Set Aside Three or Four Large Containers
You can use clothes hampers, cardboard boxes and plastic storage containers. Label them "Donate," "Keep," "Sell" and "Discard."
Take Everything Out of the Closet
Next, take everything out of your closet. Piling it all on your bed is fine, although you may want to keep shoes on the floor. A rolling garment rack can also come in handy as you sort through your clothes. Put aside anything that was in your closet that should be stored somewhere else.
Sort Clothing Into Labeled Containers
Look over each piece of clothing and make a decision. Does it fit? Do you love it? Does it need to be cleaned or altered? Can it be sold or donated? Don't hesitate to try on items you haven't worn in a while or create new combinations. This is also a great time to store seasonal clothes to make more room in your closet. Save time by arranging to have someone pickup items you are donating.
Do the Same with Your Shoes
Go through all your shoes and boots. Donate shoes that are uncomfortable or don't fit. Make a pile of any that need to be polished or repaired. Get rid of any that are worn out.
Organize Your Closet
Now for the fun part. Return the items you are keeping to your closet. This is the perfect time to upgrade your hangers. Consider hangers with a slim profile to create more room in your closet. Use a suit hanger to hang a complete outfit and make getting ready in the morning easier. Add clothing and shoe organizers to make the most of your vertical space. Arrange your clothes by type and color - creating zones in your closet. Don't forget to add hooks, drawer organizers, and stacking trays for storing accessories and jewelry.