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Men's Style: Is Your Closet A Hot Mess?

04/14/2015 01:08 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2015
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Your closet called. It's time to get organized.

I spend a lot of time in guys' closets, and let me tell you, I've seen it all. From paint cans and bikes to ladies' underwear, closets can easily become a catch-all for all the stuff we don't have the time or energy to deal with. So we just toss it in, close the door, and forget about it until we have to get dressed again the next morning. With spring upon us, now is an excellent time for a closet sweep and organization. Below is my 6-step process for how to whip your closet into shape.

1) Go through everything in your closet and assess it for fit, style and function. Refer to this post for the seven questions to ask yourself about each item as you decide whether to keep, donate, or toss. The questions make it crystal clear as to how to handle each item. During a purge, I like to lay out garbage bags flat on the floor and then pile all the giveaway items on top so I can track as I go how much is being removed.

2) As you're going through items in Step 1, remove the wire dry-cleaning hangers (and plastic dry cleaning bags).
They can damage your clothes, which costs you money in the long run because it means you have to replace them sooner. Swap them out for wooden or plastic ones, and if you're pressed for space, use slim-line hangers. If the majority of the hangers in your closet are uniform, you'll eliminate distraction, and it will be easier for you to find what you're looking for when you need it.

3) Turn everything to face in the same direction, and organize by type, and then color. That means, put all your dress shirts together, and within that bucket, all solid white shirts, solid blue shirts, blue patterns, etc., go together. I get that this may be hard for you to maintain, but if you do it now and find that it saves you time when getting ready in the morning, you may be more likely to stick with it in the long run. (I don't know about you, but anything that helps find what I need to get out the door in the morning faster, thereby affording me more sleep, is priority).

4) Keep shoes neatly stacked on a shoe rack or in shoe boxes. Use shoe trees for nice shoes.

5) Put belts on a belt rack and ties on a tie rack (or you can roll each neatly and put them in a drawer). Each different "type" of item should be kept together.

6) Anything you don't use on a daily or weekly basis like luggage or sports equipment should be kept outside the main areas of your closet. You want easy access for the things you need frequently; everything else can be out of sight and less accessible.

In the meantime, you can get started on your spring cleaning project. Leave me a comment below to let me know how it goes for you.