Get Organized: pack summer away

Make sure the items you store are laundered or dry-cleaned. Even if clothing appears clean, invisible stains –especially in light-colored linen and cotton — can turn into permanent spots by the time you take them out to wear for vacation or next summer. Moths are drawn by deodorant, perfume and body odor, Invisible stains from clear soda or white wine will turn yellow over time and can become impossible to remove, And be sure to remove all dry-cleaning plastic bags from your closet to air out fumes and prevent fabrics from becoming discolored.

When possible, store off-season clothing in canvas bags which allow the fibers to breathe. Or drape a clean cotton sheet over hanging clothes, making sure the shoulders and sleeves are covered. You can also put shoulder covers over your hanging clothing to protect the shoulders year round. I do.

Sweaters can be zipped into sweater bags. If using plastic boxesline them with a clean, unbleached sheet folded over the garments to help absorb any potential moisture. However, always put fur and leather garments in canvas bags.

No matter how you store your clothing, it should be in a cool, dry area.
Fall is the perfect time to review what is in your closet. If the job of sorting through your closet seems overwhelming, let me know. I am told I am a “gifted closet surgeon.”The goal of closet surgery is that your every day options should be in your most becoming colors,should fit and should be somewhat in style. I can pull together outfits you never dreamed of wearing together by shopping right in your own closet using your very own clothing. It is fun and it is cathartic, so do let me know if I can help you.

The desire for something new at this time of the year is inevitable. However, just because something is in style does not mean it will flatter you. Wear only what flatters YOU, not just because it is “in.”

If you would like my assistance with closet “surgery” or personal shopping, I am booking appointments now for October and November. You may want to do closet “surgery” before shopping so you know what you have and what you need. And if I have done either for you before, your cost for my time will be reduced by 10%