No seriously you guys this tale is literally about cleaning out my actual closet; not about my father abandoning me as a child, the affair my ex-wife Kim had, or the irrepairably damaged relationship with my mother. (I fear only Eminem fans will get that.) When I was a kid I was SO PROUD of my messy closet. In fact I had a 2 day temper tantrum when my parents took the liberty of organizing my closet for me while I was away at camp. I was 12.
But times have changed and luckily (for them) I don’t live with my parents anymore. When I moved to the ‘burbs I got a big ole’ closet which was awesome and also totally the reason I convinced Hubby this was our dream house. Upon moving in I realized a big ole’ closet is really just code for another messy room unless it’s organized. With two kids and two hands, closet organization is about as far down on the to-do list as a bikini wax.
After doing a little investigative work, (Hah! Investigative work. I was browsing the Scout Guide on the can during nap time, OK?) I found Boston-based Professional Organizer Jill Magner. And let me tell you something about Jill Magner. Jill Magner will change your life. We met on a Tuesday afternoon at my house for a consultation which meant she had to tip-toe past The D Man’s nursery and whisper to me until we got inside the closet with the door shut. Yes I’m that anal about nap-time because nap-time is my-time and my-time is precious and I had a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER over and well I wanted to soak in every minute of it.
I was nervous she was going to be horrified at my closet but instead she was genuinely excited about the potential. She asked me if I had any specific requests and I told her other than 6 hours of straight sleep, nope. I clearly have no organization skill which I will forever blame on my traumatic experience at the young age of 12 ahem.
Over the next week we exchanged emails where she gave me several options to chose from: Option 1 was a new closet: a complete overhaul by Closet Factory and then Jill would come in and organize it. Option 2 was enhancement: Jill went to Container Store and had them draft up a plan. She worked with them based on what she thought my needs were and together they came up with some great stuff. Option 3 was leaving the closet as is and having her come in and make it beautiful based on minimal purchases like new hangers, an ottoman, and a chandelier. She sent a price list for all options and I went with option 3 at minimal cost. Here’s a before and after of one corner of the closet:
Yes my jeans are color coded. Yes all of the hangers are facing the same way. What you can’t see is that every thing in the drawers and shelves are even labeled inside and out so it’s truly idiot (Kristin)-proof. She even started a box called “Mementos.” Inside you will find the pee stick I kept when I learned I was pregnant with The D Man. Jill Magner didn’t even bat an eye. I love this woman.
Jill’s rate is $50/hour which includes a free consultation. She offers an optional monthly maintenance option (brilliant) and can also create gift cards for her services. If you ever wanted to give a baby shower or new mom gift that really stands out – this is it.
– MIM –
This is a sponsored post. The opinions are my own.