Spring Cleaning Tips: Making Room in Your Closet for Spring Trends

With spring weather comes a brand-new opportunity for a change in wardrobe. That said, before you break out the spring fashion trends, dig into your closet and clean it out. This year, make your closet the one you’ve always dreamed of. With our tips below, you’ll be enjoying your newly organized dream master closet in no time.

Clean it Out

Chances are, there are clothes in your closet you haven’t worn in a very long time. Dusty hangar, old dresses, and items buried in tall stacks means it’s time to clean it out. Sift through items in your closet and really think about the last time you wore it. If it’s too small, damaged, or old, consider giving it a new home.

Create three piles to make it easier to sort: keep, throw away, and sell/donate. Selling clothing is easier than ever before. There are plenty of phone apps to list your unwanted clothing. Plus, with vintage clothing becoming a hot trend, you might even make a pretty penny on some of your older items.

Freshen It Up

Once you get everything out of the closet, seize the opportunity to give your closet a deep clean. Wipe down shelves and hanging rods. Vacuum the floor and even consider cleaning the carpet. Closets can easily get musty over time, especially if you’ve had unworn clothing hanging for years.

After your deep cleaning, consider giving the closet a fresh coat of paint. Not only does painting the interior get rid of scuffs and imperfections, but it will also bring new life and inspiration to your wardrobe. Opt for lighter colors and be hesitant when exploring outside of neutrals. If you chose a strong color, it could distort the colors of your clothes, making it hard to choose a well-paired outfit.

Organize It

Ideally, cleaning out your unwanted clothing will give you plenty of new space in your closet. That said, if your master closet is still lacking storage you have a couple of options.

The first option is to invest in a closet organizing system. There are plenty available for purchase or you can DIY it by adding extra shelves, hanging bars, and baskets. Consider labeling the baskets or color-coding them for socks, t-shirts, undergarments, etc.

The second option is to store your out-of-season clothing elsewhere and keep only that season’s items in your closet. This way, you’re not taking up space with heavy, dark sweaters and coats during the spring and summer months. Shoes also take up a significant amount of space, so consider putting away your winter boots for safe-keeping until the weather permits.

Add Your New Spring Looks

Once you get your closet organized, treat yourself to a few new trendy spring items. Compliment your wardrobe with a piece of colorful jewelry, like these new clover earrings. Inspire summer to come sooner and shop for a new swim suit. Whether you prefer a floral one-piece swim suit or a trendy sunflower bikini, they’ll both flatter a  fresh wardrobe nicely. Top off your new look with a matching handbag and colorful strap and you’re all set for spring!

Warm weather is just around the corner, so give you master closet the makeover it deserves and get the new year season started fresh. With a clean, organized closet you can guarantee you’ll be looking and feeling your best this spring.

What Trends to Leave in 2019

It’s a new year, so let’s focus not only on a new you, but on what trends to leave in 2019. We all know some trends should disappear. The year 2020 should have a focus on modesty and natural beauty when it comes to your appearance. Clean out your closet, throw away the clothes you’ve had for years, and say hello to 2020.

Leave the Bell Sleeves to the 1970s Era

You won’t be able to walk into your local department store – or any store for that matter – and find these shirts. In fact, some people believe that this particular trend shouldn’t have been resurrected. These shirts originated in the 1970’s era and bode well for festivals, concerts, and themed parties. Suede, bell bottoms, and bell sleeves were the definition of fashion in the 1970s.

Ditch the Boxy Crop Tops

When looking for something figure-flattering, these shirts aren’t your best options. They show off your stomach but they don’t compliment anyone. They most definitely don’t compliment your figure. It’s time to say, “hasta luego” to these shirts and bury them deep with 2019.

If you want to wear crop tops during the summer in 2020, find some that are fitting and that flatter your figure – but please, nothing too short.

Get Rid of the Plaid

The only thing that matches plaid is plaid. Let’s ditch the plaid and stick with simple floral patterns or just solid colors. Yeah, plaid became a hot trend in 2018 and 2019, but let’s let it go in 2020, empty your closet and get rid of the plaid!

Unlike other closet staples, you can’t wear plaid all the time because it’s the type of fashion that is memorable. You can wear the same blue jeans 3 times a week without a second glance, but the same cannot be said for a plaid skirt. Why have something in your closet that you can wear only a few times a year? The history of plaid attire dates back thousands of years, so we think it’s time to leave it behind.

Say Bye to Oversized

Bigger is no longer better for the new year. Why would we want to wear oversized tees with oversized shorts, or even jewelry? If you decide to bring in oversized clothing please make sure you pair your oversized tee with a pair of skinny jeans, but let’s hope you leave the oversized in the past.

Rather than opting for big clothing, opt for a big statement. Clothing sets are a great way to add comfort and style to your wardrobe this year.

Ditch the Biker Shorts and Yoga Pants 

In 2020, biker shorts and yoga pants should be used for exactly what they were made for. Most of these pieces are cheaply made and consequently, unflattering. Maybe it shows off your curves, but it should never be apart of your daily fashion. If you want to keep them, go for it, just please leave them for exercise-use only.

The year 2020 could do without these trends. The “new year, new me” is a typical saying, but let’s focus on “new year, new trends” too. No more of those boxy crop tops or old, unflattering patterns; 2020 is the year to let your fashion grow.

Give Your Closet a New-Year Refresh

New year, new you…right? Well, that’s how the old maxim goes anyway, so start small when it comes to your New Year reinvention by clearing out your closet. Not only could you make some cash selling off your old stuff, but you’ll also start the year on a high note of productivity. Read on for our closet decluttering tips and tricks.

Empty your closet

Before you can give your closet a new year refresh, you need to empty that sucker out. You won’t make any progress when it comes to sorting your stuff unless you take stock of what you already have. So…tidy your room, make your bed and start hauling everything from the depths of your wardrobe. Yes, everything! You need to see exactly what space you’re working with. Allow yourself a good couple of hours for this step, because—depending how much stuff you own—it could take a while.

Organize and Categorize

Once you’ve emptied your closet, then it’s time to start sorting. You can approach the sorting step in several different ways. Perhaps you want to work by category (e.g. jeans, jackets, tops, trousers, etc.) or perhaps you’d rather go by ‘area’ of the closet, starting with stuff from the shelves, then clothes on the rack. Either way, choose an order of business and stick to it! You’ll need to separate everything into three piles: keep, donate, throw. Remember: be hard on yourself. If you really want to make an improvement in your closet situation, you have to rid yourself of the old.

Donate, throw away and craft

By now, you should have things organized into three categories: keep, donate, throw. Start with the throw pile, disposing of everything as ethically as possible and recycling where necessary. Then move onto the donate pile, and start taking your old clothes and accessories to neighbor charity shops or shelters.

Finally, it’s time to address the stuff you want to keep, including those old t-shirts that you can’t bear to part with but know you’ll never wear again. Instead of letting them clutter up your closet, consider getting crafty with them. Cut out the logos or designs into squares and sew them together to make a blanket or turn them into makeshift cushion covers. Basically, do something useful with the stuff you love but won’t wear!

Arrange by season

As for the non-crafty attire, it’s time to arrange by season. As we move out of winter fashion, start putting thick jumpers, long-sleeved shirts, and bulky coats into storage. You can use vacuum bags to shrink them down if you’re short on space, before tucking them away in some decorative storage bins until it’s time to get them out again. When fall fashion trends roll around, do it again with the summer wardrobe! This way, you’ll always have exactly what you most need front and center in your closet.

Color coordinate your stuff

You’ve now got just the clothes you want to keep and need for the season. But how should you arrange them? There are many schools of thought about just that. Some say you should separate your clothes into color groups, perhaps keeping red with red, grey with grey and white with white, for example. Of course, this only makes sense if you wear lots of colors!

You can also sort by category, keeping shirts and tees to the left of your closet rail, while shifting pants and trousers to the right. Or, put your longest items (dresses, trousers) to one side, and your shortest items (tops, tees) to the other.

Because we are talking about a complete closet refresh, now might be a good time to give your space a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. When your clothes are hanging, and shelves are stacked high, it’s hard to dust and vacuum the whole space. After you clean it, consider a new paint job! FYI: Pantone’s color of the year is Living Coral.

Hire a professional to do it all for you

Are you exhausted just reading all this? Skip literally every aforementioned step—except, maybe, Step 2—and hire a professional organizer to do the hard work for you. Yes, closet organizers are a thing and they’ll have your space neat and tidy in no time! Of course, you’ll have to pay for this service, but if you’ve got some spare cash it might make for a worthwhile investment.

Replenish your closet with some on-trend items and classics

Your closet is tidier and full of opportunity, so it’s time to stock up on some new classics and trendy pieces that will tie your looks together. After all, you need to fill in the gaps left by everything you threw away and donated! You can never go wrong with a cute crossbody or a statement jacket.

Hopefully, you feel more confident to tackle that closet refresh you’ve been putting off for ages. It might seem like a mammoth task to start, but remember that there’s no time like the present to get your life—and closet—in order!

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