Spring has officially arrived! Perfect sunshine days mean you can take your workout outside, you can break in those cute new sandals and you can switch your usual latte to an iced version. And, of course, spring is the perfect time to do a good thorough closet clean-out.
Out with the old…
First thing to do is to go through all your fall and winter clothing – if there’s anything hanging in there that you haven’t worn all season, perhaps it’s time to part with it. There are many great organizations who thrive off of your generous in-kind donations – so if that orange wool sweater didn’t make it out of the closet all winter, ask yourself (and be honest!) if you think you could see yourself wearing it next year. If the answer is “no,” let it go.
There will be plenty of winter items that you still love and should, therefore, hang on to. The trick is to move them to a less accessible location for the season. Perhaps you have an extra closet (lucky you!) that could be the perfect place to rotate out-of-season clothes and accessories. But, if you’re short on space, check with local dry cleaners, many of which offer boxed sweater storage so you can clear the decks for things you’ll actually wear this spring and summer.
In with the new…
We know, it’s tedious, but it’s worth trying on all of your spring and summer clothing. You want to dress for the body you have now (not the body you had 3 summers ago, or even last summer). If it doesn’t fit, add it to the donation pile. Another benefit of this exercise is that you can make a list of items you need to add to your spring wardrobe – and trust us, the shopping part is way more fun than the cleaning part.
Some tips to consider
Short on space? Replace your hangers with Slimline ones designed so you can fit more on your hanging bar – plus, they’re covered in a velvet material that will keep even the skinniest spaghetti strap from slipping.
Got shelves? Closet shelves can be great for stacking folded items – or a total mess. To keep your piles neat and upright, try using shelf dividers.
Jewelry out of control? Use the inside of your closet door to display your collection. Hang a simple bulletin board and use tacks as pegs for your necklaces and bracelets for a tangle-free solution. Save room for a simple piece of mesh (the same kind used for window screens, available at hardware stores). Tacked on to the bulletin board, the mesh is perfect for slipping in the posts of your earrings!
Exhausted just thinking about cleaning? Book a spring-cleaning facial to get you through!
And of course, if the thought of the great closet clean out is just too much for you – you can always call Chaos Theory to do the work for you!