Happy second day of spring! I cannot believe that we only have a week and a half left of March. Sometimes days drag on but eventually it just feels like a flash looking back. As yesterday was introducing the spring season, I wanted to get a jump start on cleaning. What is better spring cleaning than organizing your closet? I have a few tips that I have learned over the years of going through my things.
1. Do one category at a time. When going through, do drawer by drawer, article by article, such as all dresses, shoes, jeans, etc. at once. It makes it easier to know by having all of what you have before making any decisions on subtracting anything from your wardrobe.
2. Take all of the clothes out at once. Again, do this by each category and make decisions before putting it back. That way, you can fold or hang your clothes in a clean, organized manner without having to go back.
3. Don’t be afraid to make a few piles. The most important of course is what you keep. Whatever fits, that you love and still wear, keep. There will be a pile of clothes you will say no to whether it’s the way it fits, you never wear or even care for anymore. And then there is the pile of iffy-I-don’t-knows. Deal with that pile last.
4. Organize by season/color. Make sure you put back your clothes in an organization according to this season. If it is still cold, which in Oregon it will be, make sure those clothes are still in-site. If it is getting warmer, have some dresses in front of the heavy coats and scarves. This also applies to those who like to organize by color. You won’t have the trouble of digging through the closet, making a mess after all the organizing.
5. Time to decide with the “iffy” pile. Try all of these articles of clothing on again. Does it fit the way you want? Comfortable? Pair great with anything? Do you love it? If the answer is no to those questions, it probably isn't worth saving. Think and practical of why you don’t wear it to begin with.
6. Donate or sell the “no” pile. There is no shame in making a few bucks for clothes that are in great condition, barely worn, and forgot about. I recommend donating at least some of it, I give mine to Goodwill. If there are clothes that are just stained or ripped, use them as paint clothes or use as a DIY project.
The organizing should get you excited and inspire for spring wear, don’t think of it as a chore. How do you organize your closet? Will you be trying any of my tips?