How To to Spring Clean Your Closet

When you think of spring cleaning, you may picture yourself down on all fours scrubbing a toilet, or finally tackling that pile of stuff in the back of the cabinet by the sink.

But have you ever thought of using spring cleaning to motivate yourself to clean your closet?

In this guide, you'll learn how to spring clean your closet from the inside out. This key step in the annual spring cleaning ritual will have you decluttering, donating, recycling, storing and maintaining closet organization for...MORE the spring and summer months. Then, we'll go through how to organize your closet for warmer weather dressing. It's time to switch from fleece to linen, wool socks to flip flops, North Face to Hunter, and naturally, a great time to spring clean your closet. Here are quick organizing tips to get your closet in shape in time for sundress season.

  • 01 of 07
    Declutter your closet
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    Spring is an excellent time to purge your closet of any winter clothes and accessories that you didn't wear all season. Look for anything that falls into the following categories:

    • You haven't worn it in two winters.
    • It is stained/ripped/faded and you don't love it enough to invest in having it professionally cleaned or tailored.
    • It no longer fits the image you are trying to project. Say you used to work in an office and had to wear suits and high heels. You now work in your basement in...MORE yoga pants, sneakers and a tee shirt.

    These are sure signs it's time to donate, recycle or toss an item of clothing. Other game-changers? If you've lost or gained weight, if things have gone out of style and you no longer feel comfortable wearing them, and if something itches or scratches or otherwise doesn't feel comfortable to wear any longer. 

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    Donate clothing
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    It is about a million times more appealing to declutter your closet when you know you're clothes, shoes and accessories are going to a worthy cause. Just because you no longer love something doesn't mean someone else won't love it like you did. So, do some research and find a great place to donate your used clothing. Bonus: This is much easier than trying to unload it on Ebay.

    Some favorite places to donate clothing: Goodwill, Vietnam Veterans of America (they will even pick it up at...MORE your door for you!), homeless shelters, and animal shelters (best for linens like towels). 

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    Move Your Layering Pieces into Your "Prime Closet Real Estate"

    Elfa Closet with Adjustable Drawers
    Elfa Closet with Adjustable Drawers. Photo / Container Store

    You've heard this one before: layering pieces like scarves, cardigans and light jackets are your best friends right now.  It will most likely be cool in the early mornings and nights, but warm in the middle of the day.  Be prepared with an extra sweater or scarf. If you typically store these items in the back or side of your closet, move them to the front-middle so they're easy to find when you need them. 

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    For most of us, it's going to get wet and muddy before it's hot and dry. An umbrella is a necessity at all times. Find a compact model to toss in your handbag or on the backseat of your car. Also, swap out your thick and warm winter boots for your wellies. On dry days you can start wearing your ballet flats or Sperries again.

     

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  • 05 of 07

    Swap Wool for Cotton

    Store your winter items now.  Anything made of a heavy fabric like wool or fleece can now be moved to your storage area or to a bin at the back of the closet. Use the highest shelves in your clothes closet; and store use bins for off-season clothing. Use the lower shelves for in-season shirts and sweaters, stacked between shelf dividers.

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    Take Your Shoes and Boots to the Cobbler

    Take Your Shoes to the Cobbler
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    Ask around your favorite stores or on social media for cobbler and shoe repair recommendations. Bring the leather boots you’ve been abusing all winter in for a thorough cleaning and any repairs necessary.  When you’re ready to store them they will be clean and ready to wear again in October.  Also, think about reinforcing the hells of any stilettos you plan to wear this Spring and Summer.

    You'll be amazed at what a good cobbler can do to fix up your favorite shoes and boots. 

    Read more about: H...MOREow to Care for Your Shoe Collection

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    Invest in a Good Iron or Steamer

    Steamer or Iron
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    You've spent the last 4-5 months wrapped up in as wool, fleece and tweed. For spring, think more linen and cotton - fabrics that require a great deal more wrinkle removing.

    Two options:

    1. Iron: A good iron is smart investment. If you lack the space for a board, you can fold a towel and iron on your kitchen table, desk or a counter top in a pinch. 
    2. Garment Steamer: A good steamer will take two minutes to heat up, so you can quickly steam outfits before heading out the door. More expensive than an...MORE iron, this purchase was is usually worth it to the eternally lazy who hate ironing. It's also extremely easy to use.