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How To Clean Out Your Closet Responsibly

By Ann Lightfoot

Spring cleaning means it’s time to clear out your closet. But how do you clean the clutter without racking up huge bags of trash? We turned to a professional organizer for advice. Ann Lightfoot is a founding partner at Done & Done Home, an organizing business based in New York. Below, she offers her best ideas on how to purge your closet in an environmentally responsible way.

One of the greatest joys of being a professional organizer is helping people let go of belongings they no longer want, need, or use. It can often be a slow, painful process for our clients. But at the end of a job, they are typically thrilled with the results and the amount of items leaving their home.

We categorize those items into four main groups: keep, donate, garbage, and recycle. It goes without saying that the items to "keep" stay with the client. Once those selections are neatly organized back into the home, we focus our attention on the other groups.