Before you think of fresh spring outfits you’re going to wear on the next few days, take the time to buff up your closet. Cleaning your closet will not only make them fresh and clean but also give you a more organized mind on formulating your outfit combinations. So, keep on reading for the 6 spring closet cleaning ideas from professional organizers.
- Apply the “divide and conquer” rule when cleaning your closet.
If you usually pull everything out of your closets and then run out of time when pushing them all back in, think of the “divide and conquer” rule. If you think you’ll just make it worse than it is to begin with, start little by little. “On a Saturday morning do your shoes, at other times do your slacks. People have told me that breaking it up into small projects has changed their life,” says Mary Pankiewicz, professional organizer and author of “Clutter-Free and Organized”.
- Group “like with like” items for an organized closet.
When organizing your closet, group “like with like” to enable you to find items quickly. “All tank tops together, all capri pants together in one area. Some people like to group items by sleeve length — and there are a few in the spring and summer seasons. I’ve even seen people use color-coded hangers but I don’t recommend it — too time-consuming,” says professional organizer Stacey Agin Murray.
- Be creative on extending your closet storage.
If you don’t have a walk-in closet, just look around your home for things that are going unused, that might be empty like file drawers and store things away in there. “I have had a lot of clients that collect old suitcases and use them for storage, those don’t take up much room,” says professional organizer Ann Bingley Gallops. Also, the clothes take up much less space when placed in space air bags that can be placed under a bed, a couch, or on a high shelf.
- Use a hanger trick to wear all your clothes.
If you’re a woman with a closet full of clothes yet nothing to wear, think of a hanger trick so wear all the things in your closet. “When you get out your spring clothes, put the hangers in backward on the rod but then when you wear a piece of clothing, hang it up facing the front. At the end of the season you’ll know what you’ve never worn,” says professional organizer Mary Pankiewicz. This way, you can determine whether those items can be donated or consigned for money.
- Tidy up your shelves and think of belt racks.
For women who stack sweaters and T-shirts on shelves in their closets, they know it can become a jumbled mess, since stacks often fall over. So, think of a transparent drawer that fits on the top shelf instead so you can just bring that one piece down when you need something, instead of tipping over your stacked items. “For those who have wall space in their closets, a great solution would be to purchase belt racks and hang them vertically instead of horizontally. That way, the bottoms of the purses don’t bunch up in the same place,” says Beth Levin.
- Host a clothing swap.
If you have a lot of fashion-forward friends, think of hosting a clothing swap. “Get together a group of friends to bring clothes they are not using and certainly don’t want to discard as someone’s going to want it. Have a little cocktail party and everyone gets new clothes without spending money so it’s a win-win situation,” says professional organizer Ann Bingley Gallops. By heeding these tricks from the pros, you’ll be able to make your closet organized and give you a more fashion-forward style.