Here’s the beautiful thing about skimming Marie Kondo’s Magic, pounding four double espressos and dumping all your clothes on your bed—you don’t have to shop at Nordie’s! You don’t have to shop at all, actually, except for very specific items needed to fill in a few holes. Let me take you through the process, step by step:
ESPRESSO #1: DUMP’N’TIDY
Park the kids in front of Fortnite, throw a bowl of cereal at them and get ready to hunker down. Dragging every single item (from tulle skirts to flip flops) out of the decades old fashion emporium known lovingly as “My Closet” is no joke. Not for the faint of heart or one pressed for time, it takes a strong woman on a mission to see it through to the very back shelf, armed with only a dustbuster and some essential oils in spray bottle (Instant re-fresh!)
ESPRESSO #2: GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY NOW
Start with what you know. Obviously I am talking about shoes and handbags. It doesn’t matter if that buttercup yellow Tory Burch backpack cost a month’s worth of groceries, if you’ve never managed to haul it on that preppy-chic-beach trip you were planning, put it in the giveaway bag. Do NOT revisit the giveaway bag. Take Marie’s advice and touch all the items, if they do not “Spark Joy” then send them packing (much like what one should have done with several of one’s boyfriends in her early twenties.Just sayin’.)
ESPRESSO #3: DIVIDE & CONQUOR
Use only thin velvet hangers, then clothes won’t slip and you can line them up neatly. Hang shirts front to back (or T to A as we used to say in the fashion closet), then lightest to darkest according to category: tanks, T-shirts, long sleeved knits, button ups. Fold sweaters so they don’t stretch (duh). Roll denim in drawers (fold into thirds then roll, back pocket side out). Hang coats and dresses in the same method as the shirts. Organize bags with dividers so they can stand tall and maintain their shape.
ESPRESSO #4: I FEEL PRETTY
The morning I started my closet overhaul, I thought I needed to buy some leopard print goodies from Nordstrom in order to update my fall wardrobe. After cleaning out my closet for eight hours, I found ALL this:
The message is clear—abundance is everywhere, sometimes you just need to get down on your knees and clear away the dust-bunnies in order to find it.