The next project I want to tackle during our Spring Cleaning series is the closet. Whether you wish to clean and purge your dresser, laundry cabinet or other cabinets, I have some helpful tips for an easy spring purge.
The closet gets used very frequently, the doors are constantly being opened and shut (especially if you change outfits 100 times like me), thus it can get quite dusty over the time period of a year. Spring is the perfect time to clean out those drawers and decided what you would like to keep in your closet for the year. Chances are, you are harboring a bunch of items that you do not wear anymore or that are have holes and need to be thrown out.
For this project you will need
- cleaning detergent
- microfibre cloths
- trash bag
- paper bags
To tackle your clothes it is best to remove them all from your closet…yes absolutely all of them! Now you freed up your closet space and cleaning will be a breeze. Wipe down all the drawers as well as the doors. Then look through each of your clothing items and ask yourself
1). Did I wear it last year? If yes, how often?
2). Does it bring me joy? Do I feel confident in this outfit?
3). Does it have holes or is in a bad condition?
These questions should help you determine which items you wish to keep and which to get rid of. If you should still struggle with letting certain pieces go, you can give them a second chance for another year. Mark the date in your calendar and put those pieces back into your closet with the hanger facing the ‘wrong way’. If you wear one of the clothing items put that hanger back facing the correct way. Any items that after one year still are not facing the correct way should be mercilessly tossed out.
By tossed out I don’t necessarily mean thrown away. Divide the pieces you wish to get rid of into 3 categories. Donate, trash and sell. You might have a piece that one of your friends might really enjoy or that was costly and you can still make some money off of. However, if it has a lot of signs of wear and tear it is better to throw it into the trash.
P.S. To bring some spring scents into your closet, add some fragrant sachets to the bottom of your drawers. Or get them for free by using perfume sample cards.
You can apply this same principle to your linen closet. E.g. We own a lot of tablecloths since I like to switch them out every season. While I was going through them, I decided to keep only those I truly love and donated the ones that were only ‘okay’ or difficult to iron.
If you have a small space you might also keep other things in your closet such as wrapping paper, arts and craft items and so on. If so, welcome to the club. I know that it sucks if you cannot have a designated space for certain things due to a lack of space. In a perfect world my husband and I would already live in a house and I would have a closet to hold my craft items. But for now they have to share a space with various other things. Which means that I have to fit all my ribbons into one small drawer. This has caused some chaos for a while but through purging some things and making more space elsewhere I was able to turn this ↓
Into this ↓
Being tidy has nothing to do with a small or large space. It’s important how you use the space you have and to make it function for your needs. E.g. I have a drawer full of wrapping stuff because I like to wrap presents. However, I have a very small shoe collection because I’m fine with having only a few basics. I hope you see the point I’m making.
So I hope I have inspired you to tackle your own closet. If so, let me know in the comment section down below! 🙂