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10 Closet Cleanup Tips for Him and Her

Purge, sort and organize your way to a better wardrobe

A woman organizing her wardrobe

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“Should I toss, donate or keep this?” At 50, that’s a toughie. Our clothes have been our cheerleaders, confidence boosters and therapists. They got us through weight changes, difficult workdays, job interviews, dates, marriages and divorces. Breaking up is hard to do. Is that power-shoulder blazer from the ’80s a keeper? It’s a designer label! What about the green cowboy boots snagged on a road trip? They’d cost $700 today! How about all those perfectly faded jeans? Someday you may wear size 27 jeans and his may be a 34 waist… again. As I said, it’s not easy. Here are 10 ways to let it go:

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.