If you're anything like me, the idea of spring cleaning induces images of a happy, relieved you standing in front of an immaculately organized and polished closet. But — if you're anything like me — the reality is you can't even see the back of your closet. What's more is that the amount of stuff you've collected over the years has now hindered you from being able to shut its doors without exerting all your upper body strength. So, what's the solution? Instead of calling it "spring cleaning," let's look at it as a "spring upgrade," shall we? With a little bit of an attitude adjustment and a game plan, it is totally possible to give your closet a total makeover. Here are five easy ways to upgrade.
Toss, Donate, Sell
Jennifer Aniston will be the first to admit it: it's completely normal to hold onto clothes that you're nostalgic about. But what's not okay is to hoard them. When cleaning out your closet, a good rule to follow when deciding to keep, toss or donate starts with this simple question: "Have I worn this in the last year?" If you haven't, there's a really good chance you won't be wearing it ever again. Consider donating it or making a few extra bucks on resale sites like Bib + Tuck or Shop Hers.
Upgrade Your Hangers and Containers
Even if you're on a tight budget, one simple way to make your closet look prettier and make your old clothes more appealing is by hanging them on nice hangers or folding them into cute containers. Investing in wooden or padded hangers (like these) and high quality containers or dividers (like these).
Color-Code or Organize By Style
After cleaning out your closet, you'll probably rediscover clothes you forgot you even had. Make your life easier by reorganizing you closet by color or style. It will not only help you pick an outfit quicker, it'll also showcase your wardrobe better.
Buy a New Closet System
No matter how much you spring c̶l̶e̶a̶n̶ upgrade, if you don't have a good, working closet, there's no way it's going to feel organized. It may be time to invest in a new closet system or organizer. Try IKEA, Target, or the Container Store for inexpensive storage systems that you can custom fit to your closet.
Consider Getting Extra Storage
If your closet is still spilling over with your clothes, it might be a good idea to get some extra storage. If you have a lot more to store, you could buy a dresser, but if you are just looking for some extra hanging space, a clothing rack might be a better option.
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