Wow! It’s crazy to think we are already in June! As we are moving closer and closer to summer, I wanted to end the Spring season with some good tips to lighten your load and help with the transition. Although I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of Spring cleaning, I find that I feel so much better after. I’m sure you will too! Here are some tips to help say hello to Summer with not only a fresh closet, but a fresh mindset:
- SEPARATE: Divide and conquer! That is what comes to mind in this first step. The key to this is to get a mental inventory of your closet. If you have a hamper or organization bins, they’ll come in handy (some good music will definitely help too!). Basically each bin could serve a purpose. On one bin, you can put your everyday or work clothes. On another bin, you can put clothes that are only for special occasions. Sometimes you have pieces you love and you absolutely can’t get rid of. It’s ok, you can make a bin for that too. Another bin can be for extras (aka rejects). Now that you have an idea of what items you own, you can maybe take some notes on what you need more of. Maybe some date night outfits? Or comfy and cute work tops? Be precise.
- ELIMINATE: I know what you may be thinking. Look at this girl talking about minimalism. Yes, in some areas of your life, I find getting rid of things is very beneficial. Less sometimes is more. In this step, you can reuse those bins but this time one bin will be for tossing, the second will be for selling, and the third will be for donating. Go through your closet and start looking at each piece. Be honest with yourself. If you have a clothing item with tags still attached after you haven’t worn it in months, maybe even years, do you really need it? Sometimes I like trying random clothes in my closet to see if I feel the same way about it. I don’t like the idea of clothes I don’t wear to occupy my closet when I can be making room for something else I prefer! My rule of thumb: If I was shopping right now and I wouldn’t buy this item, then it doesn’t belong in my closet. Lately, I’ve been using the Poshmark app to sell some of my new or barely worn clothes. If you are pretty consistent, this app definitely comes in handy. There’s other ways to sell clothes like a garage sale or other similar apps. However, sometimes you may be feeling generous and decide that donating is your preferred option. Kudos to you! 🙂
- ORGANIZE: For this last step, it helps to invest in some organizational supplies. Check out The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, or similar stores. I love using velvet hangers because the clothes don’t slide off. I also invested in a shoe rack. It was the best idea because now I have more space for them and it just looks better! Now that you have a better idea of what you own and decided to keep, you can start filling the closet again. A good method is to divide your closet by separates (tank tops, blouses, jeans, skirts, dresses, outerwear). If you are feeling very motivated then you can take it a step further and divide the separates by color. This method is efficient because it’s fool proof when you are styling a look. You know you need a top to go with the jeans you grabbed so you can go to the specific section and find what you need right there. Another method of organization is by occasion. Although I personally use and prefer the first method, some will prefer this one. For example, one section can be work outfits. Another section can be workout outfits, date night outfits, or school outfits. The pro to this method is that when you’re running late you can grab and go. There’s not a lot of thinking to do. However, as I mentioned earlier, I prefer the first method because I like being creative with my styling and sometimes my clothing items can serve more than one purpose. After all, that’s what makes it fun, right?
I hope these tips have helped you out! Depending on the size of your closet, it may be a bit of a project and can even take a few days. Just be patient. You will feel really great afterwards. You will shop smarter and better. Let me know if you guys have any other tips for a cleaner wardrobe in the comment section below! Xo