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Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

The first step to organizing a closet is deciding what needs to go. Parting with beloved yet infrequently worn clothing and shoes is easier when the items go to help someone in need.

Comments (19)

  • 31 Mar, 2009

    I'm faced with packing and moving house and if I'd of only kept to what I liked and what fitted I would now find it easier to pack I'm not alone in this my partner also hoards asorts of things too...aahh what a nightmare but will take this oppitunity to clear out an start fresh.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Irene_b...I take offense to the remark about we Americans being greedy. (the rest of your comment was really too difficult to decipher...) We are not greedy. We are blessed.

  • 29 Mar, 2009

    I just did this myself yesterday. It felt good to get rid of what doesn't fit or a don't wear anymore.

  • 29 Mar, 2009

    Living in Europe, now, I am amazed at how much I have compared to my European friends. I am donating left and right!

  • 28 Mar, 2009

    Sometimes its hard to trow your cloths out,when your going thou your closet your ending up thinking "WHEN I LOSS WAIT I WILL FIT IN THIS TOP OR PANTS" or "WELL THIS HAS ONLY BEEN WORN ONCE I DON'T WANT TO TROW IT OUT YET ". We Americans are greedy when it comes to buying expansive cloths and paying with you own money and right now trying to make a living with this economy its hard to trow thing out your always end up thinking maybe later !

  • 28 Mar, 2009

    Sometimes its hard to trow your cloths out,when your going thou your closet your ending up thinking "WHEN I LOSS WAIT I WILL FIT IN THIS TOP OR PANTS" or "WELL THIS HAS ONLY BEEN WORN ONCE I DON'T WANT TO TROW IT OUT YET ". We Americans are greedy when it comes to buying expansive cloths and paying with you own money and right now trying to make a living with this economy its hard to trow thing out your always end up thinking maybe later !

  • 28 Mar, 2009

    Sometimes its hard to trow your cloths out,when your going thou your closet your ending up thinking "WHEN I LOSS WAIT I WILL FIT IN THIS TOP OR PANTS" or "WELL THIS HAS ONLY BEEN WORN ONCE I DON'T WANT TO TROW IT OUT YET ". We Americans are greedy when it comes to buying expansive cloths and paying with you own money and right now trying to make a living with this economy its hard to trow thing out your always end up thinking maybe later !

  • 28 Mar, 2009

    Cathy, I feel your pain! We have the exact same situation (80 y.o. house, with no linen/coat closets). We do have the added "luxury" of having a small closet in the hall bath. I know this is a no-no, but we have to store out of season clothes up in the attic!

  • 27 Mar, 2009

    I find it helpful to go through my clothes twice a year, at the end of summer and the end of winter. If there is anything I haven't worn or wore, but really didn't like, I give it away. I'd far rather have a few things I feel good about wearing , than a lot of useless clutter. It's made me a more particular shopper also, choosing only those things I really like and will last me years.

  • 27 Mar, 2009

    I agree with ngabrial. We Americans can be greedy

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    I would like to remind young readers that Martha began offering good advice in the 70's and 80's. Martha has offered me, and probably many of your mothers, classic advice that continues to be timely. Martha Stewart was at the forefront of a movement which has either taught us or reminded us of those factors involved in creating a well kept, liveable home. Let's not think that we still do not have much to learn from this amazing woman!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    I think part of the problem is that people have TOO MUCH! It clutters life, and makes it not fun. Keep what you love and use the most. Get rid of the rest. Purchase classical, coordinating separates, with clean lines, so that you have the ability to mix and match. Simplify!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    Tatting: tell me about it! My 80 yr old house has exactly TWO closets in it, one in each bedroom. I'm down to 4 sets of towels and 2 sets of sheets for that reason. I envy those with coat closets or linen closets! Nevermind what to do with the vacuum and ironing board...Urg.

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    The thing that has worked for me is: Clothes in your closet should #1, fit, #2 be something you love, and #3, be something you get compliments for. I finally gave up my collection of classic skirts that were 2 sizes too small, and now I have room to buy more things I love, that I can actually wear!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    This is a great idea to help those less fortunate!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    In this day of big walk-in closets, what about those of us with the old tiny closets? Mine is armspan width and just deep enough for hanging clothes with one shelf above. It's hard to believe that once upon a time when I was married that it held both of our clothes!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    In this day of big walk-in closets, what about those of us with the old tiny closets? Mine is armspan width and just deep enough for hanging clothes with one shelf above. It's hard to believe that once upon a time when I was married that it held both of our clothes!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    So true, I am slowly clearing out stuff through freecycle.org, and it makes me feel great about getting rid of stuff!

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    So true, I am slowly clearing out stuff through freecycle.org, and it makes me feel great about getting rid of stuff!