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Early in January I had rotator cuff surgery and for two and a half weeks I spent a lot of time trying to find a good position to sit in that decreased the discomfort in my arm. I got bored and needed to find mental distractions but, I couldn't do big projects or long projects because my body was aching. So, I started cleaning up and organizing my dresser drawers one-at-a-time.

I'm embarrassed to say my dresser had gotten to a messy state. I think this is pretty normal. When we are working at a steady pace, we don't always have time to tidy up on our way out the door.

First, I started with my jewelry drawer. Yes, I have one dresser drawer for my jewelry. I have other jewelry boxes but, they are full of heirlooms and impractical items that are special to me that I don't wear. This drawer holds my costume jewelry, nothing pricey just fun. I tend to wear classic style clothing that stand strong as trends come and go but, I do indulge in jewelry trends and have a fun collection of color. I'm going to say this over and over but, if we can't see what we have in our wardrobes (dressers), we won't remember that its there and we won't use it.

Looking at this drawer, you wouldn't know that my favorite earrings are housed here. I have gotten messy and disorganized and I need to bring it back to order. How could I ever see my options with this drawer looking like this?

I began to organize by taking everything out of the drawer and creating piles for items I no longer wanted. I had a number of glasses that I didn't wear yet, they were the right prescription for me. I realized I was guilting myself into keeping them. I went through and put the ones I always avoided into a donation box. I separated the earrings into groupings by color and tossed several that were tarnished and tired looking. When I was done this drawer was useful again and brings me joy to open.

Second, I straightened my sock drawer. My sock drawer wasn't in that bad of shape. A couple years ago while doing closet organizing for a client, I had come across these sock organizers at The Container Store.

That is a dangerous store! There are so many useful tools for organization there. Every time I go, I come out with something that makes life easier. (I love their Recycling tubs!)

Anyways, I got this grid for my socks and it has made seeing my sock options so much easier. If I can see my options, I use my options. Plus, it keeps me from over buying socks. This drawer is full; I don't need more socks.

Just a slight shift around of socks and my drawer is pleasant to open again.

Third, I have a drawer that holds my camies and tank tops. I use them more in the Summer under silk blouses so, I haven't opened this drawer as of late. But, when I did open it I was disappointed in myself for leaving it in disarray.

Separating the camies and tanks in sections by color: navy, cream, gray, nude, reds and black, I folded them in the Marie Kondo way. It looks so much more pleasing! Note: My favorite camisoles/tanks are by Ann Taylor and Cuddl Duds.

Fourth, The underwear drawer! Do you have favorite underwear? I think it's kind of funny but, I do. I use drawer dividers in my underwear drawer; a row for shape wear, a row for everyday wear and a row for uncomfortable impractical pretty wear. There are seasons when I'm in suits and business attire that I pull from my shape wear more often and then, there are weeks when I'm living in jeans or shorts and I'm pulling from the comfortable everyday wear. No matter what your wear for underwear, it's the same rule over and over. If you can see it, you'll wear it, but if you can't; you won't.

When you go through your underwear, sock and cami drawers make sure to look everything over, tossing those that may be fraying or the elastic is giving out. There is nothing worse than wearing underwear that has lost its elasticity!

There's no need to wait for Spring to do a cleaning sweep through your dresser. And if you don't have time to tackle your whole dresser in one sweep, tackle one drawer at a time.

Things to ask yourself: Do I wear this? Is it still in style? Is it in wearable condition? If the answer is "no" to any of these it's time to toss the item or donate it.

Happy Organizing!

Twin Cities Wardrobe Consultant Kathy Banta

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Twin Cities Wardrobe Stylist and Consultant Kathy Banta

I started following Veronika Lipar on instagram after finding her on Pinterest. She wrote a blog in 2018 about what her go-to Winter outfit is when running late. I love this outfit even if I'm running on time! Since any links she would have used in 2018 would be out-of-stock, I'm going to add links to this outfit that are current.

Classic looks are timeless, not trendy, so you should always have these go-to items in your wardrobe arsenal.

I suggest always having a seasonal outfit hanging ready to go with accessories hanging with the blouse, pants/skirt/dress and jacket. That way, if you are running tardy, you don't have to go searching for the items to complete this outfit; it's all right there on the hanger saving you time. I have several outfits in my closet hanging paired and ready. It's a time saver and when your mind is busy and you don't want to think about putting an outfit together, you've already done the work.

Below is the recipe for this look and links to items on the list. I bet you have most of these items, if not all, in your wardrobe already.


Black Sock Booties

Straight Dark Denim

Black Leather Satchel Purse

Camel Wrap Coat (Camel doesn't flatter everyone so, switch it out for a colored wool wrap.)

Black Blouse

Marled Black and Gray Sweater Jacket

Black Winter Hat

Brown Leather Gloves

Cecilaa Sock Boot - Found at Nordstrom Rack for $49.97


Everyday Satchel Handbag sold at "Out On a Limb" boutique - $58


Essential Shirt by Ann Taylor - $69.50

NIC + ZOE Fringe Trim Lapel Long Sleeve Snap Cuff Open Front Jacket - $198

Sheepskin Beanie Hat by Overland - $99

Women's Rosewood Cashmere-Lined Lambskin Leather Gloves also by Overland - $79

Follow ME on Instagram at kathy_banta_personal_stylist

Happy Wardrobing!

Fashion Stylist Kathy Banta

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Time is ticking and the calender is on a countdown. Are you finding yourself stumped on what to get that dear one for Christmas? Here are some of my favorite products that would make for GREAT Christmas gifts this Holiday Season. Click the photos for links.

For Her:

1. These Lauren Ralph Lauren Rectangle Drop Earrings for $38.00 - She will wear these with her little black dress or her jeans and sweater. The touch of color is a rich accent to her eyes.

2. I love these everyday winter booties the Out N About III Classic Boot by SOREL sells for $130.00 - She will wear them with her leggings and long puff coat to the super market and she will wear them to the office with her dress and switch into her heels before she gets to the boardroom.

3. There's something so cozy about a long puffer vest on a cold winter's day. Maurices has this Hooded Longlined Puffer Vest regularly for $54.90 but, on sale for $32.94. It comes in gold and black. I love how they've paired it here with a plaid skirt and jersey top but, she could just as easily pair it with leggings or straight cut jeans.

4. If you are wanting a little fresh music, the best vocalist I've found is Eva Cassidy. You can't help but, appreciate her natural gift. The Best of EVA CASSIDY CD sells for $24.83

5. For the booklover, I've been reading Three Cups of Tea from Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It's an action packed thought provoking true story selling for $17.00 on Amazon.

For Him:

  1. Carhartt Cargo Fleeced-line work pant selling for $69.99 - He could easily pair these with a sweater or camo and hunting attire.

2. The Oral-B Electric Toothbrush is on one of the guys in my household lists of wants for Christmas. I don't know but, maybe this would be a hit for your guy, too! It sells for $79.99

3. Waconia Sunnies by Paddle North are on another Christmas list of one of the guys at my house. These are a GREAT deal at $35.00! He'll wear them everyday.

4. Colorful Tennis Shoes are IN! These Adidas CourtJam Tennis Shoes sell for $69.99 - He will look great in these wearing denim or a gray or navy jogger pant.

5. For that guy that likes to have fun, this Cheeseburger snow tube will keep the sledding party smiling. Sold at Cabela's for $27.99

We want to give gifts of meaning and items that bring joy. It isn't about the amount we spend; it's about the thought put into a gift for the person we care about. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Twin Cities Wardrobe Consultant Kathy Banta

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