From Runway to Closet

How to Clean Out Your Wardrobe for Spring

by Rebecca Casamayor

You’re itching to update your closet with some gorgeous new spring pieces, but first, you have to figure out how to clean out your wardrobe. The temperatures are starting to rise, and it’s time to shed your winter layers. There’s no time like the present to “Marie Kondo” your closet and refresh your wardrobe, swapping out heavy coats and sweaters for airy spring looks.

If the thought of figuring out where to put all those clothes or sorting through your closet feels daunting, you’re not alone. Cleaning out your wardrobe is a rewarding, but very challenging task. Not to worry. Here, we’ll walk you through it step by step to make sure the process is as easy and efficient as possible. Once you’re finished, you’ll feel like a new woman with a new closet.

Floral halter maxi dress

Getting Started

Wondering how to clean out your wardrobe most effectively? Getting started can be the hardest part. The beginning of a new season is always the best time to do it (meaning right now at the start of spring) because you can review what you already have for the season ahead and where you might need to fill in the gaps. Start by blocking off a whole day (or maybe even two) to allow yourself plenty of time to go through the process without stressing about needing to put your closet back together before you’ve done a thorough assessment and purge. Next, empty your closet and drawers entirely so you can see everything you have. Don’t skip this step—it’s crucial to the process.

To Keep or Not to Keep

Deciding whether or not to keep items in your closet is always challenging. The “if you haven’t worn it in a year, let it go” rule is a great barometer of how important an item is to your wardrobe. Or, you could follow Marie Kondo’s decluttering mantra: if it doesn’t spark joy, say goodbye. We suggest using a combination of those two processes to sort through your closet. Let go of trendy pieces you’ve barely worn, take note of any pieces that are damaged, and make a decision to either take them to the tailor that day or toss/donate things that just don’t fit you anymore. As you do this, place items into three piles: keep, donate, and toss.

Mid-rise skinny jeans

Fill in the Gaps

Once you’ve cleared the clutter out of your closet, look for any gaps. Is your closet full of suits and office outfits, but it’s missing casual pieces for your days off? Did you part ways with all your classic T-shirts and now need to buy new ones? Think about classics you need to replace first and make a list of items to buy. Are you missing essentials, like a pair of mid-rise skinny jeans or the perfect LBD? Take note of items that are missing every time you get dressed and then add them to the list. Some eternal, key spring pieces include a good denim jacket, white pants, floral tops and dresses, and a good pair of heels or wedges. Then, think about some spring trends, such as earthy, camel tones and graphic, floral prints. Buy a few on-trend items you really love, add a little flair to your closet classics with punchy colors and beautiful prints, and voila, you’re set for spring.

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