Armadio.co Open a Closet and Win!

You’ve heard bits and pieces, now we’d like to tell you the inside story. .Armadio.co[m] is an online mall where it’s easy to sell (and buy) new and pre-owned clothes, accessories, and jewelry. And, it’s easy to donate to a charity you favor to support a worthy cause.

Here’s How You Can Help.
Armadio is designed to provide you a place to set up a closet (it’s your own storefront) and begin selling. Buyers will come, but first we (you and many others like you) must fill the mall with “inventory” and that’s where Armadio needs your help.

To make it interesting we’re having a drawing, prizes are: Two Kindle Fire tablets. Two winning closets will be randomly selected from the first 500 closets that open with five items or more. In addition, these 500 closets will be placed in a second drawing for ten (10) beautifully hand crafted pieces of jewelry

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Do You Store Shoes Safely?

Recently, walking into a friend’s very large closet I noticed that her shoes were perched above other clothes and it seemed odd. Shoes that have touched the public restroom floor don’t belong above your suites and sweaters. We all know floors are among the dirtiest surfaces – forget about that 5 second rule nonsense, if it drops don’t eat it

Not wanting to seem critical, I mentioned the odd shoes-clothes positioning to her casually. After a moment of reflection she said, “You know that’s a good point. I’ve honestly never thought about it before.”

Typically, shoes are stored on shelves below clothes. I’ve never seen them put above. But regardless, of where you store your shoes if they  are dirty, muddy, or just  wet they should be cleaned before putting them back in your closet not only to keep your closet clean, but equally important to keep your shoes in good condition.

Ideally, a shoe closet (and a full length mirror) should be close the entrance door of your home so you can wear them before exiting the house, but not in the house.- no shoes in the house! Of course, most of us don’t have that luxury. However, setting up a “shoe space” near the door is a still a good idea and with a little creativity you can do it.

For longer-term seasonal changes one option is to use one or two under-the-bed storage cases. They’re long and about 1.5 feet across, but not very tall so they fit nicely under you’re bed!

 

Are You Ready to Open an Armadio.co Closet?

Are you ready to open your armadio.co “closet?” Now is the time to get started! The beta site is ready for your closet. Please consider this your personal invitation!

So, if you want to start selling and letting us know about nonprofit organizations you’d like to support, than it’s time to: “Get on your mark, Get set, GO!.

Here’s what we recommend you do:

First, walk over to your closet (dresser, shelves, etc.) and begin the “Three Pile” exercise – you’ll find details here”  Do you Have a Closet or a Dungeon?

Then, organize “Pile # 2″ [put similar items together] photograph the clothes, accessories, and jewelry you want to sell (a phone camera is usually all you need).

Now go to armadio.co and set up a closet. Your online store will have it’s own unique web page (Example Time and Again) and you can use it as a link from other places you visit (e.g., twitter, FB, Pinterest) You’re in Business!

 

What Can You Sell on Armadio?

What Can You Sell on Armadio.co? The quick answer to this questions is almost any type of women’s clothing, accessories, or jewelry that is in good or new condition. Tops and skirts, shoes and belts, and dresses are popular items as are hats, jewelry, coats and other accessories.

Selling jewelry,may be one of the easiest because it doesn’t require the same amount of description as clothing (sizing issues and such are simpler). In all cases, a picture is worth a thousand words and two or three pictures are worth . . well you get the idea.

You can combine a necklace or bracelet with earrings and set one price. Take a look through your jewelry box or drawer and find the items you either don’t like or simply don’t ware – sell them and make room for “presents” from your admirers that you will wear.

 

 

A coat that you never or hardly ever wore is another good item to sell and you will create space in your closet, making room for more useful apparel. Coats and jackets are often worn less than other clothes and stay in excellent condition making them a great sale item for Armadio.

Do you have luggage that is just sitting in your closet taking up valuable space, pieces you never use? Take the plunge, sell it on Armadio. Good quality luggage is in demand. If you price it correctly it will sell quickly. If you’re feeling in a generous mood give a portion of the sale price to a favored charity!

But don’t stop there – shoes, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, hats,suits, belts, boots, etc. are all good items to sell and as always we encourage you to share your sales with a favored charity!

 

Do You Have a Closet or a Dungeon?

When you open the door to your closet, and for those with large walk-in closets take a step into it, what emotion do you feel? Is it a feeling of delight or one of dread?

If you are delighted please share with us how you achieved this form of nirvana.  We can all use guidance on making the experience of entering our closet a pleasant one.

On the other hand, if you are not delighted and moreover you have a sense of dread, disgust [that may be a bit strong], or general displeasure than it’s time to take action. Here is a “3-Pile” approach to help you sort through your fashions and accessories.

 

Pile number one – Clothes, accessories, jewelry, etc that you truly love. Stuff that fits well and you often get compliments on from strangers. These are all the items you would buy again today if you didn’t already own them.

Pile number two – All the items you rarely if ever wear, never feel good about, and/or you would never miss.

Pile number three – This one you may have to work on repeatedly, but for now these are the items you can’t decide whether to keep or not. Could be an emotional attachment, or clothing item you’d like to fit into again, or one you’re keeping because a special someone gave it to you. There are many reasons why items will be placed in this pile. Don’t stress over it too much, sleep on it and revisit this pile in a day or so.

Now take action. Arrange the items in pile #1 so you can see them and start taking notes on what you need to fill in any gaps in your wardrobe.

Start organizing pile #2 and get ready to set up your online store i.e., “closet” on www.Armadio.co  - Happy Shopping!

Gwyneth Paltrow Donates and Donates and…

Gwyneth Paltrow is a “charity machine.” This beautiful celebrity truly believes in giving back. Among the work she’s involved in is the donation Estée Lauder makes of a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the ‘Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow’ collection to breast cancer research. In 2008, Paltrow donated $75,000 to the Food Bank For New York City.and said we all need to be doing more.

Paltrow also gives of her time serving on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization which attempts to mitigate the many problems caused by poverty in the Big Apple (New York City). She hs been the Ambassador for the Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure campaign against breast cancer. And, she narrated the UNICEF film The Gift.

However, it doesn’t stop there.Actress Gwyneth Paltrow – who is married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin – is a big supporter of Kids Company and British band Coldplay donated £1 million to this children’s charity in the UK. The group made this donation because the charity provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. They focus especially on kids with severe emotional, behavioral and social difficulties, that resulted from significant experiences of trauma and neglect..

Last year, she cleaned out her closet for an auction to benefit the charity, and she recently designed a range of clothes to raise money for the organization. We hope that someday soon Gwyneth will work with Armadio to create a fundraiser that will do something spectacular!

Gwyneth Paltrow has supported many other charities, here are the names of a few of them: Act Green, American Cancer Society, Environmental Media Association, Healthy Child Healthy World, Hoping Foundation, Keep A Child Alive, The Lunchbox Fund, and UNICEF.

 

Way to Gwyneth! You are a role model and an inspiration to us all.

 

Do Your Clothes Lift You Up or Bring You Down?

Using my keen sense of observation, I have decided that we often act like upright walking squirrels gone mad.

When I look in some closets (mine included) it appears we are like squirrels, but without the excuse that we need to store food for winter. Said more simply we collect and store clothes, hats, handbags etc. etc. and cling to these items long after they are of use to us. We jam things in every corner of the draws, shelves, closets and baskets we own. If we run out of places to put belongs we buy boxes and containers – ever heard of a junk drawer! Of course you have. This is the ultimate sign of too much stuff…we acknowledge it. We call it “JUNK.”

However, do we get rid of it? Of course not! And, if you’re like me, you keep pushing down the old junk in the drawer to make room for new junk. This madness must stop!

I know you’re going to tell me that the clothes, shoes, scarfs, bracelets (I’m talking about the ones you never wear) all have sentimental value, but do you truly remember why anymore?

Won’t it feel good to purge every now and again? Do you get the urge to purge especially (but not limited to) the spring season? We call it “spring cleaning” but trust me it feels good any time of the year.

Here’s a possible path out of the madness. In the book, SoulSpace, by Xorin Balbes the author describes how our homes reflect and even direct our lives based on what we have in them. He helps people figure out what is and more importantly, what isn’t working…spatially in your home. Xorin provides a process to help you create a SoulSpace that respects your past, celebrates who you are now, and helps you intelligently move into the future.

Here is one question to get you started: Do your associations with your belongings lift you up or bring you down?

Many of you probably do this with relationships, but have you ever asked this question regarding your clothes? We keep pieces of clothing, accessories, and jewelry (especially jewelry) for all sorts of reasons not always consciously as you may now be realizing. The really cool thing is that assessing our belongings based on how they make us feel is totally a revelation or at least it was for me!

This one question led to a deep and passionate reassessment of my wardrobe. Looking at your clothes based on how they make you feel is cathartic. You’ll be smiling in no time. Simply ask “Does it make me smile or does it irritate me? Does this jewelry make me feel guilty or happy? Do I have fond memories or any memories at all about this hat or the person who gave it to me? If you’re going to wear these things, you should feel good about it! If you are starting to feel the urge to purge, go for it!

PS When you are done purging, select out the pieces that have value and get busy photographing them so you can sell them online – just because they don’t work for you doesn’t mean someone else won’t love them.

 

Would You Buy the Clothes You Own?

What’s in your closet may surprise you, if you haven’t looked deep into its corners lately. 

Try this simple exercise. Open your clothes closet and/or the draws of your dresser, but before looking inside pretend you are there to buy what you see. Now look at the clothes and accessories from this point of view. Ask yourself:  “Would I buy these clothes and accessories if I were shopping today?”  Said another way, “Which pieces of my wardrobe would I want to buy if I were shopping right now!?”

Next, pull out all the items you would NOT buy if you were shopping today and make a pile on your bed. Leave the clothes you would buy in the closet. How much room do you have for new purchases? Most likely you have a ton of space.

Congratulations! You have just taken a giant step toward creating a better wardrobe.

In addition, you have taken a first step toward setting up a “closet” on the soon to be launched www.Armadio.co website, where you can sell the items that no longer fit your style and buy things that do!

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to make a donation to a charity. To learn more signup for our emails and visit our blog again soon to read the newest posts on closet management, fashion tips, and other news and updates from Armadio.

Happy Closet Cleaning!

Does It Still Fit?

Does it still fit? Do you still look great in it? Yes and Yes?
Well then by all means keep it, but if either answer is “No”, it’s time for a closet check-up and possibly a clean-up.

Here is an easy approach. Start with dresser draws or shelves and take them one at a time – working slowly one dresser draw at a time will avoid cleanup overload – a dreaded state to be avoided. Take everything out a one draw and make three piles on your bed or on the floor.

Pile # 1 is everything that still fits and makes you look great too!

Pile # 2 is everything else. Now divide pile # 2 into two separate piles. The first is everything that is of good quality and while preowned can be sold. The last pile (#3) is all the stuff that was taking up room and needs to go in the trash or become cleaning rages.

Repeat the process with as many draws and selves as you have time and energy to do.

Now signup for Armadio News and Updates and when you get the announcement that the site has launched march right down to your computer and setup an online “closet” to start selling your good (but not for you) apparel!

Please be generous if you can and donate some the money you recover to a good cause!