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By Kristin Tucker A native of the Midwest, Kristin attended journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill and has never left the southern part of heaven. She has written for Chapel Hill Magazine as a style editor and keeps busy with non-profit event-planning for several philanthropies.

The Great Seasonal Closet Cleanse

By Kristin Tucker Posted June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Between passing trends, classic pieces and the perfect “power outfit” for each season, it’s easy for a busy woman’s closet to get a little out of control.

Even if it looks like a hurricane hit, just a few simple tricks can get your closet back on track.  And now is the perfect time to tackle the closet challenge, before summer slathers its heat!

Refer back to the The Fashion Plate’s in-depth Closet Cleansing article from May 2011for a step-by-step guide.  But here are some basic tips to get you started.

First figure out if you can reasonably fit everything into your closet space or if you should rotate seasonally.  Think about storing only out of season items (if you rotate) and ultra formal wear.

You can sort by type (shirts, dresses, etc.), color or occasion.  And when it comes to hanging versus folding, (no matter what your decision) stay consistent within a category.

Most people wear just 25 percent of their wardrobe.  Determining what pieces to hold on to and which ones to toss is vital.

Experts suggest asking three questions:  Do you love it?  Do you wear it?  Does it project the image you want?  If not, let it go!

Some fashion experts say an objective trick is to face all your hangers the same way, and turn the hanger around the other direction when you wear something.  By the end of the season you’ll know exactly what you wore.

After deciding what didn’t make the cut, it’s time to toss, donate and store.  Donate what’s out of style or more than one size away from your current size.

Toss items that have holes or stains.  If you paid a lot for it or can’t bear to say goodbye, see if disguising the area with a brooch or flower appliqué will help.

Take the cleanse up a notch by getting fashionably organized at work.

Comment and tell us how you keep your closet clutter-free.

“I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear.” 

Cameron Diaz

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