Sharing 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Kids’ Closets and Adults’ Closets
When the weather starts getting warmer, I get the itch to spring clean my whole house. Spring cleaning closets is my starting point, but I usually do a little bit each day with larger spring cleaning projects over the weekend. Spring cleaning boosts my mood, but also keeps the house more organized. Let’s face it–clutter makes people miserable, and taking the time to decide whether you need or use one thing is well worth it. With my children growing every year, it’s almost essential we spring clean their closets, and that is usually where I start. This helps me create a list for what is needed as far as clothes and shoes, and also what is not needed. Having an organized plan also keeps the budget in check, and this also helps me avoid buying unnecessary items. After being a parent for many years, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way to spring cleaning closets. So I wanted to share 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Closets
Tip #1: Cleanse the Closet
I like to think of pulling everything out of the closet as a cleanse or a detox to the closet. If you stay up on yearly spring cleaning, you won’t need to do this every year and usually this is a quick task. But if you haven’t organized your closet in at least two years, this is definitely needed and could take a few hours to complete! But it’s worth it! Once you pull everything out, you can spray down the shelves and corners. Then do four piles of keep, mend/clean, donate, discard. Take inventory and analyze every clothing, shoes and belts to decide which pile they go where. If you are cleaning out a child’s closet, make sure they are there so you can have them ready to try on clothes or shoes. Also, helping them be apart of the process set good examples for them and they will be eager to keep the closet organized.
Tip # 2: Categorize and Group
Once you know which clothes go back into the closet, group like items together. Then categorize by season and then colors. So, all the pink long sleeve tops together, blue long sleeve tops, green short sleeve tops, white summer dresses, etc. Decide whether the item needs to be folded or hung. If they are going to be hung, I usually hang them with the easiest access to the current season and then by color usually from dark-colored clothes to light-colored clothes or vice versa (summer clothes I start with light-colored clothes/winter start with dark clothes) and then I will switch it with seasons. It sounds like a lot of work but it’s a great way to keep everything organized. Of course, if you have a large walk-in closet you won’t need to switch your seasons!
Tip #3: Invest in Organization
Having an organized closet with containers to keep belts, hats, jewelry and shoes in will make all the difference in maintaining an organized, clutter-free closet. This is especially true with children, who need structure and consolidation. Morning school rush will run so much smoother with an organized closet! Its worth the invest! I just switched out all of my plastic hangers for the slim velvet hangers and it saved me a ton of space in my closet, and was a great way going through and decluttering my clothes.
Tip #4: Keep it Tidy
Now that the closets are organized, keep it tidy. Use little linen boxes to keep socks or underwear organized. If possible, label boxes with what goes in what. This is so helpful for children. Invest in laundry baskets or little step stools to help children keep their closets organized and clothes hung. Make sure to have good lighting especially in a closet; this also helps to find items. Keep clothes smelling fresh with lavender satchels.
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Tip #5: Grab a Box
After all the closets are organized, I like to grab a box or basket and I keep it in my children’s closets. As the months go on and they continue to grow, any clothes or shoes that they outgrow are placed in the box and then when I get a chance I either donate them or sell them. Definitely if the item is a designer piece or trendy item, I try to sell it and can make an extra $20. Another thing I like to do is swap clothes with friends who have children with similar age range.
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