Organizing Dresser Drawers for a Stylist

I had the chance to organize the clothing of a fabulous local stylist named Laura Michaud.

You can imagine my anticipation to be able to get into her closet. I knew there would be so many lovely things to admire but I stayed focused. A challenge I face as a professional organizer is to estimate how much can done in the time allotted. This will vary greatly depending on the client. For this reason I have to start simple so that I can see the client’s abilities to make decisions and prioritize. Also for this reason though the closet looked fun it would be too involved to be able to get it done in two hours.

We started with the dresser drawers. I noticed the drawers were pretty tight with contents so the first order of business would be to see if there was anything she could weed out so that we would have more space to work with. We emptied the top left drawer which was hosiery. You can imagine the varieties she had. I have one pair of tights I wear with winter skirts and dresses but I am far from a fashionista so I have to take this into account when I am assessing a client’s wardrobe. Who are they and what do they need and want? I want only one pair of hose-or maybe two now that I have seen hers :). Because she is an artist of personal image her palette requires a greater number of variables.

We separated them into colors first. Then we selected what she only wears in the winter and put them aside to be stored in a location with less “real estate” value. That place is not decided until everything in the category has been purged and organized into subcategories because the location changes according to what needs to be stored. Until we have all the pieces to a puzzle it cannot be solved.

The next step was to separate the colors further because each color had 5-8 pieces in which there were differences in design and texture. There weren’t enough like designs to separate them that way but they could be separated into texture and non. Laura then chose certain pairs she no longer wanted and put them aside by the door, indicating their next direction (going out of the house). Now that we had all the hosiery that was wanted and all of it organized into categories that would enhance her wardrobe creativity abilities we put the collection aside.

We proceeded in the same way with all the drawers. Categorizing and purging (not comfortable, have a nicer one, lost weight, etc.) until we were left with only what she wanted. After the process we had gained an entire drawer which made it easier to find things. Then we decided which category of clothing, undergarments, socks, pjs., hosiery, workout and bathing suits went in what drawers depending both on what needed to be most accessible and what category fit where.

You may notice in the included photo the items are not perfectly folded as you see in most organizing industry pictures. The fact is very few of my clients are going to take time to fold perfectly. If they do this they usually don’t need me. The object is to store the clothes so that each items can be seen at a glance upon opening the drawer, no digging required not to make it neat. Neat is not the same as organized. They usually are related but one does not necessarily include the other. As long as the density remains low enough to allow placement without too much struggle it is fine. In general more space is always better.

Two hours later we had one garbage bag full of clothing going to charity, a more efficient dresser drawer system and a brief look at the closet which enticed me to return to do some more work so that I finally have a chance to see the jewels. I left with a little undergarment tip that arose as we organized as well.

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