10 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Closet
Cleaning out your closet is like boot camp — tough but really rewarding in the end.
Spring is the perfect time for giving your closet a new lease on life and perhaps for finding that pair of shoes you thought were long lost. Who knows what you’ve amassed during the course of the year that is lurking in the dark recesses of your closet? Now is the time to find out.
Following are a few tips on how you can make the closet cleaning process less stressful and maybe even a little fun, especially if you have a bottle of wine on hand.
- There must be sound
Closet cleaning is best done listening to a custom playlist. This is not a job for the faint of heart and music will make the job go quicker and smoother. This is a for sure thing. You want those custom closets and custom cabinets to be pristine and organized at the end of the process. Listening to your favourite tunes while working away will keep you going even when the going might get tough.
- The master cleanse
Don’t take on a closet cleanout half-heartedly. Just like with a spring cleanse, you have to be vigilant about sticking to the plan for the outcome to be positive. Go for the gusto. Take everything out of your closet so you’re looking at its naked walls and racks. Even custom cabinets need to have their contents purged. With everything removed, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of everything you have. Then come the questions: “What was I thinking?” or “Why do I never wear this?” or “Will I ever wear this?” If you’re waffling on the answer to that last one — put it in the “get rid of” pile.
- Priorities, priorities
Now that everything is out of the closet, it’s time to prioritize. Piles should be marked save, stash and say, “hasta la vista baby!” Keep the items that are in season now and that you want to keep in the forefront. Keep a couple sweaters handy even in warmer weather and items that could be layered because layering knows no season. These are just clothes, shoes and accessories. What you will never use or wear, donate to charity. There is no reason to hoard items you will never use.
- Adopt the one-year rule
If anything has been sitting in your closet for a year or more and you haven’t worn it, what makes you think you ever will? It may look terrific on the hanger but not on you. These should be easy “let go’s”. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this rule. You’re not going to wear that formal, black tie gown every weekend. These things are keepers, unless of course, they’re decades old and will never be seen as respectable fashion again.
- Organize like an adult
There is something to be said for everything in its place. And whether your closet is small and in an older home or if you have a custom closet, organizational elements are important. Think shoe racks, slim hangers, hampers and drawers. Your life works better when things are organized; and that includes stuff in your closet.
- Like goes with like
Group things in your closet that are similar. For instance hang all capri pants together, all accessories in one area. Sweaters go together, blouses paired with skirts and dresses near blazers or jackets. Doing this makes things easier to find and is good to do to keep the neatness factor.
- Proper place for bags and ties
Shelves aren’t the best place to store bags, ties or other accessories. Utilize all the space in your closet — including the walls to hang trinkets and purses. You can buy belt racks and install them vertically so purse bottoms don’t bunch up. This could work the same way with ties.
- Make use of other items to save closet space
There are probably things lying around your house that could be used in your closet to make more space. Things like old trunks, suitcases and file drawers could be used as storage in a closet.
- Use the Post-It trick
Tag each piece of clothing in your closet with a sticky note. Remove the note once you wear it. At the end of each season you’ll be able to see what you’ve worn and what you haven’t. That will help you to decide what you should keep and what you should donate or sell on consignment.
- Have a clothing swap with your friends
Maybe that dress you’ve outgrown would be perfect for your friend who doesn’t like that Chartreuse sweater of hers you’ve always eyed. Hosting a clothing swap means everyone gets new stuff to them that won’t cost them anything. Make it a fun party.