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Reorganize Your Closet in the New Year

January 21, 2014
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There is nothing like the start of a new year to tackle home projects like cleaning out and organizing your closet.  As I was putting away my Christmas decorations, I realized my closet is full of items I hadn’t touched in over a year.  This was the motivation I needed to clean out my closet and I ended up with a ton of great donations for Goodwill!  Here are 5 tips for reorganizing your closet.

1. Decide what you really love.

There are some items that you know you really love and aren’t going to part with, and that’s okay!  Just decide what those items are and take them out of the decision making process since you know these items are here to stay.

2. Take out anything you haven’t worn in a year.

This one is really hard for me.  However, if I haven’t worn something in a year, chances are I don’t like it anymore and I probably won’t wear it again.  For me, the exception to this rule is formalwear.  I have some dresses that I still love and will definitely wear again, but did not have the opportunity to wear them this year.

3. Put away off-season clothes.

After cleaning out all the clothes you don’t want, you should have some extra room in your closet. However, I still needed to put away all of my off-season clothes.  All of my Spring and Summer clothes are folded up in plastic bins and placed on the bottom of my linen closet or on the top shelves in my closet.  This should free up even more room and also make choosing an outfit easier since all the clothes in your closet are now appropriate for the current season.

4. Organize the remaining clothes by type.

What works for me is organizing my closet by type.  I have everything divided into these categories: coats, dresses, tops, pants, and skirts.  This helps me quickly evaluate what I have to work with in the morning and decide on an outfit faster!

5. Invest in a shoe rack.

I have two shoe racks.  One that hangs in my closet for flats and sandals and one that I attached to the wall for heels and wedges.  Before was just throwing all of my shoes on the bottom of my closet… not good!  I find that when shoes are organized and displayed you don’t forget about shoes you haven’t worn in awhile and they stay in better condition.

What are your tips for cleaning out your closet and getting organized?

AllisonPlatteAllison Platte is a Charlotte, NC blogger & internet marketing specialist that writes a lifestyle and fashion blog, In the Queen City.

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