Closet Organization Corral the Clutter
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By Zoe Schaeffer
Refreshing your closet can be a daunting task—especially when you don't have a plan. We rounded up advice from top organization gurus to help you change out your summer dresses for those fall sweaters, and create a functional space that won't overwhelm you.
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Your closet—like the rest of your house—should be a space that you enjoy. "Invest in solid storage units, racks and pretty details to make your closet a special oasis for not only your clothes but for yourself. It will make a huge difference," says Joy Mangano, a home goods designer for HSN.
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Oftentimes, closets end up filled with sentimental items. The belongings come with thoughts, emotions and, therefore, energy, says feng shui consultant Ariel Towne. "The first step in a feng shui transformation is to make some space," he says. He recommends setting aside time to assess all your things. De-cluttering your closet will help de-clutter your mind.
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Towne says that the general principle in feng shui is that a room should be 50 percent "stuff" and 50 percent "space." If you have more stuff than space, then it's time to purge what's unnecessary and to make room for new things in your life.
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Jill Laine, a style coach, says there are certain questions you should ask yourself when attacking your cleaning. For example, "Who are you most?" she asks. "A professional, a mother or a social butterfly? Let your lifestyle dictate which clothes get prime real estate in your closet."
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Organize clothes by weight, not color, and store them accordingly, says Jennifer Gering, an NYC-based costume designer. "This is a better way to transition into a new season and also leads you to make unexpected choices."
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Gering suggests going through everyday pieces like blazers, skirts and jeans. Does your favorite blazer need a new button? Would that skirt be more current if it was two inches shorter? Create a pile of things needing alterations. "This is an easy and cheap way to add life and longevity to your wardrobe," she says.
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Before you stash spring and summer items, make sure everything is clean, because food stains are also food for moths and other bugs. Store pieces you know you won't be wearing during the cooler months. "A breathable fabric box or bag made of natural fabrics like muslin is the best storage system," says Sam Saboura, style expert from YouBeauty.com. "This will allow air to flow through your garments and prevent mold and mildew."
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Saboura says you should never store or hang your clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags, as they attract moisture that can damage your clothing. "If you have the space, store your summer goods in another closet or under the bed," she says. "Cool, dark places are always best."
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Think outside the box when it comes to storage. "Skip the store-bought containers and keep your eye out for unique storage pieces," says Mat Sanders, marketplace editor at ApartmentTherapy.com. "A few vintage wire baskets filled with socks and scarves will give your closet a charming, one-of-a-kind appeal."
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Add a splashy accent color or wallpaper, either to the shelves or to your closet's interior wall. Sanders says that temporary peel and stick coverings are great for those who like to switch it up and keep things fresh from season to season.
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Tanika Ray, host of HGTV'd, insists that clear stackable drawers are amazing for storing socks, scarves, sarongs and other accessories in a neat and beautiful way. "They are akin to lucite chairs in a gorgeously decorated room. They add dimension and purpose to a space without adding bulk," she says.