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Declutter your front closet

The beginning of winter is a great time to declutter the closet where you keep your clothes and winter gear. You can make the project easy by breaking it down into steps.

Work on coats first. If you can, empty the closet and take a look at each coat. Have any been outgrown? Are there some that family members no longer wear? Consider donating any that aren’t being worn. (Be sure and empty their pockets before donating.) Hang the coats you want to keep back up on the rod.

Now take a look at the winter accessories. Hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have a way of creating chaos in a closet. Sort them by type and look for any that are missing mates or that are no longer loved. Do you have an overabundance of accessories? Donate the ones that are less appealing to you. Check out last year’s blog post on organizing these accessories for some ideas on how to store them.

Look at the other items you store there. If you have items in the front closet that landed there without rhyme or reason, consider relocating them. This is prime real estate, since a clogged front closet makes it hard to find and put away coats and accessories. Let the closet serve its purpose.

Remember, the fewer items you store in your front closet, the easier it is to use. And that can translate to saving time when you’re on the way out the door. Also, if it’s easy to hang coats up and put away accessories, it’s less likely they’ll be littering your home!

Photo by Hywell Martinez via Flickr.


Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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