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Master Class

Closet Organization by Imagine It Done's Lisa Jacobs

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Desperate for some serious closet organization? You've come to the right place—we spoke to Lisa Jacobs of Imagine It Done, a New York-based home organization service, to get her insider tips. See below for all the intel and check out her how-to video @veronicabeard here. For more helpful tips on maximizing your space, from the pantry to the playroom, head to her Instagram @imagine.it.done.

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The Tips

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Closet Organization
By following my five-step process, you will have the tasks necessary to have a successful project from beginning to end.

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1. Edit
Also known at the purge. Getting rid of the unnecessary so the necessary can speak. The known phrase “if you haven’t put it on in two years, toss it” is not reflective of Imagine it Done. If you haven’t worn it, it might be because you haven’t seen it or your style has changed, hence the edit. Make piles for keeping, donating, selling, and tossing.

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2. Categorize
Consider yourself and your lifestyle. Separate your wardrobe by type: for example, sweaters, pants, workout, lounge, business, evening, etc. By categorizing, it will make it easier to know where to put things back in the closet.

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3. Contain
Select accessories to maximize and organize your closet for a curated look.

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4. Curate
Pay attention to the details of all the accessories you’ve added and the methods you’ve used to fold and hang. Step away from your closet to get an overall view of the aesthetic of the closet.

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5. Personalize
Add special accessories that are reflective of your personality to make your closet exclusive to who you are.

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Must-Have Closet Accessories
1. Hangers, kid and adult size
2. Drawer dividers
3. Shelf dividers
4. Risers
5. Acrylic drawers

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Folding 101
My folding style it to file fold, roll and stack. File folding and rolling are techniques to maximize inside drawers and will allow you to see each item. File fold your stuff with deep drawers, so you are not wasting valuable space. Roll your items with narrow drawers. Tees and sweats can be filed folded, as opposed to pajama sets and leggings, which can be rolled. Stack items like bulky sweaters and sweatshirts. Pro tip: Use a folding board for precise folds.

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On Editing
The greatest challenge my clients face is the edit because people have a hard time letting go. We give our clients reasons on why and why not to keep each item and inform them of the companies available for donating and selling. Once this information is provided, our clients understand and are more comfortable going through this process. Once, completed, they never go back!

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One Secret Only the Pros Know
The impact that organization has on a client’s day-to-day life. They don’t realize how life changing it really is until after the project is completed.

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