Exclusive Fashion Interview Kim Clark
[EXCLUSIVE] Our Interview with Professional Organiser Kim Clark12:56 PM
Photos courtesy of Vanchic Keeping closets organised is not everyone's cup of tea, so we speak to CEO of Vanchic Organization and prof...
Photos courtesy of Vanchic
Keeping closets organised is not everyone's cup of tea, so we speak to CEO of Vanchic Organization and professional YouTube guru Kim Clark who specialises in fashionable and stylish home- and closet-organising.
Hi Kim! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 23 years old and I live in Washington DC. I love to sing, travel, go hunting at flea markets, antique shopping and spend time with family. I'm a professional Youtube guru that demonstrates clever home maintenance methods like shopping your own closet, simplifying, healthy home routines, unique storage fixes and upcycling.
How did you end up specializing in home and closet organisation?
From a young age I organized anything I could get my hands on. I systemized and decluttered teacher's desks, friend's pantries and my siblings toys. In college I realized that my tips were different from "standard" organizer methods. I believe in systemizing and straightening out a home with panache in mind. We all want our houses to appear unique, clean and welcoming. How luxurious is a closet full of plastic bins? It's not! I use glamorous wine racks to store hot hair tools, baking dishes to hold bronzers, baroque glass armories as shoe racks and decorative containers to hide jewelry. I think outside the box. I teach people how to glam up just about anything and make a home look expensive without spending like a millionaire! I see the value in making every inch of space in your home attractive yet practical; I dont believe in sacrificing style for functionality.
Have you always been neat and organised?
Yes, but the habits of staying organized is learned over-time. A cluttered room equals a cluttered mind. I like to have all my ducks in a row. I love the ability to see and recognize every material item I own. I'm in control of what is under my roof, I dont let clutter control me. I take decluttering, repurposing, organisation and luxury-on-a-dime to a whole new level.
What are the common mistakes when it comes to decluttering and organising?
People often buy into the cheap low-quality organizational gimmicks that end up making them more unorganised. The second mistake I often see is people not confronting their shopping addiction and past irresponsible-consumer moments. Let's respect our bank accounts. Spending money on junk, short-term usage items and the collecting of useless knick-nacks is called thoughtless accumulation. My advice is to think like a European. Italian women have one or two nice artistan-made luxury necklaces, rather than hoarding thirty Forever21 dinky costume necklaces like American's do. A house is an oasis and reflection of our taste and style identity. Real estate is the most expensive investment we make in our lives. Everyone should have a home that they can be proud of with each system, drawer, closet, cabinet, nook and storage properly arranged.
Any tips on making sure that clutter doesn't add up again?
My first tip is to shop less and use up what you already have in the house! My second tip is to integrate "belonging" areas; when you use a hairbrush, put it right back where you got it after you are done brushing your hair. Dont remove the hairbrush out of it's belonging zone. My third tip is to practice the recycling technique; if you buy two new magazines, throw two old ones away. The last tip is to have a routine and management system; check out my latest video on the best smartphone organization apps!
What are your must-haves to keep everything neat and organised?
A must-have attitude is commitment; a focused, on-board family is crucial to orderly house-hold success. If you are the only member in the house willing to make changes, and others are not... problems will arise. We need to train ourselves to stop thinking that organising, decluttering and cleaning is an arduous chore. We should be proud to organize our material things since we spend thousands of dollars on wardrobe, furniture, accessories, décor, food and "stuff". My must-have action is to take inventory; literally sort through everything you own. During that process, get to know your stock and purge items you dont use. My must-have products to stay organized are étagères, hanging curio cabinets, chests, trunks, toy hammocks, ceiling storage and wall shelving. All efforts to keep "stuff" off the floor is precious because storing items on the ground will stub the height, warmth and openness of a room. I'm also a big believer in aesthetic balance; buy matching hangers, matching plateware and remove all paperwork from the kitchen and bedroom.
What would you do if you've won a million dollars?
Since tax will take out hundreds of thousands from that million-dollar win, I would donate 5% to charity, grow my empire and spend the remaining money in real estate or investing in companies I believe in.
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