6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Closet

So you've decided to hop on the spring cleaning train -- awesome! But where to begin? I always like to start with my closet, because a cluttered closet doesn't do anyone any good. Shoes scattered here and there, clothes haphazardly tossed everywhere, and let's not EVEN talk about the scarves and belts that litter every imaginable surface.

Like everything, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right, so here are a few closet organization tips to help you start organizing, and to stay organized, this spring and throughout the year.

1. If You Can't See It, You Can't Find It

If you're like me, you cram a lot of stuff into your tiny closet, and it's definitely not well-lit. When you can't see inside your closet, how are you going to remember what's in there? A well-lit space can make all the difference. You don't need to hire an electrician and spend a ton of money to solve this problem; just pick up a few of those stick-up lights and marvel at how much better you can see your space!

2. Shoe Organizers -- Handy For More Than Just Shoes

You know those shoe organizers that come in lots of varieties (over-the-door, under the bed, hanging, etc.)? Sure they're great for shoes, but they're also great for storing sweaters and other tops! Storing your sweaters on hangers in the closet can stretch out the shoulders of the sweaters, shortening their lifespan and leaving them oddly lumpy. Instead of hanging them, fold or roll them and store them in shoe organizer compartments to keep them looking their best, and to free up valuable hanging space.

Under the Bed Storage

3. Make Use of Organizers

I'm not saying you should go out and buy every organizer on the market (because there are just so many!), but there are a few organizers that do come in particularly handy. Some of my favorites are belt and scarf organizers. They don't take up much hanging space in your closet, and they allow you to group all of your like items together for easy access and organization.

4. Sort Your Laundry

I know, throwing your clothes on the floor after you're done wearing them is tempting, but it just adds to clutter and chaos. If you're short on space, consider a folding hamper. I especially like the hampers with multiple sections, so you can separate your laundry as you go, instead of all at once on laundry day.

Laundry Hamper

5. Flip Your Hangers

This tip isn't so much about organization as it is about how much use you're getting out of your clothes. Whenever you get around to organizing your closet, flip all your hangers around so they face the opposite way. When you wear whatever is on the hanger, flip it back the way you normally have it. After six months or a year, evaluate everything that hasn't been flipped around -- do you really need to keep it? If it has sentimental value, maybe, but otherwise toss those old, never-worn clothes to make room in your closet!

6. Consider Cedar

Once you've got your closet organized, you want it to smell great too. That's where cedar chips, cubes, and rings come in. The natural cedar smells great, absorbs odors, and helps repel destructive moths, all of which keep your clothes looking and smelling like new longer.

Cedar for Closets

Have you used any of these tips? Did we forget any essential closet organizing tips? Let us know in the comments below!
Heather Welch
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Heather Welch
Heather is a former Twitter Content Creator & Social Data Specialist for Sierra Trading Post. When she's not nerding out about numbers and spreadsheets, she enjoys knitting, gardening, yoga, camping, hiking & snowshoeing. She lives with her dog and ever-changing herd of foster kittens in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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