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Sorting through your closet is a project we all think should be a quick and easy. It’s one of the smallest spaces in your home, so it shouldn’t be difficult, right? While it’s easy to toss a sweater from 1993, other items you aren’t wearing anymore could still be difficult to let go of. From memories and hope attached to items to regretting spending a lot of cash on something you never even wore, going through your wardrobe is an emotional experience. Even after deciding what can go, not knowing the best way to sort and store what you’re keeping can create a vicious cycle of disorganization in your closet.

Follow a few guidelines and tips to ensure your closet organizing will be painless and with maximum results.



1. Remove everything from your closet and divide all of your items into 3 piles: Keep, Store and Donate/Toss.

Store out-of-season clothes and shoes you’ve worn in the last 12 months in boxes or bins. Anything you haven’t worn in the last year, is too big or too small, should be donated. If you have anything that still has tags or was only worn a few times, be sure to take it to a resale shop.

2. Once your closet is actually empty, don’t forget to actually clean it! Sweep and wash the floor, wipe down any shelves or cubbies and dust the ceiling. Place a few air fresheners or dryer sheets throughout to keep your clothes and closet air smelling fresh.



3. Decide how what you’re keeping should be organized. Color coordinated? By clothing type, or by style? Figure out which layout makes the most sense with your lifestyle or career. If you are a person constantly misplacing items, sorting by color may make it easier to find things and gain a few extra minutes in your day. No matter which you choose, be sure to be consistent and place items where they belong after wearing them or buying something new.



4. If your closet does not have built-in shelving or cubbies, invest in installing a unit or go with something freestanding that can be added and modified as needed. Cubbies and shelves work great for organizing and storing shoes, jeans and purses.

Remember, items like boots and handbags need to be stored properly to maintain their shape and avoid wear. Stuff your boots with old newspapers to keep them upright or add a boot rack. Handbags and purses should also be stored sitting upright filled with tissue paper to hold their shape. If it didn’t come with a dust cover, use a pillow case instead.



5. Is your closet full of mismatched plastic and wire hangers? Do you often wonder why the shoulders of your sweaters are misshapen? It may be time to find hangers more friendly to your wardrobe and closet. Slim, velvet hangers are now sold at most stores and often in bulk! Replacing old hangers with these will add more space, treat your clothing better (making it last longer) and keep shirts made with slippery fabric or wider necks from falling onto the floor.



6. Unused wall space in your closet is prime real estate for smaller accessories and clothing. Mount small hooks for belts and hats and use a hanging pocket organizer for hosiery, scarves and leggings. If you need space for jewelry, mount a small pegboard for necklaces and bracelets.

7. Try throwing away or donating one item for every new item brought into your closet. If you learn to embrace this habit it will be easier to keep your closet tidy and prevent it from needing more time-consuming organizing in the future.



8. Use The Hanger Strategy over the next few months to help easily establish which clothes should be donated in the future.  It will also help you wear outfits and articles of clothing you may have forgotten about and prevent yourself from wearing the same outfit too many times. FASHION NIGHTMARE.


9. Don’t forget those dresser drawers! Be sure to go through underwear and bras, socks and anything else in your drawers and follow the steps above. Add some drawer dividers to make it easier to find items and keep them sorted.



Did we motivate you to get started yet? Go ahead, keep calm and good luck!


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