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If you've ever stood in front of your closet half-awake and felt your wardrobe spinning out of control, now is the time to get inspired and take action.

Cleaning and organizing closets may be considered one of the least interesting household projects, but all that can change with a spark of inspiration and a few good ideas.

USA Today once called Julie Morgenstern, professional organizer, productivity consultant and author, the "queen of putting people's lives in order." House Beautiful interviewed her on the subject of transforming closets, and she replied that the secret might be in shedding what's not needed rather than organizing what's there:

"Not long ago, I shed most of the clothes in my closet. I asked three questions of each garment: Do I love it? Is it flattering? Is it the image I want to project: receptive, strong, sexy? Before I knew it, my closet was 80 percent empty."

The feeling, she said, was amazing: Not only did the closet feel light and fresh, but she actually slept better that night than she had in years.

What to throw out
The question, of course, is what to shed, and Morgenstern had a laundry list of answers: Anything that doesn't fit and probably will be out of style when it does, anything that's stained, torn or has lost its shape, shoes that hurt and out-of-style belts and scarves.‚Äč

Morgenstern recounted a simple question that will help if you have trouble separating the trash from the treasures. She advised asking yourself the following:

"If all of this were to be gone tomorrow, what would I miss? Write your answers on a sticky note and post them on the wall. Keep referring to it while you sort and shed."

Take the next step
Real Simple magazine compiled a number of suggestions for transforming the resulting space into an area that's both functional and attractive.

If your closet is large enough - and definitely if it's a walk-in closet - add a mirror. The simple act of hanging a mirror turns a closet into a dressing area, and you can make it even more engaging by adding a cedar switch plate or decorative plug cover.

For steadying piles of sweaters, use shelf dividers, and pack accessories such as scarves and underwear in clear plastic drawers. You can also consider using customizable wire drawers to help items stay in place, and if your handbags tend to land in a large pile on the floor, know there's a better way: Simply hang the bags on shower curtain hooks.

The result will be a delightful space to encounter at the start of your day.

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