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How To Easily Declutter Your Home By 40%

You have too much stuff in your closet. The feeling of being weighed down by possessions is palpable and affects us every day. A new year is the perfect time to pare down your belongings.

How to Declutter When You're Feeling Sentimental

Getting rid of stuff: It's not easy.

If you're sentimental about your belongings, you're not alone.

In a recent California Closets survey, 53% of women said they were sentimentalists. They have a hard time letting go of anything memorable, from concert tickets to kids’ art projects to favorite clothing items that don’t fit anymore.

Decluttering can definitely be emotional if you're sentimental, but sometimes you need to be practical. Here's how.

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How to Feng Shui Your Closet

We've talked about the benefits of feng shui organizing before - how the ancient practice can be used to create a happy, healthy, and harmonious home. Those same principles can be applied to your closets so you can feel serene and calm when you open your closet doors!

Design consultant Jessica Ballesteros give you the step-by-step plan to feng shui your closet for better health, creativity and prosperity. Try it out!

Year in Review: Our Top 7 Posts of 2011

It's been a full year for us at the California Closets blog, posting lots of articles with organizing tips and home design inspiration. We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012, sharing before and after stories of custom closet transformations, offering more home organizing tips, and featuring design and fashion trends.

Here were our readers' favorite posts of 2011. Enjoy and happy new year!

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How to Stay Organized in 2012

With the new year, you've no doubt starting setting intentions or making resolutions for 2012.

Are you thinking about how to get more organized? Do you want to spend more time with family and friends and less time dealing with stressful clutter? Do you finally want that dream closet, organized perfectly to fit your needs?

We've pulled together the best of our 2011 organizing tips and advice to get you started with a fresh slate this year.

Mikaele Holzer feng shui consultant

Is Feng Shui the Organizing Answer You've Been Searching For?

Practitioners of feng shui say that you can use energy flow in your home design to create peaceful, harmonious and beneficial spaces that bring more positivity into your life. Sound complicated? It's not! Feng shui expert Mikaële Holzer demystifies feng shui and explains how to get started with it in your home.

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Get Crafty: Organizing Tips for Your Creative Space

It's important for all of us to have a space for projects that tap into our creativity. But it's easy for craft areas to get messy with all of the tools and materials needed - from wrapping paper and ribbons to glue sticks, markers and stickers. You need a system for preventing clutter and keeping everything organized. Check out our top tips!

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Get Over Yourself: Five Emotional Obstacles That Keep Your Home Cluttered

We've all got clutter - whether it's a whole attic filled to the brim or just some "miscellaneous" junk drawers. Do you find yourself unable to get it all organized? What's holding you back? Design consultant Debbie Royal identifies the top five emotional barriers to organization - and how you can overcome them.

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6 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Summer Vacations

Do you ever dread returning home after a wonderful, relaxing summer vacation? Don't despair! Our organizing expert Dan has compiled the top 6 steps you can take to prepare your home for your return - so you can keep that vacation vibe alive, even back in the "real world".

Decluttering & Selling on eBay

Sell or Donate? What To Do After You De-clutter

You've done the hard work of spring cleaning and decluttering. But now you're left with a pile of unwanted items. They're not exactly trash - in fact, they could be someone else's treasure. So what now? Our organizing expert Dan outlines the pros and cons of selling or donating your unwanted belongings via eBay, Craiglist, Goodwill or a garage sale - so you can decide which approach works best for you!

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