Spring Cleaning Your Closet

The Closet Cleanup

Ahhh, spring has finally sprung and what better time to tackle some cleaning and organizing projects? Spring is a great opportunity to consider deep cleaning your closet—swapping out chunky sweaters with fresh, lightweight finds, tossing outdated apparel and maybe even purchasing some new threads. Organizing your closet can be harder than it sounds, and to ensure that your closet purge is a success, the pros at Bakers Centre Laundry are sharing some smart tips to help you spring clean your closet and make this whole process easier and more bearable.

Start with a Purge

This is often the hardest task when tackling your closest, figuring out what should stay and what should go. If you feel overwhelmed or are having a bad bout of separation anxiety, start with the “one-year rule”. Have you worn it in the last year or has it stayed put in your wardrobe, hanging forgotten in the back of your closet? If your answer is the latter, toss it! If this rule seems harsh or you still find yourself having trouble parting ways with a particular piece, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Do I still like it?
  • Does it fit?
  • Does it need repair?

Separate into Three Piles

To make your purge a little more successful, separate your unwanted clothes into three piles: toss, donate and sell. Now that you know which pieces you don’t want to keep, tossing them into one of these piles will make your life easier when it’s time to clean up. It’s also a lot less painful to let your favorite skirt from last year go if you know someone in need might be getting it or you’re going to make some money from it. If your clothing items are still wearable with no stains, rips or tears, consider adding it to the donate pile. Any old clothes with stains or holes should be tossed and if that designer LBD just doesn’t fit you anymore but it’s still in great condition, sell it!

Clean Your Space

After your closet has been purged and your piles have been established, it’s time to clean. With all the moving around, you’re bound to kick up dust and dirt. So, before you return your clothes to their quarters, sanitize your space! Dust all shelves and racks, clean out bins and boxes and then finish by vacuuming the floor.

Invest in Organization 

Organization in your closet is key to a happy and stress-free space. Invest in good quality hangers that are thin and durable to maximize space. Grab bins, baskets or boxes to store your out-of-season items, thick sweaters, or shoes. Purchase some hooks to hang your belts, robes and jewelry from. Then, choose a system. Organize your closet by color or garment type. To get the most out of your space, roll t-shirts and stick them in a drawer, fold sweaters and stack your denim. Everything else should be hung up.


Take a step back and breathe it all in—you did it! You went from mess to success! We hope these spring-cleaning tips helped you declutter your closet. If you’re preparing to put all your winter clothes into storage after your purge, swing by Bakers Centre Laundry to have them laundered and fresh to go for next winter and then treat yourself to a trip to the store to pick up some new springtime garments, you deserve it.