Cleaning out your closet isn’t easy. We all have clothing we love packed in our closets, but do we actually wear it all? Chances are we don’t, but still we hold onto it. Spring is the perfect time of year to purge your closet and get it back into shape. These tips will teach you how to clean your closet, and keep it clean for good!
Step 1: Purge It
The first step to cleaning your closet is to get purge items you no longer need. You’ll need two piles or boxes as you start going though the closet. One for items you’ll donate to charity, and another for items you’ll trash. As you sort the clothing in your closet let the pieces you love and wear stay, but add items you don’t want to the coordinating pile. While thrift stores love donations, they don’t want clothing that is worn out. Save them the step and toss anything that’s no longer wearable.
Step 2: Mark It
If there are any items you’re unsure of as you’re sorting through the clothing, tie a ribbon to the clothes hanger. As time goes on and you wear an item with a ribbon tied to it, take the ribbon off. Then go back in 6 months and donate all the items that you haven’t worn that still have a ribbon tied to them. Chances are if you haven’t worn them in 6 months, you really don’t need them.
Step 3: Get Organized
As you’re going through your closet, get a head start on organizing. Decide how you want to organize your clothing (by color, sleeve length, style, etc.) and organize items together as you purge the closet. It makes picking out an outfit so much easier when your clothing is organized.
When organizing your clothing, be sure you have enough space for items to hang freely. You risk damaging the fabric and wrinkling the clothing when you have too much smashed into a small space. Give your clothing some room so it’s easier to flip through when searching for something, too.
If your closet isn’t working for you, consider investing in a closet organizational system that will make your life easier. It will be worth every penny!
Step 4: Buy 1 Donate 1
The way to keep your closet clean is to adopt the buy one donate one approach. Commit to getting rid of something each time you buy something. For example, when you hang up a new t-shirt in your closet, choose an old one to donate. That way you’re closet space isn’t getting any more packed since you’re making room for your new purchase by getting rid of something. Now, that’s smart!