Updated: Apr 4
Spring is here and you know what that means? The dreaded task of spring cleaning. When you think of spring cleaning, how do you feel about it? Are you excited, are you anxious, is it a chore, or it is a challenge? What is the first room that comes to mind when you think of spring cleaning? The living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, or the attic/storage closet? With me the first room I think of is my bedroom and more specifically, my closet. I know that it is time to organize by closet and do a “switcharoo” between my winter appropriate clothing and my summer appropriate clothing and I’ll be honest with you guys, I consider it to be a chore. Closet Editing can definitely be tedious and time consuming but I have a method that can make closet editing just a little less challenging. Whether you are completing a switcharoo between seasons or you are needing an “out with the old in with the new” this method will work for you. So, are you ready for operation mission closet edit? If so let’s go.
Duration: 2 hours minimum depending on how much needs to be organized. Warning this can take all day.
Supplies: Large Garbage bags and your blood, sweat, and tears.
Tips: Be well rested, stay hydrated, do with a friend, play some music and take breaks if needed. Oh and don't forget snacks.
So, after opening the closet and getting over the initial shock of how many things you actually have in there, let’s take the time to evaluate each article of clothing one by one. Consider the value of the item, what is the item’s story? Do you recall when you first bought the item or was it a gift? Does the item have sentimental value?
Now let’s play a game. Remember the Sex and the City movie scene when Carrie was getting ready to move out of her iconic apartment and was cleaning out her closet along with her friends, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha who prompted her to either “Take” or “Toss”?
Well, that is what you are going to do with just a tweak. Instead of two piles, a take and toss pile, you are going to have three piles. A take pile, a toss pile, and a donate pile. Try the clothes on, see how you feel about the items and ask yourself these key questions. Do I still wear this? Do I still like this? Does it still fit? Is it in great condition? Is it still in style? After determining this, sort the clothing in the piles. With the clothing you keep, you can either hang it back in the closet or lay it out on the bed if it needs to be repaired or tailored. The toss pile is basically clothing that are in poor condition and cannot be repaired or should not be re-worn. Consider recycling instead of actually throwing the clothes away. The fabric can be reused for something else. The donate pile is for clothing that you do not want anymore but will be beneficial for someone else. These clothes can be taken to your local thrift store or consignment stores. Put these clothes in garbage bags, label if needed and make arrangements to donate or recycle later.
Now let’s go back to the Take pile of clothes you chose to keep. You can organize your clothing in your closet in different categories such as pants, skirts, blouses, jackets, dresses, etc. You can also sort by color and season as well. And if you are like me whose closet is not big enough to have clothing year-round. You can swap out every spring and fall and put the clothing not in use in plastic containers or storage bags.
Now that you are done editing your closet, you can finally celebrate. Give yourself a pat on the back because you completed a mission that took a lot of your time, energy, and patience. As far as organizing your actual closet, there are plenty of creative ways to organize your closet with shelves, shoe organizers and accessory organizers. Pinterest has plenty of ideas that will motivate you to have the closet of your dreams and make it easier for you to navigate through your clothing. Don’t stop now, every spring complete another closet edit to keep your wardrobe fresh if needed.
Anyways, reporting out
Source: Fashion Style Institute