Spring Cleaning 101: How to Clean Out Your Closet

Spring Cleaning 101: How to Clean Out Your Closet

Spring is a great time to clean and organize your closet. A closet refresh doesn’t have to be a chore—with a few simple strategies you can make cleaning out your closet quick and efficient. We’ve put together some spring cleaning tips for your wardrobe to get you started:

Take Everything Out

The first step when cleaning your closet for spring is to remove everything. While it’s tempting to leave items in the closet and work around them, you’ll achieve the best results if you empty your closet before cleaning and organizing. That way, you can get a clear view of every item and are better equipped to decide what to keep and what to toss. Plus, emptying your closet makes it easier to clean the walls and floor or carpet.

Vacuum and Wipe Surfaces

Now for the next step in the closet-cleaning process. Dust the walls and ceiling with a long-handled duster, then vacuum or sweep depending on whether you have carpeting or hard floors. You can even use a damp cloth to wipe the walls. Any residual dust will be removed and they’ll look brighter.

Speaking of bright, you might also want to check your closet lighting while cleaning. Replace any burnt bulbs, and trade low-light bulbs for brighter wattages that let you clearly see your outfits.

Pack Away Fall and Winter Apparel

Separate your fall and winter clothing and pack it into boxes, plastic totes, or garment bags. You could get some vacuum-sealing bags for storing seasonal clothing and bedding to save space. When packing away your cold-weather pieces, leave a few essentials for cold spring days. For example, you may want to keep a few fleece jackets and women’s cotton sweaters, along with an insulated coat and rain jacket.

Lightweight long-sleeve shirts made from Supima cotton or a cotton/modal blend are suitable for all seasons, except for the hottest summer days. Even then, you can wear them in air-conditioned environments. They’re great for layering during the fall and winter or wearing as is during spring and summer. When it comes to bottoms that should stay in your closet all year, you can’t go wrong with a pair of black leggings and several pairs of women’s jeans.

Sort Spring and Summer Items

Once you’ve packed up your cold-weather apparel, it’s time to go through your spring and summer items. Make two piles—one for items you’re keeping and one for items you want to donate or toss. If you’re undecided about an item, set it aside until you can make a final decision. Launder everything so it’s fresh and ready to wear.

If you’re not sure what to hold onto for spring and summer, choose a mix of casual and semi-dressy pieces that you can layer. Short-sleeve tops and tank tops are spring wardrobe staples you can wear with everything from midi skirts to capri pants. Athletic wear is on-trend for spring—think flowy women’s yoga pants and roomy joggers with elastic waists. These pieces are great for the gym, but they’re also a comfortable and stylish option for working from home. Maxi dresses are another versatile must-have for both spring and summer.

Decide on an Organizational Strategy

After sorting your clothing, decide how you want to organize it. There are closet organization systems that combine hanging racks with shelves and cubbies to maximize space. If you’re the DIY type, you can even craft your own closet organizer.

There are a few guidelines you can use to keep your apparel well organized. Fold jeans into thirds and stack them on a shelf; you can also fold spring sweaters to prevent hangers from stretching the delicate knit fabric. Hang durable fabrics like cotton and polyester—you might also want to hang women’s skirts and slacks to prevent them from getting wrinkled. Dresses are another clothing item you definitely want to hang.

Spring footwear can be stacked on a shoe rack or you can use an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer. If you have spacious closet shelves, you can also leave your shoes in the shoe boxes and stack them. When it comes to organizing accessories, handbags, and fashion scarves can be hung on a rack or displayed on a shelf or cubby.

Maintaining an Organized Closet

Once your closet is clean and organized for spring, it’s easy to keep it that way. Put items away as soon as they come out of the dryer and store them in the same spot each time so specific apparel items are easy to find when you need them. It’s a good idea to repeat the full closet-cleaning process when fall approaches—so basically, you’re doing a total refresh for spring/summer and fall/winter. When spring turns to summer, you can add shorts, swimsuits, and other summer apparel to your closet without taking everything out.

Spring cleaning isn’t one size fits all. Use the guidelines here to create a closet-cleaning strategy that works for you—and have fun with it! Set the cleaning session to your favorite music to make it more enjoyable or recruit a friend to help.

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