Along with all the drool-worthy spring items on our wishlist comes the thought of “I have no room left in my closet”! For fashion girls, there can be no bigger reality check than opening the doors to a less than a lovely closet. Meaning, its time for a thorough spring cleaning. I cleaned out over 50+ items by asking myself some real questions. However, despite having to depart with some great items. Such as, the dress i wore every day when i was pregnant, or that worn out sweater i used to sleep with ( true story!), i feel like i have so much more options now that i can see what i have in my closet. So here is my take on spring cleaning your closet the best and fastest way possible.
The Simple Guide To Spring Cleaning Your Closet In Just One Day
Step One: Take everything out of your closet
After you turn up the music, do the fun part of this process – Dump everything on to the floor or bed. Your Closet should be empty with only the good hangers left. ( great time to throw out all wire and broken hangers which don’t belong in your closet) Moreover, it won’t hurt to take some Mr. Clean and wipe the inside of your closet, you are going to be surprised at how much dust lingers there.
Step Two: Organize and Inspect
Once you have everything in sight, you can start categorizing and organizing. Begin by sorting items into three piles: keep, store, and say goodbye. Try on items you are unsure of and put away clothes that need some fixing like a missing button or a loose hem. Store away all things from the past season, including bulky coats and chunky knit sweater, keep just a few for in-between season. Keep only items that are not ripped, stained and that you have worn in the past year. Say goodbye to the items that have served you well or that can be replaced with something better
Step Three: Follow the “One Year Rule”
An old piece but a great one? if you have not worn it the past year what makes you think you will wear it now? Be brutally honest with yourself about what you wear, what you don’t and what you wear but maybe don’t like very much. Most of the time reality kicks in and it’s time to let go. You will be surprised at how many pieces you will find on that goodbye pile.
Step Four: Invest in some organizational pieces
To avoid future mayhem madness invest in some closet organizers. Get rid of those mismatched wire and plastic hangers and upgrade to a set of wood or cloth hangers to give your closet an instant lift. In addition, I also love this handbag divider, which lets you see your collection without having it all over the place. Shoe-boxes, labeled storage boxes and a shoe-rack will make your life a lot easier.
Step Five: Organize By Color Or Type
Final Step: Donate, Sell or Trash
Don’t just throw out your goodbye pile. Divide that pile into three categories: Donate, Sell, and Trash. Trash only items that are damaged or really worn out. Make someone else happy with your favorite skirt dated back to 2009 by adding it to the donate pile. Clothing drive centers sometimes have a pickup service which will save you an extra trip. There are many ways to sell your clothing. I opened a Poshmark account which has a great an easy setup. Join me on Poshmark and sign up with code JNLIL to save $5: https://bnc.lt/focc/GsjYrav3UB
Additionally, you can also set up an Instagram shop account like this one just for all your closet items you would like to sell with pictures of each item.
And you are done! I can vouch for how easy and productive it feels and how much more space you will have now. What’s your strategy to manage annual spring cleaning? I would love to hear your tips and tricks on tackling this sometimes dreadful yet extremely necessary task.