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Closet Cleaning

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I have an extremely Type A personality, so it should come as no surprise that I am almost obsessive when it comes to organization. Though I always keep things tidy year round, I still love a good spring-cleaning. To help you get started with yours, here are some tips for tackling the most important room in the house: your closet.

Get rid of what you don’t wear. If it hasn’t been pulled off the hanger in six months, then don’t leave it in your closet wasting valuable space any longer. If the article of clothing is extremely worn (holes, stains, etc.), go ahead and toss it. If it’s gently used, be sure to donate it. Many charities do front door pickups, or you can always bring your discarded clothes to the nearest Goodwill.

Organize your hangers. It is such a simple task, but it will really make all the difference; being consistent with your hangers is both visually pleasing and functional. Some quick suggestions to keep in mind: don’t use wire hangers, don’t double up with more than one item per hanger and don’t use hangers with rotating hooks. If you want more, read this article from casasugar.com.

Coordinate your clothing. When friends first see my closet, they are often shocked at how meticulously coordinated everything is. (If you’re reading between the lines, they think I’m crazy!) For me, I love it because I never have to waste time searching for my favorite lightweight, pink-striped shirt because I can eyeball my clothes and know exactly where it is. I recommend coordinating your clothing first by season – bulky sweaters in the back and lightweight tanks in the front. Next, color-code your items within each seasonal group; I’ve found that using the colors of the rainbow is effective.

Maximize your closet space. Not all of us have the luxury of a fabulous walk-in-closet (I’m looking at you Carrie Bradshaw, courtesy of Mr. Big), but that doesn’t mean you can’t make every effort to maximize the space that you do have. These 8 tips from Marie Claire will have you effectively managing that overflowing closet in no time.

Consult the experts. If you are still left feeling hopelessly overwhelmed at the thought of tackling your messy closet, have someone else help you. Find a personal organizer in your area to assist you or seek out an expert at your local bookstore. I suggest picking up Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli. Purchase here.

Packing for Vacation

Is there room for one more bag?

Spring break is here, and as we head off to the beach for a week of fun in the sun, it’s beneficial to remember a few key points about efficient packing. It’s as easy as 1-2-3… literally. Check it out:

1. Start with a list. While what you need to bring will vary slightly from trip to trip, there are certain essentials that you will need every time. Type up a general list of essentials that you store on your computer; then, print it off when you’re preparing to leave for vacation. It will serve as an excellent starting point for your packing, and sticking to your list will help to eliminate unnecessary items.

2. Pack coordinated, multipurpose items. Try picking a color scheme for your trip; this way the pieces you pack can be worn interchangeably. Also, pack clothes that you can transition from day to night. For example, a fun floral dress can be worn with a bright-colored cardigan, chunky necklace, flat sandals and beachy waves for an afternoon shopping spree. For an upscale dinner later that evening, keep the dress and throw on a boyfriend blazer, sexy heels and statement earrings. Pull your hair into a posh ponytail, and you’re ready to hit the town.

3. Cut out your “just in case” items. For this recommendation, do as I say… not as I do. I’ll be the first to admit that it is extremely difficult trying to pick a select few pieces to bring from a full closet of clothes. Because of this, I often end up packing way more than I need. Do your best to eliminate these “just in case” items because nine times out of 10 you end up not using them. If, however, you find yourself needing something that you didn’t pack, you have the perfect excuse to go shopping (like you needed one anyway).