I’m breaking down how to SPRING clean your closet and make your wardrobe more manageable. Promise!
“Spring cleaning” is a phrase that both invigorates and makes me want to bury my head under a thousand blankets.
It’s partly exciting – and also partly a complete drag. But, I like to think of spring as a time of hope and new beginnings. Meaning? Your nightmare closet can quickly become the closet of your DREAMS! (With some work, that is.)
Now, How to Spring Clean Your Closet?
Without fail, every spring I give my closet a massive overhaul. And this year? It’s all going down this weekend.
As I prepare to embark on spring cleaning my closet, I wanted to share you my BEST tips to make the process as painless as possible. In fact, you might even have a bit of fun along the way. (No really, you might. It can be very therapeutic and fun if done right.)
Below, discover 7 tips on how to spring clean your closet and embark on a more organized season ahead!
Tip #1: Schedule a Date and Mentally Prepare
One thing I’ve learned through the years: it’s never a good idea to spring clean your closet on a whim. Tackling it all at once can very quickly become overwhelming.
Cut yourself some slack and don’t dump a huge workload in your lap at once. Look at your schedule and plan a day that will allow you to take your time. Then, as that day approaches, mentally prepare and walk yourself through your closet. Visualize items you think could go. Think of winter items that can be stowed away to clear up some more space.
Basically, set yourself up to arrive at your closet with a game plan.
Tip #2: Music and Netflix Help
I like to spring clean my closet while having a bit of fun and can you blame me? The thought of digging through piles of sweaters and reorganizing blouses isn’t exactly appealing.
To make the experience a whole lot less painful, turn on some of your favorite music or a favorite TV show on Netflix. This way you’ll be able to merrily bop back and forth between straightening your clothes and whatever’s going down on Grey’s Anatomy. A glass of wine never hurts, either.
Tip #3: Organize in Stages
I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to spring clean your closet by taking things in stages!
Winter sweaters are always a great place to start because they’re so bulky and take up TON of space. I’ll bring out storage bins and go through sweaters one by one, deciding what to keep and what to ditch. Each keeper I’ll load one by one into a bin until they’re all ready to be stowed away until next winter.
If you have spring and summer items stored away that you need to bring out, don’t feel you have to tackle that right then. Give yourself a break and come back to those later. Remember, progress is progress and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t beat yourself up just because you didn’t get through everything at once.
Tip #4: Donate or Sell Unwanted Clothes
If done successfully, when you spring clean your closet you’ll likely be left with heaps of clothes you don’t want hanging around anymore. At that stage you have two options:
- Donate to a local charity shop
- Sell the clothes on eBay, Depop or at a consignment store
No matter which route you choose, though, I think we can all agree it’s not responsible to simply pile all your clothes into the dumpster. Find a way to give them a second life from someone else!
Tip #5: Organize With Reason
When it comes to organization, I find it’s best to pair similar clothing items together.
- Group items by type (i.e. blouse, jeans, etc.)
- Group items by color (i.e. Whites, darks, florals)
Organizing items by category will help you easily locate what you’re looking for when getting dressed in the morning. But remember to be realistic! Group clothing together in a way that makes sense to you and is easy to maintain moving forward.
Tip #6: If You Don’t Wear It – Do You Need it?
To help you spring clean your closet, I’ve developed an evaluation process for clothing items! These questions will help you determine what items of clothing will have value to your in the future – and which can safely go bye, bye.
- IS IT CLASSIC? If yes, it’s likely worth hanging on to.
- IS IT SPECIAL? Unique clothing items or pieces with sentimental value are always worth keeping.
- DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING SIMILAR? If you do, it’s likely you can let that piece go.
- DOES IT FIT? If it’s slightly too small or too big, I’d hang onto it because all of our weights fluctuate. If it’s a size 4 and you’re living in a size 10…BYE!
- IS IT FLATTERING? Be honest. If it is, keep it. If it’s not, send that thing go immediately.
- IS IT IN GOOD OR BAD SHAPE? If you find stains you won’t be able to get out, send it away. If the clothing looks relatively new and is either classic, special, a great fit and flattering – it could be worth keeping.
Tip #7: Celebrate!
Okay, so you’ve survived organizing all of your spring and summer clothes AND safely stored heavier autumn/winter items away. Now it’s time to celebrate! Treat yourself to something sweet and take pride in what you’ve accomplished.
By spring cleaning your closet, you’ve set yourself up for a cheerful and productive season ahead! Reap the rewards and revel in that satisfying feeling of being organized. It will fuel you to keep the momentum going and tackle other areas of your life that could use a little sorting out.
Are You Ready to Spring Clean Your Closet? Good Luck!
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