Who doesn’t appreciate a nice clean closet? An intensive closet clean out is super important for me to do each year to feel ready for spring and summer! I have a couple steps in my spring cleaning ritual that prepares me for the new season. Not to mention it’s nice to reacquaint yourself with what’s in your closet, even the clothes buried way back in there…
I hope some of these tips will help you in your own closet clean out 🙂
Closet Clean Out Steps – Spring Cleaning Edition
Step one: Evaluate the winter clothes in your closet and what you really, truthfully wore this year. Make piles of what to keep and what to toss. Did you wear that sweater? Be honest. If you didn’t wear it, toss it!!
But, I really love it and it might come back in trend! Fine, do the test. Assess the quality and look of each piece. Is it high quality and something that will last a long time and come back in style? If so, you’re allowed to keep it one more season and then do the test the following. If it’s yuck quality, and you didn’t even wear it once this year. Give it up girl.
Step Two: Once you have assessed the clothes and have the items that you have fought an inner battle with and chosen to toss, hurry and put it in a trash bag and tie it up, tightly. That way, you won’t be tempted late in the night when you can’t sleep to go extract it from the bag because you just thought of a great way you could wear it. No, just no. If it helps your cause, invite some friends over and drink champagne to help the difficult process of saying bye to clothing items you once loved. I get you.
Step Three: Once you have cleaned out your winter, focus on the spring and summer. Did you wear all the items the prior year, do any stick out that you know you will NEVER wear this season? If so, add it to the unwanted winter trash bag. The next morning bring your trash bags to the nearest clothing donation center and give them away. It will also make you feel good!!
Step Four: Now, you’re feeling much better right? Maybe have a little extra space in your closet? Good, let your clothes breathe and not be crammed together gasping for air. You don’t want them on top of each other getting all wrinkled. Before you pack away or rearrange your winter clothes so that spring and summer is at the forefront, select any of the winter clothes that need to be dry cleaned so they will be ready to go for next season.
Step Five: Speaking of the cleaners, take a look at spring and summer. Any need a clean? Or just a good steam? Steam the wrinkled pieces and then put them in your closet, ready for wear.
I’m also horrified at all my diverse, strange hangers. It’s quite an eclectic group. How did I acquire all of these, am I a hanger thief? Now, this isn’t a step in my process, but I would love to buy nice hangers soon and swap out all my old ones so that they are all nice and the same.
It can be a challenging task to determine what to keep and what to get rid of, but if you didn’t wear it ONCE the whole season, you probably won’t wear it ever again. Be honest with yourself. Get rid of those ick pieces!!
How do you clean your closet? Do you each year or once in a blue moon?