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Nancy ´╗┐Collins

Professional Organizer

Melancholy Moments with your Closet
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Don't be afraid. Nancy can help create more calm and less chaos.

I haven't posted for awhile, and I apologize. Between a busy business, summer activities with the family and brightening up the website (don't you love the new look? Special thanks to my team of web designers!), all of sudden here it is August and I haven't posted. I vow to be more consistent in the future!

So...closets....probably the number two area of the home I get asked to help with when I am contacted by a new client. Some think their closets are horrible (most aren't), some think they are out of control (out of control, no, needing help with control....um, yep...), but the reality is a lot of people are really frustrated with their CLOSETS. Clothes on the floor, shoved in a corner, bins overflowing, different sized hangers making it hard to figure out how to hang their finest...People are puzzled, annoyed, and generally overwhelmed. So here's a question I have for you: do you have SAD closets? This was taken from another blog by an organizer I absolutely love, Amanda Sullivan. If you ever want to read a realistic, down-to-earth book about Organizing, pick up her book Organized Enough. It will change your life. I read this the other day and I think she nailed it, and I am a huge Toy Story fan..read her analogy:

"When your closet and drawers are too crowded, your clothes get crushed. Not only does this lead to the need for extra ironing, but also fabric needs space to breathe. Stuffing things into drawers and closets and under-bed storage boxes and pulling them out creates friction that creates more wear and tear, snags and pulls.

You also forget what you have. Don't believe it? I've seen the look of delight countless times when I unearth some gem that was crammed in the back of a closet or drawer. Even if you technically haven't forgotten something, if you don't ever see it, you'll forget to wear it. 

Last week I told a client that by Toy Story logic she has the saddest clothes, because she has so much clothing she can't possibly wear any of it very much. Truly, it's better to have fewer clothes so that you can see and appreciate what you have and keep items nicely spaced, so they will be happy, not sad and forgotten in the corner of your closet."

As head into fall, is it time to declutter and have a happy closet again? Start small, maybe 3 or 4 items you know you don't wear....a little a day will have you--and your clothes--smiling again.

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