6 Reasons To Clean Out Your Closet This Spring

by Miki Hayes

Not too many people look forward to spring cleaning, especially not cleaning out your closet. It's understandable. The weather outside is finally nice, but you're stuck inside dusting, vacuuming, organizing; the whole nine. And even though it feels good to have a freshly clean house at least once a year, if you're already on a regular cleaning schedule, it may not seem necessary to tackle your whole living area at once. But there are definitely reasons to clean out your closet this spring.

Certain things are harder to get rid of than others. That half-used bottle of lotion that doesn't really smell all that great anyway? Toss. That plastic dish-ware you used in college that sits unused in the back of your kitchen cabinets? Donate. But that t-shirt you won for some reason or other in middle school that doesn't even fit you anymore? Well... memories. Right? Unfortunately, cleaning out a closet can be a pretty emotional task, and therefore one of the hardest to complete when it comes to spring cleaning. But if you can remember your justifications and stick to your guns, coming out of the other end with a nicely organized closet feels pretty rewarding. So if you find you need just a little more will power to get to it, here are six reasons you'll want to clean out your closet this spring.

1. You've Run Out Of Hangers

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No, no; you don't need to buy more hangers. You need to assess what is important enough to stay on those hangers. Allowing yourself more hangers only allows for a more cluttered and packed closet. And there's no point in spending more money and space on items you don't even need or want anymore anyway.

2. To Stop Ironing As Much

If your clothes can actually hang without being smushed between other pieces of clothes, or be neatly folded instead of shoved into drawers, they won't be as wrinkled when you pull them out to wear them. And you won't have as much trouble trying to store them. Making sure each item of clothing has its own personal space will save you time when laundry day rolls around.

3. To Remember What You Own

If you've gotten to the point where you buy clothes, come home, and realize you already own something extremely similar if not the same, it's time to assess what you have. If you go through what you already have, you might find pieces similar to what you were planning on purchasing. Really knowing what's in your closet will keep you from buying duplicates and save you money. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in a year, it's time to go.

4. To Save Time And Space

If you better know what you have and can more easily see where it is, you can more quickly put together outfits. You won't have to waste space on clothes you never reach for anyway, and you won't have to spend time rummaging through them to get to what you really want.

5. To Find Some Peace of Mind


Really paring down your belongings will not only free up more time, space, and money, but it can also free you from stress. For example, the KonMari method of cleaning can help with self-reflection and acceptance. If you're having trouble, this method can help de-clutter your closet while also helping you get in touch with yourself and find joy in what you have.

6. To Justify More Shopping

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You obviously don't want to counteract all the aforementioned reasons to clean your closet with excessive shopping. But if you really are missing a few necessary pieces to round out your closet, it is important to make sure there is enough room for them. And if you work better on a reward system, why not treat yourself to something new once your closet is cleaned and organized for spring?

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