It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning season is here, and we’re feeling motivated to take on a challenge—tackling our wardrobes. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a lot of clothes. And, if you’re a fashion lover living in NYC (or any other city for that matter), you probably have more clothing than closet space. Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to sort through what you own and weed out any outdated trends, things you’ll never get around to wearing, items that don’t fit, and things to donate. That way, you can make space for a new haul this season! While cleaning out your closet may sound like a daunting task, below are seven steps to make the process a little easier.
Mark Your Calendar And Prepare
Carve out a chunk of time to devote to spring cleaning—specifically your closet. Think about how big of a job it will be ( determine how many clothes you have) and give yourself enough time to knock it out. Also, think of supplies you may need like new hangers, shoe racks, storage boxes, and organizers, so you’re prepared to get it done in one swoop.
Dump It All Out
It may seem a little redundant, but sometimes you have to make a bigger mess before you can clean. Empty everything from your closet so you can get a feel for what’s in your wardrobe. From here, it’ll be easier to access everything you own and sort it all out later on.
Look At What Still Has Tags
Do you ever buy something and assure yourself it’ll be perfect for some occasion someday only for it to hang unworn? We’re guilty! Rounding up your never worn pieces is a great way to start the spring cleaning process. Is it a recent purchase you just haven’t gotten the chance to wear? Keep it! But, if it has been sitting in your closet for years and that someday occasion still hasn’t come, maybe now is a good time to part ways.
Ask Yourself Some Big Q’s
We all know Marie Condo’s famous question, “Does this item spark joy?” It’s just one of many important questions to ask yourself as you begin to weed through your wardrobe. As you go through your wardrobe piece by piece, ask Q’s like, “When was the last time I wore this? Will I wear this again? Does this item fit me properly? Does this item need to be fixed? Does this item have sentimental value? What do I have that matches this? and Do I have something similar that I like better?”
Sort! Sort! Sort!
Now that you’ve asked yourself these big questions, it’s time to sort. Create piles based on your answers like; Wardrobe Staples, Seasonal Pieces, Sentimental Items, Things to Mend, Things to Sell, and Things to Donate. From here, you’ll be able to start hanging up what’s returning to your wardrobe and start packing up the things you’re giving away.
Swap Out Your Seasonals
It’s finally warming up outside, and you know what that means. Time to hide those bulky coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves away—this is spring cleaning after all! Make sure you have easy access to your warm-weather pieces by storing winter items under the bed, on the tippy top shelf of your closet, or in a vacuum seal bag. If you’re anything like Carrie Bradshaw, then it’s perfectly okay to tuck it all away in the oven!
As you begin to put things back into your closet, come up with an organization method. Prioritize your in-season items, make sure to give prime real estate to your basics and signature pieces. From there, you can sort your clothing by type, color, occasion, or a combination of any of those things. Find a system that works best for you; it’ll be easiest to stick to that way.
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