Yay! Spring is here...or so the calendar says so. It's really beginning to feel like Spring in New Jersey and you know what that means? SPRING CLEANING!
For most, this seems like a large task to take on and can feel overwhelming. We get it. BUT just think of how light you're going to feel after shedding that winter baggage. Personally, I'm over the bulky sweaters, and the endless layers of coats, scarves, gloves, hats, boots...you get the point. I'm ready for pastels, lightweight tops, and flats. More importantly, I'm ready to make room for those new spring looks that I've been eyeing!
We've got some tips and spring cleaning must haves to help get the job done and de-clutter your closet!
Disclaimer: Tough love included.
1. Create a list! Scratch that, create TWO lists!
Your first list will consist of tasks/to do list or even just a mental list. What are your goals? What would you like to get done? Do you need cleaning supplies? Do you need organizing supplies? Take a look at your closet and visualize. A few things I always add on my mental list are:
Garbage bags/Reusable bags (for purging)
Your second list is your PLAYLIST! Yes...you'll need music. Grab that duster and use it as your mic....I'm not even kidding! Put together an upbeat music list that will motivate you to keep going, not slow, depressing songs that will probably make you cry and then you end up on the floor and you haven't accomplished a thing. I personally use Spotify and put on a little Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and my all time favorite, N'SYNC! (I performed "Bye, Bye, Bye" at my 7th grade talent show and won first place HAHA!)
2. Lay it ALL out!
Having everything laid out really helps you evaluate how much stuff you actually have. Group your shoes together and your bags together. Pull out any items that don't necessarily need to be on hangers and put it into a "Fold" pile. Once you have everything laid out and grouped, you might be faced with a few questions like, "Did I really wear this?", "Was I high?", "OMG, I've been looking everywhere for this!" Whatever your thought process, having everything laid out really allows us to self reflect and make honest choices.
3. Divide and Conquer!
Once you have a full view of what your closet consists of, it's time to prioritize! This is the hardest part for most. So let's play a little game of "Keep or Toss". I personally follow two rules and ask myself these questions:
Have I worn this in the past year?
Does this bring me joy? #KonMariMethod
Side note: If you've never heard of Marie Kondo or the KonMari Method, I suggest you get on it and familiarize yourself. Her ground-breaking book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has sparked millions of people around the world to get their homes in order and minimize the clutter in our lives.
If you haven't worn those pants in the past year, what makes you think that you will now? They clearly don't bring you joy anymore or else you would've worn it. Am I right? Don't keep items under false pretenses and tell yourself that you'll wear it. You most likely won't. #SorryNotSorry
At the same time, there are timeless, classic pieces that we may not wear all the time but when in need, it's there. For example, every girl needs a LBD (little black dress). BUT we don't need 10. We tell ourselves that they're all different, one has a cross-back, this one is strapless, or that one has spaghetti straps. Honestly, no one cares, they're all the same and we (meaning yourself) are the only ones that notice. I told you tough love was included.
4. To Contain or Not to Contain
Once you've sorted through what you thought would never end, I suggest creating piles and label them as "Keep", "Sell", "Donate", "Toss". This will give you a better visualization of what you've accomplished. Take that "toss" and "donate" pile and toss it into separate garbage bags. Next, take the items you want to sell and place them into reusable bags so they are not taking up space in your closet (unless its a piece that would get messed up being in a bag for too long). If you haven't read my last blog on how to get paid de-cluttering, I highly suggest that you do that!
Tip: Get rid of your bags right away! Put your "Donate" bag in your car right away so you don't forget! Most times, those piles of clothes that you were supposed to toss or donate end of staying there for months because you forget to get rid of them and THEN, they end up right back into your closet. DON'T DELAY!
You're now left with all the pieces of clothing that give you joy! Right?....if not, START OVER! Just kidding (Not but really, what have you accomplished?) It's time to decide what kind of organizational supplies you will need for the items you're keeping. Purchase some new hangers to give your new closet a fresh look! Invest in organizational pieces that will serve a long term purpose, not because they were on sale.
Here are several suggestions for a basic organized closet:
1. Use shelf dividers for folded items
2. Use bins or baskets for accessories such as bags, belts
3. Shoes in clear boxes really give a unified, lined look making it easier to find shoes (Label them)
4. Black velvet hangers will make your clothes stand out more and maximize your space
I hope that this has been helpful and motivational for you to start spring cleaning your closet!