How to Clean Out Your Closets

Get the lowdown on cleaner closets -- and more.
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Closet Know-How

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  1. Devote an entire working day to the process. "This isn't something you can do in an hour," says D.C. stylist Ricky Summers. "If you really want to make progress, give it the time it needs."
  2. Invite a friend. "A pal can bag clothes that don't work and put notes on items that need to go to the tailor," says Summers. The process will go faster, and you can return the favor.
  3. Start with what's not working. "Be honest about why you haven't worn something," says Summers. "If you don't feel good in it, stop making excuses and get rid of it."
  4. Don't be afraid to split a suit. If a jacket works, keep it and find pants or a skirt to go with it.
  5. Make a pile for the tailor, who can answer questions about length and fit. "Long pants that make you look hippy might work better cropped," suggests Summers.
  6. Don't toss something just because it's not the latest fashion. If something looks good on you, make it part of your signature style.
  7. Take your rejects to a consignment shop or homeless shelter as soon as possible. "Otherwise you might get 'Shedder's Remorse,' and the stuff will creep back into your wardrobe,'" says Summers.

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