Ask the expert: Sayra Ashqar

Purge: “Accept who you are and don’t live in the past. If your clothes don’t fit and flatter your body now, give them away. If you must save those skinny jeans, put them in another closet, so you don’t focus on what you don’t look like now.” 

Inventory: Once you’ve tossed your size-2 acid-washed jeans and pink slouch socks, take note of what you have and what you need, says Ashqar. Be sure to have basics to mix and match, as well as a few trendier options to keep your outfits up-to-date.

Organize: Get the right tools to “organize your closet’s contents by category and color,” Ashqar advises. “I like to purchase no-slip felt hangers all in the same color, so my closet looks like a boutique.” Ashquar says that being able to see what you have helps prevent impulse buys. She recommends using drawer and shelf dividers and tissue paper for handbags, and boot-shapers to keep your boots looking new during off-season.

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