This antique credenza is the perfect blend of form and function in a home with little space
From political campaigns to overstuffed closets, Korinne Kubena Belock can simplify it all.
Unbeknownst to organizer Korinne Kubena Belock, a decade of organizing political campaigns from Congress to the White House was training for blazing a trail of her own—in homes. “I went from organizing campaigns to organizing people’s lives,” says Belock. When she left politics to start her company, Urban Simplicity, the reaction from friends affirmed her decision: “If you can organize Mike Bloomberg’s campaign, you can certainly handle a closet.”
Adding a bar area is a fun and functional way to entertain
What is your first step in taking on a new project? We first have to understand a client’s lifestyle and priorities. This involves asking a lot of questions and getting to know the client in order to develop a plan of action.
I need to declutter. How do I start? If you’re struggling to edit your closet, ask yourself these questions: When was the last time you wore the item? Does the item fit your style? A dress you wore years ago might remind you of a happy time, but if you haven’t worn it in years, it’s time to unload it!
Color-coding is not just visually pleasing, but it allows easy access to things
What is your top tip for organizing and designing a high-end closet? Your closet should be organized like your favorite boutique so you can ‘shop’ your clothing. I like to hang clothing on matching hangers, organize by type and then, by color. Make your closet decor an extension of your home, integrate lighting so you can really see your clothing, and add a beautiful chandelier or fun wallpaper for a touch of personal style.
The dreaded accessories... how do I organize shoes? Handbags? For shoes, first install shallow, angled, open shelving and then, organize your shoes by color and type. For handbag storage, properly stuff purses with quilted bag shapers. This will prevent them from losing their shape over time. And display your handbags like a work of art.