6 STEPS TO ORGANIZED SWEATERS & WINTER GEAR

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Spring is around the corner, girl. It's time to edit your sweater and winter gear and get it organized. Here are 6 really simple steps to organize your sweaters, scarves, tee's turtlenecks, shoes, boots, and finding your way to a neat, stylish closet:

Step {1}: Prep.
Remove everything from your closet, drawer or space. I like to work on the floor, so I spread out a big blanket or sheet, which gives me space to edit, sort, pare down and stack by item type and color. It's also easier than working in a closet or drawer.

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Step {2}: Edit
You will never be organized if you have too much stuff or the proper systems. Pare down and separate what you will keep versus what you will donate. If you didn't wear an item all winter, you probably aren't going to next winter. This rule does not apply to special occasion pieces. Rule of thumb: Keep your best and donate the rest.

Step {3}: Separate, Fold, Stack + Take Count
* Fold and stack sweaters, tee's + turtlenecks and scarves by color, from dark to light. 
* Roll denim.
* Sort flats, heels, booties and boots.

* Take count on many bins, baskets, boxes or hangers you will need and make a list. Be sure to measure spaces you plan on using any of these items before shopping.

Step {4}: Go Shopping.
Sweaters can be stored in sweater boxes, clear zippered bags, bins, covered boxes, baskets, at the top of your closet using shelf dividers or using hanging sweater storage. Use the golden rule: All storage should coordinate.

Sweaters can be stored in sweater boxes, clear zippered bags, in bins, covered boxes, baskets, at the top of your closet using shelf dividers or using hanging sweater storage.
Use all the same color and style of hangers for a uniform look. It's the golden hanger rule. 
Bins + Baskets for sweaters, tee's + turtlenecks, scarves and denim.
Shelf dividers; Can also be used combined with or in place of bins + baskets.
Covered shoe boxes and boot boxes for flats, heels, booties and boots. 
Cedar Sweater boxes.
Clear Covered Sweater boxes.
Sweater bags; Zippered storage bags.
Lavender Cedar Blocks and Cedar Balls for clothing protection.
My new favorite shoe storage box is the Tall Shoe Box from The Container Store.
Cabo rustic wire bin from Design Ideas

Step {5}: Set it up + Style it
Create a color story. Coordinating hangers, bins, baskets and folding, stacking + rolling garments by color will give you a clean, neat and stylish look that makes it easier to maintain. Create your own DIY labels or tags. Labeling helps you to find what you're looking for.

Step {6}: Maintenance. 
Keep that feel good moment of a clean, well-organized space can last forever. Swap old items with new ones, never say "later" and create a donation bin for your closet. Drop donations off weekly.      

For the rest of the details, visit the Inspired Home.

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Need more space? Create it with storage cubes, designate it for your favorite go-to items and change it out by season.

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Are you ready to organize your sweaters and winter gear? Before spring fever hits, commit to an afternoon and make it happen!

xx, Deborah