Re­or­ga­ni­za­tion, makeover gave her room to add a van­ity

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

Stacy Small­wood is pas­sion­ate about fash­ion. As owner and head buyer of Ham­p­den Cloth­ing, an up­scale women’s bou­tique in Charles­ton, S.C., Small­wood trav­els reg­u­larly to Paris, New York, Mi­lan and Lon­don, where she buys the most up-to-date stylish cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for not only her store but also her­self. Over time — call it an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard — she ac­quired a lot of clothes.

As a re­sult, her home closet — an ex­tra bed­room she had trans­formed into a large walk-in — was a dis­as­ter, noth­ing like the sleek, well-edited and or­ga­nized shelves and dis­plays in her fash­ion­able King Street shop. Clothes, shoes and bags were jum­bled to­gether; she had never both­ered to edit out older or un­worn items. And she spent years ra­tio­nal­iz­ing keep­ing dresses and bags by say­ing, “I love it and might wear it again.”

But most morn­ings she would wake up, stare blankly at her closet, and then, like many women, grav­i­tate to the same pieces over and over again. “De­spite be­ing in fash­ion, I was strug­gling to get dressed ev­ery morn­ing,” Small­wood says, “so I would of­ten start my day in a bad mood.”

Then one day she hit a wall. “I looked around and was sick of the mess, and I knew the only way for me to get clar­ity of my mind was to start with my en­vi­ron­ment.”

Small­wood en­listed the help of pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Ju­lia Pin­sky, founder of Pin­sky Project. Pin­sky, who had a long ca­reer in fash­ion and mer­chan­dis­ing be­fore be­gin­ning her or­ga­niz­ing busi­ness, spe­cial­izes, as she says, “in mak­ing See CLOSET, page 6

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