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How to Clean Out Your Closet

If your closet is overflowing, here are some great tips from a professional organizer on how to clean it out and organize the space. Then, turn that pile of unwanted clothes into cash by selling them online.

Kesha Scott, owner of the online resale shop Glam Authority, specializes in helping clients get organized, gain closet space, and make money on items they never wear.

To show how it's done, Kesha helps Rebecca organize her monster closet. Here are Kesha's tips for tackling your own closet nightmare:

1. Clear the Floor
Get everything off the floor so you can actually see what you have.

2. Separate clothes into four piles:
  • Keep  you like them, your wear them, you feel comfortable in them, you look good in them
  • Sell - classic pieces in good condition, pieces that are in-style/in-season, designer pieces
  • Donate - items that are more trendy, not your style, slightly worn
  • Ditch -- clothes with irreparable tears, holes, loose threads, or that appear very worn

3. Create a "Go-To" Section
Create a section right in the front of your closet for those items you wear the most, such as your wardrobe staples, most-worn shoes and most-used handbags. This helps you dress quickly when you need to get out the door.

4. Color Code Clothes
Arrange hanging clothes according to color.

5. Boots Use manila folders to keep their form. Roll them corner to corner and stick in shaft of boot so the boot stands up. Hang boots on a skirt/pant hanger by clips. Make sure toes point inward to keep weight even and hanging straight.

6. Accessories
To keep them from getting tangled, hang on jewelry hooks. Hang hats on nails.

7. Find Alternate Storage
Use your suitcases or under-bed boxes to store items you don't use every day or seasonal clothes.

8. Stop shopping.
Kesha recommends a 90-day break from shopping after you clean out your closet. After re-organizing, you may find you have everything you need already inside!

After cleaning out her closet, Rebecca felt like a whole new person. Plus, she took the things in her sell pile and made $1200 by selling them online. What a great way to start the new year!

For more from Kesha, visit her ebay store.
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