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Spring Cleaning: The Easy Guide to Organizing Your Clothing

By: Cheryl Arzewski and Jordan Marks

March 5, 2018

The countdown to spring is officially on! We look forward to that moment when we can finally pack away the bulky sweaters and down parkas that got us through winter, but let’s be honest: the winter-to-spring closet switch can feel a little overwhelming.

To make the seasonal shift a little easier, check out our guide to swapping out your closet efficiently while protecting the longevity of your winter staples. One note: we strongly advise that you not tackle all of these steps in one afternoon. Approach them one at a time, so you’re not overwhelmed by the process.

Time to Edit

Spring Cleaning: The Easy Guide to Organizing Your Clothing

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Avoid the tendency to swap the same unworn pieces in and out of your closet each season and consider what hasn’t left those hangers in a while. Is it out of style? Is the fit a little off? Items in these categories should be sold or donated, so you’re not cluttering your closet and storage. Also, you’ll have a better idea of what items you need for your next shopping trip.

Spring Cleaning Really Means Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning: The Easy Guide to Organizing Your Clothing

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For the pieces that make the cut, check for lingering fragrances, deodorants or stains because anything left untreated will likely fade clothes over time. Avoid leaving cleaned items in plastic dry-cleaning bags. A Good Housekeeping report confirms the bags trap moisture and yellow fabrics over time. Be sure to discard these bags for better storage options.

Not all Storage is Created Equal

Spring Cleaning: The Easy Guide to Organizing Your Clothing

Your edited clothing collection is ready to store. Whenever possible, place items in a location with low humidity that is cool, dark and dry. Pile similar things together, such as sweaters with sweaters, dresses with dresses, you get the idea. It simplifies the swap the following year.

When boxing and bagging your items, try not to overstuff containers so air can circulate. Use 100% non-bleached, non-dyed cotton canvas storage bags since this breathable material provides the best protection for garments, especially for natural fibers, furs and leathers. Include cedar planks, lavender sachets or dried lemon peel rinds instead of mothballs, which are chemically based.
If you already own plastic storage bins, we recommend storing them in dry, low humidity conditions as they tend to hold in moisture.

Spring Cleaning: The Easy Guide to Organizing Your Clothing

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When using plastic containers, line the bottom with an acid-free tissue paper to lessen moisture. Another option is using an archival garment storage box. Use these to store keepsakes, fine linens and other collectibles to prevent yellowing and deterioration. Stay away from traditional cardboard boxes—they’re acidic, and the glue attracts insects.

Cheryl Arzewski and Jordan Marks are the owners of IT’S ORGANIZED.

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