1. Averse to throw out things? A real undercover hoarder? You’ve never done a full clear out of your closet? Then it’s certainly time to get into that real adult overdue spring cleaning. I’m not talking about tidying up or surface cleaning which includes storing clothes under the bed or making a donation pile. I mean going through intricately and using one to two days to make sure used and unworn pieces are either kept, donated or stored in a minimalist way.

So….to begin please have a strategy as this is paramount to a clean closet.  For any first-time spring cleaner, it’s certainly a daunting task, but with the tips below, you’ll be all the way spic-and-span at least for the rest of the year.

  1. De-clutter your mind.
    Avoid multi-tasking, your full focus should be on your closet.
  2. Get in the mood. De-stress the area. Open blinds/curtains for the sake of your mental clarity let in as much light as you can. Dress in work out clothes  as cleaning is always way more active than you think.
  3. Divide and conquer. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so think about your cleaning as a collection of smaller tasks. Make a list of the areas you want to cover—your closet/wardrobe room, your dresser, cupboards, rolling racks and even your bathroom holders, if any. Splitting up the work into manageable parts is significant as digging through your stuff is necessary.
  4. Embrace the pile method as seen on all the closet clean tv shows. To me, this is scientific, I’m a huge fan of this. Once you’ve settled on an area, dive right in and start placing things in piles for “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” Only put things you wear or use regularly in the yes pile, and don’t freak out if your no pile is big. Getting rid of superfluous clothes, beauty products, and other things lying around your room is the whole point of spring cleaning! Once everything is separated out, go back through the maybe pile and try to make yes and no decisions. Should you still have items in limbo, move on to another area and revisit the maybes after the next round of piling.
  5. Ask the tough questions. Are you ever going to wear that? Or that bag that can’t hold more than a lipstick? Yes if it’s a TEFLAR MINI ORIGINAL. Or those shoes that you’ve never been able to walk in? A good rule of thumb is to purge anything you wouldn’t wear right then and there, if weather weren’t a factor. As far as beauty products go, expiration dates vary from product to product, but you should get rid of anything that’s changed colors, developed an odor, or that you haven’t touched in the last six months.
  6. Get organized. Work through the piles. Take the time to fold your clothes and organize your space logically. This means putting winter coats at the back of your closet and lining up hanging clothes by type (tops, bottoms, dresses), color, or even by outfit. If your room is in need of a lot of help, think about purchasing shoe racks, drawer dividers, and other organizational tools.
  7. Say goodbye to your stuff. Items that are badly worn out should be thrown away, as should things like half-used jars of old moisturizer. Clothing and accessories that are in decent shape can either be donated to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army, resold at your social handles. Encourage your friends to do some spring cleaning of their own, you could have your own wardrobe exchange.
  8. Treat yourself as always. An emptier closet means you have room for some new purchases, but a Netflix Valhalla or Black AF binge will do the trick, too. Having a reward in sight can give you that extra bit of motivation you need to get the job done. If all of this is too daunting, hire a CLEANcrew, I can give you referrals.