Expert Tips on Organizing Your Closet

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It doesn’t make sense to own the most up-to-date handbag or trendy apparel and you cannot find space in your wardrobe to put them and you cannot find a certain outfit or purse when you need it. With a clean and organized closet, you can maximize your options and discover a refined look that you may need for a business meeting. You don’t want to deal with a scattered mess of clothing because it takes so much to fix clutter, so why create it?
Here are some tips to easier de-cluttering. Soon you will not just have full access to every piece of clothing, but you will have an orderly space like never before.

Step 1: Spring clean your closet
Getting rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in two years or more is the ideal way to clear your closet. This may be a difficult process since you have been attached to some of your outfits for so long. If it makes you feel any better, donate those items to people who need it more. This will make room for the items that you do want to keep. If you have clothing that is too small or too big, eliminate them from your wardrobe; especially if you are looking to buy new clothing.

Step 2: Hire a professional organizer or come up with a solution for appropriate storage
If it gets too overwhelming for you, then hire a professional organizer to deal with your overstuffed closet. This may be more cost effective for you. You just may need the help to create storage space such as additional shelving, new drawers and storage units. If you want to do it yourself, then go to your home department store and evaluate the different storage options such as plastic containers with multiple drawers as well as shoe trees.

Step 3: Begin the organizing process
Remember that if you can see it, then you will wear it. So begin the process by taking all similar items and putting them in one place. Organize tops seasonally. For example, all sweaters could be folded and placed in drawers or on shelves so that they still keep their shape rather than putting them on hangers. Put them in color coded order using cubbies or dividing them. Organize them according to how light and heavy they are.

Organize your jeans either by:
• Brand
• Cut
• Style
• Size
• Color (the most simple and easier way)

Items such as your pants, shorts or skirts can be hanged or folded for uniformity. Your dresses can be hung by color instead of length. Begin with the strapless dresses first and then the long sleeved dresses. Make sure that your dresses are not left in a garment bag or dry cleaning plastic. Organize your dresses seasonally as well.

Other options
For your handbags, hats, scarves and shoes, use the same process. Make them all as noticeable as possible. How are you going to change your shoes or bag without first seeing them? Fold your scarves in a color coordinated way or by material. Use hat boxes and identify the hats by labeling the boxes and putting photos on the outside.

Organize your shoes by giving the toe of the right shoe a frontal positioning and the left shoe heel the same. Put your tennis shoes and your slippers in the back of your closet.

Organize your lingerie by size, material and color. So that you don’t wear the same thing over and over again, alternate the organization process.
You should have a different location for your jewelry; preferably a drawer built into your closet or dresser. This will keep everything neat and organized.

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