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I have a dirty little secret: My closet is a disaster. I recently moved into a new house, so my closet is a mix of half-empty tubs, laundry baskets and out-of-order hangers. Enough is enough! This weekend I’m getting organized. Luckily, we have lots of tips to help conquer that mountain of clothes and shoes  — here are some of my favorites.

Clean and Organized Closet

Determine Your Sticking Point
Figuring out the biggest clutter offender will help you maintain a clean closet.  Are your shoes overtaking the space? (My answer: yes!) Try a hanging-shoe rack or over-the-door organizer. Do your clothes overcrowd? Thinner hangers create space so you can find things easier. Feeling rushed each morning? Dividing shirts, dresses, jeans, etc. bring a sense of order and saves time.

Do It in Spurts
Can’t face a weekend devoted to decluttering the closet?  Schedule blocks of time, like 30 or 60 minutes, to devote solely to clutter-busting. Crank up your favorite tunes and set a timer.  Do it once a week and watch your closet transform.

Start With a Clean Slate
Take everything (yes, everything) out of your closet when you get started — that way that sweater from 5 years ago won’t slip through the cracks unnoticed.  Plus, a giant pile of clothes helps you face facts: Some of it has to go.

Face the 80/20 Rule
It happens to us all: the majority of your clothes are constantly waiting in the wings.  The average American wears 10 to 20 percent of their clothes. Give everything a hard look, and remove items that…

  • Don’t fit today (No more keeping it in the wings for those last 10 pounds.)
  • You haven’t worn for over a year.
  • Aren’t your color.
  • Are worn, stained or in need of major repairs.

Get Inspired
Here are few perfectly-organized closets to get you motivated:

Lori Dennis modern closet

Modern closet by designer Lori Dennis

Asian-inspired walk-in closet

Huge walk-in closet with custom cherry cabinetry. Design by Dandenberg Design

Sarah Richardson's Shoe Closet

Sarah Richardson's hall closet. Image courtesy HGTV Magazine

Get even more closet-tackling tips here and check out amazing walk-in closets here. Happy organizing!

7 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    I put in a wood closet organizer from Home Depot. Made such a difference. Check out some of my bedroom design elements I posted about today! :)


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  3. Trudy Scherting says:

    Thanks for the tips on decluttering the closet! You have once again inspired me, thank you hgtv. Can't stop dreaming about the house, I can see it all! Bring a suitcase and stay a life time! I love this house!

  4. SoonerLaura says:

    If I had a closet with that custom cherry cabinetry, I'd probably never leave my closet. Perfectly organized closets, pantries and garage would be my dream come true – but it is not my reality. Life is too short to stress over such, but those of us born with that inclination have to fight to relax because there is something that needs organized.

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  7. Christina says:

    No doors! So you can see everything. :)

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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