Interior

Before and After Our Closet Reorganizing Saint

Beauty products are not collectibles: Personal organizer Margaret Williams of Edit reminded us that toiletries have a shelf life. We sorted through our bathroom arsenal, checking expiration dates and making piles of what to keep, toss, and donate (unopened, unexpired bottles). Williams says it’s best to keep loose products in bins and baskets to confine clutter.
 
View the slideshow above for closet decorating tips.
 
No more wire hangers: Williams swears by Real Simple Slimline hangers. Clothes get buried in drawers, so use the space-saving, slip-free wonders to put otherwise forgotten pieces on display.
 
Available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $30 for a pack of 50.
 
Williams learned her neatnik ways from her mother, who used to make her empty and reassess her closet several times a year. You can benefit from her family secrets as she helps you simplify your life by removing unnecessary clothing, products, and general clutter. After a few hours together, you’ll start thinking like her; of course, you don’t need three pairs of ballet flats.
 
Three thousand four hundred fifty six — the number of hours we’ve wasted matchmaking. After pairing shoes with their mates, we created piles of what to keep, donate, or repair. To avoid overstuffing the closet, we stashed out-of-season shoes in under-bed storage containers. We tossed damaged vintage finds that would cost more to be fixed than we originally paid.
 
There was no way to keep our overstuffed drawers orderly. Now that more items were on hangers, we could keep T-shirts neat. Yes, folding sucks, but there’s no way around it. Keep tank tops, tees, and sleepwear in separate piles so you know what’s what.
 
In less than six stress-free hours, Williams tackled what seemed like weeks of work. She fled the freshly organized scene and headed for Housing Works with six garbage bags full of stuff we thought we couldn’t live without.
 
Book at 512-656-7427 or online at editspaces.com, $75 per hour.
 
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