Two Teens And Their Mama: Spring Cleaning: New Tips For The Closet

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Cleaning: New Tips For The Closet

Happy Monday, and welcome to spring cleaning day with The Blended Blog!  I'm not much of a spring cleaner since I like to keep things organized and tidy year round.  Amended to add, especially for those of you in the throes of the "hoarding kiddos" days:  now that the boys are grown up and mostly not living here anymore, this year round process is much easier.  I don't even want to talk about the hot wheel and Lego years.



My actual spring cleaning consists mostly of having the windows done, and reorganizing my closet.  For the longest time, I've done the closet transition the same way:  put away the sweaters and boots, and bring in the warmer weather gear.  Then I group like things together, order everything by color, and call it a day.

Last week I attended a "411 On Spring Style" event, hosted by Styled Seattle, one of the premier personal stylist firms in Seattle.  We were treated to spring trends, yummy food and champagne, and fashion sketches from the talented Drawing Blueberry.



Yep, that's me.  Or more truthfully, the 20 year old, trendier me.  But I'll take it.

Darcy Camden, the owner of Styled Seattle, spoke about how to organize your closet for spring.  And while many of her tips mimicked mine, she had a few new ones that I found very helpful.

* Your closet should only contain items that fit you RIGHT NOW.  Not later, when you lose 10 pounds, but now.  You don't have to get rid of them, but box them up or move them somewhere else, so that everything in front of you is wearable.

* Prioritize.  You don't have to give away everything you haven't worn in the last year, but look at each item with fresh eyes.  It's okay to save things for later, when they'll probably cycle back.  To decide whether to keep it in your current closet or not, ask "would I buy this today"?

* Re-merchandize.  This was the real eye opener for me.  Darcy suggests switching up the way you've always arranged your closet.  For example, reverse that color order.  Put shirts where your skirts usually are.  This allows you to see things differently and come up with new outfit combinations.

I spent Saturday re-organizing my closet and I love it!  Items have been in the same order for longer than I can remember, and I'm definitely looking at things with a fresh eye.  Plus, I know that I can pull out anything and it will fit.  Forgot to take pictures, because I'm a bad blogger, but trust me, it's so much better!

I hope you'll link up your spring cleaning tips below, and be sure to join us next week for "spring where you're from". Can't wait to see how your home does spring! 






16 comments:

  1. Ohh, I've never heard that re-merchendize tip! And I feel like I've read so many posts on "cleaning out your closet." Thanks for including a new one for me that could really help! You're awesome!

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    1. I'd never heard that one either. I think it's going to be so fun!

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  2. Trendy you drawing...so CUTE! Oh how I remember the hot wheels and Lego years, still have many in tubs. Tidy lady, love it!

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    1. I have bins of hot wheels ready for my son to take when he finally moves everything out - I couldn't bear to throw them away!

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  3. These are some really great ideas.

    I like the idea of boxing up stuff that doesn't fit but keeping it because I've really regretted getting rid of some stuff and then losing weight.

    The idea of re- merchandising is genius too.

    I need to use these once I get the energy to tackle my closets this spring. Right now it feels like we are still in full on winter so there is no rush.

    Suzanne

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    1. It was hard to work on my closet - it's never going to stop raining here! I did like getting the stuff that doesn't fit out - but not getting rid of it either.

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  4. How smart to reorganize like that. Obviously I can only hang my dresses where it's longer, but I could turn them around from lights to darks!!
    Thanks!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. It does look like you! Do you have mile long legs?? ha.
    We just did a full closet revamp,l and it caused me to get rid of a lot, and also change the way I stored things. That was eye-opening!

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  6. Love the trendy you. Great tips and perfect for my closet re-org that I'm doing.

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    1. I love to organize my closet and these ideas are interesting.

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  7. I have to say that I really like the Re-merchandize idea! I have never, ever thought to do that. I really need to try that when I get my closet ready for the Spring/Summer.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. It's definitely an interesting, unique idea!

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  8. I don't Spring clean either but that's probably because we don't have huge weather changes. I always think of women up north switching out curtains, coats, etc. when I think of Spring cleaning. But since I love shopping for clothes for the new season I did a quick closet clean up and organized my shoes. I have a huge box of shoes that are no longer comfortable and the ones that made the cut are neatly stored in clear bins and labeled! Seriously, who do I think I am? I surprised myself in the best way and I love it!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  9. My closet has been the same for as long as I can remember. Perhaps I need to change it up, although I don't know if I can do that! haha...All of clothes stay out, since we don't really have "season" all my sweaters stay out all the time, although maybe I need to change that? hmmm....

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