Spring Cleaning: Wardrobe Edition (+ 10 Step Checklist to Simplify the Process)

Did you know that clothing is at the root of most household organization-related stress for women? 

Each year around this time, there is a casual reminder fluttering through conversations and social media content highlighting “spring cleaning” with utter importance and yet our closets and dressers remain in the shadows. Certainly the overall cleanliness of these spaces isn’t overlooked, but the truth is, a wardrobe clean out is simply going to make the biggest impact of the season and here’s why. 

It’s Not You, It’s Your Clothes. 

The stress that comes from an untidy closet or overflowing dresser drawer correlates to far more than a lazy housekeeper. In fact, a wardrobe clean out will allow you to create the lifestyle you’re looking for and amplify how you want to show up each day. After all, you want each piece you own staring back at you to offer the confidence and comfort you desire. Whether you’ve experienced significant body changes, changed up careers or lifestyle, moved to a new climate or are just less than thrilled with the lack of spark your clothing provides, you owe it to yourself to pick out the pieces that no longer serve you. Once you show them the door, you can prioritize the pieces you love and organize your space giving you better access to your clothing and a healthier mindset around them. 

“Less is More.” Time to Purge. 

While spring cleaning your home it’s simple to remove clutter and send things soaring to the trash or donation bins in an effort to have a tidier home. When it comes to your wardrobe, it usually isn’t as easy, as this task brings both excitement and overwhelm. The truth is, the saying “less is more” will always ring true when it comes to a well curated wardrobe. The desire you have to better organize your drawers and closet space will absolutely materialize as you begin purging. Not only the physical space becomes more accessible but the mental space frees up as well. Remember, any form of purging physical items can bring up a lot of emotions and narratives. Be prepared to work through some mindset shifts that may come up.

Fashion Rules Your Mama Missed. 

Remember, classics over trends always – unless that trend makes you feel like a million bucks. If you haven’t worn it in six months, you’re never going to. Just because it was expensive doesn’t mean it’s worth keeping. Once you begin sorting through your items you may begin to question “Does it stay or does it go?” Start with things you dislike, don’t fit into and simply don’t feel right whenever you try them on. If an item puts up a fight to stay, ask yourself “When was the last time I wore this and felt good?” If you can’t decide on storing pieces that no longer fit, just remember that clothing is meant to fit our bodies, not the other way around.

Match Your Clothing to Your Closet Space. 

A missed step in the purchasing process is the consumer often forgetting about their access to organization once they get their purchases home. Think about the size of your closet, dresser or dressing room when purchasing or accepting new clothing and accessories throughout the year. How do you intend to store these items? Is there space currently without minimizing what you already own? As you perform a closet clean out, ask yourself these same questions to make sure what you keep will fit in a way that creates an easy to go through space, not one that’s cluttered and stress inducing to keep up with. 

Your Personal Wardrobe Audit Checklist. 

Eliminate overwhelm by reducing what feels like a big project into bite size tasks by reviewing one section of your wardrobe at a time by following the below list. 

  • Intimates, Hosiery & Lingerie
  • Pajamas & Bathrobes
  • T-shirts & Basics
  • Blouses & Tops
  • Skirts and Bottoms
  • Denim
  • Sweaters & Cold Weather Wear
  • Dresses & Suiting
  • Outerwear
  • Shoes
  • Handbags
  • Accessories

Cleaning out your wardrobe this spring is not only a way to provide a sense of freshness into your home, but a sense of freedom over the items and spaces in your life. Start small and by the end you’ll be so grateful you prioritized this important part of your home. 


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