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Springcleaningyourcloset:Whattothrowout,whattokeep,andhowtodecide

AK
AK Freelance Writer / Website Owner & Editor [dopeandbroke.com]
7mo Philadelphia, PA, United States. Story
Spring cleaning your closet: What to throw out, what to keep, and how to decide

Spring is finally here. What better way to prepare for a new season than to clean out your closet?

I am not the neatest of people and I don’t really care, but cleaning out your closet and getting rid of things you will never wear is a great feeling.

If you are like me, you don’t even know where to begin. I have so many clothes, yet somehow I am always searching desperately for something to wear!

Some people find it hard to get rid of things or part with clothing that has good memories attached, but the fact of the matter is, it is just wasting space in your closet where new stuff could be!

After you clean out your closet and your dressers, it will be so much easier to know what you have and where it is.

Here are some great tips for spring cleaning out your closet to make it the least painful experience possible.

First off, this does not have to be an absolutely miserable experience. Going through your stuff can bring back nostalgic memories and good times and it can feel freeing when you are all finished.

So pour yourself a cocktail, play some good music, and let’s get started!


Where do I start?

Grab a couple of trash bags (depending on how much clothing you have to get rid of)

You will need one for a clothing donation bag for clothes that you do not want but are still in good enough condition for someone else to wear.

All you have to do is throw the bag in one of those bins that are in the parking lots at grocery stores or something. There is no point in throwing away perfectly good clothes and they’ll go to good use!

If you have any clothing or items that are super nice, designer labels, real leather, etc., I would consider creating a consignment pile to sell those items to a high-end consignment shop.

And of course, is the trash bag for things that are so far gone not even a homeless man on the street would want it.

Start digging through your clothes! I recommend starting with small piles taken out of your closet or drawers and laid onto your bed or dresser, but some closet organization experts recommend just dumping everything you own out onto the floor so that you can see how much stuff you have. So whatever you want! 

Only you know what you will wear.

When sorting through your clothes in your closet, ask yourself these questions:

Do I wear this?

Have I worn this in the past month?

Does this fit?

If damaged, am I actually going to go get it fixed?

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Will I ever wear this?

Do I feel confident when I wear this?

An oldie but goodie is hard to get rid of, but if you haven’t worn it in over a year or it is so out of style you wouldn’t even think of wearing out in public, it is time to part ways.

Don’t hoard items under false pretenses. If you are not going to wear it, get rid of it.

Keep it organized.

After getting rid of all the clothes you no longer wish to keep, I would put your winter clothes like big coats, heavy sweaters and that sort of thing in storage containers and keep them under the bed (unless you’re fortunate enough to have a super big closet, which I am not at the moment.)

This will create more space so that you can actually see the clothes in your closet!

You have to know yourself and how you are. For instance, I know that I am lazy and don’t like hanging up my clothes that much, so I have organized the majority of my clothes to be folded up in drawers and on shelves.

An organized closet is just pleasing to the eye. Group like items together, put purse and bags on top shelves and get a shoe organizer. If everything has a set place rather than just folded or hung up where it fits, it is more likely your closet with stay organized. 

Treat yourself.


Reward yourself for cleaning out your closet with an online shopping order! You worked hard and you created new space for new clothes! Check out dopeandbroke.com/shop for some specially selected clothing that’s hot this season.

Give yourself a pat on the back, good job.

Reward yourself for cleaning out your closet with an online shopping order! You worked hard and you created new space for new clothes! Check out dopeandbroke.com/shop for some specially selected clothing that’s hot this season.

Give yourself a pat on the back, good job.

Does anyone else have any good closet cleaning tips that have not been mentioned? What cleaning methods work best for you?


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4 comments

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    7mo ago

    Hi @AK! I love this. Why do you think it's so hard to let go of some items, even though we haven't worn them in a few years? I'm facing that right now. 

    Hi @AK! I love this. Why do you think it's so hard to let go of some items, even though we haven't worn them in a few years? I'm facing that right now. 

    • AK
      AK Freelance Writer / Website Owner & Editor [dopeandbroke.com]
      7mo ago

      Ugh, right?! I think we grow attachments to certain items because we associate them with memories. I used to hold on to so many clothes for that reason but I swear, you will feel like a lighter person when you finally just get rid of them! You still have your amazing memories but you don't need the old clothes!

      Ugh, right?! I think we grow attachments to certain items because we associate them with memories. I used to hold on to so many clothes for that reason but I swear, you will feel like a lighter person when you finally just get rid of them! You still have your amazing memories but you don't need the old clothes!

  • ahc328
    7mo ago

    This always happens to me... I always find myself compromising and finding excuses to keep them, like "Oh I'll keep this ballgown in case I have a gala to go to at age 23." -_______-

    This always happens to me... I always find myself compromising and finding excuses to keep them, like "Oh I'll keep this ballgown in case I have a gala to go to at age 23." -_______-

    • AK
      AK Freelance Writer / Website Owner & Editor [dopeandbroke.com]
      7mo ago

      I've had a super nice designer business dress in my closet and I was like oh, I'll just save that for the next time I have to go to some super professional business meeting. I work in my pajamas, so that is never.

      I've had a super nice designer business dress in my closet and I was like oh, I'll just save that for the next time I have to go to some super professional business meeting. I work in my pajamas, so that is never.


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