Spring is approaching which means warmer days, beautiful weather and finally, lighter layers of clothing. It is a good time to not only spring-clean your home but also your closet.
Bitter cold in the winter months leads to piling up of layers and layers of clothing in desperate need of organization and order. Spring-cleaning your wardrobe will make getting ready easier and help clear the clutter. Wondering How To Clean Out & Organize Your Closet For Spring?
We have put together tips and tricks that will help you easily clean-out your closet and enjoy a structured wardrobe.
Empty closet & clean it
The first step in organizing your closet is to empty it. Take out all your belongings and thoroughly wipe your closet clean. You can sanitize the closet as well.
Examine clothes and decide to keep or donate
Inspect clothes for the following:
- Clothes that are faded, torn, beyond repair, loose, tight, etc.
- Pieces that you haven’t worn in a year or more
- Pieces you don’t intend to wear
- Has your personal style changed? If so, identify which clothes and accessories don’t belong in your closet anymore.
- Pieces that don’t fit. Loose clothes can be sent to the tailor but tight clothes are of no further use.
Put clothes in different piles, one for keeping in the closet and other for donating or selling.
Group similar items together
Put clothes in different categories. Classify by
- Type (pants, shirts, t-shirts, skirts, sweaters, coats, dresses, etc)
- Function (leisure, work, gym, party, etc)
Separate seasonal wear
Use baskets and bags to store clothes from last season. This way you will have more space for in-season clothes and your closet is easier to manage.
Save clothes from humidity and moisture
Keep chalk in a breathable fabric bag or hang it in your closet to help keep your clothes dry. Chalk will help in absorbing humidity from the air. It is also an easy trick to keep away unwanted smells.
Separate clean clothes from those only worn once
It might be tempting to just hang clothes in the closet that you have only worn once but it is better to keep them separate from fresh clothes. Bodily oils and smells linger on clothes even if they were worn for a couple of hours. Use storage bins or baskets to store such pieces till you wear them again.
Don’t hang, fold sweaters
Sweaters and any knit-wear clothes should always be folded, not hanged. Knitted clothes are stretchable by design, so putting them up on hangers will only damage them as they pull the fabric on the shoulders.
Always wash/dry-clean last season’s clothes before storing
This is a no-brainer. Storing used, unwashed clothing will invite unwanted smells and moth. Always clean your clothes before you store them away for the season.
Clear storage boxes
Use clear storage boxes for shoes, accessories, scarves, jewelry, etc. This will make finding things easier around the closet. Out of sight means out of mind so, when your accessories are visible to you, you are more likely to wear them frequently and not forget that you have them.
Organize vertically as per usage
Keep items that you use every day, like shoes, towels, etc, at the bottom of the closet. Things which you use rarely or during certain months like duffel bags, seasonal wear, etc, should be stored at the top of the closet. This will make things easier in your everyday routine.