candita.jpgLet me start by introducing myself. My name is Candita Clayton and I am a professional organizer and the owner of Your Life Organized.

I am thrilled to be working with the Pinks & Blues Girls on the smart mama blog. Please feel free to ask any and all questions regarding any organizing topic that crosses your mind.

Today I thought we could start with organizing your closet for fall. I am just about to take on this chore myself so it’s the perfect time for me to offer the following advice.

First, we purge:

This is a great time to honestly evaluate the clothing for the season you are leaving behind. Think of your closet as a boutique, take inventory of what you have and get rid of the things that are not moving. By this I mean if you didn’t wear it all summer you’re probably not going to wear it next summer. So before you pack it up move out the duds and either donate them to a worthy charity or save them in a bin for next summer’s consignment.

Second, storage: ( out of sight, out of mind)

Now you can take the keepers and store them. This includes shoes and handbags as well as other summer accessories. This will free up valuable closet real estate for your fall wardrobe. The only items that should be in your closet are clothing and accessories for the current season. The exception to this rule would be if you travel frequently to warmer climates.

Third, evaluate the clothing for the new season:

Last year’s trendy fall items might be this year’s I’m-so-over-it. Take a good hard look at your fall wardrobe and edit. Why hold onto clothes that don’t fit perfectly or don’t make you feel fabulous? We have all suffered from buyer’s remorse at one time or another. If you paid way too much for a pair of shoes that kill your feet that is still no reason to keep them. Set those Jimmy Choo’s free, and you won’t find yourself constantly irritated by the sight of them.

Fourth, organize the rest:

Now take what you really love and organize to make getting dressed as easy as possible. A well organized closet uses all available space to its fullest potential. So whether you have a reach-in or a walk-in closet. use every inch of space from floor to ceiling. Keep your most frequently worn items and favorite pieces ready to make getting dressed a cinch.

Fifth, Buy a few new things: (Yeah!)

At this point you may notice that you need a few things to keep your wardrobe from looking like yesterday’s news. Pull out your favorite fashion mag and fill in the blanks. A trip to TJ Maxx can solve just about any temporary fashion crisis.

If you have any questions or need any specific advice, please ask away!

*You can find more great advice in Candita’s full color e-book, Closets, Cabinets & Corners: 100 + Ways to Conquer Your Worst Clutter.

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Check Candita out on the web at www.yourlifeorganized.com and her blog at www.yourlifeorganized.typepad.com.

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