Consigning Luxury Items the “New-Fashioned” Way

Re-sale, more frequently known as selling on consignment, is a very rapidly growing market estimated by experts to become a 25 billion dollar industry by 2025.

It’s not a question of IF but WHEN hundreds of millions of people all over the world make re-sale their new healthy habit. — Paula Sutter, former president of Diane Von Furstenberg

Consignment shopping has gained popularity in recent years mainly due to the Internet and that it allows sellers access to global buyers.

Shoppers are using online re-sale sites to find luxury designer apparel and accessories without the retail price tag. It’s a smart, efficient and cost-effective way to buy that Chanel handbag without the steep price.

Consignment purchases offer shoppers consumption without the elements that make consumers feel guilty.  Everything you buy can be re-sold making the opportunity more attractive and sustainable and consigning is a great way to make some extra cash. Seventy percent of the average American woman’s closet is unworn or gently used clothing, shoes and clothing and accessories and the average value of that unworn seventy percent has been estimated at $8500. This means there are dollars hanging in your closet so why not unlock that value and declutter your life at the same time. When consigning designer merchandise:

  • Items should either be new, never worn, or in excellent condition. Pricing is based on the value of your items and current shopping trends.
  • Once your consigned pieces sell you receive your percentage of the proceeds after the seller’s commission.
  • Using a consignment expert yields a greater return — definitely more than you would garner on your own.

We at In Order to Succeed have had very positive experiences working with Penny OLoughanane of Consignista, a Greenwich, CT based company. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Consignista offers convenient, premium concierge service — Penny will come to your home, gather the goods you wish to sell and take them away to photograph and upload to her website.
  • There is no need to worry about selecting, packing, and driving belongings to a consignment shop.
  • Consignista’s accepted designers list offers clarity upfront so you save time and energy in knowing what she is able to sell.
  • Penny knows the market and sets prices fairly so that you can make the most on your consigned items.
  • Consignista offers a program called “Closet For Causes” which allows you to give all or some of the sale to a charity of your choice.

We recommend that you give Penny a shout if you are ready to begin consigning men’s, women’s and children’s designer goods. She may be reached at:

914.374.9395
penny@consignista.com
http://consignista.com

Autumn Organizing with the KonMari Method

The Method

Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” has redefined organization. She works on “the metric of joy.” Ask yourself, “has this item sparked joy for me recently?” If the answer is no, remove it from your life. You’ll soon find yourself with a decluttered home surrounded by only meaningful possessions.

Autumn Organizing

The transition into fall is the perfect time to try out the KonMari method in your home. Soon it will be cold and the holidays are approaching; take time to pack away everything summer and take on the fall and winter at peace and in control of your life.

Here are the top10 areas in you life that would benefit from the KonMari method in this time of transition:

  1. Clothing: To prepare for autumn, try KonMari’s method while switching over you closet. Put all of your clothes- winter and summer- in the center of the room, then go through each article. Does it spark joy? Then pack away your favorite warm-weather clothes to make room for your favorite cozy sweaters. Begin this fall season with a more manageable, meaningful wardrobe.
  2. Garage: Make room for the snow blower! Take the time to pack away summer gardening tools and children’s beach toys and bring to access winter essentials like snow-removal tools, wood-chopping tools, etc. Be sure to get rid of items that cause unnecessary clutter to create an accessible space.
  3. Office: Create a peaceful place where you can think and work clearly, free of clutter. Clear out inboxes, and create organized files on your computer. Try digitalizing your physical files and then shredding documents that are taking up space in your office. Be sure to back up all files!
  4. Kitchen pantries: Get rid of that blue icing your bought for your child’s birthday cake three years ago. Go through your non-perishables and get rid of anything you know you’ll never use. Make room to stock up on soups and other foods you will be eating more of come the colder weather.
  5. Coats/Shoes: Winter coats and boots are bulky, so it is easy to have a stuffed and messy closet when it is not kept organized. Go through your coat closet and trash or donate anything that you didn’t use last winter, or anything that your children have grown out of. If your closet if full of old, outdated coats, treat yourself to a new one if you can afford it and get rid of that puffy jacket you still have from college.
  6. Children’s Toys: Christmas is around the corner… which means a new wave of clutter for those with children. Take the time now to go through your child’s toys and donate those that haven’t been played with in some time. You will be much more at peace later when new toys are added to the playroom.
  7. Home decorations: It’s almost time to put out your favorite leaf-patterned table cloth! Everyone loves to make their house festive for the season, but these decorations collect over time and we often find ourselves with more than we can use. If decorations are left in the storage bin during a season, get rid of them. Only keep those that spark joy in your life and contribute to your home décor.
  8. Christmas tree ornaments:Tree ornaments are their own separate category because so many families have more than they can count. If you leave half of your decoration in the bin or your tree is falling over due to the weight of so many ornaments, take some time to minimize your collection. This is a difficult task as tree ornaments tend to be particularly sentimental, but having a decluttered home will help you better enjoy the holiday season. Do this now before Christmas so that when it comes time to decorate the tree, you are not tempted to keep every one.
  9. Car: Go through your backseat and remove the bags, jackets, and trash left behind from passengers, particularly children. Autumn is a busy time, so give yourself some peace in the car while you’re driving from work to children’s activities.
  10. Papers and files: Take the time to go through all of the papers that have gathered on your desk or counters. Create an organized and protected space to keep anything important like medical and financial files. It is a good idea to also digitalize these files. Then get rid of anything that will not be referred to later like flyers, receipts (unless they document a large and important purchase, in which case keep), and old schoolwork.

Why Declutter Your Life?

We are surrounded by things, clothing, books, papers, mementos, but much of our time is not spent enjoying those things. Rather we feel cluttered and overwhelmed by the space they take up and how we can’t find anything.

The concept of decluttering your life boils down to one question: what are the things that spark joy in you? Once you can minimize the possessions that do not, calmness begins to take their place. Instead of constantly feeling frustrated by cleaning and organizing, a huge amount of time is freed for other pursuits. Imagine whatever it is that gives you peace or brings you joy. If you want to have more time for it, remove the unimportant things that are taking up valuable time, energy and thought.

What Does The KonMari Method Require?

Get a copy of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and begin this life-changing process. Following the steps in this book will quickly lead to a home that is more organized and more reflective of your authentic self.

The first step to the KonMari Method is to picture the end result. Envision exactly what will bring you peace. The book then takes you through categories of possessions rather than rooms. Each category is pared down to what you will keep through a series of steps. After you have discarded items there are specific ways in which to organize and place the possessions that are left.

The KonMari Method is a studied approach that will declutter your life and bring you peace and calm. It is worth reading the book and trying it out in your home. Whether you wish to work through one category to start or take a comprehensive approach, In Order To Succeed is a full service firm with professionals who can assist you in getting your home and your life organized, the KonMari way!

Declutter Your Life Using The KonMari Method

What Sparks Joy?

Unless you’ve been unplugged for a while, chances are you’ve heard the phrase, “spark joy” recently. Maybe on a morning show where a woman had all of her clothing on a bed and asked each pair of jeans, “Does this spark joy?” This is part of a movement to help declutter your life using the KonMari Method. What does it look like to declutter your life? And what’s the KonMari Method? Here is some insight into the movement that is taking over the nation, the movement brought about through Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”.

Why Declutter Your Life?

We are surrounded by things. Clothing, books, papers, mementos. But much of our time is not spent enjoying those things. Rather it’s grumbling about the space they take up, how no matter what we do our spaces appear cluttered, and how we can’t find anything. Even the most organized home with gorgeous bins and baskets is likely held hostage by these things. The concept of decluttering your life is one that boils down to one question: what are the things that spark joy in you? Once you can answer this and minimize your possessions, there is a calmness that takes hold and a huge amount of time freed for other pursuits rather than constantly cleaning, organizing, and frustration.Imagine getting through the list of books you want to read. Imagine being able to go for a walk in nature each day. Imagine whatever it is that gives you peace or brings you joy. If you want to have time for it, the way to get it is to remove the things that are taking up valuable time, energy and thought.

What Does The KonMari Method Require?

The KonMari Method doesn’t require you to make a single purchase. Nor does it require any course or seminar. Instead what it requires is a copy of the book which is available in hard copy (hard- and paperback, eBook, audiobook) and a willingness to allow the process to move exactly as KonMari explains in the book. It will make most people uncomfortable at the outset, but once followed it quickly leads to a home that is more organized and more reflective of your authentic self, where you are only surrounded by only those things that bring you joy.

KonMari Method At-A-Glance

The KonMari Method takes you through categories of possessions rather than rooms. Each category is pared down to what you will keep through a series of steps. After you have discarded items there are specific ways in which to organize and place the possessions that are left.

Picture The End Result

The first step is to picture where you want to be at the end of your tidying marathon. One client of Kondo’s wanted to start a meditation practice. She wanted a clean space in her bedroom, which was covered in clothes, where she could light incense, practice, and then take a hot bath with candles. What is your end result you want? What is the thing that would give you joy?

The driving outcome of the Konmari Method is to strip your life down to the basic things that give you joy, remove the things that sadden and distract you, and spend your time on pursuits that bring you joy. Visualize what you want and keep it in your mind when the clutter creeps into your life.

The Categories

While you could apply the method in different ways, Marie Kondo believes that following through the recommended steps in the correct order is the only way to end the process organized and without need for future organization. She is firm that you must not change the process to fit your personality but instead be strict and follow it exactly to avoid retreating to be bad habits. The list of categories and order in which items should be addressed:

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Miscellany
  • Mementos

Kondo warns that starting the KonMari method with mementos is a recipe for disaster and that the only way to guarantee success is to start with clothing and follow the process. Mementos come with a significant emotional attachment — we keep them to remember an meaningful event. With clothing, it is easier to assess quickly and move on to the next item. Starting with clothes and moving down the list trains you to be ready to approach the difficult assessment of papers and personal mementos.

The Metric of Joy

The first step of each category is to gather every item of that category in one place and then begin to pick up each item, individually, and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” The idea being that there is no reason to be surrounded by things that do not spark joy. In the end, a dwelling space that is only filled with items that make you joyful means you are able to look around feel at peace. Items that do not spark joy should be discarded for donated. Items may not be kept because they were expensive, because they might fit one day, or because they were given to us by someone special. For those items we hold onto for reasons other than sparking joy, we thank them for whatever they brought us and then toss them on the discard pile. Items that are able to be donated should be, with items that are no longer useful thrown out. It will amaze you how many things you’re holding onto that don’t ever get worn and simply take up room. Time to declutter the Kon Mari way.

Organization

After going through a category, the KonMari Method has steps for how every type of item is organized. Even folding clothes has a process. The KonMari Method shares how to fold shirts, arranging them in such a way that they can be stored upright in drawers like files. This allows them to be seen, selected and put away neatly and also frees up closet space, which are often far too cluttered. Kondo goes so far as to teach students how to fold socks in a new way: rather than bunched up socks are lovingly folded, giving them a sense of rest. Clothes can relax and breathe while stored and in a sense thanked for serving you well while they work for you. This can make future release of items easier because you know that you lovingly cared for them while they were in your possession.

The KonMari Method is a studied approach that will declutter your life and bring you peace and calm. It is worth reading the book and starting with clothes, to see how quickly your space will begin to transform. And from there it is easy to apply the method to all aspects of your life. The benefits feed upon themselves. Whether you wish to work through one category to start or take a comprehensive approach, In Order To Succeed is a full service firm with professionals who can assist you in getting your home and your life organized, the KonMari way!

Eliminate Clutter in Common Hotspots: Divide. Install. Purge.

Apply this simple acronym to the places in your home that are likely to get out of control to enjoy a clutter free home.

It’s not a product: DIP is a simple three step practice that will eliminate clutter and keep it from coming back.  Work with a professional organizer from In Order To Succeed® to put this practice in motion.

Mind Over Materials

Clutter freeThere are many systems to “get people organized”.  From space age sweater bags you can vacuum the air out of to space saving hangers.  From books and checklists to apps on your iPhone and tablet.  But, and we’ve said this before, no system will do the work for you.  Organization, whether it’s your social life or your closet, requires good habits that work with your personality and an aesthetic you love.  If you have something that looks appealing, it is enough of an incentive to reinforce good organizational habits.  Incorporate beauty and design into your systems and you will keep your hotspots clutter free.

Three Steps to End Clutter

Rather than have elaborate systems for each place in your home, we suggest using the same strategy for all of them.

Divide

Divide items into categories for easy storage.

Install

Depending on your space, needs and design, install items to control your most trafficked spaces.

Purge

Make a habit of donating or selling items you no longer use or need.

Hotspot #1 – The Pantry

Pantries, no matter their size, always seem to grow out of control quickly.  Rather than create more clutter by digging through to find things, here’s how to apply the DIP strategy to eliminate clutter and keep it organized.

Divide

Set aside a time and pull every item out of your pantry.  If you don’t have dogs or children in the house the best surface for this project is your clean kitchen floor.   Otherwise, a large table like a dining room table, is a good option.  Pull everything out and then start placing items together – your cataloguing system should not follow anyone’s idea but what works for you.  Don’t create huge rules — it can be as simple as dry goods (pasta, beans, cereal, crackers), spices, soup, or any other categories — you’ll adhere to a system that happens organically.  We believe it’s best to also divide between opened and unopened/extras.

Install

Open items like cereal and pasta will stay fresher longer if they are placed in airtight containers.  You can use heavy plastic storage (we love these OXO steel top options at Williams Sonoma), glass jars, or, depending on the look you love, even ziplock style bags placed in antique metal containers.  Just keep in mind that if you’re trying to stay green these food storage bags are not recyclable.  We can work with you to source interesting containers of all sorts, both airtight and not, for your pantry organization.

Some other great ideas for pantries?

  • Baskets – rather than have multiple unopened bags of salty snacks, canned goods, or fruit out on the shelf use wicker, canvas, fabric or any other type of basket to organize items and keep them from looking sloppy and taking over too much space.
  • Label As Needed – Fight the urge to label everything.  Pretzels are distinct, so is pasta.  You will be able to reuse your containers and will find yourself cutting down on how much excess you keep in the pantry.
  • Hang Items – Attaching one large dowel as a rack or several dowels or hooks will give you spaces for items that can hang: aprons, utensils, even using chip clips and hanging open bags will save you tons of room and keep everything accessible.
  • Start a List – Whether you use the back of envelopes or a structured grocery pad, keep your grocery list materials in your pantry and add items as you run out.  Then when it’s grocery time the list is up to date and ready to go.

Purge

Set up a regular time, about once a month, to go through your pantry.  Try to schedule this at a time when you’ll be near a place where you can drop off good items that you just know you’ll never use.

  • Check dried goods for staleness.  If you’re someone who cooks, remember that stale breads can be used for croutons and breadcrumbs.
  • Check canned goods for expiration dates.  Make note of what to use in the coming month and toss expired items.
  • Make note of items that are running low.  Add items to your grocery list if they are things you use often and need more of.
  • Assess the space.  Do you keep putting something back in the wrong place?  Make subtle changes that will make your life easier.

Hotspot #2 – Your Jewelry

Besides items that you wear every day, like your go to diamond studs and your wedding bands, jewelry can get cluttered.

Divide

Separate jewelry by type and place in separate parts of a divided drawer in your vanity or bureau to start.

Install

Keep necklaces, anklets and bracelets neat by using a two pronged antique hook to hang them.  We recommend putting bracelets on the top and necklaces on the bottom to avoid tangles.  Don’t want something attached to the wall?
A unique objet d’art can make a beautiful jewelry tree.

For kids’ rooms, especially teen girls, upcycling an old screen door or window can make a beautiful way to turn that mess of earrings into a beautiful collection.

Purge

After you wear a piece, store it however you’ve decided.  If at the end of a season an item is still in the drawer, it’s time to give it away, sell it, or throw it out.

Hotspot #3 – Your Walk In Closet

A room unto itself, a walk-in can become cluttered easily.  Working with a professional organizer can reinvent this space and make it the attractive selling point it was on your home in the first place.

Divide

With an empty walk-in, you can visualize what you want where based on your storage needs, the sizes of components, and access.  There’s no sense having formal wear in the front since it’s worn less.  Separate every item in your walk in by category and then write each category on a super sticky post it note (these will hold better than traditional post its meant for paper) and get a sense of what should be where.

Install

Would a second, lower rack help you save space?  How are your shoes organized?  By instituting a few changes you can create a beautifully organized and neat space that is friendly to your clothing and accessories and saves room meaning you can add a vanity, your jewelry collection, full length mirror or other dressing item to the space.

  • We recommend:
    Clear containers for each pair of shoes so that you can see and access them easily without crushing out of season pairs
  • Baskets for items like socks, hosiery, workout clothes – neatly folding these and using smaller shelves will open up lots of space
  • Hooks or hangers for scarves that are divided by color scheme, solid vs. pattern, or in another way that gives you access to them.

Purge

When dividing, donate or dispose of those items you never wear, that no longer fit, or that need the TLC a tailor simply cannot provide.  Also, when placing items into your newly revitalized walk in, put the hangers in backwards.  When items come out of the laundry or back from the cleaner put their hanger in the traditional way – this is a sign to you when you do a walk in refresh that you haven’t worn a particular item.  If it stays that way for the season it’s time to let it go.

In Order To Succeed® is here to help you kick clutter to the curb and develop habits of mind to creating a more systematic way to organizing. Go ahead, try to Divide. Install. Purge. That is a good way to start. We work with clients to execute the vision that works best for them.  In March we will explore the joy of tidying up and share even more strategies we that will give you the luxury of time.