How to Audit Your Own Closet by Savannah Boyd

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The “after” picture of a closet audit we did for a client in her gorgeous, recently-redesigned space.

To Purge, or Not To Purge?… That is the Question…

Do you ever stand in your closet feeling paralyzed by the prospect of cleaning out and organizing the cluttered mess?! If so, you are not alone, and this post is for you!

We will share some “tips and tricks” and walk you through the steps we take when we approach a Closet Audit for a client.

There are, of course, numerous advantages to hiring someone to do this task for you… One perk is that we are very practiced at this and can generally accomplish in 2-3 hours what will often take a client several days (or even weeks!) to manage on his or her own. Also, we don't have a sentimental attachment to your items, which means that we can be decisive about what should stay and what should go. Clients often endure an internal struggle and begin to rationalize letting pieces stay in their closet or work their way back in; they think, “I might wear it again if I just lose 10 pounds,” or “It might come back in style.” These ways of thinking prevent you from purging properly! The end goal is to have a wardrobe that is full enough to make getting dressed easy but that is not overflowing (and thus, overwhelming). We can also identify the areas of need in your closet (i.e. gaps in your wardrobe like a lack of white button-ups for layering or the need for a versatile neutral handbag) and shop for you to fill those items in. One great rule of thumb is: for every three items that come in to your closet, three items should go out!

If you are up for the challenge of cleaning your closet out on your own, we welcome you to follow these general guidelines.

 

“Before” pictures

If the scenes above look familiar, use the below guidelines to whip your closet into shape!

 
  • Before you remove items from your closet, designate space for several piles in a separate (but adjoining) room:

    • Consignment (items in good shape to sell)

    • Donation (items that cannot be sold due to stains, holes, etc.)

    • Repair (items to keep but that need mending)

    • Tailoring/Alterations (items to keep but that need to be adjusted for fit)

    • Dry Cleaning (items to keep but that need cleaning)

  • Begin by pulling items out of your closet that are damaged (stains or holes), haven’t been worn recently, no longer fit, or are no longer fashionable/flattering. This part of the process requires you to be honest with yourself about what you do not use/wear and what you are willing to part with. You have to be ready to get rid of stuff for this to be effective!!!

  • Sort the items you pull out into their designated piles: Consignment, Donation, Repair, Tailoring/Alterations, and Dry Cleaning.

  • Repeat the same process with shoes, being mindful not only of any that are worn out or haven’t been worn recently, but also of those that are redundant (for example, you don’t need three pair of nude booties or five pair of black pumps).

  • Repeat the same process with jackets, jewelry, handbags, belts, headbands, sunglasses, etc. Here are a few great items to help you organize your headbands and sunglasses!

  • Once your closet contains only “keepers,” change all hangers to the flat velvet kind. This will buy you a lot of space and will also give your closet an organized, cohesive look! Below we have linked some of our favorite hangers for you to shop. Black vs. white/ivory is totally personal preference. We usually use black!

  • Next group items according to type and/or season. For example, place all spring/summer clothes together and all fall/winter clothes together. Some people may also choose to differentiate between work wear and day-to-day wear. Then arrange clothes according to category; we generally bundle together button-up blouses, casual tops, jeans, sweaters, outerwear (vests, jackets), pants, skirts, dresses, and shorts.

  • Now color-coordinate your items within each category in rainbow order from left to right.

  • Get rid of all shoe boxes! (see before and after photos below). Organize shoes by type (booties, flats, sandals, boots, heels, etc.) and then by rainbow order. To save space, turn each pair so that one mate is facing toe out on the shelf and one mate is facing toe in (unless you have a lot of space, and then you can leave them all facing forward). See images below for examples. We love Shoe Slotz; they are amazing space-savers, and we have them in our own closets! You can also use pretty baskets (like the ones featured below) to contain flip flops, flat sandals, or even sneakers (see picture below of a basket full of sneakers!).

  • Jewelry can be organized into acrylic trays or bins. Bracelets can be hung on on bar jewelry display stands (or thicker, sturdier bangles can be lined up in bins). Here are some examples of how we have organized clients’ jewelry, as well as links to some of our favorite jewelry-organizing products.

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  • You can contain clutches and small handbags in acrylic bins or acrylic dividers. One great tip is that if you are short on space, you can store smaller handbags inside of larger ones! Handbags can also be hung on organizers like the ones shown below.

  • Lastly, hang hats on free wall space using 3M hooks or place them on empty shelves for flat storage to retain their shape (see picture below).

 

“After” Pictures

You can do it! Just take it one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to part with items to make space for new ones. Good luck, and please share your before/after pictures with us!

Nice to Meet You! by Savannah Boyd

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Oh hey!!! I have some new friends around here, so I wanted to reintroduce myself!! I’m Savannah! I own Hearts of Style, which started as a personal shopping company but has become so much more. We do closet audits, personal styling, virtual styling, home organizing, and even a little party planning and interior decorating here and there. I love my job and the opportunity to make people look and feel their best!! I have been married to my husband, Brian, for almost nine years. We have three beautiful children (and a dog!) together and have lived in Atlanta for nearly 14 years. Given that I am juggling three little ones under the age of six and running a business full time, things are generally pretty helter-skelter around here! If you follow me on social media, you will be highly entertained by our antics and will see me in all of my raw, unedited glory—the good, bad, and ugly. Social media serves such a predominant role in our society today, and I love getting to connect with all sorts of people in that virtual space who I would otherwise not have the opportunity to “meet”; however, I feel strongly that social media should not mask the perfectly imperfect life that I lead. I am beyond thankful for each crazy day, and every day is truly an unscripted and often surprising adventure! I hope you can get to know me a little better through this post, and I welcome you to reach out and tell me some things about yourself as well. After all, the interpersonal relationships that I form through this job are the most important and valuable aspect of Hearts of Style to me, and my clients are like family. I am grateful that you find me worthy of following along.

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Dress | Bracelets | Shoes

Here are Some Fun Facts Unique to Me:

  • I was a Bridesmaid 18 times before I was ever a bride.

  • I love to sing and actually auditioned twice for American Idol.

  • My husband and I were featured on a reality TV show called Buying It Blind on Bravo.

  • I was Ms. Auburn University and am a proud Auburn Tiger!

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Cape | Dress | Shoes | Earrings | Bracelets

These 5 Designers Have Inspired and Influenced Me Most:

  • Lela Rose

  • Tish Cox

  • Hunter Bell

  • Rebecca Taylor

  • Chanel

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Savannah got her start in fashion at the retail store Tootsies in Atlanta, Georgia. After customers who became friends repeatedly asked her to assist them in their own closets and with making selections of clothing for upcoming trips, events, etc., Savannah broke away from retail and started Hearts of Style. She began this adventure over 10 years ago, and, since then, she has built an impressive repertoire of clientele, each of whom have left a a special mark on her “heart” with their individual “styles”—hence the name, Hearts of Style.

Fall Trends 2019 by Savannah Boyd

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

You know what else starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall?: Fashion! We are all wilted from the summer heat and ready to turn our sights away from our warm-weather wardrobe and toward the rich, warm tones and fabrics of the fall.

In this post, we have translated our top 10 favorite trends from the fall couture Runways into looks that can be incorporated into the day-to-day lives of our clients and followers.

Our Top Ten Trends include:

  1. BIG Bows

  2. Classic 70s Revival Girl

  3. Neon

  4. Animal Print Outerwear

  5. Edgy Lace

  6. Abstract Graphics

  7. Asymmetrical and Slashed Necklines

  8. Puffy Sleeves

  9. Fuzzy Handbags

  10. Ruffle Collars

We hope that you glean much inspiration from these curated collages. What items do you plan to purchase and add to your personal fall closet??? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorites!


See the Fall Trends on The Runway

 

BIG Bows



 

Classic 70s Revival Girl



Neon



 

Animal Print Outerwear



 

Edgy Lace



 

Abstract Graphics



 

Asymmetric and Slashed Necklines



 

Puffy Sleeves



 

Fuzzy Handbags



 

Ruffle-Neck Blouses



Fourth of July Fashion by Savannah Boyd

“Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Brave Hearts”: The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up the best Red, White, and Blue fashion for you. You’ll be precious in these patriotic looks!!!

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Father's Day Gift Guide by Savannah Boyd

Has Father’s Day snuck up on anyone else out there?! We have had an unusually busy start to the summer and are adjusting to being out of our typical school year routine. If you are like me and are feeling that last-minute push to get something great for the father figures in your life by this coming Sunday, June 16th, then look no further than our curated list of items from Amazon Prime! They will be here in TWO DAYS, so if you place your order in the next few days, then you should be in great shape by Sunday!

 
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Mother's Day Gift Guide by Savannah Boyd

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It takes someone brave to be a Mother, someone strong to raise a child, and someone special to love another more than herself…

Wow! Motherhood… I think it is nothing and everything that I imagined it would be! It is downright the hardest—yet most wonderful—job in the whole wide world. I am often baffled that God chose me to be a mother to Brooks, Bradley, and Anna Blair! It is truly humbling to know that He saw fit for me to raise them. They are my greatest accomplishments, and watching them grow is the most amazing privilege.

In the spirit of celebrating Mothers and Motherhood, I organized a simple list of items that I feel would be a treasure to any momma! I hope that you find it helpful, and I hope that you can use it to bless someone special in your life!

Oliver Hooper Motherhood: Verses for Daily Hope

 

Personalized Rectangle Door & Wall Basket

 

Personalized Recipe Board

 

Lake Court Shorts Set

 

Bamboo Elisabetta Raffia Handbag

 

ExVoto Vintage 33" Etched Classic Necklace

 

ExVoto Vintage Laurel Locket Pendant

 

ExVoto Vintage Custom Engraved 18" Zoe Necklace

 

Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley

 

Sydney Evan “Mom” Necklace

 

zeroUV - Retro Oversized Square Sunglasses

 

Uncommon Goods Personalized All Heart Bangle Set

Seeing Stripes by Savannah Boyd

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Hahahahahahaha! Can you relate to our famously striped friend, the zebra, in this picture?!?! I sure can!!! Stress seems to be the name of the game these days, as I run my styling business and raise three young children. Do you know what doesn’t have to be stressful, though?!—GETTING DRESSED!!!

A foolproof formula is to pair stripes on one half of your body with solids on the other half. In other words, if you wear a striped top, pair it with a solid bottom and visa versa (if you put on a striped bottom, then wear a solid top). This rule of thumb will always look chic and pulled together because stripes are a hallmark of fashion that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so. They are perennially stylish and can be worn in any and every season!

Hearts of Style has gathered some great striped items for you in this blog post. From the trendy to the timeless, there should be something stripe-y here for everyone! Leave us a comment and let us know what you buy!!! Whatever it is, we’ll be super jealous because we want one of everything!

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