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Tips for Cleaning out Your Closet for Fall

Fall is coming and that means it’s time to pack away your shorts and pull out those sweaters. Fall cleaning is essential.

You want to be able to see nearly everything you own, while making good use of the space you have -- whatever size that may be. If you have high ceilings, stack up! If you have minimal shelving space get organized dividers. The possibilities to build your perfect closet are endless.

Get your wardrobe organized so that it's fall party ready! Group together those classic LBDs and maxis and color coordinate your blouses and skirts. Organizing your closet can take a lot of time and energy, but the end results and overall visibility will make it all worthwhile. And when you're done organizing -- and have donate your unwanted pieces to charity -- you can celebrate a job well done (and your charitable donation) with a pumpkin martini. You earned it! 

Display your Everyday Shoes

Although we want to show off our favorite pairs of sparkly heels and sky high wedges, the first tip in cleaning your closet is to put your everyday shoes in front. By putting the shoes you wear most often in the front of your closet you are saving yourself from reaching over everything and causing a cluttered mess. Be practical; put your everyday flats, sandals or booties where you can easily access them and your party shoes higher up for those special occasions.

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Hang up Sweaters and Pants

This is more of a personal preference. Some people find it easier to stack their sweaters in high piles, but I feel that this is just asking for them to fall on top of you. If you are constantly reaching for sweaters this fall, try hanging them up on clip hangers to save yourself the mess and the piles. You can also try hanging up pants if you have enough space. 

Color Coordinate

Some people like to arrange their wardrobe by events, but I think color coordinating everything makes your clothes so easy to find (and it looks so pretty). Organize your clothes according to the rainbow putting whites and pinks at the left end of your closet and purples and blacks at the far right. When you are rushing to find that matching blue top in the morning you'll be grateful that everything is organized by color!

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When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

If you are noticing holes, cracks or rips in your shoes and handbags then just get rid of them. It may be hard to throw important wardrobe pieces away, but in reality you are never going to use them if they are damaged.

Donate, Donate, Donate

Ask yourself…why did I buy this? Maybe it was an impulse purchase…maybe you liked it in the store and hated it at home? No matter the excuse, if you have clothes in your closet that haven’t seen daylight in months just get rid of them. Donate these new or slightly used pieces to your local charity shop. Here they will find a home with someone who actually needs them.

Stuff your Boots and Handbags with Clean Dryer Sheets

This tip is a real life saver. If you have important summer bags and shoes that go unused during the winter months, be sure to stuff them with dryer sheets. Putting dryer sheets inside these items helps keep their shape, while giving them a fresh scent at the same time. Next time you take these pieces out they are going to smell nice and clean. If you don't have enough dryer sheets, opt for newspapers to help boots and bags keep their shape. 

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Slim line hangers

Lastly, if you are running out of space in that cluttered closet try swapping out your regular hangers with these slim line hangers. The velvet material on these keeps all those silky shirts from ending up on the floor. Slim line hangers allow for more visibility so you can see all your party dresses and going out ensembles. Since these hangers are also stackable you have the potential to save even more space in your closet…with all this extra room I guess it’s time to go shopping?

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