Spring is when most people think of cleaning out closets.
At least it seems like that’s when we should do a big purge and organize.
But I find with three kids, a husband, a dog and a business I run from home, I could literally clean out my closets at any time of year!
So no matter when YOU want to clean your closets, here are seven of my favorite tips for doing the job well.
7 Best Closet Cleaning Tips
1. Take everything out of the closet
Yes, I mean EVERYTHING!
Every shirt, sweater, extra pillow and stray sock needs to come out of that closet.
2. Now ask a few questions of each item (depending on whose closet it is)
Does it still fit? Is it damaged? Is any damage repairable? Does it look good on me/him/her?
If the answer is no, then toss it in a pile.
3. Get new hangers
You can buy fancy hangers or just cheap dollar store plastic hangers. But having matching hangers makes a closet look much neater.
(Plus it’s good for type-A people like me to see everything all matching in a row. #happysigh)
4. Now hang it all up neatly
Don’t hang up sweaters and shoes obviously. But hang up everything else.
Sort by long sleeved and short sleeved or by color. Use whatever organization system works for your brain.
Does it all fit back in the closet? With wiggle room?
If not, reevaluate what you’ve already gone through.
5. Fold all the non-hanging clothes
Sweaters and heavy items all lose their shape if hung. (You know those weird little hanger bumps on the shoulders of sweaters after they’re hung?)
Place them folded on shelves, in baskets or in drawers instead.
6. Use floor space wisely
Line up your shoes. Stack boxes for scarves and seldom-worn shoes.
Using the floor space well can expand the useful square footage of your closets.
7. Evaluate your reject pile from step two
Take a look at the pile of items you created in step two. Then decide whether to sell, donate or toss each item.
Sell it if:
- it is in great condition
- it was expensive to begin with
Donate it if:
- you can’t or don’t want to sell it
- it isn’t damaged or stained
Toss it if:
- it’s damaged beyond repair
- it’s stained
- it’s underwear or socks
So that’s how I sort our closets – one by one.