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The How-To Lounge: Cleaning out your Closet

Even though we have passed typical "spring cleaning" time, it's never too late to clean out your closet. I just tackled one of my closets yesterday so I am here to give you some tips to make it as painless of a chore as possible!

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  • Commit a chunk of time and make an afternoon out of it. Play some loud music, make sure you have snacks, even turn your phone off so you can really concentrate without any distractions
  • Take everything out of your closet so you can not only see what you have, but you can also clean your shelves, dust your hanging rack, and vacuum the floor
  • Some people suggest giving things away if they haven't been worn in a year, but I disagree with this statement. Fads come and go, so if you have a piece that you love that is simply out of style right now, keep it. Some vintage pieces are timeless and irreplaceable
  • If something doesn't fit, give it away, no ifs ands or buts. Alterations can save some things, but most of the time the shape and form will get lost in translation
  • Try on the clothes you are unsure about. Model it - if you like what you see in the mirror, keep it!
  • Sometimes a second opinion is incredibly helpful. We all get emotionally attached to certain pieces even if they don't look good or don't fit, so a sister or best friend that can give an unbiased response is invaluable
  • If you have limited space in your closet, store your sweaters and coats during the summer time, and your beach wear during the winter season
  • Once you have inventoried your clothes, it's a great way to see what needs to be cleaned, repaired, and what is missing (if you have lent something to a friend)
  • Once you have piles of things to give away, donate them to your local Goodwill -- not only will it make you feel good, but it will leave more room in your closet for new stuff!

Good luck, and remember, leave ample time as this takes a lot longer than you might think! If you have any other suggestions, please share them below.

potterlove potterlove 10 years
This is just PERFECT timing! I'm about to go and clean out my closet, since I got held up earlier I can do it now!! Woot! And thanks for the tips Dear!
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
lol, I used to do that all the time- anything to avoid doing my work, especially around exam time. Needless to say, I get distracted very easily! ;)
screammylungzout screammylungzout 10 years
haha- no worries vannuccia, i love tidying up too! i actually clean my room to avoid doing homework ;)
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
I love having a good 'tidying-up' session- sad I know! ;p
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
im currently doing this right now. TO MY WHOLE ROOM :)
Gotmego Gotmego 10 years
you can get a portable closet like that at Linens and Things or Bed Bath and Beyond
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i just cleaned my closet the other day but they're all in plastic (yuck) hangers so tomorrow im gonna go buy wooden hangers. they always look better :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Great guide Dear! And I love that saying ThePerfectScore; it's a great one to keep in mind.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 10 years
Use this rule... if it doesn't fit .. you must quit!
trendyindc trendyindc 10 years
Perfect timing! My closet rod actually broke (sigh) so all my clothes are on the floor. I'd love to have Fab do a piece on wardrobe staples (professional and otherwise) for when I have room in my closet!
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 10 years
I should clean out my closet...
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 10 years
ps. I looove calibabi's idea about the hangers...that's a great way to actually see what you wear and don't wear! good tip!
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 10 years
I REALLY need to do this...super badly. I share a closet with my bf so we have limited space and he takes up a lot of it! (surprisingly!)...Half of my clothes are folded in piles that sit on the floor because I have no room to hang it. I tend to forget what I have by doing this =( Maybe I'll make that my weekly project...I think this has inspired me to spend some time each evening cleaning out different clothing (shirts, pants, pjs, etc)...until it's under control and neat again. It drives me crazy not being able to see what I have. =/
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I need to do this really bad. I am running out of room and I keep buying new stuff!
Tech Tech 10 years
Phew! I need this! Thanks dear!
dior_show dior_show 10 years
I don't know where that exact closet is from, but check IKEA. I know they have all sorts of wardrobes including portable ones that look just like that for a really great price. I dont know where all the stores are located, but if there isnt one close to you, you can shop most of their products at
fab4 fab4 10 years
ok...I am obessing over the portable closet in this picture. Does ANYONE have CLUE where I could find it???
calibabi calibabi 10 years
if there's something i'm unsure about giving away because i might wear it again, i switch the hanger so it's facing the opposite way than all my other hangers. then once i wear it, i switch it back the other way. in a couple of weeks (or months) if there are still hangers facing the wrong way, i know it's time to get rid of those clothes.
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