Janna Beatty, an image consultant and co-author with Sharon White of Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look  says clothes should flow through a closet the way water passes through a stream – there for a time, then gone. 

“Both women and men add tons of clothing, shoes and accessories to their closets, but they never seem to get rid of anything,” she says.

Beatty and White offer this tip for making a closet closet a more inviting and organized place:

• Organize your collection. Once the clutter is gone, it’s time to organize what remains, White says. Dressier clothes should hang toward the back of the closet unless you wear them often. Types of garments – skirts, pants, tops – should be grouped together and organized from casual to dressy.