Spring Cleaning: How to Organize Your Closet

Apartment Life | Apr 22, 2019


Clothes hanging on wooden hangers in a closet.
Clothes hanging on wooden hangers in a closet.

How to Organize Your Closet for Spring Cleaning

It’s a universal marker of adulthood when decluttering becomes a joy instead of a chore. And if you look at the success of shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, it seems like adulthood is getting pretty popularStill, there’s that one area of the house that always takes the brunt of the hoarding, piling, stacking, cluttering, and jamming, even when the rest of the house is in a state of zen. We’re talking about the closet of course. But it’s spring, a season of renewal and cleaning, so here are a few tips to help you restore balance to your closet. 

Let it go

We’ve all got the clothes we like and the clothes we really, really want to like. That is, some of our wardrobe is meant for a fantasy version of ourselves–the version who wears the red satin jumpsuit that’s been sitting in the back for years. If you’ve been waiting for just the right occasion to wear something, it’s time to give it up. 

Remind yourself

It’s hard to remember the last time you wore a garment, especially if you’re staring longingly at one of the aforementioned fantasy-self outfits. Thankfully there are a number of ways you can keep track. For instance, turn all your clothes’ hangers around backward, and when you wear a specific article of clothing, turn its hanger forward. Any clothes still on a backward hanger after a year you can let go. You could also mark hangers of worn clothes with a Sharpie or colored tape. 

Basket it

Sometimes good, old-fashioned procrastination can get in the way. To get over it, keep a basket in your closet that is dedicated to clothes you’re purging. That way, you can add to it whenever the moment strikes. You can even treat this as a trial period for living without the clothes in question. Chances are you won’t even miss them. 


If the thought of throwing your clothes away makes you feel guilty and you don’t have the time to organize a yard sale, donate them to an organization that can put them to good use. A number of national nonprofits–like The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits and Dress for Success–accept business wear, which they provide to people in need who are looking for employment. There’s also Goodwill and The Salvation Army for virtually any clothing donation. Check out this post from move.org for more donation ideas. 


Want to convert your clothes to cash? Go to the Internet. Apps like Poshmark make it easier than ever to sell your old stuff. If you’re more of a consignment-shop type, head over to Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet; both have locations throughout the country, and you can get cash immediately. 

Follow these spring cleaning tips and you can turn that closet from a jungle into an organized, walk-in closet utopia. Good luck. You’ve got this.