Turn the clutter in your closet into cash

March 25, 2009 9:57:31 AM PDT
When Pam Laws needed help sorting out her cluttered closet, she called Professional Organizer Carole Weinstock of Clean the Clutter for help.

Carole doesn't just help people clean their closets, she helps them turn their clutter into cash.

She says the key to organizing a closet is to sort all of the items into three categories: Keep, Consign or Donate.

Carole says if you haven't worn an item for a year, it's time for that item to go.

Among Pam's purses, she found two vintage bags, that Pam doesn't use. They'll go to a consignment shop. A vintage Gucci purse could net her up to $100.

Carole also convinced Pam to consign other designer items that she doesn't wear, or that don't fit.

Clothes that are a bit worn or that don't have designer labels, Pam will donate to a charity-run thrift shop. Those donations will net her a tax break at the end of the year.

Finally, Carole takes Pam shopping in her cleaned-out closet, making new outfits out of things she loves, but hasn't worn. She says a white blazer with beaded trim can be made more contemporary and versatile by removing the beads.

Pam has a black suit jacket that she loves, but no longer has the matching skirt, so she hasn't been wearing it. Carole gives the suit jacket new life by pairing it with one of Pam's slip dresses.

Among Carole's other tips:
Old sheets and towels, even if they're worn, can be donated to pet shelters.
Pants with dirty hems can be shortened into capris or shorts.
Organize your closet by types of items (shirts together with shirts, pants together with pants, etc.) and color. That way, it's easier to find what you're looking for and to put outfits together.
Use suits together and as separates, to get the most wear of individual items.

To learn more about Carole organizing business, Clean the Clutter, click here.

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