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A NYC Fashion High School Gets a Much-Needed Makeover from Our Pros

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, October 17, 2016

Aired October 17, 2016

The High School of Fashion Industries in New York City got our attention after sending us photos of their fabric room that was in desperate need of some help from the big guns, organization pro Peter Walsh and fashion expert Gretta Monahan!

Lakisha Youngblood,the school’s fabric room coordinator says the room has taken on a life of its own: “We get so many donations, it’s hard to keep up.”

With some help from The Container Store, Walsh and Monahan not only tackled the clutter but also made the room actually useful. “It looks so big now!” says Youngblood, upon seeing their handiwork for the first time. Watch the video above to see the dramatic before and after.

Feeling motivated to tackle your own clutter? Here are some great tips from Walsh and Monahan to help:

Mason Jar Shelf
Walsh says the best way to organize small items such as magnets, buttons and safety pins is to put them in small mason jars with magnets glued to the lid for easy storage on a metal shelf. It’ll save space and will help keep you organized. “You could even do this with spices in the kitchen!” says Walsh.

Blouse Buttons
Have spare buttons everywhere, but not a complete set? Monahan says not to throw them out! “It doesn’t matter if you only have one or two of the same button,” says Monahan. “Singles are awesome! If you’re missing a button on a blouse, just add them in to create an accent for a new look.”

Wine Rack Tumbler
Walsh uses a wine rack and some acrylic tumblers to organize pens, pencils, markers etcetera. “Don’t use glass, use acrylic, especially if you have kids,” says Walsh. Lay the tumblers down on their sides inside the wine rack for easy access.

Crochet Hooks Fix Snagged Sweaters
Monahan says if you have any sweaters or knits that are really bulky, they can pull easily. Here’s the fix: using a crochet hook, pull the loop back through from the backside of the sweater. “If it's a single loop, tie a knot. If its double-looped, there’s no need for a knot.”


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