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Nihal Al Qawasmi, Opinion Editor

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Do you know how you can become a productive individual of society? By getting your sh*t together. And you can’t do that if you can’t even take care of the direct environment around you. Not to be dramatic, but I’m talking about your closet. No, I am not referencing your skeletons. I am literally talking about your wardrobe here.

That’s it.

I am the biggest advocate of going through your closet at least twice a year as a nice, fresh start. You can give away things you don’t wear anymore, update your wardrobe seasonally, and overall just feel really productive. Let’s face it, as college students, the struggle is real. And when I mean struggle, I mean #laziness.

There is no specific number on the amount of times you should clean out your closet, but bi-seasonally is a good standard.

September is typically the start of Fall, but it doesn’t really get chilly until early October. Which is way blocking out a few hours of your weekend in “mid-Fall” to go through your wardrobe and spruce it up is recommended. Put away the shorts and replace them with your cozy sweaters. Which is more exciting than it sounds if you’re all about that #FallHype.

Bonus tip for residents: making time for this means you have less of a chance of living in a crowded dorm room with an overflowing closet of uselessness. Double tip: you have less things to pack and take home for winter break.

Your second clean-out should fall in mid-late Spring — because let’s be real, it doesn’t start to feel like Spring until early May. At this point, you should just be packing to go home. Finish your organizing there.

Once you’ve decided what’s staying, what’s leaving, and what’s being replaced – go the extra mile and organize your organizing. In English that means: color-coding. Yep. I am the girl with the color-coded closet and I don’t care, because do you know how much time that one step saves me in the morning?

Some of you might think this post is basic and self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people that overlook this crucial step to productivity, and prefer having an overflowing closet where they can’t find anything. My sister is one of them.

Happy cleaning!

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