5 Steps In Conquering Spring Cleaning

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You’re swooning over all the latest Spring florals and must-have trends for the season, but where will you put it all? Is your closet jammed pack and your lucky if you find one lonely hanger? It’s time to do some Spring cleaning! To get rid of the old and in with the new. It’s refreshing to update your wardrobe and make space for that jaw dropping floral romper you saw in the window. You are probably thinking to yourself “But I need it, I will wear it someday.” , or “It will come back in style, I will hold onto it.” Stop. Let reality sit in and come to the realization that you may need to do a wardrobe cleanse to make room for your newly added pieces. Don’t get overwhelmed, I have provided some tips and tricks to help you declutter, organize and update your closet. No more putting it off and let’s dive into it

You have your favorite playlist playing and your prepared to tidy up your wardrobe and get organized. First, let’s start with, what is taking up the most space in your closet?  You can never have too many oversized chunky knit sweaters for fall and winter but they are the main component in occupying your closet. By using space bags you can compile your sweaters and the great part is they are vacuum-sealed and reduce volume to maximize space. An alternative that my Mom loves to practice, is buying bins and storing your clothes with cedar-filled sachets. They absorb moisture and odor while refreshing the fabric. If you are limited on space these compact chips can also be used in your closet, garment bags, and shoe containers. Now that our sweaters and coats are packed away, don’t forget about the winter gear, like blanket scarves, gloves, and any heavy knit clothing that will take a backseat. As the process starts to move along and more room is made in the closet, you can start to see a light at the end of the tunnel!

Cleanse or Purge

Think of it like a cleanse for your body, cleansing your closet is a positive action that will not happen on its own!  This is one of the hardest parts to come to terms with and when you need that dose of reality to kick in. Surely, you have items in your closet that are sentimental, or that you love to wear. By all means keep these items! Then there are items crammed way in the back that haven’t seen the light of day in weeks, months, let’s be honest maybe years. I’m often guilty of this and find myself surrounded by piles and piles of jeans because a girl can never have too many, right? Well, I was wrong when I realized I could build a small fort with them! Time to give them a new home. There are a few questions I like to ask myself when I come across these clothes.
– When did I last buy this?
– When did I last wear it?
– Is it over a year old?
– Does it match my current style?
– Does it still have tags on it and still never worn?
– Is it outdated and no longer in style?

If you answered yes to most of these, then It’s time to retire it and favor your most current pieces. Make sure to follow the one year rule! If you have not worn it in over a year, are you most likely to wear it now? If you can’t think of new ways to style it right now, then it’s time to let it go!

Organize and Prioritize

For me it’s like a breath of fresh air, when my closet is clean and organized. I am no longer spending those precious minutes before work scrounging for my clothes. My favorite place to look for closet organizing storage is Ikea. They have stylish and functional storage like hanging clothes organizers and clothes boxes.  More of a DIY guru? Spruce up those old online shopping boxes with shelf liner paper or wrapping paper and add labels to the outside. I’m a huge fan of labeling boxes and bins so I can remember what I packed! Boots looking slouchy? Add pool noodles to keep them upright. Personally, when I step into my closet I love having it arranged by color because it’s visually and functionally easier for me to organize.  Another way to organize beside color is silhouette, by staple pieces, or from most current purchase. Whichever you decide consolidating and organizing will make your life easier.

Sell, Donate or Trash

When choosing to let go of your past favorite items, it’s more appealing knowing it can go to a good home. If your budget warrants the need to sell your items, there are websites like Poshmark, Threadflip and Ebay to list your gently used clothing or accessories.  Another option is,  donating your unwanted items that are still in good condition. A few places to donate to are Goodwill, Dress for Success, The Women’s Shelter, The Vietnam Veterans of America, The Salvation Army or a local church, can give someone else that happy moment you once had when you first saw that item! The last option is trashing the item due to stains, tears, holes or scuffs. If it’s not salvageable and you personally would not keep it, then tossing it to the curb is your best bet.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe

When I think of a capsule wardrobe two words pop into my mind- Practicality and Classic. I love buying new clothes to update my wardrobe but I find myself going back to my old favorite pieces. These items are simply my favorite, classic staples that never go out of style. A few key pieces I always keep in my closet are:
– White, Black and Grey Tee
– White, Black and Grey Tanks
– LBD (Little Black Dress)
– White blouse
– Dark denim jeans
– Distressed Jean
– Jogger Pants
– Sweatshirt
– Black Blazer
– Moto Leather Jacket
– Cardigan
– Denim Jacket or shirt
– Converse and Vans
– Booties
A capsule represents your favorite time-less pieces. It also saves you time money and they can be worn repeatedly. One of my favorite all time outfits is a simple jeans and a t-shirt. It can take time to discover your capsule wardrobe. By making a more intentional and thoughtful purchase your one step closer to creating the capsule that’s right for you! What is your latest strategy to Spring clean and organize your closet this season?

Now that I have empty hangers, I cannot wait to fill them with the latest spring trends. The Nantucket stripe trend has me excited for the spring/summer season. Nothing says Summer like bold navy and blue stripes. Speaking of bold, my newly purchased yellow romper will be making a statement. I adore the off the shoulder trend on tops, dresses, bodysuits and rompers, and some of my tops can now be transformed into the single shoulder trend! The spirit of the 80’s continues to be popular with cute graphic tees, round sunglasses, high waisted jeans and shorts, and I even spotted bell bottom jeans! It’s finally time to shed those layers and embrace florals, sun dresses and fun trends! If you are searching for more inspiration on easy styling and great products, please visit Dia & CoIt is a great resource if you are looking to refresh your wardrobe this Spring!

What are your latest must-have trends for spring that have you filled with excitement?

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is in collaboration with Dia & Co.

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4 Comments

  1. May 11, 2017 / 2:36 am

    These are great organization tips! It feels great to start the day with an organized closet! I always try to arrange my clothes by type and then by color.
    -Elizabeth
    confidentlyelegant.com

    • May 12, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you!! Yes, that’s a great idea to arrange by type and color 🙂

      Xx,
      Christine

  2. May 11, 2017 / 11:54 am

    You totally got the capsule wardrobe on point! I think that’s such a great idea – thanks for sharing!

    • May 12, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it!

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