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In my professional life, I've done at least 50 closet makeovers. I would go into strangers' sacred spaces and tell them what to purge and how to organize. But, at home I was a closet-shover. I was doing the same thing as everyone else, cramming too much stuff into too little space. And, since there was no way I could make the one closet in my tiny apartment any bigger, or stop buying cute, blouse-y tops (and shoes and pants), I made it work really hard.
When Elaine Griffin, an interior designer and contestant on Nate Berkus' American Dream Builders, approached me about getting a closet makeover on the show, I was like YES! Then, I was like Oh, no. Have you seen an episode? The lady is crazy-talented with an emphasis on the crazy (yes, and the talented). But, I'm no fool, I would do anything to have someone else organize my closet. Reality-TV villain or not, Griffin turned my disordered storage into a delightful dressing room. Click ahead to see the small-screen magic, and the big impact it had on my space.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh