My second book, “End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” was published in December 2014. It contains the best of my wardrobe management tips and strategies from my blog, “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various closet conundrums. The solutions in the book have all been revised and enhanced from the original versions that appeared on the blog, and some new material has also been created specifically for the book.
You do not need to be a shopaholic to benefit from “End Closet Chaos”! The tips and suggestions I provide are intended to be helpful for anyone who struggles with “closet chaos” of any kind. You can read the book from cover to cover or use it as a reference to tackle your individual wardrobe challenges.
“End Closet Chaos” begins by addressing wardrobe size, which is a subject that is on a lot of people’s minds. My “What is a Normal-Sized Wardrobe? ” blog post is my most accessed article for a reason! After exploring frequency of wear and closet “set point,” I delve into some general wardrobe management tips, closet organization, wardrobe tracking, and how to pare down your wardrobe. I also include suggestions for taking care of your clothes, tailoring, packing for travel, and defining and enhancing your personal style.
The book closes with a bonus section of tips for smarter shopping. These solutions are a curated selection from my first book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” and are included because smarter shopping will assist you in keeping your closet chaos at bay.
Table of Contents
Section One – Wardrobe Size
- How Many Clothes are Enough?
- Optimal Frequency of Wear and Wardrobe Size
- You Don’t Need a Large Wardrobe to Be Stylish
- Do You Have a Closet “Set Point”?
Section Two – General Wardrobe Management Tips
- How to Organize Your Closet
- Spend Some Time “Shopping Your Closet”
- Wear Everything in Your Closet
- Don’t Save Your Clothes “For Good”
- Your Clothes Should Make You Smile
Section Three – Wardrobe Tracking
- Why Track Your Wardrobe?
- The Nuts and Bolts of Wardrobe Tracking
- Reasons for Wardrobe Benchwarmers
- Addressing Your Wardrobe Benchwarmers
- Why You Should Do a Closet Inventory
- A Different Type of Closet Inventory
Section Four – Paring Down Your Wardrobe
- Why Do a Closet Audit?
- How to Do Your Own Closet Audit
- Answering the “Keep or Purge” Question
- How to Pare Down a Very Large Wardrobe
- Make a Game Out of Paring Down Your Wardrobe
- Take on a “Dress with Less” Challenge
- Paring Down a Large Jewelry Collection
- What To Do With Your Closet Castoffs
Section Five – Taking Care of Your Clothes
- How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer
- The Power of Alterations
- The Bright and Dark Sides of Alterations
- “Make it Work” Transformations
Section Six – Personal Style
- How to Determine Your Style
- Style Discovery Questions to Answer
- Outfit Photos and Identifying Common Themes
- How Journaling Can Improve Your Style
- The Pros and Cons of Uniform Dressing
Section Seven – Additional Solutions
- Get Dressed Easier with Closet “Cheat Sheets”
- Tips for Packing Prowess
Bonus Section – Tips for Smarter Shopping
- Set a Clothing Budget
- Create and Use a Shopping Priorities List
- Sometimes “Cheap” is Really More Expensive
- Questions to Ask Before Buying Anything New
- How to Successfully Shop a Sale
- How to Shop Smarter Online
Questions You May Have
Q. Where can I buy the book?
A. The book is available via the Amazon Kindle Store.
Q. What if I don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader?
A. My book can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your PC, Mac, iPad (or other tablet), iPhone, or Android phone or device.
Q. Why are you only selling the book via Amazon?
A. I originally had my first book for sale via several other channels, but almost all copies sold were through Amazon. So I decided to keep things simple this time and sell “End Closet Chaos” exclusively via Amazon.com.
Q. Is this book available in print format?
A. No, it’s a digital book.
Q. How long is the book?
A. The original MS Word version of the book is 163 pages long with a total of 50,674 words (the number of pages in e-readers varies based upon font size and other settings). The best part about the book is that you can start anywhere by selecting the particular section or solution that’s most relevant to your individual needs.
Q. What’s the difference between this book and your first book, “UnShopping”?
A. “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic” focuses on smart shopping strategies, including accountability, tips for before you shop and while you’re in the store, resale shopping, shopping with friends, shopping during times of transition, and dealing with holiday shopping challenges. Conversely, “End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic” centers on the topic of wardrobe management, as shown in the Table of Contents above.