New Year, New Closet- Editing, Purging and Organizing

Happy New Year!  As a stylist, one of the most important jobs I do is help my clients edit their wardrobes.  Typically it’s the first step in our personal styling journey together and come January, I get many calls asking if I can help with this often dreaded task. The closet edit is something I love to do because it helps people get a fresh, clean start. My goal is to have you feel like you can shop your own wardrobe- your closet should feel like a fabulous little boutique that you love to be in!  You spend lots of time in there… you get dressed everyday most days.  You should love to be in that space and you should love the contents in that space equally as much.

The Purge
I am a firm believer in the Kondo method.  If you’re unfamiliar with this method, it’s pretty simple:  If you love it and it brings you joy, it stays.  If it doesn’t, it needs to go.  I go through each and every piece of clothing with my client and we decide what should stay and what should go.  I’ve heard it all:

1.) If I lose those last 5 lbs, I’ll wear it.
2.) This would be good for a Halloween costume.
3.) I’ll keep it in case I get back into tennis…
4.) If my jacket can cover up that stain/pull/snag/pit stain/makeup, it would be cute, right?

The answer is no, and it needs to go. We then divide into four piles: Keep, Sell, Donate and Other (items to be altered or sentimental items like Wedding shoes).  There are several companies that will cosign your goods.  My personal favorite, and the company I recommend to all of my clients is ThredUp.  I’m all about convenience- they send you a bag with a shipping label on it.  You fill it up with stuff you want to sell, send it back to them, and they deposit money into your PayPal account.  Genius!  And now you have money to buy yourself a treat for that major purge you just did. For luxury items, I use Ebay or  A lot of my clients protest purging high end items…”but these were so expensive….I feel bad not keeping them.”  The guilt is especially strong if the item was a gift.  I give you the ok to lose the guilt, get rid of them and get some money in your pocket!

Building a Wardrobe that Serves You
What I always find is that hidden under the items we give away, donate or sell is a pretty spectacular wardrobe.  My job is to then add in items that may be missing: a little black dress, a statement necklace, a denim jacket, the perfect dark washed skinny jean…I analyze your gaps depending on your lifestyle, career, wants and needs to create the wardrobe that suits your life.

The Fun Stuff
Now it’s time to think about the fun stuff! How can we decorate and organize your space so it feels like the fabulous closet that you deserve? There are some pretty easy, and low cost ways to glam up an otherwise blah space:

  • Matching Space Saving Hangers
  • A pretty tray for your baubles 
  • An Ottoman
  • Wallpaper
  • Add a piece of furniture if you have the space:  A small desk, vanity or stool
  • Chandelier or Light Fixture
  • Jewelry Storage- I have this and this and love them!
  • Clutch/Handbag Storage- My personal favorite, Here.
  • Decorative Books (duh), Picture Frames, Art
  • Rug

Here is how I transformed the closet of one of my clients, below: After a major purge we added space saving hangers, budget friendly storage options for shoes and drawer space. We displayed her (fabulous) purses, folded her sweaters (hanging is terrible for the fabric), color coordinated her hanging clothes, added a stool and some fun and functional accents.

This is the perfect time of year to give yourself a well needed purge and organization session! If you’re in the Southern California area and would like to inquire about my closet editing or personal styling services and pricing, please email me at  As always, thank you so much for following along!

 Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my Pinterest Board: KaraLovesClosets for more ideas! 


  1. Renae Hatch
    April 13, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    My sister will not stop talking about the Kondo method, she literally just purged her whole life! haha!! love this. Great job at reworking this closet! Its perfect!

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    When you formatively alter, you work over an original copy, reworking about everything or possibly what the customer or distributer has asked for as required.

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