Three Tips to Spring Clean Your Closet

by Monday, March 17, 2014 10 Permalink

Hey all. I am still taking a much-needed baby break. Here’s a post to get you fired up for spring, from the archives from a year ago. > > >

Oh friends, you should have seen my closet a couple weeks ago. It was in a sorry state—an unruly mess of outdated styles, tops with tiny holes (it’s not that noticeable, is it?) and clothes that just plain didn’t fit right. I knew I needed to perform a closet-spring-clean, but I just didn’t have the motivation to make decisions or the courage to actually get rid of items. So I brought in the big guns, (aka White Dove Styling) to help me with the dirty work. Jeanette Klausmeier not only did a fabulous job streamlining my wardrobe, but she also dished out these three tips to spring clean your closet.

Remember, in the Shoebox our “closet” is actually just open shelving along one of our living room walls—in plain view all. the. time. It’s unhideable. And in such a small space, we can’t afford to have an overflowing closet or own things that we don’t use. Plus, a closet in disarray casts a disheveled feeling over the whole apartment. And no one likes that, especially me.

So once the birds started singing outside, I knew it was time to get in gear. The winter cobwebs and stained shirts and ill-fitting-too-short camouflage trousers had to go. My closet needed an intervention.

Luckily for me, my friend Jeanette is a personal stylist with impeccable taste and surprising assertiveness. She has the amazing ability to organize a closet with space-saving and stylish results. (For our international friends, she also does personal shopping trips. You can contact her through her Facebook page here.) Luckily for you, she’s joined me today to share three tips to spring clean your closet. Here are her tips, from White Dove Style:

 1. Get rid of…

Get rid of anything that seems out of style, doesn’t fit right, or has holes or stains. Thumb through your clothes. Identify items that you didn’t wear much last spring (or whatever season for which you’re cleaning). It is not your color? Is it uncomfortable? Is it too short? Put it in the discard pile. If it’s stained or has holes, put it in your rag bin. (Old cotton tops are great for cleaning carpets and dusting furniture.) Donate or consign the items in decent condition. Surely the little extra space between the hangers already feels better!

2. Hang everything on…

Hang everything on white or wood hangers (or whatever, just make sure they’re matching). This step not only beautifies and simplifies the overall appearance of your wardrobe, but it helps the colors of your clothing to *pop* so you can easier define the wearable options.

3. Organize your clothes…

Organize your clothes in outfits and take photos of different combinations. Having a visual reminder of the various pairings will prevent you from settling into clothing ruts. Also, you will get a better idea of items that will help to round our your closet. (Those three tops could use a bright cardigan? Great! Now you can shop directly for that specific sweater instead of wandering aimlessly around a store and inevitably buying things you truly don’t need.)

Bonus…

Continue that thought and identify 3-5 items that would complete your wardrobe. Make sure to get colors and styles that will mix well with your existing clothes to create closet synergy, not just add more bulk to what you own. We’re not trying to add more STUFF to what we own, we’re just trying to make the most of what we already have. Sometimes that requires buying a couple new (or new-to-us!) things to tie a look together.

So what do you think? Those are easy steps to take to clean out one of the most used (and often most neglected) spaces in our homes, right? Do you have any other advice to share with us? Comment below!

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10 Comments
  • Kari
    April 19, 2013

    This issue can actually be quite serious for some. I’m in the midst of helping a woman in our congregation who has serious clutter problems. So much so that her family counsellor has insisted she has to purge because her son, who has many mental health issues, is being badly affected by it and needs a calm, clear environment. In clothes alone, she has an entire walk-in closet, two huge dressers, and half her son’s closet stuffed with her clothes. We have to remember that we only have one body, and it doesn’t take much to keep it looking decent and attractive.

    • Evelyn
      April 19, 2013

      Thanks, Kari–so true. Good for you for helping out!

  • Emily
    April 21, 2013

    This post is very timely for me! As I’ve been packing, I’ve been shocked at things I have that I haven’t worn in FOREVER. I’ve also found things in sizes that I’m pretty sure never fit me! I decided to pull out stuff I didn’t want, then went through a couple days later with fresh eyes and pulled out an additional trash bag full!

    • Evelyn
      April 22, 2013

      Good for you, Em! Moving is a GREAT excuse for purging the wardrobe. You’ll be glad you did that once you unpack!

  • KWeight
    May 31, 2013

    “ill-fitting-too-short camouflage trousers” Hahahaha!

    This is a great post. Every summer I feel like I have nothing to wear, go out and buy a bunch of cheap tops and skirts and shorts, and am left with a mishmash of patterns and fits that only kinda fit me by August. This year, I’m resisting!

    Great tip with the matching hangers. Also, love the lead picture. :)

    • Evelyn
      May 31, 2013

      Yes. I am ashamed to say that I did actually JUST toss those terrible camo carpenters. Pleeeasssee still be my friend??

  • Kim
    March 17, 2014

    I am looking forward to adding two new blouses (one that “pops” and a white short-sleeved one) and two neutral colored trousers to my wardrobe, plus some comfortable, long lasting walking shoes. It is difficult to remove items, but it feels better when I am thoughtfully adding essential replacements.

    • Evelyn
      March 24, 2014

      Switching out loved, old items for updated ones certainly makes it easier to part with the oldies! :)

  • Gillie
    March 26, 2014

    I have got to the stage now that every time I go to my wardrobe to get out my clothes for the next day I seem to take out something else to be put in the charity bag. It has taken almost a year but I finallly know what I like, what I feel comfortable in, what I need and what colours, shapes and fabrics suit me. I’m only 50 so it didn’t take long :)

    • Evelyn
      March 27, 2014

      Haha, Gillie! I don’t feel so bad about not knowing what looks best on me. I’ve got more years to figure it out! ;) Thanks for commenting.

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