The 6-Step Guide to Spring-Cleaning Your Closet
So your closet's a bit of a mess. If we're being really open here, it sort of looks like a toddler threw a tantrum and took it out on your wardrobe. Don't beat yourself up — everyone gets busy, and your sartorial space is not THE most important thing on your list of concerns. However, it's almost Spring . . . which means now's your chance to begin fresh! So take a deep breath, jam out to your best cleaning playlist, and get crackin' on your closet.
Start off with a fairly easy task: shoe storage! Maybe you've let your footwear pile up on the floor of your closet over the year (guilty), or you simply haven't gone through all your pairs and thrown out the ones you know you don't really need. Invest in a closet shoe rack or cube organizer to keep your heels looking neat. Be sure to toss any old sandals or sneakers that you're only holding on to for sentimental value! When you're done with the job, you'll be amazed at how much room you've created.
Next up on the list — purses. Whether you've got a few, 10, or three dozen, it's time to dig through and downsize. If you're a hardcore handbag collector, try to put at least three in your goodbye pile. You don't necessarily have to toss — you can sell them online, give to a friend, or donate to the local thrift shop. You'll make someone else smile!
As for the purses and clutches you're keeping, place them neatly on a high shelf next to each other (like the photo above), or string them up on hangers or this nifty organizer.
It's a hat party! Perhaps you're obsessed with textured fedoras, or maybe you're a total sucker for cozy ball caps. You know the drill: dispose of anything that's ragged, faded, falling apart, or taking up too much space. Don't hold on to something you'll never wear.
Stack the remaining hats neatly, or purchase a wall mount organizer so they can stay on display — inside or outside the closet.
Now for the toughest undertaking. Looking at your attire in complete disarray might make you want to melt down, but stay strong! With a little hard work, it's definitely doable.
First, take all your clothes out of the closet, because you're going to need a clean slate in order to organize effectively and systematically. Once you're done with this, start with your Fall/Winter garb (sweaters, thick sweatpants, sweater dresses, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, and hoodies). It's Spring, but you may still need them for a while. Place all hangable items on hangers on the left side of your closet (you'll be establishing a left to right pattern). Arrange according to category (i.e. sweaters together, dresses together, long-sleeved blouses together) and if you want to take it a step further, by color as well. This will make it simple to find things when you're in a hurry at 7 a.m. (you'll thank yourself tomorrow!).
Next, place non-hangable items in drawers. Use your dresser or bureau if you have one. If not, buy a plastic cart frame that you can either stick in your closet or somewhere else in your room. Be sure to fold neatly, and try to maintain order to each drawer. Repeat these steps for your Summer/Spring clothes!
Any extra items you may have can be folded and stacked on a high shelf, or placed in a plastic box that can slide under your bed. Remember, if you come across anything in your wardrobe you're no longer interested in, donate, sell, or toss!
Go through any miscellaneous objects (boxes, books, random trinkets) and organize accordingly. Invest in a few extra shelves if need be . . . but remember, the more minimalistic your closet, the better!
When you're finally finished cleaning out your closet, treat yourself to a nice cocktail and snap pics for your friends. Bragging rights are unequivocally yours.