Tanya Foster in blue talbots blouse and jeans holding hangers

Tanya Foster holding white pants on a hanger in blue talbots shirt and jeans

Tanya Foster holding a chicos cardigan on a hanger in a talbots blue blouse and jeans

Tanya Foster folding a pair of jeans in a blue talbots shirt and jeans

Tanya Foster organizing hangers with pants on them

a closet rack full of shoes

TAnya Foster showing bag organization

jewelry box organized with jewelry

Happy Monday! How did you hold up over the weekend? I can honestly say, I think we are settling into this homebody lifestyle. I’ve learned to stop trying to control things that are out of my control. To adapt to this slower pace. And with that, things are a bit more peaceful. Keeping everyone in my prayers for health and a swift return to our regular lives.

It’s that time of year again for spring cleaning. Now that our social calendars are completely wiped and we seem to have endless time at home, let’s take advantage of the shelter in place mandate by cleaning and organizing our closets. It’s really so easy and will give you much more peace of mind to purge all of those items that you don’t need! So slip on that stylish loungewear and follow these tips for the ultimate closet clean out and organization.

Before I dive into how to clean out your closet and organize it, I do have a few items I NEVER purge. Designer handbags, special gifts and precious keepsakes. Those will never lose their value or go out of style. Designer handbags become vintage and will always hold their value!

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Clean Out Your Closet

To get your closet ready for organization, you need to start by cleaning out all of those unnecessary items. Here is my list of items to get rid of. My advice is to make two piles; one for lightly used items that you can donate, and one for items to trash. Currently, due to COVID-19 the only Dallas drop-off donation sites are through The Salvation Army, Charity Clothing Pickup, and GoodwillI have listed donation locations for once the shelter in place order has been lifted. You can also resell your items via Poshmark.

1. Anything you haven’t worn in a year or more

It might be a great shirt, but clearly you do not love it enough to make it part of your regular wardrobe rotation. Put it in the donation pile. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you don’t need it.

2. Anything that does not fit

If it is ill-fitting now, it will always be ill-fitting. As Marie Kondo asks, “does it bring you joy?” If it doesn’t fit then the answer is NO. It just takes up room in your closet, plus it doesn’t make you look and feel great. Those items have got to go. NOW!

3. “Skinny” clothes

Why do we keep these items around?  We love to keep those clothing items that don’t fit just in case our bodies change, but it’s time to get rid of them! I’m all for weight loss motivation, but keeping those jeans from high school is not it. Get them out of your closet.

4. Anything that looks worn

If it has a hole in it that is not fixable, toss it! If it has stains, toss it! You have enough cute loungewear that you do not need to keep these pieces in your closet. They just take up space.

5. Shoes that hurt

Nobody has time for pain. If you have worn a pair of shoes 2-3 times and they are still painful, get rid of them. Chalk it up to a bad decision. We’ve all done it more than once. TIP: I have my shoes displayed where I can see all of them. I need this visually to style outfits. I’ve never been one to store my shoes in boxes.

6. Unused bras and underwear

Undies with holes in them? Trash.  Bras where the underwire digs in? Get rid of it! This closet clean out includes everything top to bottom. Need some new ones? I highly recommend Soma.

7. Seasonal items you “might” wear again

Something you “might” wear again is not a good enough reason to keep them in your closet. The season has passed on these seasonal items and so has their time in your closet. This includes jewelry, purses, belts, etc. Everything must go. Otherwise, you will be temped to wear it and look dated. A good place for items like this is Poshmark. Have you checked out my account? Follow me on Poshmark and you might find a good steal!

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Organize Your Closet

Now that you have gone through every nook and cranny of your closet and determined the items to keep, let’s talk about tips to organize your closet clean out. Before you do this, take everything you piled up on the floor and get it out of sight.

1. Group similar items together

When organizing, it helps to put all of your tops together, bottoms together, accessories together, etc. I would take it a step further and put similar tops together, like putting your casual tees in one spot and your jeans in one location. This makes it much easier to choose your outfit based on occasion.

2. Color coordinate

Take step 1 another step further and color coordinate you pieces. Again, this helps to quickly assess your closet and find all of your items easily. I love having all of my white tees together as well as my white button down shirts.

3. Invest in storage

Gather storage bins, hangers, jewelry cases, all of it! The more you can consolidate place in a neat and orderly fashion, the better. I love my Glamboxes jewelry box/hanger because I can see all of my jewelry choices. Also, I think having the same hangers for all of your clothes makes your closet look cleaner and more organized. I use these hangers.

4. Make a plan to maintain

After you have organized everything, make a plan as to how you will maintain this. Do you need to reevaluate every month or two? Set a reminder and make a plan to maintain your closet clean out. No need to do a complete purge every time. My recommendation is to do this at least twice a year – spring and fall.

What are your tips for the ultimate closet clean out? Did I miss anything? Please share.

xoxo – Tanya

P.S. I store all of my travel sunscreen in a plastic bag and keep it inside a straw bag. That way I won’t forget it when I start packing for a beach trip.

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DFW donation locations

Salvation Army

Charity Clothing Pickup

Goodwill Dallas

St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

AMVETS

Dress for Success Dallas

Hope’s Door New Beginning Center

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