Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Closet Highlight Of The Month - November

NOVEMBER CLOSET HIGHLIGHT


What an adorable space this was! The client already had aesthetically appealing storage items to help maximize the space she was working with, she just needed help editing down her inventory. She mentioned that she had previously "gone through" her items, and had gotten rid of many things. Nonetheless, I suggested we go through everything again, with a fine-toothed comb.




During my meticulous cleanout/purge phase, people are often amazed at how many items were in their closets, that they didn't even realize were there. Some of the "found" items are nice surprises, but many are unwanted space takers, and are instant tosses; as was the case with this one. She ended up getting rid of FIVE large garbage bags of clothing!
The remaining items were then organized by category and color, and the old hangers were swapped out for the uniform black velvet ones. 




Despite getting rid of a TON of items, there are plenty remaining, and they are all ones that she will be happy to wear going forward. I think her review says it all:

"I've "cleaned out" the clothes in my closet before but I didn't even realize what an overhaul I needed until she showed up! Top to bottom, she helped me clear out anything that wasn't serving me. Then she organized it all into perfectly color coordinated sections. You wouldn't believe all the work it took to get my closet in order and I would have never done it without her! I feel so free!!!"


I'm so glad I could help her with this adorable space. 
On to the next closet! Maybe it will be yours?

XOXO

Kit Kat

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Closet Organizing Tip: Linen Closet

TACKLING THE LINEN CLOSET 


Hi Dolls!

The linen closet is a space that seems to always attract clutter. Even when you take the time to organize and tidy up, it seems to revert back to it's messy state rather quickly.  Furthermore, it's a space that is accessed by the whole family, and thus is even harder to keep clean without some structure. 

I first organized my linen closet when we moved into the house years ago. I pulled together a hodge-podge of baskets to help sort the many, many products kept inside. Although this did help keeping the categories of items separate, it still didn't look quite right...nor was it as functional as I had hoped. The longer we lived in the house, the more the clutter returned and soon the closet didn't seem organized at all!



Time passed, and it took me awhile to find the right type of baskets to both house all of our inventory, as well as fit the aesthetic look I was going for. Once I found them, however, it was LOVE at first sight! (Silly how organizing items gets me so excited!) 



Aren't they gorge?
These baskets come in two different sizes, have a chalk board plate on the front for labeling, and are extremely inexpensive. ✔✔✔ (Click here to order.)
I needed to maximize the space and assure I'd get the correct amount of baskets from the get-go, so I measured each shelf, and calculated how many of each size would fit before purchasing.

Now to reorganize. I started the process by taking every single item out of the closet (throwing many things away in the process). I then sorted them into different groups on the bathroom floor, which allowed me to see which categories I could separate everything into, and how much of each category there was. Once I was done, I was able to choose the appropriate size basket for each group. 
Finally, using a chalk pen, I labeled each basket accordingly.



Our linen closet has NEVER looked so good! If you have a space that needs organizing, I'm happy to help! Schedule your free consultation today.

Until next time. 😉

XOXO
💋
Kit Kat


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trending: Velvet


VELVET CRUSH


Hi Dolls, 

I just have to gush about one of Fall's hottest trends: Velvet! I am very excited about the return of this luxe trend. Totally 80s, yet totally gorge! It is super feminine, and adds a touch of glam to any outfit. 


One of my favorite ways to wear velvet is in a skirt. Pair it with a tee or patterned blouse, and switch out your shoes for an easy day-to-night look.




Another great way to incorporate it, is into your footwear.  Loafers and mules are also trending right now, and wearing them in a velvet fabric is just to die for!  Not into the loafer/mule trend? Velvet heels and boots are on everywhere too! 






If you're really ready to dive into velvet for Fall (like me) dresses and pant suits are going to be all the rage for those chic holiday parties.





 I love trends returning from previous times, because you can often find amazing, and unique, pieces at vintage and second hand stores. You can bet you'll find me scouring the racks for velvet gems this Fall. 


Stay tuned to my Instagram for the ways I end up rocking this trend.  I just can't get enough!

Until next time, fashionistas. 

XOXO

Kit Kat

Friday, October 20, 2017

Closet Highlight Of The Month: September

CLOSET MAKEOVER - October


Hi Dolls,

This month's highlighted closet makeover was a fun one! I mean, they're all fun to me, but this one stood out because I'd done it before. I'm talking serious déjà vu! Well...not this exact closet. One that was identical in size and had basically the same layout. The finished look, however, was quite different. (Click for previous post.) 

BEFORE:




After going through each item with the client, and purging many of them, I got to work organizing. 

I started with reorganizing the different sections, so that they made a little more sense. I put all of the winter items together, all of the blouses and lighter shirts together, all of the pants and skirts together, and all of the dresses in one place. I also color coordinated everything. 

Due to the fact that you cannot see the floor, beneath the clothing, I had to come up with a solution for all of the client's boots. I decided to put them up on the top shelf so that they were out of the way, but still visible for easy selection.  The rest of the shoes were able to stay where they were, and just needed a little restructuring.

AFTER:




Again, notice the big difference in just switching out the hangers to matching, space saving ones. Just sayin...






A similar closet to one done before, but a totally different, finished look.

On to the next. :)

XOXO

Kit Kat




Monday, September 25, 2017

Playroom Organization

Pretty Playrooms


Hi Dolls,

One of the most daunting tasks, as a parent, is cleaning up the playroom. However, the more organized the playroom, the easier the cleanup each time. After recently working on my kids' playroom, I came up with a few tips on how to organize this creative space.



1. PURGE
Before you try and organize at all, go through the entire room and get rid of items that are now too immature for your young ones, or things that they just don't play with anymore. 


2. BINS
Now that you've dwindled down your inventory, it's time to sort. Decorative bins/baskets are a great way to separate items into categories, while giving a put together appearance to the room. They also make cleanup a breeze (think being able to quickly throw items back into their respective bins). Smaller bins can be set on shelves or tucked in cubes (see #3) and big ones can be left on the floor or set under a table. Coordinating the colors of the cubes (feel free to mix solids and prints) is aesthetically appealing and gives a sense of structure.





3. CUBE SHELVES
Perfect for playrooms, these cube shelves are pretty inexpensive and can hold all kinds of different toys or books. They are also perfect for housing decorative baskets/bins.  Cube shelves come in all sizes, so they're easy to customize to your space.




4. COLOR COORDINATE BOOKS
Fun activity for your kids to help you with, and adds structured pops of color to the room. It is also easy for kids to maintain, and creates structure where there usual isn't any.




5. HOOKS
Some items are just better hung. Dress up clothes, capes, and even small baskets are some ideas for how to utilize hooks. 








There you go! My five tips to help you tackle the craziness that is your playroom. 

Want help? I'm happy to give you a free consultation to assess your organizing needs.

XOXO

Kit Kat

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Closet Organizing Tip: Rolling

Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll em


Hi again, Dolls!

Do your drawers look like this? 



Is it hard to see what you have? 


 


Do the top items keep getting smushed when you open or close the drawer? 




My tip: 

ROLL THEM!









PERKS OF ROLLING:



1. VISIBILTY CREATOR

Rolling items will work for many areas of your closet (think underwear, socks, scarves) but works especially well in drawers. Not only will it make the drawer appear to hold more, but it also allows you to see more of what you have. When you fold items, you stack them one on top of the other, which means you can really only see the top item until you lift each one up below it. When you roll them, you can now lay them side by side, which allows for seeing many of them at one time (even if there are a few layers of rolled items). 


2. SPACE SAVER

The drawer is now much neater, and the items are much more visible. You can also fit more items in this drawer, than you can by folding them (similar to when you pack a suitcase). Now the drawer can open and close easily, without getting stuck on the clothes. I was also able to put more into the drawer than was there before. 
I know, I know. "Edit the items, or purge" you say? That's the problem. This IS the edited selection. Getting hand-me-downs from friends is AWESOME, except when you start to run out of space. Now you can keep more of the adorable items that still fit, rather than having to get rid of them just to save space. #momproblems



3. WRINKLE PREVENTER

Not only is rolling great for saving space, it also keeps things from getting wrinkled like they do from folding!  I rolled all of these scarves, rather than folding them, or just throwing them in the basket. Now I can see every option I have, without having to dig/lift others up.


4. IRRITABILITY DECREASER

True, this tip may work better for you, or older kids, rather than toddlers...but they are going to mess up any type of folding, so why not make your life a little easier when trying to fit all of the clean laundry back into the space. 


Hope this helps y'all get motivated on that closet! Stay tuned for more closet organizing tips.

XOXO

Kit Kat


Monday, August 28, 2017

Closet Organizing Tip: Velvet Hangers

FIRST & FOREMOST: VELVET HANGERS


Hey Dolls, 

A lot of people tell me "I don't even know where to begin with my closet". Purging and editing your wardrobe is great (and is the very minimum you should do) but sometimes it feels like there are still too many amazing clothes to fit in the space.  One of the easiest updates to your closet, that will make a HUGE difference right off the bat, is switching out all of your plastic, wire and wood hangers, to velvet, space-saving ones. The wire hangers can/should be pitched, whereas the plastic ones can be donated. Wood hangers look quite lovely, however they just aren't practical! They take up a TON of space, and many items will slip right off.  I suggest saving them to use in guest rooms or hall closets. 

  



Just look at the difference! These pictures were taken after the editing part of the client's session, so these were the clothes that she wanted to keep. Thus, there is no difference in the amount of clothes hanging; they just have more room and are now more uniform. 
Aside from being pretty, and adding a bit of elegance to the closet, the velvet material also prevent items from slipping off. This, in and of itself should be enough to convince you to make the switch!

Here are some pics of a closet edit session, where velvet hangers weren't used. The closet is more clean and organized, but it is lacking the same feel and appearance. 




BONUS: they aren't that expensive! Costco has black velvet hangers (my color go-to for clients) at $9.99 for 35 hangers! Not bad, and much less expensive than Target ($29.99 for 40)...although Target does have different color options. Amazon is around $22 for 50. Bed Bath & Beyond even carries velvet baby/child hangers!
Other places may sell them, but be careful; not all velvet hangers are created equal! You may find these hangers at places like Marshalls and Home Goods, but they often aren't of the same quality and may break easily. 





Well, there you have it. A quick and easy way to update your closet's appearance, while creating more space in the process. 

Need some organizing help? Schedule your free consultation! Every organization/styling package comes with FREE velvet hangers. :)

XOXO

Kit Kat



Monday, August 21, 2017

CLOSET HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH: August

CLOSET TRANSFORMATION OF THE MONTH


Hey Dolls,

It's that time again; when I get to show you a recent fabulous closet transformation. I just love going into someone's closet and making it more functional, organized and aesthetically appealing than it was when I got there. 

When I first walked in, it didn't appear to be too terribly overcrowded with items. It did however, have one immediately noticeable red flag: a lack of non-slip velvet hangers. I can't stress this enough. These are ESSENTIAL to maximizing your space, while creating a uniform look. Easy to implement and relatively inexpensive.

BEFORE:









This client told me that she already had a lot of no-slip hangers spread among many different closets in the home. So I asked her to gather them up, and bring them to the closet.  She did, and we used each and every one, but as you can see there are still many items on white plastic hangers. I suggested she invest in more of them after I leave, to further polish the final look.
After an edit of her inventory (getting rid of items that are no longer in style, rarely worn, or don't fit) I decided to tackle the section of the closet that you first notice when entering: SHOES. They just needed a little rearranging and color/season coordinating, and they now continue across the top sides, to better showcase her collection (rather than being stuffed out of site on shelves below her clothes).
Next was organizing each section of the closet by style. Long sleeves together, short sleeves together, skirts together, and so on. Then each section was organized further by color. 
This was a short two hour session, and I didn't get to work on everything I would have like to, but the results are still visible. 

Here are the before and after pics. On the second view, you can see the purse section in the before pic, but we didn't have time to get to that this time, so I left it out of the after. I was able to utilize all sections of the closet, some of which were empty when I started, to maximize organization and minimize clutter/cramming.

View 1:





View 2:





Like what you see? Maybe it's time for your CrayChicStyle closet session?

Until next time!

XOXO
Kit Kat