Spring Cleaning: Tips for Revamping Your Closet

As the new season approaches, it's time for a fresh start and for you to finally get organized. Begin by transitioning your wardrobe. Though you might dread the whole concept of spring cleaning, it's actually quite easy. Plus, it will ultimately make your routine of getting ready a whole lot better.

Take a look at the following tips to make room for your favorite spring staples and give your beloved closet the makeover it deserves:

Motivation through music
Step away from the remote. Though it may be tempting to put Netflix on the TV while you clean, it will only end up distracting you from your task at hand. Instead, Elle Magazine recommended blasting your favorite tunes. Let your pump-up playlist motivate you to get organized.

One step at a time
It's wise to focus most of your energy  on cleaning out your closet. But quickly straightening up your bedroom prior to tackling your organizing endeavor may help your closet makeover seem more attainable. Make your bed in case you need to use it as a surface to lay out pieces or to place folded clothes.

Additionally, you may want to consider purchasing items that will help you stay organized. Throw out your plastic hangers and instead invest in sturdy wooden ones. A cute laundry basket and shoe rack are well worth it as well. 

With your new supplies and a clean environment, you are now almost ready to tackle your closet. Light some scented candles to get the vibe just right. Deep breaths – you've got this.

Closet full of clothes with nothing to wear
Now onto the nitty-gritty. When you open your doors to find a disheveled array of mismatched high heels piled on top of yoga pants, you're bound to get overwhelmed. But don't panic. Put on your brave face and start grabbing articles of clothing one by one. Your next step is figuring out what you want to keep.

Keep things organized by placing each item into divided piles. Label each group as clothes to store, donate or sell. For now, set aside clothes that can stay in your closet year round, Elle magazine suggested.

  • Store: The warmer weather is approaching. Your heavy winter clothes clearly don't need to be taking up a large majority of your valuable closet space. Say goodbye to your ski jackets until next year. Put them in a large plastic container to store in their new home: the attic.
  • Donate: Do your good deed for the day. Any small t-shirts or sweatshirts displaying your high school name across the front that no longer fit you can be thrown in a large trash bag for donation. Goodwill is always a great place to send garments, and churches often accept clothes to give away as well.
  • Sell: If you can still see the price tag hanging from that blouse you bought three years ago, it might be time to give it the boot. The gently worn cutesy pieces that never get any use can now come in handy for your wallet. Have people bid online on Ebay, or head to your local thrift shop – like Buffalo Exchange or Plato's Closet – to sell items for cash or store credit. While you're there, you might even find some cute pieces to add your to your spring collection.

Out with the old, in with the new
After all the clutter is gone, you can finally create space for your spring staples. Find the appropriate spots for all clothes, accessories and shoes. If you want to go above and beyond, color coordinate as you hang the pieces.