Infusing Your Wardrobe Into Your Workspace
Over the weekend, I got the new issue of Vogue magazine. I started thumbing through its gorgeous, glossy pages on Friday night with a glass of wine, and before I knew it, by Saturday morning, fueled by a few very large mugs of espresso, I had completely revamped both my wardrobe, and my workspace.
In case it wasn’t utterly obvious, I love fashion. I live for beautiful Chanel purses, stunningly tailored outfits, and chic, luxury vintage accessories. I also love my career. I spend 99% of my time working and writing, brainstorming new ideas, and connecting with my lovely readers. But for some reason, I’ve always kept my two passions separate, especially from a physical standpoint.
My workspace is in a very large, open corner of my living room. And my wardrobe is in my bedroom. I suppose this is fairly standard, though after this morning, I am convinced the two should, and could, reside happily together in a glorious and glamorous marriage of fashion and function.
Though I love my wardrobe, I’ve always had trouble keeping my closets organized. I credit this partially to an overabundance of things (what can I say, I love to shop!), as well as the fact that I live in a New York City apartment. These pads are notoriously short on space, and our closets are no different. Though my apartment is pretty big compared to most, I don’t have nearly enough room as I’d love to have for all of my things. I’m basically one step away from Carrie shoving her shoes in the oven. If I wasn’t married, this would probably be my preferred method of storage.
So after eating up the new Vogue and sucking dry every last drop of caffeine available to me, I felt an overwhelming urge to sort through my wardrobe and get somewhat organized. I work extremely hard for everything I have, and I’ve always felt like I don’t show enough respect for my things (mainly because there just isn’t enough damn room to display them the way I dream of).
My Vogue adventures led me to Pinterest, which led me down a glittering rabbit hole of closet styling tips, fashion blogs, and a myriad of shipments currently en route to Brooklyn from Amazon, West Elm, and The Container Store. What can I say, when I get into something, I get into it.
I saw a photo on Pinterest that showcased a beautiful shoe closet via bookshelf unit in an office. I loved the way this blogger brought her shoes right into her workspace without hesitation. It looked practical and stylish. It just worked.
This motivated me to find a new home for my most prized purses and bags, which happen to be my “go to” items that I rock on a daily basis (I don’t believe in keeping beautiful things boxed up). I took one look at my IKEA Billy bookcase unit across from my desk and knew that would be their new home. Considering I barely had anything in the bookcase to begin with, it seemed like the perfect use of space, and a great way to keep my nearest and dearest closet to me.
It just so happens my new B&S closet is positioned right next to my vision board. I love mixing the two, and I feel like the fact that I can have these little luxuries is a result of the hard work I do in my career, and the visions I have for all of my dreams and goals.
I also feel like having these items closer to me will make it easier and more inspiring to get ready each day. Being able to see everything is huge. Before this, everything felt cluttered. My shoes were lined up on the floor of my closet and I actually forgot I had certain items because they were hidden. Knowing that I can grab a certain pair of flats if I’ll be running around the city from meeting to meeting all day makes life a lot easier. At the same time, being able to see a glam pair of pumps reminds me that I can step it up a bit for a dinner and tap into my feminine side.
I also found a new purpose for my designer boxes that I was storing in my closet. I’ve placed a few around my workspace, including on my desk, and I’m utilizing them for things like receipts and other paperwork. If you don’t have any boxes but want to recreate this look, you can buy some on eBay!
As a result of my mini home/office makeover, I also did a complete closet refresh in my bedroom and got rid of half of my wardrobe. Half! My rule of thumb is, if I haven’t worn something in 3 months, it either gets thrown away or donated. Unless of course it’s a seasonal piece. But holding on to things that don’t fit well or do not make me feel absolutely amazing is an energy drainer. It was so freeing to get rid of all those old pieces. It has helped me feel more clear-headed and more confident. Now I know that I can literally throw on every single item of clothing I have and feel fabulous. No more trying on 54 different tops and ending up in a stressed out frenzy because nothing looks or feels right. I know you feel me on that one.
I encourage you to think about bringing your wardrobe into your workspace. You don’t have to do it the way I did, you can put your own spin on it. Bringing these two worlds together not only elevates the look of your home office, but it lends to some practical purpose as well (and honestly, who wouldn’t be inspired after staring at pretty shoes all day!?)