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Spring Clean Your Closet in 5 Easy Steps

March 28, 2014
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I always say, “Organized Closet, Organized Life,” but then again, I’m biased! So to kick off the Spring season with a fresh start, here are a few tips on how to edit and organize your closet with ease. If you’re not up to the daunting task, skip to step number five.


In order to organize your closet, you have to know what’s in it. First take out all the pieces that you LOVE and cherish, items that every time you wear them people comment on how great you look. Place these pieces in a keep pile. Next, do the exact opposite. Take out items that while wearing them, someone asked if you were under the weather or if you were pregnant – when you weren’t. Do this with a discerning eye and put these pieces in a donate pile. Finally, remove anything with rips or stains and pieces that are beyond reconstruction or repair. Put them in a trash pile and don’t look back!


Yes, I mean it! Try on every single item that’s left in your closet. Sort things into the keep, donate, or trash piles. Be honest! If there is a piece that you’ve had for years, never worn, but still want to keep, then mark it somehow. Maybe put a tag on it with the date that you cleaned out the closet. Then if in a year you still haven’t worn it – ask yourself why you aren’t wearing it and why you want to keep it.


Load the donation pile neatly into a box or bag ready for a friend or charity and discard the trash pile immediately. Now that your closet is edited, it’s time to organize your clothes by kind. Start by sorting each item in categories like shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and jackets. Then each category is sorted further by color. Shirts, for example, would be sorted from tank tops to long sleeve, casual and dressy, then from light to dark.


This isn’t a one-time project. At least once a year, repeat all of these steps. Your tastes will change, and so might your body.

STEP FIVE: Still need help? Email or call me at or (310) 866-1026

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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