Thursday, January 9, 2014

Closet Confidential

Show me your closets and I'll show you your secrets.

                                            - Charlotte Adams 

As much as I love to complain about January weather, I have to admit that without January my closets, cupboards and dressers would be impenetrable and more dangerous than a barefoot trip through the Amazon jungle.  What better use of your time when it’s minus a zillion with snow drifts than to tackle the accumulated junk of the past year? Me, I’ve got nothing better to do (except read and I’ll do that as a reward after I’m done). This is, after all, a picture of my back yard this week.

While I’m admitting things to the world, this is probably a good time to let you know that I’m not naturally organized. Oh sure, I had five books with professional organizer Charlotte Adams, but I didn’t organize her: she organized me.  I loved this character (so what if she was a tad on the bossy side?) because she had what I didn’t: a natural gift for sorting out the chaos that ‘stuff’ brings into our lives. A big part of my stuff consisted of books, magazine and guides on organizing. They helped a lot. And so did Charlotte. Many of you have written to ask if there will be more Charlotte Adams books, and that is my plan. Even though it may take a while, Charlotte will be back.
One of my favorite books in the series was Closet Confidential (book 4). Charlotte passed on ‘her’ best tips for closet clear-outs, one at the head of each chapter. I still refer back to them every January when I start the annual digout.
 At any rate, I thought you might appreciate three of Charlotte’s suggestions for reclaiming your closet space. They really helped me and maybe you’ll find them useful too.
·         Before you start organizing, select a charity that you feel good about and make a decision to donate your surplus clothing to them. It will make parting with items so much easier. They’re going to a good home.

Cheap and cheerful does the trick!
·        Ditch your mismatched hangers. Invest in inexpensive but sturdy hangers, all the same color and size. Your closet will look neater and more organized instantly, even if you do nothing else! Then do get rid of the mismatched hangers. Someone will want them, but you won’t. I bought these  in packages of three for a dollar at our local dollar store five years ago and replaced all mine. They’re still going strong and looking good. I fully expect them to outlive me.

·         Play classic rock music (or your favorite lively tunes if that’s not to your liking). The lively beat will keep your energy up and make it seem like fun. I’m happy to have The Beach Boys and The Beatles help me whip those closets into shape. 

Charlotte has dozens more hints. Let me know if you’d like her to show up here at Cozy Chicks every now and then. She’d try not to be too bossy, but you know ...

 And also please tell me (and Charlotte) your favorite tip for create order in your home.
Can’t wait to hear! 

After your comments, if you’d like a chuckle, check out the trailer for Closet Confidential – you can meet the famous princess dachshunds. 

Here are the five Charlotte Adams books, in order of publication, if that's your thing. Charlotte would approve.