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Expert Organizer Barbara Reich Helps With Transitioning Our Closets

By Helen Trent

barbara1For Professional Organizer Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants, eliminating clutter is a way of life. Barbara tackles organization with a 360-degree approach, streamlining the homes, schedules and daily lives of her discerning clients. Equal parts affable and type A personality, Barbara’s tough-love approach yields real results and lasting change.

Barbara began her career as a management consultant, a profession in which she excelled as a result of her efficiency and attention to detail. Today she applies the same skills to help her clients rid their homes of excess clutter, streamline overbooked days and improve quality of living. Barbara has appeared on the “Today Show” and has been featured in the New York Times and New York Post among other publications.

Known for creating solutions that are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical, Barbara transforms each space from the inside out. From powerful executives to busy mothers, clients appreciate Barbara’s unwavering confidentiality and eye for design.

We asked Barbara for some tips on transitioning our closets/wardrobes from summer to the cooler months, and here’s her advice:

1. Take it out; shake it out

Take out all of your summer dresses, shorts, and beach clothes

Take out all of your summer sandals and flip flops

Give away any clothes/shoes that you haven’t worn in the past two summers, are in poor condition, will never fit, or are hopelessly outdated.

2. Maintain and move

Assess whether any maintenance is needed on clothing or shoes.  Do buttons need to be tightened, do shoes need new heels?

Consider putting bathing suits in a box, clearly labeled and moving them to the top shelf of your closet, under your bed, or to another closet.
Move summer dresses and other summer clothes to the back of the closet.

Make piles to donate, discard, take to the cleaners, wash.

3. Put what you’ll wear most in prime real estate

Move your winter sweaters and pants to the most accessible place in your closet.

4. Group like things together

Put all of your black sweaters together, all of your cardigans together, and all of your turtlenecks together.  Then within each category, group by color.  Use shelf dividers to separate your piles.

Hang as much as possible. It’s the easiest way to see what you have.

5. Shop with a purpose

Never buy without a plan.

Is there something you really need (e.g., your black boots are looking shabby)?

Did you discard something you need to replace?

Follow these tips and you’ll find that you’ve got more space, a more accessible wardrobe, and a better grasp of what pieces you might need to fill in when you next hit the stores.

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