Closet Clean Out


The sights and sounds of spring are all around us. The birds are chirping, the grass is green, and our closets are busting at the seams. This can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning. The winter of 2014 was a mess of heavy snows and dreary days. Bad weather caused many of us to head indoors to find shelter in our local malls. So, can we blame Mother Nature for our overstuffed closets? I think so.

If you’re starting your annual spring cleaning, here are some tips that will get those closet doors closing without a lot of extra grunt work.

1. Organization

Organization is key for getting rid of unwanted clothing items. Separate items by color or type of garment. While you’re in the process of organizing, throw out the clothing that you don’t want. Donate the excess or organize a yard sale.

2. It’s Time.

Time frames are important to keep in mind when cleaning your closet. If you’ve had a clothing item for over a year and haven’t worn it, it’s probably time to throw it out. Make yourself an alterations bag to put things aside that you still like, but never fit quite right. It’s the best option for items that you can’t get rid of yet.

3. Attachment Issues

If you have emotional attachments to your clothing, ask yourself these simple questions. Do I still love this article of clothing? Does it still fit? Is it damaged? Is there something better out there that I would rather have in place of it? Does this reflect my personal style? You may be surprised at the answers and how much they can help you make a quick decision.

4. Set Goals

Cleaning out your closet can be tedious work and it’s important to set goals. For example, if you notice you have more quantity than quality, make a goal to buy more quality items that will wear better and last longer. It’s best to spend more on items that you think of as basics like jeans, suiting, simple T-shirts, and shoes. You’ll have more space in your closet and be getting more bang for your buck! Plus, your new organized space will make it easier than ever to create a special outfit.

Amy Snodgrass has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Marshall University. She is from Mineral Wells, where she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, pageantry, shopping, and writing for her personal blog
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