It’s time to do a little spring cleaning and one of the best places to start is with a clean closet. Now is the time to switch out the heavy, bulk sweaters of winter for light shirts. In the process, take a few minutes to go over your closet and clean out anything that you won’t wear so you can lighten up your clothing load.

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Move everything into one area. It’s easier to see what you have and take stock of what you can safely part with when everything is in one room. If you have to take everything out and put it on the floor like Marie Kondo, do it. No matter what you do, make sure you can see it all.

Separate clothes intentionally. Make piles of items you want to keep, items that you need to repair, items that are beyond repair,  and items to sell or donate. Of course, there will be items you aren’t sure about. Take the “maybes” and put them in a separate room to see if you’ll miss them. If it’s been a few weeks and you don’t go looking for them, it’s a sign to sell or donate them.

Put clothes back where it makes sense. If you wear the same outfit daily, make sure those items are in an easy-to-reach place. If you find yourself running from one dresser to another in the morning, try moving the clothing items into a single storage area.

When you’re cleaning out your closet, it’s easy to get sentimental. Organizing is like a muscle, though; the more you practice, the easier it gets. Follow these three steps and you’ll have a clean closet in no time.

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