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Press } Articles } May 2008 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


New to the bookshelf: Clearing out clothes clutter

Monday, May 19, 2008

By LaMont Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli has always had this thing about fashion and being organized.

And she's fairly certain where the influence came from.

"My mother, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, was the great organizer and gave me my obsession with keeping things very neat and clean," she said. "My father was a dapper man who loved a beautiful suit and loved to buy me clothes."

After growing up under the roof of John and Katie Charlton, it's not surprising that Ms. Fascitelli would in 2002 establish Clos-ette, a closet-design company.

Now, the former editor and fashion public relations consultant who lives in New York City has combined her organizational expertise and love of fashion in a new book intended to simplify dressing for men and women. "Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet With Style" (Collins, $19.95) offers tips and techniques for editing and then organizing your wardrobe so that each time you dress you can do so by "shopping your closet."

But before getting down to brass tacks, Ms. Fascitelli deconstructs the pack-rat personality and helps readers understand and overcome the mindset that causes them to rationalize the accumulation of things -- in this case, clothes -- while rarely, if ever, parting with what needs to go.

Aided by color illustrations and photos, the author lays out three phases of taking back your wardrobe that include editing and clearing out, organizing what's left into a time-saving system, and remaining organized when new things invariably are added.

The beauty of Ms. Fascitelli's system is that it can be applied to other areas of living such as medicine chests, kitchens, pantries, wine cellars and offices.

Wherever one decides to implement her strategies, she promises that the initial time investment will be worth the return.

"It's like anything else that takes a lot of work and time but will get you great results," she said. "Exercise and education, they take time, too. All good things take some time, but honestly, make the time, and the benefits will be so much greater."


Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

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