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As 2015 rains down on us on January 1st, there is no better way to start a new year than to start with a clean slate. Sure clean slates are seen more in relationships or friendships but having a clean home at the beginning of the year can lead to a successful future. Having an organized house or room will encourage us to be more positive in life and thus making us way happier. Time to let the old go and open your doors for a new start.

One of the first places to start is your room since you do spend most of your time in there. There tends to be this saying on all types of social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest that goes “I don’t have any clothes. I have nothing to wear”. But yet, the photo shows a closet full of clothes. Frankly, if your closet is that messy and overstocked, you have a lot of junk that you are not wearing.

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Let’s make 2015 the year where we change that messy closet.

Most of a woman’s clothes is hanging in their closet because it is accessible (most of the time). I know this may sound hard but you have to take out every single piece of clothing and clothe accessories. Your closet needs to look empty. Now with all the clothes stacked on your bed or on a chair, the first thing you want to do is try on every piece. When you try on an item, check if it still fits and if you still like it. If you do then toss it into a “KEEP” pile. If what you have on is ripped or stained, toss it into a trash bag. If you try on something that you just don’t like anymore or doesn’t fit, put it in the “DONATE” pile. You can donate your clothes to the Salvation Army, a thrift shop like Goodwill or fashionproject.com that donates to the charity of your choice. Not only are you emptying out your closet, but you’re also supporting a good cause. If you’re running low on money and you can’t afford to just give away your clothes, then you can most definitely cash it in. For high quality clothes and accessories (aka worn once or new), send it to your local consignment store. For other online sources, you can send to covetshop.com, vinted.com, storenvy.com, or ebay.com.

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Now if you try on something that you like and it looks good on you but it needs some touch ups, make a pile for the “TAILOR”. Your local tailor can cinch it or add to the piece to make it look better. If you try on something that doesn’t look good on you but you don’t want to give it up just yet, think of a friend who may need it or might look good in it. It could a used item but surely they’ll be thankful. Heading back to the trash bag/donate pile, if you find an item that you have not worn in the past year, THROW IT OUT. If you didn’t wear it in 2014, there is no chance you’ll wear it in 2015. We have to be realistic and for some women, this change might be a little difficult to deal with since women tend to have sentimental holds on clothing (like that first date or gift from a loved one). If this is you, then gather up some friends and do the same but instead of tossing out, trade pieces with them. Its fun and you still organize your closet.

Once you end with your “KEEP” pile, it is time to organize your clothes in your closet. Before putting anything in your closet, check your hangers and if they’re plastic, toss it out. Velvet or wood hangers work the best to keep your clothes shape. It’s best to choose one or the other so your closet hangers could match but combining the two works too.

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Before hanging your clothes, take the items from the “KEEP” pile and group your items. For example, make a stack for your sweaters, dresses, jackets, etc. One tip; when you clean out your closet, keep the seasonal wear and if it’s not in season, put it in a box that you can store and take out for later. When you start putting your clothes on your hangers, make sections with the same color. Having your pieces organized by color helps you see what color you have in abundance or in need of. I tend to put colors that I don’t wear often, more in the middle of the rack so I can grab it. Once everything is color coordinated, your closet should look spectacular.

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When stocking clothes on shelves, it’s best to put the bulkiest and heaviest items at the bottom or else it’ll totter over. Sweater dresses should also be folded because if it’s hanged, then the sleeves or shoulder pads will sag. Of course, all other items like pants, shorts, skirts can either be hanged or folded.

I hope these few tips to organizing your closet will help you start the New Year fresh. Have a happy 2015 everyone.

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