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Let's whip those shelves into shape with advice from Ginny Snook Scott, the Chief Organization Officer for California Closets.
The first step in any closet revamping, Scott says, is to turn on your favorite playlist -- typically the one you take with you to the gym or on those long runs. "Cleaning and organizing always seems more fun if you're energized by your favorite tunes," she says.
Next, have a game plan. What area of the closet is the most cluttered? Typically, the lower you get in the closet, the more clutter you'll find crammed into dark crevices. So Scott recommends starting at the top of your closet and working your way down -- once you get going, you'll find inspiration to keep pushing forward.
Simply clear everything out at once from each section so you're working with an empty closet. When you're putting items back in their rightful place, don't just shove them back haphazardly. Get organized from the get-go by sorting clothing or linens by type and color. "This makes it easier to coordinate outfits and stay organized," Scott says.
If you can, Scott advises, store everything at eye level. By keeping shoes and other accessories off the floor you'll reduce clutter in what can quickly become a black hole in your closet. And, of course, if you don't already have a closet-organizing system to help store seasonal items, handbags and other essentials, adding one will transform your closet.
Finally, Scott advises, keep your clothing receipts organized as well; get a sturdy envelope or folder to push-pin or Velcro to a handy area of your closet. "This will save you should you need to return a defective piece," she says. "It will also help you track your spending, which will in turn help you from further overcrowding."