This is a guest-post written by Dana Gaulke of Honestly, Dana. Dana Gaulke is a 35 year-old momma to 4 kiddos. She is the voice behind Honestly, Dana which is a lifestyle and mom blog for women who are looking to invest in themselves, those around them, all while still being all things GLAM. Find her on Instagram and Pinterest.
With spring well and truly here, we’re seeing the start of many new beginnings. Flowers are blossoming, lambs are being born meaning it’s also time for to bring your cluttered wardrobe back to life. But, before buying new floral frocks, it’s important to analyse your current fashion situation. This blog post will take you through 5 super easy tips to help you spring clean your wardrobe and get it organised.
#1 Purge, Purge, Purge
The first step might sound similar to a title of a new horror film but rest assured, it’s not. In this case, purging means going through every item in your closet in great detail. When looking at each item of clothing, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I like this?
- Is it still in style?
- Am I hanging on to it hopes it might fit again someday or because it “might” come back in style?
- Have I worn it in the last year?
If the answer is NO to any of these questions, it must go. The point here is to clean and organise your clothes to make room for items in the future that you’ll actually wear and love. If you don’t do this step, you won’t have any room to add to your collection. Tell yourself “I must get rid of old items to add new ones.” After all, who doesn’t want new things?!
Once you’ve determined the answers to the questions and what you are keeping vs. getting rid of, stop. Before getting the bin bags out and taking it to your local tip, consider other options. Don’t just throw quality items away. Consider donating it. There are a variety of places that will take your clothing. It could be Goodwill, Salvation Army, Dress for Success, or a local women’s shelter. If you are in desperate need of some money, consider selling them over on Depop (like an eBay but more specifically for clothing) or similar. This is a great way to clean out your closet plus do a good deed whilst you’re at it.
#2 Relocate Seasonal Items
What now? You have a huge pile of clothes in front of you and you’re probably thinking, “this is a massive mess” but we’re going to fix that. Next, it’s time to put seasonal items away. Winter has thankfully passed us, meaning you’re less likely to need your sweaters, winter coat and wool trousers. Instead of leaving them to sit in your wardrobe and take up space, let’s give them a new home.
Live somewhere warm? If you’re lucky enough to live someplace that doesn’t have a cold, winter, you’ll often still find a few items that can be passed on to a new owner. Don’t miss this step!
How To Relocate Items
Start by creating piles based on seasons. The items that you won’t be wearing for another 6 months, store away. Depending on your living situation, that could be handled several different ways. If you have a lot of storage space, put these items in a large basket and store in a closet. Alternatively, you could place them under the stairs, or in a spare cupboard/laundry room.
For those of you who don’t have a lot of space, consider buying containers to store them under your bed. Regardless, the goal here is to spring clean your closet and organise your clothes so get them out of there to give yourself room to actually see the things that you’re going to wear. Ikea does some great clothes organisers, perfect for all clothing items.
#3 Hang or Fold Test
For most of us, our natural tendency is to hang up all our clothes but not everything in your wardrobe needs to be hung. What happens when everything is hung up? You not only run out of space but your hangers are all jammed together, clothes are falling off onto the floor and before long, your closet it just a sight for sore eyes. Thankfully, fixing it is simple.
Look at your wardrobe. What do you currently have in there that doesn’t need to be hung? Here’s the test:
- Will it wrinkle? – If yes, then it must go on hangers
- Is it an accessory? – If yes, then maybe it fits better inside a dresser drawer, within an organiser
- Is it bulky? – If yes, it’s better folded
#4 Organisation Is Key
One of the best things you can invest in when it comes to organisation is storage bins and containers. Not only for your clothes but this works for other things in your room, too. In order to easily find your things, make use of everything you own and so on, you need to be organised. Below are some of my favourite storage items that can help you get on top of your current, cluttered clothing.
Here are some storage containers you might like:
- These interlocking storage containers that are my favourite for neatly storing seasonal clothing. You can find this set on Amazon for £15.69.
Looking to store your seasonal shoes? I love these plain, clear containers. You can use these to store pretty much everything under the sun.
Having spent a lot of time purging, storing and organising your clothes, you deserve to hang your items with some awesome velvet hangers. These are my absolute favourite to give your closet a little facelift after all your hard work.
#5 Group Similar Items
Now it’s time to put it all together and hang up those clothes. You’ll want to do 2 things when you start hanging your clothes on those new fabulous hangers you bought:
- Firstly, hang by type of clothing. For example, place short sleeves, sweaters and tank tops together.
- Secondly, once you’ve everything grouped by type, consider grouping by colour.
Grouping your clothing makes it easy to see what you have. The challenge is to put it back where you got it after you wear it.
Congrats on spring cleaning and organising your closet. You may be thinking, “wow that’s a lot of work” but it’s definitely worth it. You’ll have a neat and tidy wardrobe filled with stunning clothes that you can easily get to. In the process, you’ll be able to donate some items to a really good cause or get extra spends for future purchases. It’s a win-win.
Comment below, if you have any other spring cleaning hacks.