Your wardrobe is begging for attention. You can practically hear it. Maybe it’s even attacking you – with wooly sweater arms that wrap themselves around your head and hangers that clatter to your feet every time you open your closet doors. So give your clothes some love. It may be tough love, like sending those jeans you’ve been clinging to for fifteen years to the proverbial denim farm. But once you’ve culled your clothes, your entire life will feel better.
We asked two Thumbtack pros for help making your wardrobe work for you instead of against you. Both Chantera Gunn and Terri Turco Golden love what they do and what they do helps their clients feel better in their clothes – and their skin. “Shifting clothes can shift your mood and your outlook on life,” says Golden.
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Dealing with an overflowing closet can be overwhelming. But taking it on – whether by hiring a Thumbtack pro or diving in yourself – will make your life easier. “An organized closet means you know where everything is and it’s quicker and easier to get dressed,” says Golden. “It takes the stress out of the morning.” But the best thing it does is lend you confidence, because you know you have clothes that make you feel good no matter what you pull out. Golden explains, “Your closet should be an expression of yourself and make you feel better.”
Sometimes you just need someone to walk in and hold your hand – and tell you, in the nicest way possible, that you really do need to get rid of those skinny jeans. “The first thing I do when I open a client’s closet is assure them that regardless of how they feel, their closet isn’t a challenge,” says Gunn. “It’s my job to reassure every client that nothing is impossible and I’m here not to judge but to help them get to their desired style goals.”
Hiring someone is an investment. People like Teri and Chantera are the masters of the closet audit, experts who will whip your closet into shape and give you the tools to keep it that way. “My goal is to make every woman, no matter what their size, feel good about themselves,” says Golden. “Clothing can do that the fastest. That, and a good haircut,” she laughs.
Closet Organizing Tips
1. Let it go. “You have to be brutal. Fewer pieces give you more options,” says Golden. “Be honest with yourself – a lot of people have closets for the person they were or the person they want to be.”
2. Take everything out. “I mean everything,” says Golden. Sort by type, putting each piece back in, one by one. Put skirts together and jackets together, light to dark. “But don’t put anything back in your closet if you haven’t worn it for two years,” she says. “Get rid of it. All it’s doing is cluttering up your life and your brain.” Sell it on Threadflip or eBay or give it to Goodwill or take it to a clothing swap party with your friends. “Don’t look at it as getting rid of things, look at it as making room for things you really love.”
3. Recycle, reuse, restore. Make three piles. The reuse pile goes back in the closet. The recycle pile goes anywhere but back in your closet. The restore pile gets fixed. “If it needs fixing, put a ribbon around the hanger and put it back in the closet.”
Whew. Now you can finally get into your closet without being attacked by rogue hoodies.