Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Marvelous Closet Makeover



On The Universal List Of Cathartic Exercises, A Thorough Closet Makeover Is Hard To Top, But The Busier You Are, The More Elusive That Catharsis Can Be. Since A Challenging Closet Can Derail Your Day Before You Even Leave The House, It’s The Best Place To Start If You Need A Little Zen Before The Morning Rush.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A few months ago, Slice asked readers to submit photos of their unruly closets and we partnered with organizing professional Valerie Riley, owner of The Riley Group, to create a stress-less closet for one fan. She was Lyra Roberts of Oklahoma City.

Riley approached Roberts’ closet the way she begins each project, with a brief, initial consultation to assess the area and understand how the client envisions using the space every day.

“The first thing I want to know,” Riley says, “is why the client called us. For a closet makeover, I want to know what the client’s ideal closet looks like. For example, maybe it has a section devoted just to clothes for the next week.”

Riley explains, “It’s also helpful to know if the person is what I’d call an ‘innie’ or an ‘outie.’ An ‘innie’ feels good when everything is put away and hidden from view. An ‘outie’ feels good when everything is out and visible.”

The source of Roberts’ closet disarray is a common theme for most of us. “I had a walk-in closet and I wanted to make the most of it,” Roberts recalls. “But I was just too busy to do it all myself. My closet wasn’t a priority.”

Professional organizers from The Riley Group took an inventory of Roberts’ belongings, grouping by color and sleeve length. They also provided storage containers and other solutions for keeping everything accessible, but tucked neatly away. Once finished, they invited Roberts into her new closet for the reveal.

“I found clothes I’d forgotten about!” Roberts told us. “Having everything organized by color showed me that I need to stop buying black shirts – I have a hundred!”

The new arrangement helped Roberts easily inventory what she has, allowing her to identify and donate duplicates in her closet. “The makeover was the kickstart I needed to thin out my closet.”

The Riley Group’s organizers gave Roberts tips for keeping the closet organized and Riley advises all clients to live with the new system for a couple of weeks to make sure it works for their routines.

The verdict for Lyra Roberts? “It’s been a couple of months since they did the makeover,” Roberts says, “and my closet still looks great!”

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Organizing Tips You Should Really Know By Now
(but Valerie Riley will remind you)

 

If your closet is a mess, you probably want to purge. Do this instead:

► Sort and group, according to color, fabric weight and sleeve length.

► Separate work clothes from casual clothes.

► Evaluate what you have; setting aside duplicates and anything that doesn’t fit.

 

Now, get over the emotional attachment to how much you spent on something (or how much of a bargain you got) and then you’ll be ready for the big purge.

► Create “keep” and “donate” piles. You might need a “not sure” pile, too.

► Purge any duplicates.

► Purge anything with stains – especially white shirts.

► Purge anything that doesn’t look like a million bucks on you right this minute – do not save for when you lose those last 15 pounds.

► Purge those wretched jeans from 1985 that you still haven’t taken in to have properly hemmed. (That one is for Mr. Hammack.)

► If you didn’t wear something all season, get rid of it. (If you’re hesitant, Riley suggests turning your hangers backwards on the rod until you wear something. At the end of the season, if the hanger is still turned backwards, get rid of that item.)

► Don’t buy anything without being willing to purge something else in exchange. If clothes and shoes spontaneously multiply in your closet, consider purging two items for every one item that you purchase.

► Call a straightforward, honest friend to help you with your “not sure” pile.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »You Might Like

Double Tap and Open Wide

Social media can drive realspace results: culinary personality Larry Dean Pickering makes big things happen in this small kitchen.

Decorate Your Life With These Stars Among Stripes

You might feel prompted to salute the particular flag-inspired pattern that stars in this collection of home décor – in any shade, these stripes are solid choices.

Let Them Eat (Gorgeous) Cake

Cake is the ideal signifier of a party and cause for celebration in itself — at least when it’s as tasty for the eyes as these visual treats.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

September 2018

No Events
No Events
No Events
No Events

More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
Website »

More information

This year will mark the eighth time the John F. Kennedy Awards have been celebrated, honoring individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying...

Cost: $300

Where:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Santa Fe Family Life Center
Telephone: 405-840-1817
Contact Name: James Timberlake
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
Website »

More information

Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
View map »


Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
Website »

More information

Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

A fabulous art auction to raise money to help support Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO.

Cost: $100

Where:
CHK|Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73129
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO
Telephone: 405.974.3791
Contact Name: Heather Bryant
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This family-friendly event raises funds to support the...

Cost: $10 for adults or children six and older

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73116
View map »


Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
Website »

More information

Let’s end childhood cancer. Together! This September, supporters across the country will unite to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, an exciting, family-friendly...

Cost: $10 for Registration

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S Lake Hefner Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73116
View map »


Sponsor: ALSAC St. Jude Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
Website »

More information

Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
View map »


Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
Website »

More information

Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags