Guys, it’s April.
It’s officially time for spring cleaning.
Time to store the winter clothes, throw out another year’s worth of styles that you never wore, organize what you already have, and make room for the spring and summer clothes (and for those shopping hauls).
So how, exactly, do we do that?
1 | EMPTY OUT THAT CLOSET
My closet’s usually a mess anyways, so I don’t take note of what went where or keeping everything folded. There’s no need. Once it’s all on my bed or the floor, I can easily see what I want to do with each item.
2 | FIGURE OUT WHAT TO KEEP, SELL, DONATE OR TRASH
Once everything’s out, I make five total piles.
- Definitely keeping
- Definitely donating: Because you’re going to put this bag in the car and give it to someone else, putting all the clothes immediately into a large bag is a good idea.
- Definitely toss: I literally have a huge trash bag ready to put all my clothes that I’m throwing away so that it’s ready for me to dump.
- Definitely sell: If it still has the tags on it, you’ve only worn it once or twice, or it’s in good condition, I would highly recommend you sell it. There are apps like Depop or Wallapop that make it super easy and you can get a little something extra from your closet.
- Everything you’re not sure about, goes in a separate pile. Now the trick of having “definitely so-and-so” piles, means that if you have even a sliver of doubt about what you should do with it, it needs to be in this pile. Obviously this is the biggest pile, but at least you’ve eliminated what you’re already keeping and what you’re not, so you don’t have to worry about those anymore.
Spring cleaning tip: be ruthless. There’s a reason you stare at your closet wondering what to wear for thirty minutes. No more.
3 | FOCUS ON EVERYTHING YOU’RE NOT SURE ABOUT
Questions to ask yourself when determining what you want to do with a piece:
- Is it flattering?
- Do you feel comfortable wearing it?
- Is it comfortable to wear? (A totally different question than the one right before)
- Have you changed styles? (Whether you’re going towards a more minimalistic or boho wardrobe)
- Is it a timeless piece?
- Can I wear this in at least three different outfits? (or any number of your choosing)
- Is this just taking up space?
- Will I actually wear this on a regular basis?
A lot of clothes I used to have I kept because I couldn’t bear throwing them away for whatever reason. But remember that if they don’t fit you or you’ve never ever worn it, there’s no point in it being in your closet. Donating or selling them at least gives them another life (lol I know this is cheesy) for someone that will actually have use for them.
IF YOU HAVEN’T WORN IT…
Now, if you haven’t worn something in the last six months, ten to one you’re not going to wear it. I know you’re probably thinking “Oh, but I might wear this, I never know…” No. It’s not going to happen. We’ve all been there, and this is me telling you that you’re never going to actually wear it. Don’t keep the clutter. But then comes the question: “Do I donate it or trash it?”
I only toss clothes if they truly are hopeless; for example, if it’s incredibly worn, has stains, holes or irreparable. Everything else goes in the donate pile because you never know how somebody might get some use out of it.
4 | DON’T FORGET THE DRAWERS
Usually I have bathing suits, underwear, bras and socks stored in my drawers. Don’t forget about them – you probably have some single socks and old bras that you don’t need (or fit) anymore, so throw them out. There’s not a lot of anything that comes from here when I go through it, but it’s a good idea to keep it cleaned out so you know what you need to buy and you don’t run out because that’s the worst thing ever, especially when they’re undergarments.
And hey! Don’t forget about your guy – if he has stained/holey socks or underwear, that needs to go. Maybe even suggest he steps up his game by checking out some new men’s underwear. If you’re sharing closet or drawer space, old stuff can get in the way, and we can’t have that! Men’s fashion is pretty simple too (unless he’s very well-dressed all the time in which props to you because they are not easy to find, I’ll tell you that much) so it’s a relatively easy process to donate or toss worn shirts or old jeans that no longer fit.
5 | ORGANIZING
Once it comes back to putting everything in your closet, you have the chance to put everything back neatly and however you want. Because I know that in a week or two it’s going to go back to a mess, I try to put everything I normally wear (or want to start wearing) front and center. That way I’m more likely to remember and wear it.
Then I move into seasonal. Because I don’t use storage space for my clothes, all my jackets and heavy sweaters go towards the back, because I likely won’t wear them until the fall (unless you live somewhere where it’s cold all the time). Jeans and leggings are pushed towards the back of my shelves as well, so I can easily reach my shorts and skirts.
Aaaand that’s it! This process doesn’t take me more than a few hours, and honestly, my closet (and my room in general) feels so much cleaner. I also get a feel for what items I need (read: want) that my wardrobe is sorely lacking in, so when I buy things I’m not buying something I already have or something I know I just threw out because I never wore it. Plus, if you have a lot of items to sell, that could come in handy for you!
Do you have any tips for spring cleaning?