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Gather bags or boxes to separate everything. Categories should consist of Donate, Resale, Discard, Dry Clean/Repair and maybe a small pile to revisit at the end.
Edit. Go through every single piece in your closet and ask the following: Does it fit? Do I love it? When was the last time I wore it? Does it look good on me? (Physically try on each piece to make sure you’re still happy with how it looks on you.) Note: Store sentimental items--like '80s prom dresses--elsewhere if you just can't part with them.
Write down a list of “holes” as you go through. What are you lacking? Casual jackets, dressier pants, this season's transitional cutout booties or layering tops in specific colors?
Start organizing. Keep each classification together: pants, skirts, sleeveless tops, long-sleeve tops, sweaters, jackets, etc. Colorize from light to dark for ease in finding specific pieces.
Use the same type of hanger for a uniform, clean look. This will make you want to find outfits to wear! We love these sturdy ones from The Container Store.
Don’t hide your shoes. Store pairs either in clear boxes (tape a photo of the shoes on the outside) or in alternate directions to maximize space.
Tackle all the accessories. Belts and scarves can hang on a special type of hanger like these, or use hooks for easy access and to avoid tangling.
Dresses folded on shelves, a single shoe sitting in solitude, shirts with tags still attached: Welcome to our closet.
Obviously, it’s time to edit or organize. For advice, we got killer tips from Debbie Kahn, cofounder of the new Style by Deco, a personal styling business that also offers closet consultations.
From identifying “holes” to unifying your hangers, check out her savvy suggestions here.
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