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Free your closet from clutter

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By Theresa Howard

Decluttering your closet is a liberating experience. Life begins to feel more manageable and your clothing and shoes are better suited to who you are now.
If tackling all of the closets at once is to too daunting, set aside a firm two-hours each week and clear one room’s closet at a time. Start by getting four large boxes. Label them keep, throw out, donate and not sure.
Be tough but give all family members a chance to decide what goes and what stays. Start at the top shelf and work your way down. Take everything off the shelves. When everything is off the shelf, dust and wash the area. Put the clothes you have not worn for a while but still like in the not sure area.
Near the end of the two hours, get rid of as many items as you can. Getting rid of extra clothes allows your clothing staples to breathe in the closet instead of being packed in tight. Think of the ironing time you will save.
As your throw-away box or bag fills up, take it to the garbage can right away so you won’t be tempted to root through it again. As the donate box or bag fills, put it in the trunk of your car. The idea is to get the clutter out of your house for good.
When your closet is empty, clean the floor and walls. As you add clothes back to the closet, collect them in colors to save you time in the morning when you are getting dressed. Use shoe racks or an over-the-door shoe container and sort the shoes according to color too. Separate everyday clothes from work outfits.
Then promise yourself that if something goes in your closet, something else will go out. If you follow this rule, you should never have to have another closet-cleaning marathon.