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Having an organized, accessible closet is a goal for many people, albeit an elusive one. In order to maintain an organized closet, you must actually clean and organize it in a logical way in the first place. An often overlooked step of any closet organization endeavor is donating or giving away clothing that is not an active part of your wardrobe. For most people, however, minimizing the clutter of unused clothing is easier said than done. If any of the following justifications sound familiar, you may be guilty of common mistakes that are keeping you from having the organized and modern closet of your dreams: "It might come back in style." Granted, fashion trends follow (long) cycles, but is this a realistic reason for keeping that fluorescent sweatshirt with the neck cut out? If the item does come back in style in ten or twenty years, will you be the appropriate age to take advantage? If you are keeping some trusty articles of clothing around in hopes of wearing them again someday, you are wasting valuable closet space that could accommodate items that you actually wear. "It has sentimental value." If you own clothing that you do not wear but are keeping for sentimental reasons, be honest with yourself about how much it means to you. There is nothing wrong with preserving your wedding dress or an antique gown handed down from your grandmother, but a four sizes too small dress from junior prom is taking it too far. There is simply no need (or space) to keep clothing from every important occasion in your life. So hold on to pictures and memories, and away with the excess. "It was expensive." Ouch, you splurged on a $500 high fashion piece that was in style for one season. How were you supposed to know? As fashion goes, items that are all the rage one moment can be laughably unfortunate the next. But keeping such items in your closet is only keeping you from having an organized, accessible closet that makes your everyday life easier. Why not take the item to a consignment shop and give someone else the opportunity to get more use out of it? To prevent this clutter causing dilemma in the future, reserve splurging for high quality, timeless basics that can be used for years. A streamlined, structured leather bag, for instance, is a better candidate for your hard earned money than an of-the-moment flashy anything. "It might fit again one day." Sometimes, this can be a valid reason for keeping clothes around. After all, you do not want to have to purchase an entirely new wardrobe when you return to the size you used to be. If you are a woman who has recently had a baby, for instance, it is logical to keep your pre-pregnancy wardrobe around while you work your way back into it. But if you have clothing of all shapes and sizes from the last ten years, assess how long it has been since you have worn each piece. Is it realistic that it will fit one day, and if so, do you even like the item anymore? Would you really miss it if it was gone? Once you have done away with needless clothes, take the same approach to get your shoe and

accessory collections under control. An organized closet means easy access to your functional wardrobe and a simplified daily routine. Remember, holding on to the past may be hindering you from what you need now and in the future.

Stephen Nickse is the founder of Closet Solutions, a leading provider of quality Boston custom closets, strategically headquartered in the nationÂ’s design capitol, Boston, Ma. For more information, please visit

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