The 6-Step Guide to Spring-Cleaning Your Closet

Though the weather may not signal it for everyone, spring is on the way. Now is the perfect time to clean out your closet. I mean, REALLY, clean out your closet. If you are anything like me… you literally have so many clothes and even the thought of cleaning out your closet feels overwhelming. I was absolutely dreading this but it only took 6 easy steps to spring cleaning my closet this year!

1. Take everything out!

Sounds crazy right?! I literally started to “organize” my closet but couldn’t find any open area to even start! So start fresh by taking everything- yes, EVERYTHING!- out of your closet. There is absolutely no way you can see the massive amount of clothes you have until you lay them all out in front of you. Plus, you wouldn’t want that hideous college bodycon dress you never wore to keep its unearned place in the back of your closet!

2.  Literally Clean.

Grab your Windex, Lysol, or favorite cleaner and start scrubbing! Believe it or not your closet can get “dusty” and sooner or later you will start finding dust bunnies. As cute as dust bunnies may sound, they will affect the quality of your clothes. Plus, your closet is already empty! There is no better time to clean than now!

3. Ask the tough questions!

If you’re unsure whether or not a certain piece should be thrown out, go through this handy checklist of important questions. Answer honestly and your true feelings about the item will be revealed.

4. Keep, toss, sell, or donate?

Based on your answers to the preceding questions, you’ve decided what things to keep and which to rid from your life for good. Donating clothes that you no longer want is a great way to eliminate them without the guilt. But some items, like those that are irreparably dirty or damaged, need to be thrown away. Take an adventure of the items you barely used and resell them to resell shops nearby on online resale shops like Thredup or Poshmark(Stayed tuned for my favorite resell strategies!).

5. Organize what’s left.

Do what works for you. Sort by color and silhouette. Hang as many items as possible; if you can see a piece, you’re more likely to wear it. Those areas of prime real estate in your closet are where you should keep articles of clothing you wear most often so they’re easy to find. If you’re working with limited space, reorganize your closet with the easy DIY hacks tips below!

6. Be smart about new items.

Now it’s time to look to the future so you don’t find yourself in this situation any time soon. If your closet is still busting at the seams, you need to consider giving up a piece for every new one you buy. Continuing to buy things all the time will only lead to your spring cleaning coming again quicker than you’re expecting. So the most proactive way to avoid this is to give up an equivalent item for each new piece you buy… I’m still working on this strategy, it’s hard!

Do you have any tips for cleaning out and organizing your closet?