Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe

Laure Joliet
May 2, 2008

Now is the time to take those warm weather clothes out from under the bed and start storing winter clothes. It's also a great time to evaluate whether it's time to retire some of those outfits to make room for springtime:

Sometime clothes no longer fit our bodies or we've outgrown a certain style. You'll know right away. Unless something is an absolute favorite, this is the easiest time to let go. We're guilty of gaining a bit of weight over the cold LA winter months and not all of our summer clothes are fitting. Rather than hanging onto clothes that don't fit and then measuring our success on whether we can fit back into them, we're willing to let things go to make space for things that fit. Likewise, there are things that do fit, but that we aren't really into anymore. We're letting it go.

Some other tips for spring cleaning the closet:

  • Put away those winter clothes so they aren't taking up space (unless of course you have more room in your closet than you know what to do with). We keep them in a giant plastic tub that slides under the bed. Remember if you're storing wool things to add a cedar block or 2 to repel moths from eating holes in your favorite pea coat.
  • Using the 80/20 rule (that we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time) start putting clothes away at one end of your closet after you wear them so that at the end of the month you'll have a good idea of the things you wear most and the things you hardly ever wear. Can you let anything go?
  • Arrange a clothing swap. We do this with friends each Spring (and sometimes more often). We all bring clothes we're willing to let go of and we swap. This way our clothes get recycled and we get new pieces for free while spending some quality time with friends.
  • Invite a friend over and get another perspective on what outfits are working if you're unsure. We've been trying to invest in some 'grown up' clothes since we're approaching 30 and still dress like a teenager a lot of the time. Nothing wrong with it, but it helps to get another perspective.
  • Hang up the clothes you love and put the rest in your Outbox and see if you miss anything by the end of the month.
  • We like to use wooden hangers since they're all the same color and they're better for hanging clothes. Ikea and Target both sell inexpensive versions.
  • To keep things fresh, we leave either a bowl of dried lavender, a sachet of something nice smelling or old dryer sheets in the closet.
  • Don't forget to go through your shoes!

What do you do to clean out the closet?

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