5 Tips to Clean Out Your Closet for Spring

A closet purge before you splurge!

By Elizabeth Belkin

Spring is finally here!  We are all so excited to dump our boots, hats and coats to start shopping for dresses and tank tops and sandals…

Before hitting the stores, it’s best to get your closet ready.  Closet purging can be exciting, exhausting, daunting and rewarding all at the same time.  So pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea and let me give you five great tips to getting your closet Spring ready.

1. REMOVE EVERYTHING FROM YOUR CLOSET AND DRAWERS

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Find a clean space where you can lay everything out.  It helps to have a rolling rack to place all of your hanging items.  Take everything out of your drawers and remove shoes and anything else that you need to sort through.

2.  PUT EVERYTHING INTO CATEGORIES

We all get busy and tend to put things back in the wrong places.  Take each item and separate by category.  Put your sandals together, your tees in a pile, etc.

3. FIGURE OUT WHAT NEEDS TO STAY AND NEEDS TO GO

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This is the toughest one yet.  You need to go through every item and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When was the last time I wore this shirt, skirt, pair of shoes?
  2. Does it fit?
  3. Is it still in style?
  4. How is the condition of the item, can it be altered or repaired if it is not in good condition?
  5. Do I still love it? Is it sentimental?

4. SEPARATE THE ITEMS BY KEEP, CONSIGN OR DONATE

You have these options. It is great to consign your items that you no longer want.  Something that you really once loved will get a second life and a new home. (www.therealreal.com) or you can always donate items that are not Luxury to a worthy cause of your choice and receive a tax write off.

5. PUT IT ALL BACK TOGETHER

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Now that you have decided what to keep, it is time to get organized!  Some of us have large closets with tons of space and great storage.  For those that do not, I suggest taking a look and seeing what kinds of things you can get from The Container Store, or Bed Bath and Beyond to help with more space, whether it is all new hangers or drawer dividers etc.  Make sure to hang everything in a clean, organized way.  Hang all pants with pants, skirts with skirts, etc…  Make sure to sort everything from light to dark as well.  It is a puzzle and once you start placing your items it all comes together.  Have fun with it and you can display handbags with shoes so you feel like your closet is your own boutique!

Now the fun stuff – the last part is to figure out what you need to add to your current wardrobe.  Now that you are organized and know EXACTLY what you have, you can shop with confidence!

Elizabeth Belkin has over twenty five years of experience in buying and merchandising in the fashion industry. She is currently the luxury retail director at The Real Real in Detroit. Interested in luxury consignment in Detroit? Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth.belkin@therealreal.com for a local White Glove appointment.

1 comment

  1. I did not know where you were–last I heard was Short Hills. I am going to do this—I keep buying and keeping. I usually donate, it is easier. Maybe my granddaughters will take the purses.
    Miss you guys!!
    Call if to get to WPB

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