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Clothing Swap 2011

9 May

Last week I hosted my 2nd annual clothing swap, and it was a blast!   Putting together a clothing swap is a great excuse for a midweek lady’s night, and it gives you a deadline to finally clean out your closet to get ready for a new season.

So here’s the scoop….

1. Pick a date.  Make sure you give your girlfriends plenty of lead time so they can gather all the goods.
I’m old school so I sent an Evite 🙂


2. Prepare some light finger foods, hor devours, chips and dip… stuff you can pick up and put down easily.

3. Make sure you have plenty of wine (or margaritas as shown above) on hand.

4.  Once everyone arrives… grab some food and drinks, and let the shopping begin!!

Here I am saying goodbye to one of my favorite college going out shirts.  Oh the memories….

A few helpful tips..

Before the party, collect boxes to organize the clothes.  Trust me, this makes things SO much easier for sorting through stuff.  Then make labels for clothing type (shirts, pants, dresses, etc…) so when your friends arrive, they can put the clothes they brought into the appropriate bin.

Designate a “try on” room, preferably near a full length mirror.

Once the swapping is done, go around the room and have everyone show off what they took (and have the owner fess up!)

Put all of the remaining clothes into trash bags, and have each guest bring a bag to good will.

Check out my steals!

North Face Winter Jacket
Cashemere Sweater
T-shirt from Bueno y Sano (fav burrito joint from college)
Zara shirt
J.Crew Pants
Plus a super cute H&M shirt that I wore to work the very next day (why it’s not in the pic!).

For some more clothing organization tips, check out THIS post!

{Once you swap you just can’t stop.}


Behind closed drawers….

3 Feb

In response to your comments about tips for organizing dresser drawers, I came across these GREAT suggestions from Apartment Therapy.  And to make sure I’m passing along only the best ideas… I tried #2 out myself.  Yes, it’s awesome.  Scroll down to see my before and after!

From Apartment Therapy

1. Every few months, take everything out of your drawers and refold them.

Let’s face it… there is no way even the most well intentioned organizer is going to keep up with perfect folding daily, so rather than make empty promises – try and commit to doing this once a season.  This is a great time to purge *if you didn’t wear it all season, you won’t wear it next year!* and if you have limited drawer space, this is the perfect time to swap the sweaters for the tank tops!  Stained or clothing with holes – TRASH ‘EM!

2. Rather than stacking T-shirts, try “filing” them.

This one I had to try myself, and it’s great.  Those poor t’s that get stuck at the bottom of the pile (a.k.a. never get worn) now have a prominent place in the drawer!  EQUALITY, YES!!!

Tony’s drawer before…

Tony’s drawer after…

3. Use containers in your drawers to hold the small stuff.

This is great for small items like coins, belts, ties, etc…

4. If you have a particularly large drawer, consider picking up dividers or organizers.

This not only keeps like items together, but doesn’t waste all that time you spent in #1 (cause I know you did it!) because it keeps the piles in tact.  You can pick up dividers here!

5. Keep your drawer smelling fresh by storing candles in it.

Grab those off season mini candles on clearance, and store away!  You can also use fresh smelling soap, or small cedar blocks (if you like the smell).

Some other tips:

From good ol’ Martha:
Use a deep drawer for sweaters — never hang knits — and place cedar blocks inside to fend off moths

Personal Organizing:
Organizing similar piles by style and color: This is a great time-saver when you are searching for a particular item. For example, one dresser drawer can hold a pile of casual t-shirts – whites together in one pile, assorted colors in another pile.

Real Simple Magazine:
The junk drawer (I know you have one) is calling your name….  Check out these tips for a junk drawer makeover from Real Simple Magazine!

{Got any tips of your own?}

Closet Envy.

17 Jan

Oh, we’ve all got it.

I swear, I would trade my bedroom for a huge walk in closet.  Don’t worry Tony – you can sleep in there with me…. Just don’t touch the shoes, ok??

Let’s take a moment to be “positively” envious.

Can you guess who this closet belongs to?  All I want for Christmas… is youuuuu!

Love the simplicity here.

Decor Pad

$100 says this is only 1 of MANY walk-in closets for Nikki Hilton.  NOT FAIR!

In Style

Elfa Closets from The Container Store

Inside-out Closet!


And my favorite closet goes to…Actress Olivia Wilde.
I think I love this closet the most, because it does NOT look like a store… but just another comfortable, yet fashionable room in her home!

P. Series Stylist

{Do you love your closet (walk-in or not!)  Send me a photo!}

Type A+ Personality

11 Jan

OMG, this is a profession???  Like, you can get PAID (and not made fun of) for doing this???

Check out this great NYTimes article that my friend Nina just sent me. It will either make you jump for joy (me) or think this woman is totally insane (most of you out there). New York Times Article: Organize This!

{Ok, where do I sign up?}

Liberation through Organization, Part 3

7 Jan

This is the last of a series of posts on how to keep your home organized (See previous Part 1 & Part 2) and this one could be a great activity if it snows this weekend!

Have a great weekend everyone and stay tuned for some VERY EXCITING HouseFullofPretty news on Monday.  I promise, it will be worth the wait 🙂

Organization Tip #3
Getting a handle on your clothing.

If you’re anything like me, your life is in a constant clothing flux, consisting of Buying new clothing vs.Trying to find a space for the clothes you already have vs. Knowing that you desperately need to clean out your closet! You can blame it on the ever evolving fashion trends, weight loss or gain, hey even blame it on the seasons!  But no matter the blame, this is a never ending cycle…and the true catalyst to the mess in your room.

Over the years I have established a system that works fairly well… especially for people like me who have limited closet space, and a true love for shopping.  So here are a few helpful tips I’ve picked up along the way, but hope you’ll share a few of your own!

1. Have a clothing party

I threw one of these about a month ago, and not only was it a major success as far as emptying out my closet goes, but it was a lot of fun!  Here’s the deal:

  • Get the word out to your girlfriends
  • Ask them to bring all gently worn clothing, shoes, outerware, accessories, etc… that they no longer wear
  • Incorporate food and alcohol
  • Let the party begin!

Because we had a LOT of stuff, I used labeled cardboard boxes and bins in order to sort clothing by type (shirts, dress pants, shorts, etc…).  This way everything was “anonymous” and it was easier for people to sort through.

From Jenny’s HFoP

After everyone had time to go through the bins, try things on, and drink a few glasses of wine, we had a little “revealing” party, where we went around and each person presented what they took (and the owner, if proud, fessed up!).  At the end of the night we bagged all of the leftover items and donated them to Good Will.  What worked so well was that people seemed more eager to give things away when they knew they were going to a friend, or a “good home”.

Picture of the potluck.

2. Play the trade game.

Ok, this is easier said than done…but a necessity if your closet is about to burst.  Here’s how it works.  Every time you buy something new and put it in your closet, you MUST replace it with something you’re going to get rid of (donate!).  Now this works especially well if you purchase JUST the right amount of hangers so that in order to hang the newbie, you are forced to give up an oldie.

3. Put it in a box.

This is a trick I learned back in high school.  I was headed off to college and knew I couldn’t take every pair of shoes I had accumulated over the years (and there were A LOT!).  Yet I couldn’t bring myself to part with them, just yet.  I mean, what happens if my 3 inch platform Steve Maddens come back in style in a few years??

I kid you not.  And no, they didn’t.

So I put the “debatables” in a box, and labeled it “check in one year”.  I decided that if I had not thought about or needed the items in a year, than I would give away everything in the box, no questions asked.   And that’s exactly what happened!  In the end, a lot of times it’s not about the items, but the psychological dilemma of giving things up.

So hopefully this is a good start to conquering that bursting closet, dresser that won’t quite close, or insane clothing pile sitting on the chair by your bed.  Now get to it! 🙂

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