As I mentioned in my last post, while I was doing online research before the big start of my tidying journey, I came across something that really excited me – in addition to living in a clean and organized house surrounded by things that bring me joy.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo was the first stop. In the book, Kondo takes you on a category by category tidying of your house beginning with clothing. I think clothing is a great place to start because most of us are pretty good about cleaning out our closets on somewhat of a regular basis. Plus, once you’ve purged all the unjoyful stuff, you only have pieces that you are excited to wear.
I really felt that this tidying journey would be a great opportunity for me to try new things with my wardrobe, mixing and matching items – if I only knew what I had and where they were. Let’s face it. Unless you have less than 10 items in your wardrobe, you’re bound to forget something. It’ll get buried no matter what. This drives me crazy!
I don’t know how I found it exactly, and many of you may already be aware of it, but for me it was a dream come true. I’d longed for something like this but with everything I had in my closet, I wasn’t sure when I’d find the time to get all the data entered. However, I knew once I had completed a closet cleanse I’d be ready for it.
What is it, you ask? Why, the Stylebook App! Here’s a quick video:
This little find got me as or more excited than Kondo’s book when it came to my clothing. I had to have it!
I’m usually not one to spend any money on apps. Even my games are freebies. However, it took me a nanosecond to spend $3.99 on this little goodie. That’s far less expensive than having a personal stylist come to your house.
I read the reviews and it does have some downsides. First of all, it hasn’t been updated in a year or so. I don’t care. As long as it works, I’m fine with that. It also doesn’t have an automatic sync between devices, but it’s actually pretty easy to share data as long as you’re diligent about doing it each time you add items to the app. You also have to make sure the app is backing up to the cloud so all your work is not for naught should you get a new device or something happens to the one you have..
It sounds like it will take two to four days to get an entire wardrobe entered, depending on the quantity of items and how much detail you enter for each one. I plan to do it category by category so elapsed time might be correct but it will be spread out over several days for me.
What it does do is amazing! It catalogs all items in your wardrobe, from skinny jeans to winter gloves. You can enter as much or as little information you want, including brand, size, price and fabric content and even add little notes.
You can play with your closet and create unlimited looks. Then, place your looks on the calendar. The app provides statistics as to how many times you wear an item as well as cost per wear if you entered your purchase price. That’s how you can justify your new pair of Louboutins!
You can store inspiration photos as well as create a packing list, a great feature for people who travel a lot. And, you can create a wishlist of items to add to your wardrobe.
I’m fearful of checking out the shopping function but if I decide to see how it works, I’ll let you know.
There are other apps out there, some of which are free, that offer similar functionality. Let me know if you’ve used any of them and which you prefer – and why!
UPDATE: Stylebook was updated January 2016 and now includes fun new features such as having the app create new looks for you based on your wardrobe! How fun is that!
Next time I’ll offer some random thoughts, all in preparation for the big clean out!