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Conquer Fall Clothing Clutter With These Tips From Professional Organizers

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While most of us love showing off our fall clothing, we have to admit that it’s bulky. All the cozy layers for cooler weather can lead to closet chaos! These pro tips ensure every item is handy and tidy.

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Sidestep pants pileups with clips.

Bulky items like jeans and dress pants can take up more than their fair share of shelf space when folded, plus they tend to tumble when stacked in a pile. Instead, just go vertical, suggests organizing whiz Lucy Milligan Wahl of LMW Edits.

“The most space-saving method for hanging jeans is to clip them by the waistband like a skirt,” she says. “that way they hang flat in your closet.” No need to invest in fancy clip hangers — use a chip clip to secure jeans or pants to the bottom bar of any hanger.

Corral tights with a roll.

Tights, leggings, and pull-on pants can become a tangled knot when tossed into a drawer. Keep them tidy by giving them a roll! Just fold them in half so one leg rests on top of the other, then roll up from the bottom as tightly as you can.

“You can store the rolls like you do socks or underwear — in a drawer with dividers,” says Eileen Roth, author of Organizing for Dummies (Buy on Amazon, $18.42). “it keeps them organized, looks neat and makes it really easy to see and grab the pair you want.”

Store sweaters smarter with a hanger trick.

Hanging sweaters can stretch them out and cause fabric bumps in the shoulders, and folding them takes up so much shelf or dresser drawer space. The easy save via professional organizer Seana Turner of the Seana Method: “Fold a sweater in half lengthwise so one arm is on top of the other, then drape it over the hanger’s bottom bar.”

Help boots stand tall with pool noodles.

Tall boots often flop over, which can cause creases, keep them from airing out and create a closet-floor mess. The save: “cut a pool noodle to size and insert into boots,” says Joni Gonzales, founder of Life Unflaked. “It’ll absorb odors and keep boots like new!”

Keep scarves in order with shower curtain rings.

Finding the pretty scarf you want is easy with a few shower curtain rings clipped to the bottom bar of a hanger. “Just drape scarves through the rings, hang in your closet and voilà — you have an instant scarf organizer,” says Gonzales. “The rings keep them separate and untangled and easy to organize by color.”

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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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