For Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, fashion comes second only to art. A high-powered intellect she may be, winning acclaim for the exhibitions she organizes at the Studio Museum in Harlem, she's also a high-profile figure on the New York social scene, showing up in superstylish Prada, Junya Watanabe, or Tracy Reese at benefits for causes as wide-ranging as the Harlem Children's Zone and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Thelma thinks small...
Kitchen: "Consider the appliances you use regularly. If you never cook dinner for a crowd, you might not need that dishwasher. Save the space for extra storage drawers—you don't have to have the trendy drawers with a slot for every utensil."

Library: "As much as it seems like I've never gotten rid of a book in my life, I've actually given away hundreds—especially cookbooks. To donate, check out the charity bookstores near you. (I usually go to Housing Works in New York.)"

Wardrobe: "Tailor your space to your needs. In one closet, I have upper and lower rods for skirts, pants, and tops. The second is all shelves for bags and linens. In the third, there's just one rod for suits and dresses. To hang evening gowns, I use hooks on the ceiling."

Here's how she squeezes it all in.


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