Spring is here and with it comes spring cleaning and reorganizing of our homes, but how often are we going through our closets and giving them a little refresh? I recommend going through your wardrobe twice a year to edit it down and make the process of getting ready in the morning easier and more enjoyable. I have a few simple tips for you to get started:
Clean: Empty your closet. Take out all items, so you can give it a deep cleaning. Dust the shelves, walls and ceiling; wipe the shelves with a damp cloth or multipurpose cleaner, vacuum the entire closet while you have the chance to get to those spots you can’t normally reach.
Edit: Piece by piece, evaluate all the clothing in your wardrobe, and ask yourself if it fits, if it’s in good condition and if you have worn it in the past year. If you can’t say yes to all three, it’s time to donate, toss or store. Have some large garbage bags ready for the items you plan on tossing and donating, as well as a plastic storage bin ready for storage.
Reorganize: I recommend organizing your wardrobe back into your closet by category (short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, denim, dress pants, dresses, boots, flats, pumps, etc.) and then color. It’s typically best to hang longer items, such as dresses and skirts, toward the back of your closet unless you have a designated spot for these. Fold delicate sweaters, so they don’t stretch out.
Make it pretty: I love to display accessories in a way that is visually pleasing. Stuff your purses with tissue paper, and put them on display on the shelves. Possibly invest in a jewelry wall organizer or some hooks, so you can display your jewelry and have it easily accessible when you’re getting ready.
Finish up: Have all empty hangers grouped together at the front of the closet or off in a section of the closet you aren’t using. Put the donation bag in your car, so you get it dropped off in a timely matter. Find a home for your store bin under the bed or in another storage spot.
Alexandra Eve is a local stylist and wardrobe consultant.
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