There’s nothing I hate more than a messy wardrobe/closet/dresser/clothing storage room…you get the idea. (Jeez what a harsh way to start off this post!) I try my hardest to keep my closet neat and orderly, but during the winter months that kinda all flies out the window. When winter is over, my bulky sweaters are half on the rack and half on the floor, my closet is overflowing with booties and my winter coats are taking up half the closet which means all my other coats are on the floor. Giving my closet a spring cleaning is something I do every year because as you can see (or read), it is seriously needed.
I cleaned out my closet a few weeks ago and thought this might be a helpful post for some people! I can now walk in it and not be suffocated by the disorganized mess…yay! So if you’re closet needs a spring cleaning or just a little TLC, then you’ve come to the right place!
I like to start from the bottom up because that’s where I keep all my shoes and bags. Starting small is always a good thing to do when you have to tackle a big project. Build into it! So I start with my shoes and see what I want to keep in my closet for spring and summer, what I want to put in storage and what I want to get rid of. In my opinion, it’s easier to go through and get rid of shoes and bags first because they’re bigger items that don’t overwhelm you.
Storage bins are literally my best friend when it comes to cleaning and storing things. Run to a Walmart or Target and buy those really big 66 quart bins (or you could get those smaller rectangle ones that don’t take up as much space). Once you have your bins, make sure to label each one. For example, if you’re going through shoes, label that bin winter shoes. When things are stored well and labeled clearly, it makes your life so much easier when next winter rolls around.
Working in sections is key to not getting super flustered and frustrated. Take one section in your closet at a time. Start with shoes, then move to dresses, then move to sweaters and so on so forth. This will help you stay focused and not get too overwhelmed with the craziness that is your closet (well at least my closet is crazy). As you work in sections, create a bin for each of those sections. When you clean your closet out like this, half your time is spent getting things prepared for next winter and making sure that closet transition goes smoothly. Be sure to label things clearly, pack everything nicely and keep each section in their own separate bins. This will keep everything organized so when you go to update your closet next winter, you will know exactly where everything goes.
As you go through your clothes, make designated “to donate” and “to sell” piles for items you no longer want. If you have any really nice clothes that you no longer wear, put those in the “to sell” pile. If you have clothes that you’ve worn quite a bit or that you don’t think will sell, put them in the “to donate” pile. Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local women’s shelter can always use more clothes and shoes so bring your “to donate” pile to one of those places. I had a couple of Lilly Pulitzer dresses that I never wore before so I actually sold them on eBay and made a little extra money! Definitely take advantage of eBay because it’s super easy to use and who doesn’t like making a little extra money!?
This may sound like a silly one but stay strong!! I’m the worst at picking up something I literally haven’t worn in 3 years and thinking “eh well I might wear it next year!” No! You gotta stay strong and get rid of things that are just taking up space in your closet. That’s my rule for myself…if I haven’t worn a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes in a year then I need to get rid of it. There are other people out there who could get a lot of use out of those things!
And remember…the more clothes you sell or donate means the more space you have in your closet…which means you can do a little shopping to fill up some of that space! Right?!