The tricky thing about a wardrobe spring clean is that you might be at the end of your rope, but not at the end of your project. Grab a cup of coffee (or two), take a deep breath and keep ploughing your way through the floordrobe you should be left with by now. The end and the rewards are near 🙂
- At the end of your sorting, your wardrobe should have turned into a horribly messy floordrobe, leaving your closet completely empty. Wipe down all the surfaces including the wardrobe rail with nicely scented, soapy water, and let everything dry.
- Put the pieces you want to keep and that don’t need washing etc. back into your closet and find an organizational system that suits you. Think about what you need most during this time of the year, what needs to be hung etc. There could be a whole other post about this 🙂
- Now, it’s time to tackle the floordrobe:
- Start by doing the washing. You might need to do more than one load, but you should get started right away so you are done by the end of the day.
- Bring the respective bags of clothes to the charity or the recycling bin whilst the washing machine is running. Don’t leave the bags standing around for days and weeks! They are just going to annoy you thus make the whole process of cleaning your wardrobe even less pleasant.
- The same applies to pieces that might need dry cleaning or alterations. Just get it over with in one day. This is why it is so important to figure out when and where to go before you even open your closet (cf. part I of this little series).
- Buy hangers on your way home if your need to, and hang whatever still needs to be hung.
- After you have brought everything to the respective bin, to the dry cleaners or tailor’s, all that’s left to do is the ironing.
- Oh, and you need to polish your shoes. Yes, all of them! Try out special wipes to make this step easier.
- Finally, don’t forget about your shopping list in the following weeks 🙂
And voilà, it is time to give yourself a pat on the back! You have actually (!) really (!) organized your entire wardrobe in one day only. Your mother would be proud 🙂 Hardly anything ever makes me feel more grown up than the look of my de-cluttered wardrobe: There is just something about the look of an organized closet that says “I’ve got my life pulled together”. Plus, nothing makes shopping more pleasant, more fruitful and more guilt-free than a good spring clean 🙂