them; time-consuming but undoubtedly worth it in the end.

Finally, as always, I divided all of her clothes by type and subsequently by color. This will definitely make Roxana’s getting ready routine quicker, as she’ll know exactly where to find the specific piece she’s looking for. And once her glorious shoes and handbags were all neatly placed and arranged, I knew the closet was done!

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Operation Closet: Cara and Jesse

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What an honor it was to organize Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe’s closet! While they definitely had a system in place, it was a system that needed some refining, and that’s where I came in! Their shoe racks that didn’t quite fit the built-ins had to go, as did the mish mosh of hangers that cluttered up their racks. Though their closet was a bit on the messier side, I knew that it had beautiful bones that could shine with a little bit of my help. Ok, ok, a lot of my help!

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Before commencing the real organizational work, I first changed out the shoe racks and hangers. We opted for—my favorite—huggable hangers because they’re sleek, streamlined, and their stone color added light to the space. We also chose iron shoe racks that fit perfectly with their built-ins and with three tiers to hold 12 pairs of shoes, were an absolute necessity.

For Cara, it was all about aesthetic beauty with an emphasis on functionality and visibility. When it came down to it, she wanted to be able to feel like a princess in her closet, but she also wanted to very easily find specific pieces.

We accomplished these goals by purchasing all new hangers and shoe racks that complimented the space, and by by grouping like clothes together. Think: Short-sleeved blouses with other short-sleeved blouses, followed by long-sleeved blouses, etc. Once everything was organized by type, I then made divisions by color, starting with red and fading to black. I also made the closet make sense as a couples’ closet; though their clothes were of course separated, where Cara’s pants were placed, so Jesse’s pants followed.

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I am so pleased and honored that I was able to help Cara and Jesse get organized! Their clothes look just as beautiful together as they do as a couple!