Happy Spring! Except, nothing is really happy right now LOL We are in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and to be completely honest, it’s weird. I hate it. Not knowing what’s coming or when things will get back to normal. But, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Nothing is more important than that.
Nonetheless, quarantine has got us sitting at home twiddling our fingers and there is no better time to start your spring cleaning than now! I’ve cleaned my closet a few times this month, yes this month alone because once you start cleaning you won’t stop! But, I thought I’d share my tips/tricks on how to successfully clean your closet.
I feel like everyone always thinks that cleaning your closet is such a big task but it’s not! Once you’re done you’ll feel so productive. Tackling it by sections really helps me and whatever I do end up keeping, I organize by product type. SO, I’ll create one drawer for my short sleeves/lighter basics and then another drawer for my thicker sweaters, hang things in closet that need to be hung and so on and so forth so that when you are getting dressed in the morning, you’ll kind of know where everything is!
The most important part of cleaning out your closet though is deciding what to keep and what to donate. I typically ask myself these 5 questions:
1- Have you worn it in a year?
This is the first question I ask myself. It’s so hard to get rid of those super cute pieces that you think you’ll wear but it ends up collecting dust in your closet. Those are the hardest to part with! Trust me, if anyone understands it’s me. But, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to let go. 🙁 I’m not going to lie, I have a pink trench coat in my closet that I’ve had for well over 8 years and wore it once. I don’t want to give it away because I love it and keep telling myself I’ll wear it but truthfully, I probably won’t and I should get rid of it. Make room for what you will wear!
2- How many times have you worn it?
But more importantly, have you posted it on the gram yet? LOL But in all seriousness, if you’ve worn it a few times and you feel like you probably won’t wear it again, toss it or give it to a friend! Wearing things over and over again can sometimes keep you trapped in your wardrobe. Liven it up!
3- Can you see yourself styling it multiple ways?
I think this goes for statement pieces. Is this piece something you can rewear again in different ways? If not and you feel like you probably wouldn’t wear it again, I would suggest getting rid of it. Try to stick with pieces you can use over and over again. We love a sustainable wardrobe! I’m learning how to do this myself but, of course a few statement pieces never hurt nobody 😛
PS- Basics are really good to have because you can style them with really anything so try to keep basics as long as you can as long as they are in good condition.
4- How long have you had it?
I tend to get rid of pieces that I’ve had for a while. When you’re cleaning your closet, I think the ultimate goal is to get rid of things you don’t like anymore, don’t wear as often and pieces you’ve had for a while. Try to get rid of a-lot so you can refresh with new pieces.
5- Can you live without it?/ Do you like it enough to keep it?
Pretty self explanatory. If you hesitate to think if you want it or like it, you really don’t! You’ll find something better to switch it up with that you’re more confident in having in your wardrobe.
I hope I’ve helped and at least given some inspiration on getting some cleaning done! Remember, the ultimate goal is to declutter to add better pieces 😉 Don’t forget to donate your clothes! Hope you all stay safe and healthy.
Photography by: Ashley Fischer