3 Steps to Spring Clean your Wardrobe


The arrival of Spring heralds a time of reawakening and rejuvenation. The warm sunlight, fresh air, and blooming beauty of the outdoors ignite a desire to cleanse and beautify our homes, well, seemingly every room except our closets. Instead of cleaning out our closets, we shove all our winter gear and new spring purchases into our already overflowing closets. The result – immediate clutter and future frustration. Why do we do this? Because our minds have fooled us into believing that closet cleansing is an insurmountable task. I can assure you it is not.

Admittedly, closet cleansing and replenishing is not a task you want to take on blindly. You will need a tactical approach to make this an efficient and rewarding experience. A revamped and organized closet is not only a beautiful thing, but also a source of inspiration and a place of transformation. So this spring take the opportunity to breathe new energy into your life by way of your wardrobe with these three tried and tested steps.

Selection_278Step 1. Purge

The first step in spring-cleaning your wardrobe is to get rid of clutter. This includes all the items that you have no use for anymore. The quickest way to do this is to completely empty your closet while simultaneously creating three piles:

1) Keep Pile. These are the items you cannot live without. They fit properly and you are confident that you will wear them in the near future.

2) Donate Pile1. These are the used items you no longer need but they are still in good enough condition to be appreciated by others.

3) Alter Pile. This pile should contain only the items that you are certain you will get altered. Do not give into the temptation to keep items that you may or may not wear someday. Be assertive, either you should take them to a tailor within 3 weeks or it goes into the Donate Pile.

4) Discard Pile. These are the items that show severe wear and tear that neither you nor others can gain any meaningful use from.

Once you have completed this task, you can now place all items for charity and alterations in separate bags. Do not place items to be altered back into your closet, because the out-of-sight rule usually rings true in this case. Place this bag out in the open so that you will remember to take it to the tailor. The discard pile can be taken immediately to the trash, so all you are left with are the items you will keep.

Take this moment to give your closet a thorough cleaning; dust shelves, vacuum drawers and floor, wipe hangers etc…

Step 2. Evaluate

Now that your closet is clean it is ready to be restocked properly. To do this, you must evaluate the items in your Keep Pile by function. First separate everything by season and set all fall/winter items aside to be stowed away.

Categorize your spring/summer items by type; all dresses, all blouses, all jackets etc… Evaluate each piece of clothing for stains, missing buttons, small nicks etc. You can then place all items in need of cleaning in a separate pile to take to the dry-cleaners, and can repair missing buttons and nicks on the spot (or transfer items to the Alter Pile).

Also, this is a great opportunity to note items needed to complete your ensembles and replenish your closet. So have pen and paper at hand to write down your Spring Shopping List.

Step 3. Organize

Pack away all fall/winter items. Hope chests, chest of drawers, and regular chests make particularly great storage spaces for bulky winter items such as sweaters and coats. Boots and other winter shoes should be cleaned and stored in storage bins or lined neatly at the back of the closet.

Now that those are out of the way, start working on your spring/summer items. Place all items that wrinkle easily on hangers, and fold knits and jerseys.

Once these tasks are complete, restock your closet. A great trick professional closet organizers use is to separate each category by color. For example, group all white dresses together, all black dresses all blue dress together etc. This creates a uniform look and makes it easier to quickly create matching ensembles.

Do not forget to take note of any additional storage gear you might need. You may find hangers, storage bins and other closet storage essentials at stores such the Ikea and Metro Cash and Carry.

Add a few air fresheners and voila, you are done.

Now breathe in that sweet aroma of success. Clothing are clearly visible, neatly organized, and within easy reach. You are now equipped with a clean and well-organized wardrobe that compliments the elements of spring.