Clean Your Closet the Right Way

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You may have been putting it off but now is the time to clean out your closet! Often times our closets are so full that while we have more to choose from, we have a harder time actually seeing what we have.

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Here are some basic tips for cleaning out your closet.

  • Pull out all the hanging clothing and put into piles on your bed or floor (pants, dresses, special occasion Etc)

  • Touch each piece before you hang it back into your closet. Consider these questions.

    • Does it fit (right now)?

    • Does it flatter me?

    • Does it reflect my current style?

    • Is it in great condition?

    • Does it serve a purpose?

If you can answer yes to these questions, hang it back in your closet. When you do, follow these guidelines for optimal organization.

  • Group like items together

  • Color code within each grouping

  • Hang pants and jeans lengthwise for easier viewing

  • Hang out of season clothing to the back

  • Face all hangers the opposite direction. At the end of the season you'll be able to easily see which items were not worn

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For the discarded items, divide into three categories:

  • Resale-these are pieces that are current styles and in excellent condition, they just need someone new to love them

  • Donate-these are pieces that are more than three years old with slight wear but in good shape

  • Trash-these are items that are stained or excessively worn

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Keep your closet fresh by repeating this step at the beginning of each season.

Consider removing pieces from your closet every time you shop. I.e. You purchase 3 items- you discard 3 items.  This will keep your closet clutter free!