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by Cristin Bisbee Priest

As a mother of two young children, Cristin understands the desire for a home to be functional, yet beautiful. Blending the two disciplines of home organization and interior design resonated with her and thus Simplified Bee® was born. She believes that surrounding yourself with lovely, organized spaces reduces stress, makes you happier, and inspires healthier living.

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  • Longing for an organized closet, but don't know where to begin or have a limited budget? Beautiful closets don't have to be expensive or custom built. Here are five simple, budget-friendly ideas for making your closet more organized today.
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  • Edit.

    If your closet is over-flowing, it's time to take a closer look at each item and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Do I love it?
    2. Do I wear it?
    3. Do I need it?

    If you answered "no," then it's time to purge it. If still in good condition, donate clothing that you do not wear to a local charity. Don't know one in your area? Excess Access will match you with a charity organization in your zip code. They link each donation with the wish-lists of your nearby charities that can provide pick-ups or will accept drop-offs. And donors get tax-deductible receipts.
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  • Rearrange.

    If you have a large or walk-in closet it's best to organize it into zones by season or garment type (i.e. work, casual, formal). Next arrange the clothing into sections for each category (i.e. blouses, dresses, pants, etc.). Then, arrange the clothes in each section by color from left to right (i.e. black, blue, brown, red, orange, yellow, ivory, and white). This makes it much easier to find outfits and is more pleasing to the eye. Wouldn't you agree?
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    To help keep shirts, shoes, and sweaters arranged neatly I recommend using sturdy, stackable boxes. Label each box (pictures of contents like the example above is fun) or use boxes with clear fronts to help you see what's inside. This way you'll be able to locate and access items easily without having to unstack them.

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    Whether it's with a sibling, roommate, or spouse, sharing closets with someone else can be tricky business. To keep the peace, I like to divide the space. Placing dresser, cubbies, or tall shelving down the middle of the closet is a simple way to break-up the space. I love how this mom labeled each child's drawer!

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    As you transition your wardrobe closet from warmer-weather clothing to cooler-weather clothing, make sure that you store season items such as shorts, bathing suits, or light sweaters away in zipped bags that protect your garments from moths and other pests. Before you store, make sure your garment is cleaned.

  • Happy organizing!

    - Cristin
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