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While ModCloth may owe its start to an overflowing closet, I’m not out to start a company of my own any time soon (I already work for a pretty awesome one), so a wardrobe bursting at the seams is most definitely not a welcome sight. I like to keep my clothing organized throughout the year, but now that it’s officially spring, I’m faced with the task of the big seasonal style switch: from cold-weather wears to sunny-day essentials.
I’m not gonna lie, updating any wardrobe is a daunting task, but with the right game plan, taking your shelves from sweaters to swimwear and shorts can be a snap. To help you with your own spring closet clean-out, I’ve rounded up six helpful tips. Check ’em out below and be sure to add your own in the comments!
While it may seem counter-intuitive (I mean, you’re just gonna mess it up again, right?), starting with a tidy closet will make the whole process run much more smoothly. So clean that sucker up! Put things back on hangers, line up those shoes, and do some folding. If you haven’t already, invest in matching hangers (I love the velvet slim hangers — they’ll change your life), some smart storage units — like the Sole Purpose Shoe Organizer and the What’s in Storage Nesting Box Set — and a few sturdy storage bins.
Edit and Make Decisions
Now that you can see everything, it’s time to decide what can stay and what needs to be packed away. Remember that springtime weather can be fickle, so it might be a good idea to keep a couple of lighter sweaters and some tights handy, but it’s time to be honest with yourself: you’re probably not going to wear that plaid holiday dress or heavy wool sweater again this season. Work through your closet section by section (tops, skirts, dresses, etc.), creating two piles as you go: the “all seasons” pile (be sure to keep those suckers on their hangers), and the “pack-it-up pile.” Repeat this process with shoes, and any accessories you might want to pack away.
Image via A Beautiful Mess – be sure to check out the full post for de-cluttering tips!
Donate the Rest
The Great Seasonal Switch is a great time to not only pack away what you’re not going to wear, but also a fantastic opportunity to do some donating. As you sort through your wares, be sure to have a bag handy for items you know you’re over. Toss ’em into the “To Donate” bag and when you’re done, take a trip to your local donation center or thrift store. What you decide to keep or donate is entirely up to you, but if you’re unsure, a couple of helpful questions could be “Have I worn this in the past year?” or “If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?” If the answers are “no,” it might be time to pass along those pre-loved items.
Now that you’ve organized, sorted, and donated, it’s time to grab some bins and get packing! If you’ve previously stashed away your warm-weather wears, be sure to remove those from the bins first and set them aside. Then, starting anywhere you please, start folding and packing away those sweaters, scarves, and heavy knits. If you’re like me and you’ve amassed a sizable collection of sweaters, vacuum seal-bags (available at most big box stores) may help cut down on the bulk of what you’re packing away.
Image via Apartment Therapy – check out the full post for more organization tips!
Stock up on Baskets
Once you’ve sorted those sweaters, it’s time to move on to all those warm-weather clothes you previously set aside. It may not quite be shorts weather just yet, so anything that requires an 80-degree day to wear can be kept stashed away. If you have room left in your bins, keep those summer essentials folded and kept at the top, or, keep them separated and out of the way in a separate bin or basket, like the Sort of Call Basket Set.
The Fun Part
So, you’ve organized, sorted, and stored, now comes the fun part — really! I swear! It’s time to go through all those spring-ready wears you’d previously forgotten about. Hang them up as you unfold and sort by type (tops, skirts, etc.), tossing aside anything you might want to donate. Once everything is on its hanger, integrate these pieces with the all-season items you’ve kept out. The benefit of packing away your seasonal clothes: shopping your closet four times a year.
In need of some storage inspiration? Check out this tour of our founder Susan’s closet, and be sure to check out our full selection of storage solutions!
Vacuum bags are a god send. I always swap my winter / summery clothes over and everything that’s not in season gets stuffed under the bed in those bags.
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