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Organizing Your Closet for Fall and Winter

The move from summer to fall is a prime opportunity to take inventory of cluttered closets, and get organized for colder weather.
The move from summer to fall is a prime opportunity to take inventory of cluttered closets, and get organized for colder weather.

As summer gives way to fall, it's a good time time to give a closet a makeover.
"The change in the seasons really is the best time to reorganize and clean out your closet. What I usually propose we do first is take everything out," says Nicole Anzia, a professional organizer.

Anzia says to separate summer items and toss out what's endured too much sand and chlorine. Only after inventory, should you head to the store.
"I don't propose that people go out and buy all of these bins and baskets and containers until they've sort of taken that inventory and know what they have."

Bigger isn't always better. Large containers make it too easy to keep things you don't need.

Put fall and winter items front and center. "Sweaters, it's really best to fold. It helps to keep their shape and in boxes like this it keeps insects and other bugs that may get at them - it keeps them protected," Anzia recommends.

Closets without shelving can use hanging bags. And hanging cedar blocks on closet rods will keep bugs at bay, and give the closet a pleasant scent.

Organzing a closet for fall may take two or three hours, but could save time later on.

"My goal with all of my clients is to really make sure that they can see all of their pieces so that they can just come in, look, and it's easy to make a decision about what to wear today."


(Karin Caifa for CNN's Consumer Watch)

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