A few years ago, I was in a store behind a brilliantly dressed young man. He was picking out a dress for his wife for an event that they were to attend that evening. I commented on the dress and he gave me some brief details about the event. I told him I was shocked that she would trust him with the task of picking out a dress, to which he replied, "She sat me down to watch The Devil Wears Prada and I have a better understanding of fashion. Now, she trusts me." You know what? I think he had a point. It seems that since movies like The Devil Wears Prada, The September Issue and the wildly successful Sex and the City, we have all become more fashion conscious. In an earlier post, Personally Obsessed, I explained just how inspired I had become with the new offereing of my favorite boutiques. I feel the energy and it's contagious!
My job as an interior designer is to show you how to organize, store, and preserve those summer items that are making their way into your closet. The first day of fall is officially a few weeks away which means if you haven't already done so, it's time to get a head start on packing up your summer apparel and making room for your sweaters, scarves, coats, hats and boots. Boy, that's a lot of stuff! But don't get discourgaed, I'm here to help.
The first thing you want to do is go through the summer things before you pack them away. Take the time now to send sundresses to the cleaners, repair damaged heels on those strappy sandals, and get rid of anything that barely made it to the end of the season (that includes worn out t-shirts and ill-fitting bathing suits).
Next, you want to store items in carefully labeled containers. Fold everything nicely and be sure to pack them with lavender scented cedar blocks to repell mildew, moths and mustiness. After that, make a list of everything that you'll need to replace and lay it on top of the stacks. Next summer, you'll know exactly what you'll need to purchase to make it through the summer.
As you are pulling out your fall and winter wardrobe, remember to hang them on the slim huggable hangers. These hangers are idea for storing tons of items within a limited space. There are many types to choose from, so spend some time looking for the color and style that fits your needs.
Note: Before hanging up your fall wardrobe, and while the closet is still empty, vacuum the floor and check shelves for damage. If time permits, give it a fresh coat of paint.
Use boot trees to keep boots orderly. I don't store shoes in boxes during the season that I'll be wearing them because I need to see what's going on. I do save boxes to store them in when they're out of season, but you should do what works best for you.
Store a small basket on a shelf in your closet that holds a repair kit, lint roller and other wardrobe necessities. Buttons pop off, coats gather lint and you want to look fabulous this fall, so don't let the details go unnoticed.
Finally, monitor the temperature in the closet. In the winter months it's easy to want a house that's warm and cozy. The problem with that is the heat can cause problems if you have large amounts of fur or leather. Don't overheat your closet or bedroom and leave enough space between garments so they can breath.
So now that you've revamped your closet, snuggle up into your favorite armchair in front of the window with a cup of cocoa or your favorite book and usher in the new season. Now you're ready for fall!