Friday, March 22, 2013

4 steps to spring clean your closet


It's that time of year!  Here are 4 steps to Spring Clean your closet!


(Clothes AND accessories)

Do you have items in your closet that you are holding on to for one reason or another?  Get rid of it!!

*You most likely won't lose 25 pounds in the next couple of months.

*You won't magically take the itch out of that one sweater.
            I have a beautiful, green JCrew sweater in the back of my closet.  I have never worn it.  It's beautiful and it fits, but it itches like crazy.  I keep holding on to it because it's from JCrew and it's SO pretty.

*You will definitely never wear that bridesmaids dress again.

Take these things to the consignment store, give them to a charity, sell them on eBay, or sell them at your next yard sale!




The first two things can be done simultaneously.  Is there something in your closet that you love, but can't figure out how to wear it?  Or need help restyling it?

*Go to Pinterest.  So serious about this.  
     I have a really creepy white blazer in my closet.  Creepy as in I styled it so, so wrong yearssss ago. I recently fell on this pin, and thought, "ta daaaa", all my dreams have come true.  I now know how to style my white blazer again.

*Look at blogs.  
     I featured 15 ladies on Wednesday...all who have cute blogs with cute outfits...Seriously go check them out here!

*Think of a new way to wear your own clothes.
     I love what Jessica did with this pair of pants.  She took a cropped (and flared) pair of pants and transformed them into the most adorable pair of pants ever.  Such great thinking!!

(And if you can't figure out a way to wear or transform your clothes, refer to #1)




Find a way that works best for you.  Make sure to decide on a way that can actually stick with.  (You can see how I organize my closet here.) 


I like to hang all my clothes in categories.  Short sleeved shirts together, dresses together, etc.  My brain thinks in "pieces".  But I know some people who like to organize their clothes by color.  Choose what works for you!  

Also, make sure to have "mini" organizing days.  An afternoon where you straighten up after throwing everything on the floor...or a morning where you refold your t-shirts.  Something that doesn't feel overwhelming, but that will help you keep up.





I think it's great to freshen up your closet every season with a new piece.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I want a pair of mint skinnies in my closet...(like, now!)  Think of all the ways I could style those things!!  


(What is something that you'd like to add to your closet this spring?)


So now you know what I'll be doing this weekend!!

Any suggestions on other ways to Spring Clean your closet?

Happy Friday!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Linking up with Lauren.

38 comments :

Amy - Louise said...

I'm hoping that my other half will actually get around to putting my wardrobes up this weekend! Then I might actually be able to start organising my clothes!! I have managed to fill three bags full to drop to the charity shop tomorrow though - when did I get so many clothes?

Robin said...

Very helpful post!

Megan said...

Great tips! I hang my clothes in categories too. I want to add more comfy, cute dresses and skirts to my wardrobe. During the spring/summer, I prefer those to pants. The biggest problem is finding ones that are long enough and appropriate for work.

Ash said...

The Lord must have prompted you to write this, because I have been drasagging my feet when it comes to organizing my closet! Divine inspiration? Lol I am going to try to get started very soon :)

Katie said...

i've been getting rid of stuff lately and love it! although with clothes it's hard to tell now since nothing in my closet fits right! :) i'd end up getting rid of everything!

Aimee said...

Great tips, Ashley. With our upcoming move (I need to fill you on that) I hope to completely rethink all of the pieces in my closet. Happy Friday!

Helene said...

this is awesome since I am planning on cleaning on my closet this weekend!!

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

Great tips!!! Have you checked out CAbi? They've got some mint skinnies in their Spring line. Only added one piece is hard, but that's about all my budget will allow, so we're good. :)

Megan said...

I feel like I JUST organized my closet when we moved in, but it's already feeling messy again. I need to follow these rules and clean it up this weekend :)

LEIGH said...

Love this! I've noticed I've started grabbing hangers out of my husband's closet, so obviously mine is starting to get cluttered. I think my sisters will be excited to see some of the sweaters I want to get rid of!

Katie Skelley said...

I just switched from organizing my closet by category to color and I don't like it. I can't find any of my jeans!

Colleen said...

love these ideas! I try to get rid of things that I haven't worn in a year at all. that's my rule!

lori said...

My rule is, if I haven't worn something in a year- chances are I probably won't wear it in the coming year... So unless its a special occasion outfit, that's how I choose what to get rid of.

Cleaning my closet is on my to do list this weekend. I'm a little overwhelmed (since we just moved and I still haven't even unpacked some boxes yet) but ready to get it organized!!

Niki Caron said...

I've been hanging my clothes in categories and lately I've also organized by color ranging from short to long sleeve (we'll see how long that lasts)!

TheTinyHeart said...

Thanks for the tips! My closet is a MAJOR mess at the moment and I have to organize it, stat! I try to organize by category and color.

-Sharon
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Krista said...

UUUGH! I NEED to do this! Thanks for posting these suggestions. I am so bored with my clothes, trying to find new way sot wear them because buying lots of new pieces isn't going to happen. I'll just have to tell all my "guys" that I will be in my closet for a few hours and they are not to disturb me ;)

RoselyC said...

I recently donated some clothes I had been holding on for years, hoping one day they would fit. But the funny thing is once you loose weight you actually want new clothes to flaunt your new body. It really doesn't make sense to be holding on to things we don't wear but we all do it.
One thing I really want to incorporate is a maxi skirt or maxi dress. Have a great weekend!

McKenna Ryan said...

These are great tips! I am going to be working on the declutter and organize steps today. Have a lovely weekend. xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.com

Sam M said...

Having an organized closet is a big deal to me. I can't find anything to wear of my closet isn't organized. I do it like you, short sleeves, long sleeves, dresses, skirts, but then I also organize by color within each category. I need to fold all my shirts though. It just feels good to have all your clothes organized, even if the rest of the house is messy.

Sam M said...

Oh, and I don't know if you've tried this, but wear a long sleeved shirt under that sweater and the itch will probably go away. I had a sweater that did the same thing.

B said...

these are awesome tips! i am a BIG fan of the spring cleaning.

my friends and i do a clothing exchange party quarterly (every 3 mos). we all bring our clothes and trade, anything no one wants goes to charity. it is super fun, inspires me to clean out my closet regularly and i get new clothes out of it! i highly suggest doing it!

Theresa said...

I have so many clothes in my closet I have a hard time parting with. I have a beautiful silk Shoshanna dress that I adore, but refuse to put on 10 pounds so it fits. I have lots of Dooney & Bourke bags that irritate my husband. "Why do you still have those when I know you will never carry them again?" I really should clear them out, but they make me oh so happy to look at lol.

Rebecca S. said...

These are great ideas! I'm so overdue for a closet purge/clean up

Susannah said...

What a great "to-do" list. My closet is thanking you. ;-)

Carla said...

you should just wear a button up under that sweater... solves the itching problem and it sounds awful to waste a cute jcrew sweater

Becca Moss said...

LOVE this! Exactly what I needed to give me that little push to get stuff done! (:

Kayla Peveler said...

Spring cleaning makes this girl so happy... love your tips, and love YOU!

Kristen said...

I need to add this to my "to-do" list! Love these suggestions, espeically trying to re-style before you go ahead and toss it!

Danavee said...

I just cackled.........itchy sweaters that are cute are my downfall.

Must get rid of them.

Laura Catano said...

My closet is currently a MESS...no, it is a disaster!! So I thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the helpful tips!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Been cleaning my closet all day. Wish I would've read this this morning. Although, I have been doing most of what you suggested. On my way to a cleaner, more organized closet...

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

I love spring cleaning...organized to be exact! I constantly have huge bags going to Goodwill!

Tyne Swedish said...

Girl! I'm going to have to book mark this post because you nailed it! I already have a pretty bare closet but there is so much I can still toss. I'm just sure of it. I don't feel finished with it just yet!

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Tallia said...

I like the "add something new" part of your 4 steps!

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lost in travels said...

this is so helpful! i'm actually helping a friend soon revamp her entire closet and this will come in handy!

Care said...

Preach it lady! This post rocks, just got done doing this:) Love the sweater!

Holly said...

Great tips, doll! I'm feeling "blah" about my wardrobe lately, so maybe a good, honest clean out will do the trick. I think I'm hanging onto some things that just need to go. And a few key pieces for the spring need to get in my closet, like yesterday!

Just Another Shopaholic said...

What a wonderful and very helpful post.

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