The first rule of my own closet is to wear what’s in there. If I can’t find everything easily, it means I am not using all of the pieces I own. Remember when your memory for clothes was razor-sharp and you could instantly match your new skirt to a top from two years earlier which was buried at the bottom of a drawer? Flash forward twenty years and, between family and work, most of us are lucky if we can remember a list of necessities when we go to the supermarket. I like to help “merchandise” closets so I can see everything—and I never go to the market without a list.

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