The Common Mistake Professional Closet Organizers See ALL the Time

When left up to our own devices, most of our closets become overstuffed, chaotic jumbles—and if your closet is immaculate, I tip my hat to you! But for the rest of us, we could likely use a little help from a professional. And just in case hiring an organizer isn’t quite in your budget, we figured we’d share some sage advice from our favorite celebrity closet organizer and owner of Clutter Healing, Lili Pettit. We asked Pettit for the first thing she does to help organize a closet (a.k.a. the first major closet mistake she often corrects for her clients).

Scroll down to see her unexpected response—we bet it just might inspire your next closet cleanout!

The first problem Pettit tackles? Getting rid of duplicates.

“I know it’s important to have a great white T-shirt, but I see people keeping 20 white shirts, and then saying, ‘I can’t get organized,' and 'It’s so hard for me to get dressed.’ I think having a lot of the same kinds of things makes it hard for people to stay organized because they feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have in their closet.” –Lili Pettit, Clutter Healing

How she does it:

“I like to ask people, 'If you were to go shopping today, would you buy this T-shirt off of the sales floor?' Most likely the answer is no.” –Lili Pettit, Clutter Healing

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