I’m a Hollywood Stylist, and This is What Really Goes Into Oscars Looks

I’m a Hollywood Stylist, and This is What Really Goes Into Oscars Looks 


Publication: This article was published for The Sun 

Written by: Becky Pemberton

OSCARS season is the pinnacle of many A-listers’ year – but can be the busiest, most chaotic time for Hollywood stylists.

From behind-the-scenes politics with designers, to glam squads costing five figures and stars not going to the loo ALL day, we lift the lid on what REALLY goes into Oscars looks.

Celebrity stylist Jordan Stolch, who is the founder of personal styling business MiKADO, revealed to Fabulous what Oscar nominees go through to achieve their red carpet looks…


Battle for designers

Jordan said prep for an Oscars look can often begin months in advance if the client is in the Best Actress/Supporting Actress category.

These A-listers will get a gown custom made by the designer – but the majority of attendees will be forced to scramble for a sample from the designer’s recent runway collection.

She said: “There’s a lot of politics that goes on behind the scenes in terms of who a designer chooses to dress and who they won’t.

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9 Styling Tricks That Make Short Legs Look Longer

9 Styling Tricks That Make Short Legs Look Longer


First things first…short legs are extremely common. You wouldn’t know it by all the outfit pictures of women with mile-long limbs on Pinterest, but for a lot of us – we either arent’ that tall to begin with, or majority of our length is carried in our torso.

Luckily, there’s a lot of things we can do to give ourselves some extra visual height.

Dressing for your body type means understanding how to play with proportions – where are you widest vs where are you narrowest, where are you shortest vs where are you tallest – and then using clothes to balance the discrepancy between the two.

Or, avoiding styling choices that further enhance the disparity.

It’s actually quite simple when you think about it, people just have a tendancy of oevrcomplicating it. Which is the entire reason we spend all of Module 2 in our online style course, Unlock Your Signature Style, dedicated to teaching you everything there is to know about dressing for your shape.


When it comes to making short legs look longer…

The key is to do whatever you can to make the line of your legs appear as long, and unbroken as possible.

In order to do that, here are the most important styling tips to follow if you’re trying to figure out how to make short legs look longer.

1: High-Rise Everything

Your legs visually start where your torso ends, so the easiest way to make them look longer is to raise the placement of your waistline. Think: less torso = more legs.


2: Tuck in Your Shirt

Showcase your high-rise by tucking or half-tucking your shirt. Untucked hemlines that hit at your hips, visually cut off the top quarter of your legs, making them appear shorter.


3: Go Monochrome

Dressing in one color from head to toe creates a long visual line, making it so that they eye can’t distinguish between where the torso ends and legs begin.


4: Avoid Anything Shin-Length

Opt for knee-length or ankle-length skirts and dresses. Hems that hit directly at your mid-shin, cut off a quarter of the visual length of your body, making your legs appear much shorter.


5: Match Shoes and Pants

Lengthen the line of your legs by matching shoes to your pant color – think dark with dark, and vice versa. Tan shoes with black pants creates a distinctive break in the visual line and should always be avoided.

Bonus tip, you’ll always make your legs look longer in a dress or skirt by choosing shoes in a color closest to your skin tone.


6: Crop On Top

Go for the cropped-effect by keeping your jacket short. This works in the same way as high rise pants, by creating the visual impression of a short torso in contrast to your legs.


7: Or Go Long Line

The reverse of crop-on-top is adding an extra long outer layer (jacket or cardigan), making the overall look of your entire body appear longer.


8: Rock a Slit

Showing a bit of skin on your leg partially breaks up a longer hem, while also adding a vertical (aka lengthening) line to your outfit.


9: Choose a Wide Leg

Wide leg, extra long floor-grazing pants, make it impossible to tell how long your legs actually are – or the overall shape for that matter. It’s the most flattering pant-style across the board!


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10 Braless (Yet Supportive) Outfit Ideas to Wear This Summer

10 Braless (Yet Supportive) Outfit Ideas to Wear This Summer


Publication: This article was published for InStyle 

Written by: Julia Guerra

Photo credit:  Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

To bra or not to bra? That is the question weighing on many people’s minds as we re-enter society as social beings post-pandemic. For some, #vaxxedgirlsummer will involve breaking out every outfit that never got to see the light of day outside their (super sanitized) apartment in 2020, never making it to those rooftop bars or bottomless brunches. But others are on the fence. After all, how do you go from wireless to wire clad after almost a year and a half off the hook?

The short answer: if you don’t want to, you don’t have to.

Contrary to popular belief, wearing a bra (or any undergarment, for that matter) isn’t mandatory. Just like there are no actual “body type” fashion rules you need to be following, you don’t need to wear a bra (in public or otherwise). Bras support your breasts, provide coverage, and help your clothes fit better; they serve a purpose, and it’s nice to have the option to wear them. But whether or not you wear a bra is a personal choice, just like shaving your body hair.

If you’d feel more comfortable (and confident) going braless, there’s no time like the present to try it out. And, after the whirlwind year that was 2020, aka the year of comfort, you won’t be the only one saying goodbye to bras.

How to Go Braless

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? If you want to go braless, just stop wearing a bra. But for most of us, it’s a sentiment easier said than done. If you’ve worn a bra almost every day since you were a teenager (maybe even younger), not wearing one might feel unnatural before it does liberating.

Celebrity stylist Cindy Conroy said it best: We may hate bras, but after years of a love-hate relationship, we’re accustomed to having that structure.

“We’re used to the support while we speed walk to meetings, stroll down the street as we window shop, or sprint to catch the subway before the doors slam shut,” she tells InStyle over email. “The feel of the wire under our bust has become normal, so when it’s gone, you’re going to feel a little weird.”

And that goes for any time you try something new: the first time is always the hardest. So for anyone ready to ditch their brasiers cold turkey, more power to you, but to those a little more hesitant, there are plenty of ways to ease into it. A great way to do this is to first take a look at your wardrobe and pick out pieces you can comfortably wear without a bra, like a tight-fitting black tank top or loose button-up blouse.

“A black tank top is great because it will stay opaque even as it stretches over your body and having it be a bit tight will help keep you supported,” Originally Lovely designer Kaitlin Barthold tells InStyle. “Wearing loose, button-up blouses is another great option. Just make sure they aren’t too sheer – unless that’s the style you are looking for.” She adds that silk, rayon, or light cotton blouses will likely feel most comfortable and look the most professional.

The next step is to start going braless in public settings. Start small with trips to the grocery store or on a morning walk, then ditch your bra on a date with your girlfriends.

“The key is to get to a point where you’re not thinking about it, fidgeting with your clothing, or compensating by inverting your shoulders or having bad posture,” says MIKADO personal stylist, Jordan Stolch. “Easing in is a great way to build confidence and have it feel natural.”

A Note on Going Braless for Bigger Busts

In case you were wondering, you can still go braless even if you’re well endowed. That being said, after going braless, you might find you prefer wearing one if for no reason other than the support a bra can offer. Jené Luciani Sena, an accredited stylist and fashion expert who specializes in bras, also adds that if you’re above a C-cup, reveals are other factors that might deter you from going braless.

“Multiple studies have shown that the constant bouncing of our breast tissue up and down over time will contribute to sagging and possibly cause pain and discomfort in the future. Our breasts are made up of ligaments and tissue that can stretch over time, and a properly supportive bra is essential,” Sena says – but reveals there is a workaround for bigger busts.

“That doesn’t mean it has to be a heavy foam bra with an underwire and a big contraption,” she adds quickly. “Often a simple wire-free style with soft cups is all that’s needed.”

Bottom line: It doesn’t matter if you’re an A cup or a G cup. Whether or not you wear a bra is still up to you. If you feel comfortable and confident sans bra, that’s fantastic. If not? Also fine. That being said, if you clicked on this article (and have come this far), you’re probably at least somewhat curious how other people are embracing the braless lifestyle.

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 tips from designers, stylists, and influencers on how to go braless in 2021.

Start with Bralettes and Bandeau Tops

If you’re still hesitant to go braless, Stolch says bralettes and bandeaus are a great starting point because they’re comfortable, wireless, and padding-free. Plus, bralettes and bandeaus offer light support, “something we’re accustomed to feeling from years of wearing conventional bras,” she says, adding they also “provide a sense of security that we’re conditioned to expect as we operate in the world.”

Wear Your Workout Tops Outside the Gym

Image consultant Christian Sismone says one of the easiest ways to go braless when you’re ‘blessed in the chest’ is to wear form-fitting workout tops.

“I love a great racerback workout top and it allowed me to get comfortable with the natural movement of my twins,” she tells InStyle.

Printed Tops Will Take Focus Off Your Chest

Busy prints distract the eye, so if you want to draw attention away from the fact that you aren’t wearing a bra, Stolch recommends opting for printed patterns around the bust area or extra embellishments, like ruffles or pockets.

Accessorize with Cardigans for Coverage

“I recently wore a spaghetti strapped dress that had a great deal of structure without a bra. I’m a 42H and it was amazing,” Sismone tells Instyle.

That being said, the image consultant admits wearing this sort of looser-fitting outfit does require a certain level of comfort. “Without a bra, you will have a bit more bounce,” Sismone says. “If you’re not good with that wearing a cardigan may help.”

Smocked Bodices Are Supportive

Because they’re fitted and well-tailored around the bust, San Diego-based personal stylist and fashion blogger, Vanessa Valiente tells InStyle that a smocked bodice can offer a nice amount of support, particularly for larger busts.

“Bustier women often have to size up to get a structured garment to fit their bust,” Valiente explains, but because these garments are flexible and can accommodate the extra width, wearing this style top or dress is easier and more convenient than having to take everything in at the waist.

Anything Denim

In addition to garments with smocked bodices, Valiente says denim dresses and jumpsuits or rompers are also awesome for not wearing a bra because the material is “dense yet stretchy; the perfect combination for bralessness of all sizes.”


In addition to garments with smocked bodices, Valiente says denim dresses and jumpsuits or rompers are also awesome for not wearing a bra because the material is “dense yet stretchy; the perfect combination for bralessness of all sizes.”

Add a Blazer

If you want to minimize the risk of awkward situations, blazers are Conroy’s go-to for a cool look that works double-time to cover the nipple. “Even if you wear a sheer blouse or linen T-shirt, your braless journey will be your little secret,” she says.

Fitted Bodysuits

Bodysuits are a two-for-one special garment that’s stretchy enough to be comfortable, but that’s tight enough to give you support in lieu of a bra, Conroy tells us.

“If you’re nervous that it’s not enough coverage,” she adds, “gravitate towards high neck bodysuits. While a scoop neck or deep V is alluring, it’s also the perfect recipe for spillage.”

A Corset Top, a la Bridgerton

Something that has a built-in bra style, such as a corset-top can be a great option for anyone looking to ease into the braless category, Sena tells InStyle, and thanks to runways and shows like Bridgerton, they’re also a huge trend this season.

“As a bonus, they are basically a bra,” Sena notes. “They cinch the waist and give boobs a boost!”

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The Ultimate Home Declutter Guide

Declutter Your Home: Room by Room Tips and Strategies To Organize Your Life


Original Publication: Military Home Search

Clutter creates problems in many ways. It causes feelings of anxiety and stress by creating the sensation that a room is busy or messy. Clutter makes cleaning harder and more time-consuming. It creates spaces where insects and rodents can hide, and gives them material they can use to create their nest.

Cluttered homes are harder to sell because buyers have a harder time seeing the potential in rooms that are obscured by too many things. Finding what you need in a mess of clutter can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. Clutter hides dust, which can exacerbate allergies. In a worst-case scenario, clutter is even dangerous. It is flammable, feeds house fires, and when a house fire occurs, it can block exits. In homes with older occupants, clutter can also be a falling or tripping hazard.

This is all to say that clutter is a problem, sometimes a big problem, and decluttering on a regular basis is important. Removing clutter can improve your quality of life while also increasing the value of your property. These room-by-room tips will walk you through the process of removing clutter from your home.

Benefits of Decluttering

The most obvious benefit of decluttering is that it makes your home look better. However, there are many benefits of decluttering that are less obvious (though maybe more important).

✔️Improves Concentration:

Clutter can be a constant reminder of things that must be done, and that can make it difficult to concentrate. Sometimes, clutter takes the form of stacks of bills to be paid; other times, clutter can be clothes that have never been organized, books that were meant to be shelved, or dishes that were never properly put away. Reducing clutter makes it easier for people who need to concentrate on their work, which can make them faster and more effective at whatever they’re doing.

✔️Reduces Stress and Anxiety: 

For many people, a lack of order and stability can create anxiety. Decluttering creates a sense of order and stability. This is especially important for people who suffer from anxiety disorders and depression.

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on a person’s mood. One study found that mothers living in messy homes had higher levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. In this way, decluttering can instantly begin to lighten your mood and make you feel happy.

✔️Improves Sleep:

Some sleep experts say that our brains watch for external dangers while we sleep, an instinct that has been with us since our caveman days. In a room with a lot of stimuli, finding sleep and staying asleep can be more challenging. It could be that our brains interpret clutter as danger, or a hiding place for danger. Either way, our sleep suffers when we’re in a bedroom with too much going on. For people suffering from insomnia, experts recommend putting away or removing clutter to signal to the brain that the room is a place of rest.

✔️Find Lost Treasures: 

Decluttering is a process that involves going through old boxes, bags, the back of closets and so on. For many people, this becomes a way of finding lost treasures, missing pieces of jewelry, old photographs and things long forgotten.

Safety: The U.S. Fire Administration warns residents that clutter can prevent safe escape during a fire. Often, clutter becomes a fire hazard itself when it is kept close to heat sources. Clutter can get in the way of fire-fighting efforts, which can lead to loss of property and may even cost lives. Decluttering is healthy and promotes a safe environment in the home.

Decluttering Habits and Strategies


Staying on top of clutter by keeping it organized or throwing it out when it becomes too much often means adopting new habits. If you live with others, you’ll also need to ask your housemates or family members to adopt the same habits.

If you don’t work together with other members of your household, your own organizing and de-cluttering efforts will likely be overshadowed by the accumulation of other’s clutter.

Look at it this way: decluttering isn’t just an activity, it’s a lifestyle. Only by maintaining an organized lifestyle can you keep clutter at bay. Some tips:

  • Establish a regular time to declutter, preferably once every week or two weeks.
  • Get rid of anything not used in the last year.
  • Throw away, recycle, or give away anything you don’t need (but focus on giving away and recycling).

✔️Change Your Perspective:

One of the reasons clutter is so difficult to deal with is because most people stop noticing it after a little while. After something has become disorganized and has stayed that way for a long time, most people become immune to the problem. Many even forget what that part of their home looked like before it became disorganized. Disorganization becomes a part of the natural environment.

To recognize the full extent of the problem, most people need an outsider’s perspective. Have a parent, sibling, trusted friend or neighbor look at every room of your home and offer advice. Examine every shelf, closet and storage space. When examining the clutter, ask questions of the person who is helping you. For example:

  • How would you organize this?
  • What would you throw away?
  • What’s the best organization system for this space?

These questions will help you get ideas for your decluttering efforts moving forward.

✔️Ask the Right Questions:

Even if you’re looking through your house on your own, it’s still important to ask yourself questions as you evaluate your clutter and decide on a plan moving forward.


Most people hang onto things they don’t need. There are many reasons they do this. People associate memories very closely with objects, and sometimes they keep objects because throwing those objects away would be almost like throwing away a memory. However, it’s important to realize that these objects are not memories. Memories remain even after objects are gone.

In addition, many people hang on to objects out of concern they will someday need those objects again. When decluttering, it’s useful to assume that if an object has not been used in a full calendar year, it is not needed anymore.


This is a very powerful question. Clutter takes away peace. Keeping clutter is tantamount to trading peace away. While decluttering, many people find it helpful to think about the relationship between clutter and peace by asking themselves this question.

✔️Creating a Routine: 

Decluttering routines should not be burdensome. Establish a daily decluttering habit and engage in deep-decluttering periodically throughout the year.


Identify parts of the house that are easily cluttered (children’s toy areas, for example), and quickly clean those specific areas every day. Go through your mail every day. Keep what’s needed and recycle what isn’t.


Take time once every three months to deep clean a new part of the house. Parts that often need to be addressed during quarterly decluttering efforts include:

  • Garage
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Closets
  • Storage areas
  • Spare rooms

Set a schedule at the beginning of the year to ensure that the worst parts of your house will be decluttered as needed. According to MiKADO, “If quarterly decluttering is not enough, increase these efforts to monthly, until the entire house has been cleaned and organized”.

✔️Making To Do Lists:

Once you’ve evaluated your home’s clutter, make a to-do list. Divide your home into sections, and make a list of tasks to perform in each section.

Next, decide how much time it will take you to complete each section, and when each one will be finished. Spread the to-do lists out over a full calendar year. At the end of the calendar year, each part of your home should be fully decluttered.

✔️Deal with Mail in One Setting:

Old mail can build up quickly. Make dealing with the mail a daily habit. Throw out or recycle what you don’t need as soon as it arrives. For those things you do need, establish a place to put the mail where it won’t become lost or forgotten. Buy a mail organizer and place the mail inside. The organizer you purchase should have different slots for different types of mail, including bills, coupons, flyers, and so on.

Clean out your mail slot at the end of the week. Teach your spouse and anyone else how to use the mail organizer. Label each slot for each different type of mail. If multiple people are using your organizer, train each of them to put mail away in the organizer. This is the only way to prevent it from becoming disorganized and less useful.

✔️Memorize Fast:

Memorize this useful acronym to help you stay organized and avoid clutter.

  • F: Fix a time. Establish a regular time each day and a quarterly schedule for eliminating clutter.
  • A: Anything not used in 12 months. Get rid of anything that hasn’t been used in a year or more.
  • S: Someone else’s stuff. Give back anything that you’ve borrowed from someone else.
  • T: Trash. Throw away or recycle anything that you don’t need.

The FAST acronym is excellent advice for anyone hoping to declutter their home, but also just good practice for anyone who has already decluttered their home and wants to keep it that way.

  • Mark your calendar or day planner with quarterly deep decluttering events.
  • When borrowing something from someone, like a book or a movie, mark your calendar or day planner with a reminder to return that item to the right person.

Recycle as much as you can when decluttering. You might be surprised to learn which items cannot be thrown away. Many community sanitation departments require residents to take paint and tires to a special processing center. Familiarize yourself with the rules for your local sanitation department. Schedule pickups or drop off items as needed.

✔️Fill One Trash Bag Per Day:

This deep-cleaning idea is useful for anyone who would like to remove or eliminate a lot of clutter very quickly: fill one trash bag per day. Begin each day by opening boxes, sifting through shelves, cleaning out the pantry and cleaning out closets. When one trash bag has been completely filled, then the decluttering is finished for the day.

Who should use this method? This short-term decluttering plan is a good way to clean out a house when a target date is quickly approaching. For someone who is expecting guests to come stay, or who will be soon putting their home up for sale, this method is fast and efficient without being overly burdensome.

Use this method if you have a lot of clutter that can be eliminated. This is the method for you if you have a garage, attic, basement or spare room that has been filled with years of waste. People who use this method have often been in the same home for a very long time, and have allowed the clutter to accumulate for many years.

✔️Toss or Give Away One Item Per Day:

During your decluttering time each day, identify one item to toss or give away. This method does not get rid of much clutter very quickly, but is a good way to avoid a buildup of clutter in the long run.

Who should use this method? People who use this method don’t have a major clutter problem, and don’t need to get rid of a lot of clutter very quickly. In fact, people who use this method are usually maintaining an already well de-cluttered home. Doing this can help prevent clutter from becoming a problem.

✔️Use the Four Box Method:

The “four box” method can be used to declutter any given space, like a shelf, closet, or even a bedroom. To get started, find four medium-sized boxes (or four large boxes, depending on the size of the space being decluttered). Label the boxes as follows:

  • Keep. In this box, place anything that you want to keep.
  • Not sure. This box will hold any item that you’re not sure if you want to keep, or what you would do with it.
  • Throw away. In this box, place anything that needs to be thrown out.
  • Give away. The “give away” box will hold anything that needs to be donated; this box can also be a miscellaneous box for shredding, recycling, and so on.

After labeling your four boxes, sort clutter in the designated space. When the boxes are filled, take time to put away anything in the “keep” box, throw away anything in the garbage box, and so on. Sort through the items in the “not sure” box. After seeing what you’ll be keeping and what you’ll be throwing away, it is sometimes easier to decide what to do with the “not sure” items.

✔️One Month Box Test:

This test is a gauge of which household items are needed, and which ones are not. This test is often used to declutter small spaces like wardrobes and drawers. Take everything out of the space, and place them in a cardboard box. As you use items from the cardboard box, put them back in the space. In one month, whatever you haven’t used is not fully necessary, and should be donated or given to friends.

This test can be repeated in other parts of the house with clothes, seasonal decorations, DVDs, and so on. Perform the test throughout the year on different areas of the home. At the end of a year, you should have eliminated a significant amount of clutter.

Room-by-Room Steps for Decluttering

Each room of the house is different, and is thus decluttered in a different way. However, the basic steps for removing clutter remain consistent no matter which part of the house you’re in:

  1. Empty the space completely.
  2. Find a spot for each item one-by-one.
  3. Get rid of each item that has no place in the home.

Removing clutter from the space before putting items back one at a time is important for two reasons.

First, it’s important to see what the bare space looks like. This puts into perspective just how much clutter has accumulated in the space, and gives you something to strive for when putting items back.

Second, it’s important to go through everything one at a time because it encourages you to analyse which items are needed, and which ones are not. As you follow this room-by-room guide, keep these basic steps in mind.

Items to look for during the room-by-room decluttering process include: scraps of paper, things that are broken, items that have not been used in a year or more, clothing that no longer fits, and so on. These objects are often not needed and can be eliminated.


Bathrooms are small rooms that are expected to hold a lot of things. Cleaning products, medicines, toilet paper, personal hygiene products and towels are just a few of the many items that can be found in a standard bathroom.

Many pieces found in bathrooms are small, and some are quite small. Everything from bobby pins to jewelry to nail clippers can be found in most bathrooms. Often, these little objects are left loose on the counter where they contribute to an overall sense of mess and disorganization. The biggest challenge for a homeowner trying to organize their bathroom is in finding a place where all of these small, often miscellaneous items can be stored. These tips can help.


Sort through all medicines (including bags of cough drops and vitamins) and get rid of anything past its expiration date. Avoid dumping medicines down the toilet, especially if you’re on a septic system. Call your sanitation department, pharmacy or doctor’s office for instructions. Often, doctor offices and pharmacies will know about medicine take-back facilities or programs, where medications can be safely deposited.


One of the frustrating things about most bathrooms is the lack of organizers and functional storage space. Medicine cabinets tend to be shallow and have no mechanism for holding loose items like bobby pins and nail clippers. In some bathrooms, a lack of shelving and drawers can also contribute to the mess. The following are suggestions that can increase storage space while getting the clutter out of the way.

  • Birdcage. Hang a bird cage from the ceiling to hold spare toilet paper rolls.
  • Shelf over door. Install a shelf over the bathroom door to give yourself somewhere new to put some organizing bins.
  • Office drawer organizer. Install an office drawer organizer in your vanity drawer, for sorting items like toothbrushes, hair brushes and combs.
  • Magnetic strip. Install a magnet on the inside of the medicine cabinet door to hold the nail clippers and bobby pins.
  • Tension rod. Install a tension rod or a clothes line in the cabinet under the sink, then hang cleaning bottles from it.
  • Spice rack. Install a spice rack near your sink; these small kitchen accessories make excellent shelves for small items like medicine bottles.


The bedroom is the home’s sanctuary, which means that it should be a place of relaxation and peace. In the bedroom, clutter can affect your ability to relax and sleep well. Decluttering can improve your ability to concentrate and find happiness while you’re there. As you declutter this room, clean off every horizontal surface and ask yourself one at a time, do I need this?


A messy bed can make the entire room look messy, which can contribute to an overall feeling that the job is impossible. Make your bed first, then move on to do more.


Bedrooms can look suspiciously tidy, even when they’re full of clutter. Don’t underestimate how long your decluttering efforts will take. Start small, working in one portion of the room, and then move on when that portion has been organized.


Small things tend to accumulate in the bedroom, similar to the way they accumulate in the bathroom. Watches, jewelry, hair bands, chap sticks and other little personal items are often found in the bedroom.

Most people need these things in the bedroom for convenience. You can keep these items, but to make things look tidier, invest in some small ceramic dishes, baskets, trays or drawer organizers. Keep items sorted into bins with like items, so you know which container to reach for when you’re looking for something specific.


Most people assume if their clothes are in a dresser instead of on the floor that it doesn’t qualify as “clutter.” However, many people keep clothing items in their dressers that they really don’t need. Sort through your dresser drawer by drawer and make the conscious decision to keep (or not keep) each piece you find.

Once you’ve removed clothing pieces that you don’t need, sort clothes by category and put them away in drawers where they make sense, keeping like items together. Keeping your dressers organized and your clothes neatly folded will help you stay organized after your decluttering efforts are finished.

Put out-of-season clothes away in a storage area like the garage or in your basement, so the only clothes in your bedroom are the ones you’re likely to wear. Keep seasonal clothes together in their own drawer, so that when the time comes to switch out one season for another, all clothes are easy to find.

Finally, give dirty clothes a place to go if they don’t have a place already, by installing a hamper somewhere in your room. Put away any clothes on the floor at night either in the hamper or in the dresser before going to sleep.


In most bedrooms, the most valuable storage asset is the closet. When you’re decluttering your bedroom, focus on your closet. Even small closets can be critical for bedroom storage.


Closets can easily get too full. Often, people will save items of clothing for years and years, only wearing those items once or twice. To declutter your closet, assess each item one by one. Ask yourself a series of questions:

  • Do I wear this?
  • Do I love it?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is it comfortable?

If the answer to any one of these questions is no, then that item of clothing can be donated.


Most closets have a lot of unused space. Installing shelves on the walls, and bins to place on the shelves, can help you make more use of that space.

  • Install a pegboard on the wall to hold bags, hats, purses and hanging accessories.
  • Use modular organizers to fill all unused space.
  • Install a ladder to reach high shelves near the top.
  • Install shelves on the inside of the closet door.
  • Use a portable organizer on wheels to fill space, and wheel the organizer out of the closet when you need access to items behind it.

For walk-in closets, some people find it helpful to install a dresser or multiple dressers to keep clutter up off the floor.


  • When your decluttering efforts are finished, keep your closet clean by donating one or two old pieces of clothing for every new piece of clothing you buy.
  • Leave yourself time; proper closet sorting may take several days, as closets can be full of many items.
  • Ask someone who is not familiar with your closet to help you dream up organization solutions; sometimes it helps to have a fresh perspective.


Entryways, mudrooms and foyers are often the first thing that people see when they enter your home. A cluttered entryway makes a poor impression on visitors, and can be a safety hazard, depending on the type of mess typically found there. Ideally, this part of the house will have little furniture and few personal possessions.


Sort through each item in your foyer or mudroom one piece at a time. Typical items that can be found in this location include:

  • Shoes
  • Coats, jackets and sweaters
  • Hats, scarves and gloves
  • Keys
  • Boots
  • Umbrellas

Sort through each item one piece at a time and remove anything that does not need to be there. Stray items have a way of collecting in this part of the house. Extra shoes, in particular, are commonly found on the floor by the door or on the shoe rack. Establish a rule that limits the number of shoes that are allowed to be on the shoe rack at any given time, then ask people to remove extra pairs of shoes to keep the space tidy.


Foyers and mudrooms tend to be small, compact spaces. Organizers can help keep these spaces functional and attractive.

  • Install a shoe rack to keep shoes off the floor.
  • Place a bench with storage space near the shoe rack.
  • Clean any foyer or mudroom closets.
  • Attach hooks to the walls; assign one hook to each person in the house.


Foyers and mudrooms can get messy quick. It is this space where people usually put down their bags when they enter the house; and sometimes items placed inside the door can be left there for a long time. Assign one person in the house to tidy this part of the house every night, to remove anything that may have been left there accidentally.



Gadgets rule in the kitchen, which means that many kitchens are full to the brim of things that people only occasionally use. Contributing to the mess is non-perishable food that people buy but then don’t need.

Over time, pantries and cabinets can become so cluttered that finding things can become difficult. This can lead to a lot of waste and can even lead to pest infestations.


Kitchens are often full of “spares.” Over holidays and birthdays, people accumulate extra mugs and silverware, multiple waffle makers and casserole dishes, and so on. These extra items may come in handy on rare occasions, but spend most of their time in the way.

Get rid of spares to free up valuable counter space, pantry space and cabinet space. Donate what you can’t bring yourself to throw away, or give your extra dishes to a relative or friend.


Do you have a lot of cookbooks? Do you use all of them? Chances are, you have a few favorite books that you use regularly, and the rest of your cookbooks sit unused for the majority of the year. Donate cookbooks you use rarely, or use for only one or two recipes. Make copies of the recipes you want to keep, either by making a photocopy, taking a picture with your phone, or by copying the recipe onto a recipe card.


Sort through the dried foods in your cabinets. Check each expiration date, and toss any boxes of foods that are expired.


Sorting through your kitchen gadgets, dishes and foods is likely to free up space, but is that space being used wisely? Evaluate each pantry, cabinet and shelf in your kitchen. Can you make spaces less cluttered by installing additional shelves or other storage solutions? Look for ways to personalize your storage.


Small countertop appliances take up a lot of workspace. Evaluate each appliance that sits on your counters, from the toaster to the food processor.

How often do you use each appliance? Would you feel a hardship if you no longer had that appliance? Ask yourself, would you buy this appliance again today?

If an appliance is used at least once per week, then it likely belongs on your counters. If the appliance is only used once a month, it may belong in a closet or on a shelf. If an appliance is only used every quarter, it likely belongs in the donate bin.


Living rooms tend to be one of the hardest spaces to declutter because they’re used by many people in the house. Everyone has an opinion about what should and should not be in the living room. When decluttering your living room, work with other family members. Get buy-in from the people you live with to make this job easier.


If you like to pay your bills in front of the television, or do homework in a central part of the house, there’s a good chance that your living room is home to many stacks of paper. These stacks of paper do not belong in your living room. Sort and recycle, or place in your home office as needed.


Many people like to fill their couches and recliners with comforts like afghan blankets and pillows. Unless you find all of these objects necessary for true comfort in your living room, they’re likely just taking up space and making your living room feel more cluttered. Downsize the number of creature comforts and donate what you don’t use.


A lot of people no longer watch DVDs or VHS tapes, but still have movies in their living room “just in case.” If you usually watch your movies on an Internet streaming service, it’s time to get rid of your massive DVD and VHS tape collection.


Children should not leave their toys in the living room. Have your children remove toys from this space when they’re done playing at the end of the day. If some toys have come to stay in the living room permanently, work with your children to find a more suitable place to keep their toys, either in the toy room, your child’s bedroom or even in the family room.


Sentimental items like decorations and knick-knacks take up a lot of space and make your living room feel smaller. Reduce or eliminate the knick-knacks in your living room to leave the space open and comfortable.

Mistakes to Avoid When Decluttering Your Home


Decluttering can be an overwhelming and frustrating task. It’s easy to become burned out by the process, or to make time-consuming mistakes that can set you behind schedule. You can avoid this problem by planning your decluttering in advance. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your decluttering process goes smoothly.


Buying items before you’ve organized your house can be a problem in several different ways. First, you’re more likely to buy something you already own, because you’re not sure what items can be found in the clutter in your home.

Second, when you get home with whatever you’ve bought, you won’t have anywhere to put them. As a result, you’ll put them somewhere that may not make sense. This can make your new stuff difficult to find.

Finally, buying items before you have somewhere to put them just makes it harder to become organized when the time comes.

Before you purchase new clothes, new books, a lot of food, and so on, have a place to put those items. Know how much you plan to buy, and whether that will fit in the space available.


Very few people have the ability to focus on organizing (or any other task) for more than eight hours each day. Break your decluttering and organizing down into manageable chunks. Limit time spent decluttering to no more than eight hours per day. Once you’ve hit eight hours, take a break. Lay on the couch, relax, and eat a healthy meal.


It’s usually a mistake to stop your decluttering project midway through. You might plan to come back to your project in several weeks or months, but this is often impossible. More clutter will build up in the meantime, you’ll forget what you had planned to do with all the remaining clutter, and the room will become messy in the interval.


Don’t spend too much time trying to achieve perfection. All throughout the decluttering process, you’ll find that some items just don’t have a perfect spot, and not everything can be thrown away.

Some things will be left to decorate your shelves, coffee table, nightstand and countertops. You’ll find that having these items around may be comforting, especially when the rest of your horizontal surfaces start to look rather bare compared to the way they once were. Enjoy seeing these little touches of you scattered around your home.

The Psychology Behind Clutter

 As you try to eliminate clutter from your life, you’ll find it helps to understand where clutter comes from, why people collect clutter, and why letting go can be so important. Not all of these reasons will apply to you; in fact, you may have just one or two reasons for allowing clutter to gather in your life. Still, knowing the cause can help you devise a solution.


Sometimes people hang on to clutter because they feel they don’t deserve any better than to live with mess in their life. Other times, they hang on to clutter because they believe that the items in their possession give them more value.


Many people attach personal feelings to their possessions. Their possessions become interchangeable with the memories associated with the possessions, and the idea of giving those things up becomes painful.


Decluttering is hard work, and eliminating clutter takes time. Many people allow clutter to build up simply because they don’t have the time or don’t want to take the time to clean things up.


Sometimes clutter is essentially a lifestyle choice. People who have poor organizational skills and who are prone to buying many things often find it difficult to declutter.


Because removing clutter takes time, people who are naturally overworked will find it more difficult to remove clutter than those that don’t. People who work multiple jobs or who spend more than 40 hours per week at their job may find it difficult to keep their home clean and clutter-free.


Clutter can be overwhelming and defeating. Some people allow clutter to build up in their lives because they’re just not sure where to start.


Sometimes you have to say no, I don’t need this. Not knowing when or how to do that can be a contributing factor to the development of clutter in the home.


Sometimes clutter builds up because of a personal collection at home. Personal hobbies can lead to development of lots of clutter over many years.


If you have a habit of accumulating clutter, it’s very likely that this inclination is programmed into your personality. Recognizing and understanding this side of your personality can help you understand why you collect clutter. Knowing the why behind your clutter collecting can help you change the behavior.


By far, the largest group of people who allow clutter to accumulate in their home are the people who don’t recognize their own clutter.These people prefer not to have clutter in their home, but when faced with clutter day in and day out, they’ll stop noticing the clutter is there. When they clean their home, they’re very likely to clean around the clutter, looking past its presence.

People who don’t recognize their clutter often want to have a clean home, but because they don’t notice that the clutter is there, it’s very hard for them to clean their clutter up. Over time, the clutter can become very problematic indeed.


The second group of people are known to clear their clutter periodically. They recognize the clutter is there, and they want to get rid of it. After cleaning out the clutter, they’ll quickly start to buy more things that clutter up the home.

People who clear and then re-buy their clutter often like having many things around them. Although they want to have a clean and tidy home, they can’t seem to help themselves. When the chance to buy and keep more things in the home comes up, they will.


The super man or super woman are those individuals who can’t or won’t acknowledge their own clutter because they feel pressure to be more organized. This third personality type spends a lot of time getting organized, but is generally made up of people who have too much to do and can’t spend any time fixing the problem in their life that resulted in the clutter in the first place. This personality type is doomed to deal with clutter forever, because they’re so busy and unable to reflect on the issues that can cause clutter to build up in the first place.

Stay on Top of Clutter

Clutter can be bad for your physical and psychological health. Clutter can make your home harder to sell and can even reduce your overall quality of life.

Decluttering and living as minimally as possible can add many benefits to your overall well-being. By making time to practice these tips a little bit each day, you’ll see an overall improvement in your life.

To improve your quality of life, manage your clutter now before it starts to pile up. The more often and earlier that you work on eliminating your clutter, the easier this task becomes.

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5 Ways to Create Effortless Work From Home Outfits

5 Ways to Create Effortless Work From Home Outfits


Photo credit: Helena Lopes

Written by: Tess DiNapoli

Whether you love it or hate it, working from home has become the new normal for a lot of people across the globe. CEOs, receptionists, account managers, and a slew of other office employees have all migrated from the office to the kitchen table. But between the seemingly endless Zoom calls and everyday distractions, it’s important to give some thought to what you’re wearing.

Sure, the only one seeing your outfit in all its glory might be your cat, but that’s no reason to let your style slide. In fact, you’ll feel better about yourself and more prepared to take on all the day has to throw your way. Whether it’s elevating your sweats to a whole new level or even–dare I say it–putting on jeans, these effortless work from home outfits are just what you need to revitalize your fashion and style, all while staying comfortable.

1. Rock Some Comfortable Jeans

I know; jeans are so 2019, but not every pair is uncomfortable. You just have to get the right cut and fabric. A high-waisted, stretchy, wide-legged trouser made from cotton offers plenty of room for you to move around and keep comfortable. Whether you’ve made a yoga ball into your chair or you’re parked on the couch, these pants will have you feeling more put together.

Pair them with a stylish graphic t-shirt, and if you’re feeling extra motivated, opt for a belt to give you a pop of color.

2. Dress Up That Oversized Cardigan

This is one we’re all guilty of. Cardigan, tank top, and leggings. It’s essentially become a uniform at this point, but frankly, it’s not the height of fashion. There’s actually a lot you can do with a cardigan, however, and it starts with accessories. A chunky necklace and bold earring, for example, can go a long way in dressing up this bland look. Additionally, wearing a bright blouse underneath will provide a great contrast against the simple cardigan.

Plus, you can still pair it with leggings to keep comfy, cozy, and fashionable at home!

3. Ditch the Sweats for Some Joggers

Joggers are a great alternative to your sweatpants from college. Wearing sweats is great, but they often put us in a relaxed mood–not ideal for reaching deadlines and getting things done. Joggers are a happy medium. They’re not as fitted as jeans or leggings, but they certainly aren’t as baggy as sweats. With options in cotton, denim, and more, these bottoms are becoming the new chic look or loads of women in the office. Get a fitted pair that highlights your curves, and you can really style them to the max.

Wear your joggers with a flowy blouse and a cute pair of sneakers for an on-trend look that wraps function, fashion, and feeling good all in one.

4. Don’t Be Affriad to Dress it Up

Wearing your best office clothes may be low on your list of priorities, and it’s pretty low on ours as well. Instead of wearing your best blazer and dress pants, why not opt for a flowy dress or skirt? One of the perks of working from home is being able to wear (almost) whatever you want. So, if you feel like rocking your favorite sundress with an adorable boho jacket, no one’s stopping you! Or style a trendy jean skirt with a cute graphic t-shirt to showcase your unique personality.

Whether it’s a t-shirt dress or maxi skirt, you can rock these “dressy” looks any day of the week from your home office.

5. Go For It With a Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit doesn’t have to be constricting and uncomfortable. There are tons of flowy and effortless one-piece ensembles that will turn heads during virtual meetings and keep you comfortable all day. You can move with ease and look amazing from head to toe in a bold-print jumpsuit.

Style it with a cute sweater for some extra warmth, or keep it simple with some small stud earrings and delicate jewelry.

Working from home can be a drag, we get it, but that doesn’t have to translate into your wardrobe. It’s important to remember your style and maybe even revamp it while you’re working from home!

Looking for inspiration online or consulting a stylist is a great place to begin, so start today, and get your fashion back on track!


Tess DiNapoli is an artist, writer, and copy strategist who works with companies like Magnolia Boutique. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health, wellness and travel, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and getting insight on the latest trends.

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