Consumer Watch: Fall closet cleaning

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

(WHAS11) -- As summer gives way to fall, it's a good time to give a closet a makeover.

“The change in the seasons really is the best time to reorganize and clean out your closet. What I usually propose we do first is take everything out,” says Washington Post Columnist Nicole Anzia.

Anzia is a professional organizer and says to separate summer items and toss out what's endured too much sand and chlorine. Only after inventory should you head to the store.

Also, bigger isn't always better. Large containers make it too easy to keep things you don't need.

"I don't propose that people go out and buy all of these bins and baskets and containers until they've sort of taken that inventory and know what they have,” Anzia says.

You should put fall and winter items front and center. “Sweaters, it's really best to fold. It helps to keep their shape and in boxes like this, it keeps insects and other bugs that may get at them. It keeps them protected,” continues Anzia.

Closets without shelving can use hanging bags and hanging cedar blocks on the closet rods will keep bugs at bay and give the closet a pleasant scent.

Organizing a closet for fall may take two or three hours, but could save time later on.

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