SPRING CLEANING // CLOSET CLEAN OUT

Once a year without a doubt I force myself to clean out my closet. I always find that right before the start of spring  is a great time to get organized. I’m able to reevaluate the pieces already in my closet and make room for some colorful new styles. Below are some tips + tricks I follow when organizing my own closet.
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STEP 1: FOLLOW THE “ONE YEAR RULE”
The first thing you will need to do is decide on what stays and what goes. It can get tricky and even stressful at times {I feel your pain}.  If you haven’t worn it in at least a year, then it’s time to say bu-bye. Unless a specific piece has some sort of sentimental value, its time to get rid of it. I realize that it can be hard to let go of old clothes and I must admit I might still have some pieces from my college years {eeek!}, but unless a specific piece has some sort of sentimental value, its time to get rid of it. I promise you will feel great once you purge and the clutter is gone.

STEP 2: CREATE PILES: TOSS, DONATE, & SELL
When getting rid of stuff, I try to create 3 piles: toss, donate, and sell. The first pile includes everything that needs to be THROWN OUT. If it is stained, ripped, or unwearable then it just needs to go. The next pile is DONATE. This includes all the gently used stuff that is still in good shape, but not sellable. I usually donate to one of the nearby churches in my neighborhood. Depending on where you donate, you may qualify for a tax deduction. I’m no expert when it comes to taxes, but there are plenty of useful tax calculators and tools online that can simplify it further. The last pile includes what I can SELL. There are lots of ways to do this. My personal favorite is Poshmark. It is super easy, convenient, and a great way to make some extra spending money.  Just download the app, snap some pictures of your item, and choose the price you want to list it for. Once someone buys it, Poshmark emails you a shipping label, you pick up a free box from the post office, and send it on its way. Interested? Feel free to check out my current closet or sign up and create an account. Some other great options include Ebay or local consignment stores in your city.

STEP 3: GROUP YOUR GEAR
So you’ve cleaned out your entire wardrobe and now it’s time to put it all back. When organizing my own closet, I like to categorize EVERYTHING. All the dresses go together, pants, skirts, jackets, shoes, etc. etc. Not only is it all grouped perfectly, but color coated as well. This helps me find exactly what I need when I need it and I’m even able to see items that I might have forgotten about. It might take awhile to set up on the front end, but it makes a world of difference and 100 times easier to find what you need down the road.

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STEP 4: INVEST IN ORGANIZATION
When it comes to your closet, the more organized the better. The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, and even Target all have some great finds that can assist you in getting everything in order. I’ve invested in these slim hangers and let me tell you, LIFE CHANGING! Struggling to organize your shoes? I’m also a huge fan of these canvas shoe compartments {also this larger one for shirts + sweaters} or a sturdy shoe rack. Also these shelf dividers are great for bags, sweaters, or shirts.

STEP 5: GRAB A FRIEND {AND SOME WINE}
Who says you should have to tackle this job alone. Having a second pair of eyes is extremely handy during this purging process. Grab a friend {whose opinion you trust} to help you sift through all that clutter. They can help you make those tough decisions and maybe give insight to something you didn’t think about. It will also make the process a lot more fun and why not add some wine to the mix while your at it.

So as you can see, cleaning out your closet really isn’t that bad and once it’s over you will be glad you took the time to do it. It will lift a huge weight off your shoulders and get you excited for all the fun new spring trends you can add!

13 thoughts on “SPRING CLEANING // CLOSET CLEAN OUT

  1. Karly @ Miss in the Midwest

    I absolutely love posts like this, especially since you are such a fashionista and established style blogger. I just joined Poshmark the other day, and I cant’ believe I haven’t sooner – I’m not following your closet! 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  2. Biana Perez

    I seriously need a bigger closet but I make due with mine with the thin hangers – they are life savers!! I usually clean mine out once every three months – that really helps me keep the stale things at bay! Thanks so much for all the tips!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  3. Olivia

    I need to do a spring cleaning majorly! I always feel so much better after doing it. I totally wish that closet in your post was mine!

  4. Rach

    I wish I can as motivated as you with my closet. I’m always too scared that I might ‘need’ after I give it away. These are great advice and I will try to keep it in mind. I am a huge fan of the slim velvet hangers. Seriously, they are a life saver!
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