Published on July 14, 2014—  Leave a comment

Expert Spotlight: Laurie Palau of simply B organized

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All of us at thredUP update our closets pretty frequently – and we don’t mind doing it! But we’ll never turn down sage advice on how to make the routine task easier. We recently met Laurie Palau, founder of, who offered some clever organization tips that couldn’t be easier to remember. So we invited her to share them here:

I’ve come up with a simple three-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small. I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort and Purge.

Empty. Don’t try to organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom. Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward.

Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into five piles: Keep, Relocate, Sell (with a consignment store or site), Donate or Trash. Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.

Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate or resell it through a consignment shop, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.

Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually, storing the out-of-season clothes elsewhere! There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing.

Organizing Expert, Laurie Palau is the founder & CEO of simply B organized, LLC.   A home, work and life organizing service. For additional information on simply B organized visit