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Shop Your Closet


Courtesy of HarperCollins

Truth be told, I am a complete organizational freak. I color coordinate my closet, tape Polaroids of each pair of shoes to the outside of my Container Store shoe boxes, and fold every sweater uniformly. I’m the first to admit that it’s a bit obsessive, but damn my closet looks good!

In the spirit of spring cleaning—which I’ve been late in getting to due to life moving way too quickly—I felt compelled to share a new and useful find. Recently, author and former Style.com editor Melanie Charlton Fascitelli paid a visit to Jackson Square’s luxe clothing boutique, Carrots, for the launch of her new book, Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet With Style (HarperCollins, $19.95). This is a book I can really get behind. With such enthusiastically titled chapters as “Bye-Bye, Pack Rat!” and pages garnished with cute illustrations, Fascitelli lends tips on sweater folding, the right (and wrong) hangers to use and the containers you’ll need to rid your closet of clutter.

After plowing through the easy read, I was inspired to recreate outfits mixing old and new items. An hour later, I was hardcore cleaning and filling bags of garments for Goodwill (my rule of thumb: donate items that haven’t been touched in three months or more). Before I knew it, I had completely reorganized my closet. It was exhausting, but totally liberating, and the perfect way to prepare for the season ahead.

One of my favorite tips Fascitelli shares? Tuck a lavender sachet between your piles of sheets and linens for a lovely whiff of aromatherapy.

Find Shop Your Closet at Carrots, 843 Montgomery St., 415-834-9040 or harpercollins.com