A New Closet in 7 Easy Ways

Follow these seven easy steps to closet organization and make your closet cleaning painless! You’ll feel more zen once you’re done, and you might find a whole new wardrobe lurking behind last season’s neons.

1. Set aside time to get this project done. Cleaning your closet won’t take a few hours. Set aside an entire afternoon and pick up a few boxes to help separate all your goods.

2. Take everything out. You can start with everything at once or with sections (closet/chest of drawers/under the bed), but clear out the space completely for a blank slate.

3. As quickly as possible, sort clothes into three piles (Keep, Toss, Maybe). Give yourself a set time—30 minutes for starters. Don’t think too much, just start sorting. Get rid of everything in the toss pile and keep everything in the keep pile. Anything you have a hard time deciding on should be placed in the maybe pile and kept for 6 months. After 6 months, toss any maybes you have not worn.

4. Clean, iron and fix everything you are keeping. Make sure all clothes are clean and ready to wear.

5. Hang, fold and organize. Once everything is clean, put it all back in the closet and drawers. A great way to organize is by color, style or type. Try out a few options and keep what works for you.

6. Deal with the toss pile immediately. The longer you keep that toss pile, the more likely you are to keep things you will never wear. Donate old clothes to any of these organizations>

7. Relax and bask in your closet’s beauty. Take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling of being organized! Reward yourself with a glass of wine, a good meal or a new clothing item you have been lusting after. You deserve it!

-Erin Kilmartin from thecultivatedhome.com

Nina Freudenberger attended Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture. She moved to New York City to accept a position at a prestigious interior design firm. After four years working as a senior designer, Freudenberger ventured out on her own and founded Haus Interior, an interior design firm specializing in the decoration of high-end private residences, model homes and commercial spaces. In June of 2009, she opened the flagship home accessories boutique for Haus Interior in Nolita, New York City, with additional locations coming soon.

GIRL TALK TIME: Have you cleaned out your closet this year? How did you do it? What did you toss? Any tips or tricks for doing this?

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  • rachaelf:

    I wish my closet was as big as the one in that picture.

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  • Christine:

    I do this at the end of each season. If I haven’t worn something that season and I know I hadn’t worn it the season before, it goes in the donate pile! Doing it by season has made it easier and less overwhelming of a task. It also helps with moving the sweaters out of the drawers to make room for the t-shirts!

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    Gina:

    My closet is long over due for a cleaning.

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    shana611:

    I pretty much do a closet cleaning after every season. I also like to have SWAP parties with my friends to get rid of things I don’t use anymore.

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  • SuzieQofTX:

    Organization means to me a clutered free mind. Knowing that everything has a place saves me time and money, it keeps me from buying dup. items.

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    maura13:

    Every season, i reassess what I need and don’t need, toss, donate,keep…..
    basic is better for keeps

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    nunie8:

    My closet has been on my “to do” list for such a long time….

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    krislong:

    During my snowday yesterday I attempted to clean out my closet…went through clothes only and felt overwhelmed…great tips, think I might give it another go round :)

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    jenny-o:

    great tips! i think i will clean out my closet this weekend.

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    soxgal:

    I own more clothing than fits in my closets & drawers. I’ve been trying to do this every month or so and my local charities love the regular donations.

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    lilt:

    i have a snow day today in the northeast, i might consider cleaning out my closet today!

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  • Crispy:

    I clean out my closet at least once every season and donate unwanted, or should I say clothes I do not need to my local church

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    donks:

    I love the 6 month rule! I applies to everything!

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    bashful0701:

    I organize both ways, type and then colors. It makes life so much better when you can find every thing.

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  • penelope:

    i have cleaned out my closet this year. i Started with the clothes then the shoes to finish.I tossed two sneakers I havent worn for ages.

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  • Chennelopiza:

    I need to do this seasonally…there is so much stuff that I wear once and am never interested again.

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  • Lesley:

    I try to do this every time the season changes. It is such a great feeling to have closets and drawers organized.

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  • Joy:

    I organize by color. I didn’t think I would like it that way but I love it. My closet looks so much better. I use to organize by type but color is much better. Got that tip from one of my friends.

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