Spring cleaning: Closet edition
Spring is upon us, and you know what that means: time for spring cleaning! Here are some great tips and tricks to clean out your closet and make room for those adorable new spring threads.
Keep it or toss it?
When it comes time to purge, making the call for what stays and what goes can often be tough. Clothing is usually the biggest offender, and the most difficult to part with. To keep things simple, give your clothing the "keep it or toss it challenge" by asking these three questions.
Does it fit?
The very first step in organizing your closet and purging clothing is to see if each item fits. If it doesn't, it's time for you to make a choice: donate it, fix it or put it away. Some of us keep our maternity clothing, or a size bigger for just in case, which is OK. But if this is the case, purchase a plastic storage bin for these items. If you're in a transition phase, waiting for a smaller size to fit, put it away until it does. As of right now, there is no need for it to be taking up space in your closet. Before you keep something, ask yourself, "Am I really going to wear this again?" If you're not, there's no point in keeping it.
When is the last time you wore it?
Be honest with yourself. If you live in four seasons, and it has been more than a year since you wore a particular shirt or jacket, it's time to throw it away. If you live in a warmer climate area and it's been more than six months, you probably aren't going to be wearing that item again. If you truly don't know, switch your hangers around. In three months, if the hanger is still facing in the opposite direction, it's time to part ways.
Does it need hemming, sewing, etc.?
If there is something hanging in your closet that you have not been able to wear due to its need for hemming or patching, now is the perfect time. Set aside time this week to fix it. If you can't find the time, you probably don't care much for the item anyhow.
Need places to donate to? Check out these great organizations with awesome causes!
- The Cinderella Affair: Accepts used formal wear for girls in need of prom dresses.
- Women's Business Development Center: Accepts professional attire for women in need.
- The Salvation Army: They will come to you! Visit their website to schedule a pickup.
Once you've determined what stays and what goes, creating an organization strategy comes next. Take a look at the storage items you already own and decide what's working and what's not. Usually, a few simple changes make a large impact. It could be as easy as adding storage bins and hooks or color-coding your hangers.
Bins are a great way to organize your closet's miscellaneous items. Throw in belts, scarves, camisoles and Spanx. Add a tag or a bit of chalkboard paint to avoid searching through bins and making a new mess of your closet.
Don't have any shelves for bins? Purchase this Badger five-basket storage unit from Target for $121.
Hooks are an inexpensive and simple way to organize your closet. Hang hats, belts and bras with hooks on closet walls or over closet doors for an easy way to find what you need when getting dressed.
The Command large brushed nickel hook shown here is available at Staples for $7.
Choose one or two shades of hangers and hang clothes according to hue. For example, lighter, brighter colors go on white hangers and darker colors go on black. Start with black shirts and end with white, using ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in between and having gray as your transitional color on each end.
Black and white heavyweight hangers from The Container Store are available in a package of three for $2.