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Declutter DC

If Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, made you want to shed all those worldly possessions that don’t “spark joy,” you may still need some hand-holding to get there. That’s the idea behind Jenny Albertini’s home-and-office organization company, Declutter DC. A former US diplomat who worked on HIV/AIDS programs, Albertini didn’t just use the book’s philosophy to purge hundreds of items accumulated during her travels—she trained in the “KonMari” method. One of just a few consultants in the country to complete an eight-month certification, Albertini was taught by Kondo herself. Rates start at $479 for five hours. 202-480-6332; declutterdc.com.

Mappcraft

Personal style consultant Jenn Mapp Bressan is a reformed shopaholic who whittled her own enormous closet—spanning four dress sizes and filling three rooms—to between 35 and 40 core garments she loved and actually wore. Now a big believer in this kind of “capsule wardrobe,” she rehabs closet junkies such as WRC-TV’s Angie Goff and The Walking Dead’s Ann Mahoney by applying her “tiny closet, tons of style” editing philosophy to their wardrobes. Rates start at $500. 703-609-1090; 703.609.1090; jennmapp@mappcraft.com; mappcraft.com.

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Former editorial fellow Kayla Randall is City Lights editor at Washington City Paper.