The Best Products to Organize Your Closet

The Best Products to Organize Your Closet

Fact: having an organized closet makes everything better. 

Well, maybe not everything, but in a year filled with nothing but insanity, the smallest sense of order can make all the difference in how we go about our day. 

Yesterday, I shared pictures in our Private Facebook Group and Instagram of my closet after I wrapped up our Fall Wardrobe Challenge. After receiving a few questions about the organization products I used, I thought it would be helpful to create resource guide for you to reference. 

So today I’m sharing the best products to organize your closet so you can get a fresh start and reap the benefit of an organized space in this new season. 

I’ve long been an advocate for a neat and tidy space to keep and store your clothing. It makes getting dressed in the morning easier, helps you see everything you have so you can create outfits you love, and protects the items you’ve spent your hard-earned money on. 

I can tell you, after working with hundreds of women and standing in their closets for hours on end, most women’s wardrobes are limited in space. 

My closet is relatively basic. It’s a “walk-in” by definition, but that’s about all I can do in it. It features a simple rod for hanging and a series of shelves. This is how it looked when we bought the house six years ago and has remained unchanged. 

Last January, I finally invested in a few simple yet game-changing products to help pull the space together. Before that, I took a use-what-you-have philosophy. But the difference these few products made has allowed me to keep the area in order (for the most part), and when it does get a little out of sorts, it only takes a few minutes to pull it back together.

The Best Products to Organize Your Closet

The Best Products to Organize Your Closet

If you only purchase one product for your closet to help create order and save you space, buy these slim flocked hangers. They are the best. I use them in every closet in our house except our front hall closet where we keep heavy coats – there, I use wooden hangers. 

The uniformity the slimline hanger creates helps your eyes settle so you can see (and therefore use!) everything you have. 

Next, I was not expecting it, but these acrylic shelf dividers make such an impact. Before I bought them I would have told you they were a waste of money, but they have transformed the space. Because my closet is almost all shelving, I needed to categorize items, so there was a place for everything. These dividers do just that. I can stack my jeans without them falling over and sort my sweaters by color, again, without them toppling down. 

I take advantage of the vertical space by using these “sweater drawers” to store scarves and bathing suits. 

The most popular question I receive about how I store my shoes. I use shoe drawers from The Container Store. They are stackable, so I’m able to take advantage of all the otherwise wasted shelve space. You can purchase a case of 4 for $50; I’m using the large size. 

Another product I’m thrilled with is this purse organizer (pictured on the top shelf). Here, I can easily slip my various clutches in so I can quickly grab whatever I need when running out. It’s practical, and it creates a fun, boutique vibe, making my old retail heart happy. They are also from The Container Store, for $40 each, above I am using two. 

Finally, let’s talk about how to store and display jewelry. If you don’t see your accessories, you won’t wear them, so I designated space on the center shelf to keep it all together. 

I’ve mentioned this jewelry box before – it’s a stackable trays system that you can customize to meet your needs. It also keeps your pieces from tarnishing. 

For bracelets, I use two of these stands I found on Amazon. They not only keep you organized, but they make the space look pretty. 

If you have room, add a few personal touches like faux flowers and a few framed pictures and that’s it! These simple products create a custom feel without the custom price tag. 

 

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Join me for a LIVE Facebook Q&A!

We are in the final week of our Fall 2020 Wardrobe Challenge

It’s been fun to see everyone post before and after pictures of their closets and share their takeaways. 

If you are still working through the previous weeks – you are in great company! Many readers are just starting the challenge. There is no need to rush. The beauty of this challenge is that you can go at your own pace, be sure to complete each week before starting the next. 

When I started The Well Dressed Life, my goal was to take my expertise as a personal stylist and recreate the client experience for our readership. By building a community of busy, real-life women, who appreciate classic and modern style, I’m able to provide advice and recommendations at scale. 

But we all still interpret our style sensibility differently, so having an opportunity to chat LIVE makes all the difference. 

The Wardrobe Challenge Q&A 

 

Tons of questions come up during the Wardrobe Challenge  so I’m hosting a LIVE Q&A in our Private Facebook group on Sunday, October 18th, at 7 PM EST to answer them all.

And this is what really sets our site apart from the others. It’s the direct relationship I have with our readers, and that they have with each other. Our Facebook Group now has close to 4,000 members, and yet I feel like I know everyone. 

The more you participate in it, the more value you will receive. 

In the comments below, take a moment to ask your questions (it can be about anything!), and I’ll use them to organize our time together. You can also ask questions during our chat too, and if you can’t make it, our conversation will be saved on the page for you to watch at your convenience. 

If you haven’t already joined our Facebook Private group, you can do so here. Please answer all of the membership questions. This helps me quickly approve members and ensure that I keep spam accounts out. 

Welcome September!

Well Dressed - Welcome to September

Happy September, Friends!

Last week I took a  break from writing, working, and social media to give myself some space to hear myself think. Originally, Bri and I planned on going away for a long weekend, but at the last minute, we decided to send our kids to their grandparents’ house and stay home, just the two of us. 

In the quiet, we finished up some projects, gathered up school supplies, and enjoyed having nothing to do and nowhere to go. One night, we even canceled reservations at one of our favorite restaurants opting instead to get their takeout and mindlessly binged Below Deck Mediterranean. It was wonderful. 

After six long months of togetherness and a relentless work schedule, a reset was exactly what we needed. 

A New Season

As much as I was hoping for an endless summer, I’m excited for the Fall as we head into September. 

My kids start school next week, in-person (they go to a small school, so following all the safety precautions is a bit easier). It’s going to be weird but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the precautions are temporary, looking at it as a step in the right direction, and so grateful homeschooling is over, at least for now. 

I can’t wait for a structured routine. I vaguely remember life when I could sit at my desk and work, without endless interruptions demanding snacks, the whereabouts of chargers, or sisters registering complaints against each other.

And speaking of work, there are so many fun things starting here in just a few weeks!

First up, our Fall Wardrobe Challenge starts on Friday, September 11th. Our free, four-week program is specifically designed to walk you through the process of defining your personal style, editing your wardrobe to only your favorites, and getting your closet organized … just in time for the new season. 

I’m so excited to share this go- around with you. I’ve updated it to reflect our various situations, from virtual learning and working from home, to getting back into the office, etc. 

If you’ve done it once before, do it again! Readers and members have been doing this challenge for years, over and again. Each time you’ll discover new takeaways, and you’ll slowly but surely curate a wardrobe you love. 

Then, The Well Dressed Life Insider Program for Fall kicks off on October 16th. This membership has been a joy to create and host. For the Fall, I’ll have two capsule wardrobes, one to kick it off with basics, cozy knits, and wear to work offerings, and a small holiday one that will be released in November. 

And, of course, the Insider will have LIVE style coaching with me throughout the membership. 

Stay tuned for specific details about each offering in the next few days. 

Looking Forward 

This site is first and foremost about fashion and style and comes with a community founded on mutual respect and kindness filled with women from all walks of life. We are all so different, and yet, many of us have created real friendships and bonds over the years. 

The next few months, specifically in the States, will be heated and hostile with the election just around the corner. I can’t wait for it to be over.

I continue to ask, as we move through these polarizing times, to keep it kind. Let’s lean into the lightness and embrace the idea that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s vital to our survival.

We all know 2020 has been brutal. But if it teaches us anything, I hope empathy is at the top of the list. Too many people are hurting, and all of us are exhausted. We don’t know the battles someone is fighting, so give out tons of grace. 

I want this little space to remind women of our inherent beauty, our power, our right to choose to live however we like, and that other women will not only support that but cheer us along the way. Please keep encouraging and learning from one another. 

So, friends, let’s begin the unofficial start of Fall with grateful hearts and optimism. As my dear friend Karen said this morning in a Facebook post, “There’s still time to end this year in a better place, whatever that means for you.”

 

 

 

 

Staycation

Well Dressed - Staycation

Hi Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know I am taking a little vacation this week and will not be posting new content. 

I have not had as much as a weekend off since March, so it’s time for an actual break.

We decided about a month ago to skip our regular end of summer trip to the shore. Instead, we are putting in a new patio around our house, wrapping up the second phase of our home remodel that started two years ago. Considering everything that is going on, missing out on this beach session seems like the easy choice. 

Bri and I were planning on dropping our girls off at my parents’ house and going away for a long weekend to catch up before the school year.

But, as we were about to book a place to stay, I realized I was too tired to put effort into getting us packed and out the door. 

So, we’re still sending the girls to their grandparents’ house, but we are staying home … alone .. with no kids!!!

I’ve never been in my house without the kids and a million things on the to-do list. It will be lovely to enjoy it after all the work we’ve put into making it ours over the years. 

Enjoying a quiet morning in a clean kitchen.

We are going to sleep, have coffee and wine on the new patio, head to our pool with a book, sleep, go to dinner, and did I say sleep? I can’t wait to sleep!

But more, I’m going to do something that doesn’t come easy for me. I’m going to give myself a minute to celebrate all the things I’ve accomplished this year. 

Because, ladies, we have been carrying everything for the last six months, and it’s necessary to take a step back and marvel at what we have done. 

We have shouldered this crisis while teaching our kids, and calming their fears, and supporting our partners and working full-time, and cooking and cleaning and all the things while managing our own deepest worries and anxieties. 

So I hope before the summer ends, you take a minute too and see what you have done because it’s incredible.

We were asked to do the impossible, and guess what, as usual, we did. 

I’ll be back on September 1st to kick off the new month and the new season! 

xoxo, 

Meg

 

 

Welcome August

Well Dressed - Welcome August

Dear Friends,

Please join me in saying farewell to 2020!

It’s a bit premature, yes.

But, as we enter August, the last month of the weirdest summer of our lives, I’m officially crying, “Uncle!”

I don’t know about you, but if I don’t mentally pull myself together, I won’t have the emotional bandwidth to handle the second half of the year. The next six months include the threat of another round of homeschooling, a looming Northeast winter with nothing to do, and the most contentious Presidential election in our modern history.

So I’m declaring a New Year.

Looking Toward the Future

It’s now 2020.5!

Of course, I’m not suggesting we ignore all that’s happening in the world. But as women, we know we have to take care of ourselves first, or we won’t be able to take care of anyone else. And, I think, collectively, it’s time to hit the brakes and regroup.

I am a wildly optimistic person. I’m also extremely aware of my good fortune in life, which I’ve always used as fuel to maintain my stamina. So it takes an awful lot for me to feel like I’m running on empty. But I have hit a wall.

Because in addition to all the terrible current events and non-stop negative news, the pressures that come with raising a family, having aging parents, managing careers and homes, and preparing for the future – they haven’t disappeared. In fact, they feel more serious and important than ever.

I know I’m not alone. I have talked to so many of my friends who feel just like me: completely exhausted. They feel like they are loosing themselves while taking care of everyone and everything else. And on top of all of that, they feel guilty for feeling bad because in the greater scope of life, we’re are incredibly fortunate.

A Fresh Start

So let’s make August a fresh start, a new season, a chance to get reorganized. Let’s start making plans, even if they are small, reignite our dreams for the future, and regain some level of optimism.

And most important, let’s carve out some time to refuel. For so many of us, we know the Fall is going to be a mess. Let’s do our best not to go into it feeling depleted.

For encouragement, join me over on Instagram for our August Self Care Challenge. Each day, I’ll share a tip, or action you can do to help recharge your soul. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel when you honor yourself, even in the smallest way.

This month stay tuned for content based on your suggestions on last week’s post, “What Would You Like to See in August.” I’ll be helping you better understand some fundamentals of getting dressed, building out your wardrobe with some buy now, wearing now and later posts, outfit ideas based on pieces you already have, and highlighting my top picks from the big Nordstrom Sale.

And get ready, because I’m hosting our always popular FREE Four Week Wardrobe Challenge in early September!

Lots, and lots of fun and helpful things coming your way!

Thank you for helping me build this incredible community of women, and a small but mighty, positive space online where my hope and goal is for everyone to feel seen and included.

XX,
Meg

 

What Would You Like to See in August?

My Best Tips for Shopping Online

Hi Friends!

In the best of circumstances, by the end of July, I feel like I’ve covered summer style, am ready for fall, and struggle with what-the-heck-to post.

This year, with the added layer of COVID, the varying levels of state restrictions, and low retail inventory, it’s even more challenging to create valuable posts for you.

I never want to take advantage of your inbox, so, as I finalize our August schedule,  I’m checking in to see what would be most helpful in the next few weeks during this lull before the start of Fall. 

My Best Tips for Shopping Online

I plan on wrapping up July with a fun roundup of affordable and pretty pajamas (tomorrow), and some more recent Amazon finds. 

The Nordstrom Sale starts on August 13th, I’ll have a variety of posts organized highlighting recommendations for replenishing basics, some wardrobe builders, a traditional must have list of fall pieces, and a post on pieces for those of us starting the fall working from home and homeschooling – insert sobbing emoji :(. 

We’ll start our Free Fall Wardrobe Challenge on Friday, September 4th. Like years past, I’ve added more to it, so if it’s your first or fifth time going through the process you’ll have many take aways. 

There are lots of helpful posts to look forward to as we get into the new season. 

So for the next few weeks, what is on your mind?

What are your most immediate style/beauty questions, or challenges? 

What posts do you find most helpful? 

What would you like to see more of?

I guarantee if you have a question, thousands of other women do too. 

Add your comment below and thank you. All of your thoughts and questions really do fuel the content you see here. 

XX,

Meg


 

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An At Home Personal Microderm That Really Works

Well Dressed - At Home Microderm

If your skin feels dull, looks red, and generally lacks that natural glow from your youth, you should consider microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating process, designed to “sand” your skin, removing the tough outer layer and exposing new, fresh skin. When done regularly, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, acne scarring, redness, and minimizes pores.

For years I went to a spa and had frequent treatments. I flip-flopped between microderm and a hydrafacial, and my skin never looked better.

But then my local spa relocated while I was pregnant with Vivi, and I took it as a sign that I should reprioritize my time and reign in my spending.

I decided to focused my spending on high potency, better skincare products, pay better attention to my diet and exercise, drink a ton of water, and invest in a few at home gadgets that kick my routine up a notch. 

One of those products is the PMD Personal Microderm Pro-At-Home Microdermabrasion Machine.

An At Home Personal Microderm That Really Works

 

At Home MicrodermMicroderm, $199 

I test a ton of products and gizmos as part of my job. The majority of them never make it to the blog because they are gimmicky and ineffective.

And, as you know, I buy everything with my own money, nothing is ever gifted or sponsored. That way, when I say I love something, you know I do, and I love this thing

For about the cost of one professional facial, this handheld machine allows you to get n at-home treatment with fantastic results.

Young skin regenerates once a week, but as we age, it takes longer, much longer. With microdermabrasion, you can accelerate your cell turnover by using this once a week.

It’s a non-invasive treatment that helps you age gracefully. Within a few treatments, you’ll start to see softer, younger-looking skin.

Here’s how it works: 

After cleansing your skin, dry it thoroughly.

This Microderm comes with a series of discs with varying levels of intensity. Start with the mildest and build your way up.

Pull your skin taut and move the machine up and over your skin. I start on my chin and swipe it across my jaw bone towards my ear. Move across your face, line by line.

You’ll feel a light suction, this exfoliates and helps your skin create new collagen.

Work your entire face and then apply your favorite serum or moisturizer.

Do this once a week at night or in the morning. Whenever you do it, just make sure you give your skin some time to breathe. Please don’t do it and then layer on makeup.

You’ll notice that your products absorb deeply into your skin, so use it to hydrate and fill your skin up with lots of good for you ingredients.


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Our Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

If you enjoy our content and would like to help us grow, please consider following on Instagram and join our Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.