Mr. Diabolina and I finally watched an episode the A&E show Hoarders. OMFG.
The woman featured went from being a stunning southern belle to using a toliet without running water...for 8 years. From a mother of two to accumulating EIGHT THOUSAND pounds of trash under which two cats had been dead and buried for decades. It was the foulest, most shocking thing I have ever seen.
Needless to say, the show has thrown this fashion hoarder into an organizing FRENZY. The last few months have been pretty stressful and I must admit that it's taken a toll on my closet. When you have as much stuff as I do it doesn't take very long for things to get messy. And I realized the last time I did a FULL re-organizing was January 2008. Have accumulated ALOT of dirty pretty things since then.
Happy to report I haven't found any dead cats or dead Forever 21 employees but I have uncovered lots of jewelry and lipsticks and scarves and even bags I'd forgotten about for months. Hoping to pull together a full closet video tour in the next few days too but here's a peak at how the accessories are shaping up.
Wishing you a very clean and fashionable New Year's Eve. I'll be knee deep in designer duds ;)
Started my accessory organizing how I build most of my outfits: with the shoes...the glorious, glorious shoes. I organize my shoes by color and style. I place the ones I use the most at eye level and the special sparkly occassion ones higher up. My "seasonal" shoes - sandals and boots - are off to the side.
Next I organized my scarves. When I do wardrobe consultations, I am always shocked at how piddly people's scarf collections are. Scarves are a simple, cost-effective way to infuse your wardrobe with personality and sophistication. Loved this Elle December 2009 spread on multiple creative ways to rock a single Hermes scarf. My favorite alternative to wearing them around your neck: tying them onto a bag.
Decided to stuff all the print ones I have into four shoe boxes and stacked them in our coat closet. This is a new system so we'll see if it works out. I am determined to wear these beauties more often in 2010.
Next came my bags. They occupy two shelves in the closet. I try to place all of them in dust bags and again organize them according to use. Every day purses on the bottom, clutches, beach and travel bags on top. I used to stack them horizontally but decided to change things up and stack them vertically since most are pretty slouchy or flat.
Finally I tackled my jewelry. I own exactly three pieces of fine jewelry - a ruby ring from my dad, a Tiffany Atlas ring from my mom and a Me & Ro necklace from Mr. Diabolina. The rest of my stuff is junk, junk that I love.
It's sprinkled all over the house but the majority of it is in my bathroom stacked in a Marc Jacobs perfume box. Mr. D was getting rid of a tool kit seperator thingie so I took that and fashioned it into something for a girl. Kept my chunky bangles in part of the Marc box.
Got a necklace tree thing at Urban Outfitters this year. It's really supposed to be for a dainty girl with delicate necklaces not a large and in charge Diabolina with statement ones. Sigh. Decided to create even more of an eye sore by adding my headbands into the mix. I have acquired a collection that would make even Blair Waldorf jeally.