Spring time is here, and with it comes gorgeous skies, a few rain showers, and abounding blooms. Do you know what also arrives with this wonderful season? A set of specific chores, and none stands out of the pack quite like the annual spring closet cleaning. If you want to organize your wardrobe and make your life easier, check out these spring closet cleaning tips and get started.
What we wear has a profound effect on the way we see ourselves. It provides an outlet in which we can express our personality, and like it or not, has a large effect on the impression we give to those around us. Taking the time to organize your closet is sure to have a big impact on your everyday life, so get started today.
Set Aside an Entire Day
Cleaning out your closet is no one-hour task. This chore can often extend for a longer period of time than we even thought possible, and letting it extend through days and even weeks is only going to bring more disorganized chaos to your life. Set a date and devote the entire day to this project so you can be sure you get it all done without letting it sit.
Do an Inventory
To see all of your clothing, you’re going to have to get a little messy—that’s right, the problem is only going to get worse before it gets better. Before you tackle the closet, make your bed and clear your floor of any other clutter. This will give you a blank canvas to work with, and make it easier for you to spread out all of your belongings.
Divide and Conquer
Once you’ve got everything pulled from closet hangers and dresser drawers, make it easier by sorting into various categories. Denim in one corner of the room, underthings in the other, party dresses on the bed, and so on. The more separate, the easier it will be; tackle one thing at a time before moving onto the next.
The Great Purge
It’s going to be hard, but you’re going to have to part with some of your closet belongings. Anything you haven’t worn or thought about in over a year immediately goes to a separate pile. Items that are threadbare and really should have been thrown out two years ago need to be put in the trash immediately. If you have items that you wore once and never dared to touch again, those need to go, too. Keep these tricks in mind when attempting to purge your closet of old items.
“But What If…?” Clothing
Do you buy clothes that don’t fit in the hopes that you might be able to fit into them in the future? Do you have more pairs of “incentive jeans” than you’d care to admit? Spending money and wasting space on clothing that doesn’t fit now and won’t fit within the next few months is a common conundrum. Get rid of those clothing pieces that inspire you to say “But what if I can wear them in three, four, five months?” Even if you love that little party shirt, if it doesn’t fit you well, it won’t look good. It’s better to sever the tie to these pieces now than keep them in your closet and have to longingly admire them from afar.
Invest in New Storage Solutions
If you have deep closets, consider installing some shelves further back, behind your rack of hanging clothing, for a hidden storage solution. There are numerous closet storage solutions you can try, like shoe racks from The Container Store. If you don’t have a ton of closet space, you can always try cool-looking storage that will still look good in plain sight. There are tons of modern products from Touch of Modern> that will work to keep your clothes contained and add some stylistic charm to your room.
Stains and Tears
If you’ve got items with highly noticeable stains or tears, why are you still hanging onto them? Unless you’re going for the grungy, homeless look, those aren’t pieces you’ll want in your wardrobe arsenal. Throw them in the trash or repurpose soft shirts into dust cloths (hey, frugal living means recycling, right?).
Cleaning out your closet isn’t a small feat, but the benefits of putting in the time and effort will be felt throughout the year. Plus, the more room you make, the more space you have to store new purchases from all that online clothes shopping, right? Happy shopping!