Whether you’re an aspiring minimalist, fashion hoarder or simply looking to reorganize for a seasonal revamp, tackling a closet cleanse can be quite tricky. With heaps of clothes consistently piling up, it can definitely be difficult to distinguish the space-wasters from the vital outfit regulars.
But enough is enough! It’s time to put an end to that procrastination streak of yours. The season of spring cleaning is upon us, and there’s no time like the present to give your wardrobe a much needed refresher! So, with a step-by-step guide and a little motivation, we’re here to turn your feelings of dread into long-awaited sighs of relief.
Step 1: Prep Yourself
Clear your schedule and take a second to prep yourself before getting down to the nitty-gritty of purging. Collect your thoughts, visualize your wardrobe and grab a drink – oh yes, definitely grab a drink.
Step 2: A Clean Sweep
Take everything out of your closet and place it all into a pile on the side. Give everything a good vacuum and thorough dusting – because let’s face it, it probably hasn’t been done in ages.
Step 3: Yay or Nay
The most painful part of this daunting process is deciding what to keep, sell, donate, or trash. It’s time consuming, and – at times – difficult to part with ‘beloved’ items that for some reason have attained sentimental value; but, a clean and neat closet allows room for the gradual and moderate addition of new, on-trend pieces.
Does it fit? Am I really likely to ever wear this again? Is this currently in-style or likely to be? It’s questions like these you should be asking yourself as you carefully scrutinize each piece of clothing.
Keep – The forever staples, weekly go-to’s and iconic garbs that bring you sheer joy are all the real closet gems worth keeping.
Sell – For items you’re all set to part with but feel as though they’re too valuable to simply give away, sell them for an adequate price online or to re-sale stores. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash and/or compensate yourself for the hefty price tag you originally paid.
Donate– If you haven’t worn something in over 7 months, let it go and toss it in your donate pile. After all, “one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure!”
Trash – Damaged, scuffed, un-salvageable… throw them in the trash without a second thought! However, if it’s an easy fix like a broken zipper or missing button, weigh the pros and cons of getting the minor flaw corrected.
quick tip: If you’re ever unsure of something, but aren’t fully ready to get rid of it, try it on or put it aside to conveniently store away for the future. But, seriously…is that sequin mini skirt from NYE 2014 really necessary??
Step 4: Organize
Whew! With the stress of ‘the cleanse’ out of the way, it’s time to get organized. Hang up your garments – or fold – based on color, style, season, etc. Simply select the categorization method that suits you and roll with it.
Step 5: Round of Applause
Step back and give yourself a pat on the back! Also, take pictures of the finished product for both admirable pleasure and future reference.