Spring is in the air! After being in our homes throughout winter, it’s become customary – and sometimes necessary – to deep clean the entire house once the weather warms up. Plus, we’ll be getting an extra hour of daylight once clocks go forward on the March 28, and what better way is there to spend that hour than on spring cleaning?
In this article, we’re focusing specifically on your wardrobe, as this can be one of the most daunting spring cleaning tasks. Read on for some of our top tips to make decluttering your clothes and accessories a breeze...
Make Spring Cleaning Fun
We dare to put ‘cleaning’ and ‘fun’ in the same sentence! It’s important to get yourself in the right headset to tackle the often challenging task of cleaning out your wardrobe.
Put on a playlist of your favourite feel-good songs. Light some scented candles to set the mood. Slip on your designated cleaning socks. Perhaps even pour yourself a drink - though whether it’s wine or coffee is entirely up to you. Whatever it takes to get you through the cleaning.
Pull Everything Out
Yes, we mean everything. This might seem like an intimidating thing to do – and it is. If you want to start small, you can start by pulling out categories of clothing, such as trousers or shirts.
Wherever you start, simply getting all your clothes out of your wardrobe and into a big pile on your bed or floor can help you visualise just how much stuff is in your room Take a moment to assess this massive pile. Next, roll up your sleeves, because it’s time to do some mindful purging.
By purging mindfully, we mean going through your large pile of clothing, item by item, and thinking about whether you truly need so many pairs of jeans, or whether you need that spaghetti strap dress that you’ve only worn once, or that kitschy blouse that still has the tag on it.
You can even ask yourself the question made famous by renowned organising consultant Marie Kondo: does this spark joy? Asking yourself this as you go through your pile of clothing can help you determine if you’re hanging onto items because you truly love them.
Other factors for determining whether to purge an item of clothing include if you haven’t worn it in over six months, if it no longer fits or if it’s damaged beyond repair. Aside from this latter option, you can take the mindfulness even further by donating the clothes you want to get rid of.
This final step might seem self-explanatory, but what one person decides is organised might differ from another person’s definition.
Whatever organisation system you use, ensure you put your clothes back in your wardrobe in a neat, accessible and logical manner so you don’t have to paw through so many stacks or hangers just to get to one hidden-away item.
To free up even more space in your wardrobe, you can store seasonal items away in storage. This includes thick jumpers, heavy jackets or anything else that might seem overkill in spring and summer.
We hope these tips will help you get one step closer to a cleaner wardrobe!
Until next time…