Thursday, July 2, 2015

Closet Cleaning 101

Since I finally had a summer day with nothing to do last week, I decided it was time to get started on the disaster I call my closet. I have a fairly roomy closet that is also used as a little storage room, so as you can imagine, it has the tendency to get a bit messy and accumulate a good amount of clutter over time. I try to clean it out once a month, but with school finishing up and then quickly leaving for a trip, I got super behind on my organizing and it became quite a mess. Organizing is one of my favorite hobbies (I'm basically a mom but it's whatever) so I thought this could be a useful post if you are in need of a closet clean out as well!

The first thing I like to do is take everything out of shelves and pile it all on the floor. I then make three piles: keep, donate, throw out. After I only have the "keep" items in front of me, I divide into what can be worn in the current season and then put away as much as I can so I can have as much closet space as possible. From there, I decide which sections I want for what (ie. a workout shelf, a row of shoes, a pile of school skirts, etc.) and start folding!

If you have been inside my closet, you would know that when it comes to my hanging clothes, I am extremely OCD. We're talking a mini freak out if anyone touches my rack of hangers and messes up the evenly spaced items that I have arranged. Ideally, I would love to have all identical hangers, but a girl can dream right? My advice is to keep only the pieces you are currently wearing on a rack and then organizing by type of shirt (for example button downs, sweaters, etc.) Mine doesn't always end up like that, but it's helpful for dressing for the weather. (P.S. Do you think I like navy and pink at all?!)

Other than that, I recommend cleaning up once a week (or once a day if you can!) so large amounts of clothes don't pile up on the floor. It's so tempting to keep things out after doing laundry or getting home from a trip, but the more you keep up with it all the cleaner your closet will be! 

Any closet cleaning tips to share?
What other organization posts do you want to see?


  1. I have always had huge walk-in-closet's growing up, so having to transition to a small closet at my new home with my husband has been super difficult for me! I've taken to rotating clothes that I wear in season at the very front and burying clothes that I don't deep in the sides. My totes and extra purses go up top. I've still got tons of clothes in there that I can't and don't wear anymore, so if you have any tips on how to motivate myself to get rid of some of those old favorites, I would appreciate it!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  2. Love this! My greatest thing I have done in my closet is to get 2 Lilly storage totes and put out-of-season clothes in one and my sweatshirts in the other. It saves so much space (and hangers) in my closet!


  3. I've been meaning to clean out my closet, it's a great project for the summer!!

  4. I'm the type of person who goes on cleaning binges at four in the mourning because I can't sleep. During the summer, this means my closet is spic and span. I usually organize the things hanging up by style (short sleeve, running shirts, dressy shirts, etc.) then by color in rainbow order. It helps a lot when I'm trying to decide what I want to wear.

    Running Alyssa

  5. I am so guilty of being a bit anal when it comes to my closet and organization. I have to have my hanging clothes color coordinated, it takes a little bit to get used to doing, but is so worth it :)
    Beautyosaurus Lex

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  8. The post is great with plenty of practical advice. Thanks, I appreciate your efforts! Keep on leading good work.


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