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Now that Peter and Patty have gotten rid of clothes, the closet feels spacious and organized rather than cluttered. To help identify other pieces to clear out, Peter hung Patty's clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. "You wear 20 percent of your clothes 80 percent of the time," he says. "For the next six months, whenever you wear an article of clothing and hang it back in the closet, I want you to hang it the correct way. ... If you have stuff after six months that's still hanging back to the front, you have to ask yourself, 'Are you ever going to wear it again?'"

After Peter and the clutter crew have finished working on Patty's closet, she can't believe what she sees. "It's amazing!"

Patty says her new and improved closet sends the right message to her kids. "[It says] that we care about our things," she says, "which is an incredibly important lesson that we have yet to teach them."

In this room: large cocoa Tribeca box, The Container Store; large olive Tribeca box, The Container Store; walnut hangers, The Container Store.
FROM: Oprah's Clean Up Your Messy House Tour
Published on February 19, 2009


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