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6 tips for Spring Cleaning your Closet

Number two might shock you.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Apr 14, 2022

There’s nothing like squeezing your life into a 600 square foot apartment—especially when the weather changes and you have to make room accordingly. It doesn’t matter having more than one closet; things add up quickly. Add on the extra hours you’re spending at home, and the messes you overlooked at first easily become hard to ignore.

 

It’s always important to feel good about yourself, where you are, and what you’re doing. And your closet is so important to your life—you go in it every single day. If your closet is messy, it means you’re running through your day, not taking care of the little things. So, to combat that, here’s some tips for jumpstarting spring cleaning.

 

Make a plan

You don’t need to plan out everything in your life, especially if you’re someone who goes with the flow. But thinking about a course of action helps when it comes to closet cleaning. One expert advises thinking about your perfect closet and planning your organization attack before tackling whatever mess of clothes lies ahead of you. Once you know where you want everything to go, start removing things that don’t fit your vision.

 

Edit, edit, edit

Forget a spring clean, why not be clean year-round? If you travel often, take packing for a trip as an opportunity to go through your wardrobe. If you have a hard time saying goodbye to things, an expert suggests asking yourself questions as you go. “If you don’t love it, why do you have it? Why is it taking up space? If it doesn’t make you look great, why do you have it?” Clothes you’re unsure about, put away—that way, you can see if you still miss it three months later.

 

Maximize your space

Make sure you’re using the space you’re given to your full advantage. Shelves, hangers, and hooks might be overlooked at first, but they’re space savers and great built-in storage. One expert suggests to put heavier items in drawers so you can fit more hanging up. And don’t forget to look to the internet for inspiration—Pinterest was made for this kind of organizing.

 

Organize by style, then color

I live in New York, so the weather always has the most influence on what I wear. I organize my sweaters and coats by weight, from lightest to heaviest. This is a hack that can work for all clothing beyond your bulkier items. For those with wardrobes that vary from weekday to weekend, I suggest sorting by use, keeping workwear together and casual sweaters separate.

 

Fold those sweaters

Fold wooly and cashmere sweaters so they won’t stretch out. When you store sweaters, make sure they’re not overstuffed. It can actually hurt the quality of your clothes over time, and you won’t be able to find them. Remember, the goal is to organize your space.

 

Hang up jeans

This one is a lifesaver. Once you start hanging jeans, you’ll never go back. If you have the rack space for it, hang your jeans. Not only are they easier to grab this way, but they also make your closet look cleaner. Think about how all that denim looks now. Not that great, right? Shelves are also a great alternative if you have limited closet space. Stack them in a neat way, and you’ve suddenly cleared up precious storage from your drawers.

 

Since you’re already cleaning, look into cleaning that mattress of yours and clean out that gross humidifier you’ve been using all winter.