Spring is here (despite what the 10-day forecast has to say about it) and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. While some people might be focused on organizing the fridge or the bathroom cabinets, we’re going to focus on our closets, because the only way to make room for new warm weather pieces is to get rid of the old, the ill-fitting, and the downright fugly.
Need to get your closet it order? We rounded up a few of the best tips we could find (along with some of our own tried-and-true strategies), below.
1. Be honest with yourself
The hardest part about cleaning out your closet is parting with things you love, but never wear. Bring your roommate or an honest friend in for a review so they can give you a second opinion about items you might be overly attached to. They’ll also give it to you straight about things that don’t fit and/or flatter. (Then pay back the favor and offer to play Devil’s advocate in her closet later).
2. If it’s broke, don’t fix it
If something is stained, ripped, snagged etc and you didn’t fix it right away, you probably never will. So don’t hold on to those pieces hoping you’ll eventually take them to the tailor. Time to toss!
3. Play tag
One thing I always do is not remove the tag on something until I wear it. If it’s been a few months and you still haven’t taken off the tag, return it if you can! Or take it to a resale shop, where you’ll likely get more cash for items with tags still on them
4. Stick to a system
If you can buy just one brand or organizational system, it will make things easier on you, and also give your closet a super clean look. HSN has a great 57-piece set of Jay Mangano’s Huggable Hangers that includes everything from pant hangers to over the door hooks. Plus they come in fun colors!
5. Hang it all up
When in doubt, put a hanger on it! Other than your knits, hang tops, skirts, dresses, lingerie and more! It’s up to you how you organize it, but you’ll be much more likely to wear things if you can see them. For your sweaters, choose a fun box like these from See Jane Work and sort by weight.
6. But don’t be afraid to have fun
Just because you’re organized, doesn’t mean there’s no room for a little sparkle! We love these glitter hangers from Rita Charm’s Etsy shop for those extra special pieces, to hang scarves or to showcase that day’s outfit.7. When in doubt, go mini
7. Make it mini
For items like steamers, sewing kits, or other maintenance items, going smaller is usually better. We love HSN’s “Joy’s My Little Steamer,” which uses tap water and heats up in less than 3 minutes for a beautiful clean pressed look without taking up too much space in your closet.
8. Put both feet forward
One of the most forgotten things in a closet clean-out are shoes. We love them and don’t want to part with them, but they’re also easily heaped in a corner or stacked in boxes and forgotten about. Getting a nice shoe rack that allows you to display, and also analyze your shoes will make sure you make real use of them! For heels, try to have one shoe face in and the other out in the pairs so you get the full view of the design.
9. Keep track cleanly
Not every item has to be cleaned after only one wear. Keep your laundry and dry cleaning bills down by keeping track of your wears for items like jeans, blazers, dresses and other items you don’t get very dirty after one use. I turn my clothes inside out and rehang them to count the wears but you can also flip the direction of you hangers to track it.
10. Don’t be afraid to call in the pros
If you’re truly overwhelmed, store some of your clothes away with companies like MakeSpace, an on-demand storage solution that delivers bins to your door and then creates a photo catalog of what is in each bin! This is an easy way to store out of season clothes or athletic gear, and they can also come pick up clothes you want to donate to Goodwill free of charge!