Summer Cleaning! It’s not too late!
I know, traditionally we do our wardrobe cleaning before spring, but with the delay of spring time weather the motivation has been delayed as well! With the weather finally acting kind of right, it may be time to do a little wardrobe cleaning and get your clothes nice and organized to make those perfect outfits pop all summer! Let’s get stared!
Tips to Cleaning Out Your Wardrobe for Summer
No one wants to get rid of once-beloved fashion pieces and accessories, but sometimes it needs to be done. How else are you going to make room for this year’s new pieces? Now is the perfect time to do an in-depth inventory of what’s in your wardrobe, assess what is still need, and get rid of what is not wanted.
So, what’s the best way to get started when you have a hard time letting go. Luckily, there are some simple, but effective questions you can ask yourself, to help you make the important decision on what to do with each piece. Then, it’s as simple as deciding what step to take next.
Let’s get started.
Easy Questions to Guide You
Sometimes, the best way forward is to simply be honest with ourselves. This includes when it comes time to clean out our wardrobe. If your stressing or struggling over what to keep and what to get rid of, here are some simple questions to ask yourself as you consider each piece. They’ll get you on the right track in no time.
- Does it still fit the way it should?
- Have I worn it in the past 12 months?
- How likely is it I’ll wear it again?
- Does it still fit with my current style?
- Is it damaged in any way?
- If so, can it easily be fixed?
- If I was shopping right now, would I still buy this?
- Does it bring me joy to look at it?
- Do I feel confident/sexy/smart/sophisticated wearing it?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s time to get rid of the item by either donating it, selling it, or trashing it completely.
Sort into Piles
As you go through the tough process of deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, you have the final decision of what to do next. Do you sell, donate, or trash unwanted/unneeded items? Only you can be the answer of that, but here are a few more tips to guide you along the way.
Any of the items that received the coveted “yes” answer to, should be placed in your keep pile. Once you have your stack of clothes you want to hang onto for a while longer, consider the best way to organize your closet to give them easier exposure. I love to color coordinate but you can also put your most worn and beloved pieces in easy-to-see and easy-to-reach locations. If your closet space is small, you can also get a few vacuumed seal bags to put away the winter wardrobe and store it away until they’re needed again next year.
There are tons of great ways to make money off your castaways. If you know someone in your inner circle, contact them first. Then use online sites like Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, Depop, or even Craigslist to help your fashion find a new home.
Sometimes the hassle of selling clothes is more work than it’s worth. And sometimes, you’d just rather give to those in need. In either case, there are plenty of wonderful organizations to donate your used fashion to, which will grace and benefit those in need. Look into the local charities in your area to see which ones accept clothing donations.
Anything that can’t be salvaged due to holes, unflinching stains, disrepair, etc. should be trashed. Don’t feel guilty. It happens to the best of them sometimes.
Choose a System
Once you have everything whittled down, think about your current organizational system. If you don’t currently have one in place, it might be time to consider investing in one. Not only will it keep your closet neat and tidy, but it will make cleaning out the closet with the seasons all that much easier.
There are a bunch of different systems you can choose from, but what matters most is finding one that works for you and sticking with it. Some of the best systems include:
- Smart hanger system
- Closet organizers
- Clear see-through plastic bins
A Final Note
Now is a great time of year to get back on the right track and embrace a new you. Cleaning our closets is just one way to get started, but don’t get overwhelmed or try to tackle everything all at once—unless you’re prepared to. It’s okay to take things one step at a time. Once your wardrobe has been purged of the castaways, you’ll be grateful you took the time. Now, on to finding some amazing new fashion to add to it…