Springtime is THE time for cleaning and changing. As we leave winter behind and embrace the sunshine of spring, we find that changing up and cleaning out our lives prepares us for the change of seasons. Our closets are a major place where some spring cleaning can (and should) happen. As we reorganize to swap out our bulky sweaters for light blouses and upgrade our outdated t-shirts to fresh new short sleeves, our closets can be revamped so we feel as fresh as the spring breeze!
Here are my four easy steps for cleaning out my closet:
1) Get out three boxes: Keep, Donate, To Be Decided
If you are like me, you might need a To Be Decided box during this process. It can be really difficult to decide on the spot what to keep and what to get rid of so there is no harm in deciding about the maybes at the end of the process.
2) Pull EVERYTHING out of your closet (and drawers)
As you take every piece of clothing out of its home, decide where it should go. If it is your favorite shirt, stick it in the Keep. If it is the skirt you have not worn since 2018, donate it. If it is that colorful pair of jeans that you only wear once or twice a year and you just cannot decide if you love it or not, plop it into the To Be Decided box for now.
3) Whip out your cleaning products and give the closet and drawers a deep clean
When was the last time you dusted or washed your closet and drawers? Probably not since you moved in. While everything is out of place anyway, grab that bottle of Lysol and give everything a good wipe down.
4) Put everything away into the closet and drawers
Last, but not least, time to put everything back where it belongs. If you have not been happy with the way your closet and drawers have been organized, now is your chance to change it all! See below for some organizational tips.
Reorganizing and cleaning takes a lot of energy, but it is worth it. Did you know that there have been studies showing that clutter affects mental health? The less organized your living and work space are, the less organized your mind feels. Decluttering and revamping your closet can help to take some weight off your shoulders literally and physically. Many people tend to grow attached to clothing and are reluctant to get rid of things (I know I do!). But filling a bag of clothing and donating makes me feel so much lighter mentally (and physically when I try to lift the bin of clothing to put away for a season).
To help with the process, here are some tips for organizing things more efficiently:
1) Roll your leggings, jeans, and shirts and stack in drawers to maximize space, while also finding what you are looking for with more ease and less messily.
2) Hang similar things together so it is easier to find what you are looking for (i.e. all long sleeves in a section, followed by short sleeves, followed by sleeveless tops).
3) Hang cardigans on shirts or dresses that match, so you might spend less time trying to find or think of what might go together.
4) Stack shoes in sections (i.e. flip flops next to each other, followed by sneakers, followed by slip-ons, etc.) and with the soles faced together on top of each other if possible (the shoes will be stacked vertically and take up less space horizontally).
It is quite the process to organize and clean your closet and drawers. However, it is certainly worth it! You might have your own tips and tricks when it comes to this stuff so be sure to follow what works for you. Hopefully, this article brings some inspiration for tackling your own clothing revamping journey.