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Spring Cleaning Your Closet: A Step-by-Step Guide

As the warmth of spring fills the air and flowers bloom, it's time to start the rejuvenating ritual of closet spring cleaning. With the sun shining and the rain showers washing away the remnants of winter, there's no better time to refresh our homes and closets for a fresh start.

Ah, the daunting task of spring cleaning closets—an endeavor that requires time, effort, and a little elbow grease. But the payoff? It's worth every minute spent sorting through our belongings. 

So, let's roll up our sleeves, shake off the remnants of winter, and dive into the rewarding journey of spring closet cleaning.

9 Steps to Transform Your Closet This Spring

Closet spring cleaning

Step 1: Prepare for Success

Creating the right atmosphere for productivity is essential before you begin to spring clean your closet. Put on your favorite playlist to get you in the zone, light a scented candle for a relaxing ambiance, and brew a cup of coffee to energize yourself. 

Step 2: Purge with Purpose

Begin by doing a preliminary purge, letting go of the obvious items you no longer need. Those pants collecting dust since ages? Donate them. The top stained with red wine that you never managed to clean? It's time to say goodbye.

During this process, don't skip the step of trying things on, especially if you're unsure about them. Take a moment to test the fit and see if the garment still suits you. 

While sentimentality can be tempting, it's essential to be objective. Sure, those sweats from college hold fond memories, but are you realistically going to wear them again? Probably not. Donating items can help ease the emotional attachment, but always ask yourself, "Does this piece make me feel my best?" If not, it's time to spring clean these clothes and make room for pieces that do.

Step 3: Deep Clean Your Closet

Here's an easy step-by-step guide to simplify your deep cleaning process:

  1. Use a microfiber dusting cloth to wipe down the shelves and interiors of drawers and cabinets, removing all dust accumulation.

  2. Next, wipe down the shelves, drawers, cabinets, and even the outsides of the doors. Ensure the cleaner is gentle enough to avoid damaging your furniture, especially if it's made of wood.

  3. Use a glass cleaner to eliminate fingerprints and smudges on glass or stainless steel surfaces, such as mirrors or handles.

  4. Don't forget the walls and ceilings! Use a mild cleanser and a long-handled duster to reach high places and remove dust, grime, and cobwebs, including light fixtures.

  5. Vacuum the closet floor thoroughly. To eliminate odors, sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and leave it for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming again. Pay extra attention to corners and deep nooks.

  6. Before returning your clothes, ensure everything is completely dry. Moisture left in the closet can damage your clothing and promote mold growth. Use a dry, clean towel to remove any residual moisture and leave the door open to air dry completely for a few hours.

Step 4: Transform Your Closet Experience

Now that your closet is squeaky clean let's ensure it smells delightful! A well-kept closet should appeal to all the senses, including smell. Regularly cleaning your clothes and the closet itself is key. Additionally, consider using odor-absorbing charcoal packs or a jar of dried coffee grounds with holes punched in the lid to absorb odors. To infuse your closet with pleasant scents, you can hang fresh eucalyptus sprigs to repel pests and create a spa-like ambiance.DIY lavender sachets can also deter moths while providing a calming aroma. 

Step 5: Upgrade Your Hangers

Upgrading to matching hangers, especially in neutral tones, may seem like a minor adjustment, but it can transform your closet significantly. The key is consistency, whether you prefer classy wooden hangers or slim ones. You'll achieve a cohesive and organized look in your closet by using matching hangers for all your clothing items. 

Additionally, by using Roomedys® Spacing Tape For Hangers, you can avoid needing another storage solution for your hangers. This helps keep your closet neat and roomy. Plus, you can use the tape to ensure there's even space between each hanger, reducing mess and making it easier to see everything in your closet. 

Step 6: Store Seasonal Items

For a good spring closet clean-out, start by setting aside heavy coats and winter accessories that won't be needed until later. When sorting through your clothes, it's essential to consider each piece thoughtfully. While you might be tired of your current selection, some items could feel fresh and exciting when rediscovered next season. Similarly, evaluate your summer wardrobe with a practical mindset, focusing on the pieces you'll wear. If there are items you've never been able to incorporate into your outfits, it might be time to part ways with them.

Step 7: Organize Your Closet

Now that your closet is clean (and dry), it's time to organize everything. Avoid simply tossing items back in, as this will quickly make your closet feel cluttered again. Approach this task with a plan to organize your clothes in a practical and visually appealing manner.

There are several methods for organizing your closet, and you'll need to find what works best for your space and lifestyle. Here are some of my top tips:

  1. Arrange frequently worn clothes at the front or in the most accessible part of your closet. Less-worn items can be stored towards the back or separately.

  2. Group similar items together. Keep sweaters with sweaters and tees with tees. Organizing by clothing "pieces" makes it easier to find what you need.

  3. Master the art of folding clothes, the functional way to keep everything wrinkle-free and neat.

  4. Avoid hanging sweaters, as gravity can stretch them out. Instead, fold sweaters and store them in drawers if possible.

  5. Use Roomedys® Spacing Tape For Hangers. It keeps your clothes neatly arranged by ensuring the hangers are evenly spaced. This creates a uniform and accessible layout, making it easier for you to see and reach each item. Whether you like to space your hangers singly, doubly, or triply, this tape can be customized to fit your preferences. 

Step 8: Prepare Donations for Giving

Determining the ideal location for your donation bin requires some thought. However, you can still prepare them for future drop-off days. Once separated, look into nearby thrift stores and shelters currently accepting donations. Organize your items according to their guidelines and store them in a closet or storage area until they can be delivered.

Step 9: Assess and Plan Ahead

Now that you've tackled spring cleaning your clothes, it's time to pause and evaluate where you stand. Take a moment to make a list and divide it into two columns:

  • Your Hero Pieces: You couldn't imagine parting with these items because you reach for them consistently.

  • Pieces You Feel Like You Need: These items you believe should be your next priority purchases.

Listing your hero products can help you clearly see what you already own. For instance, if your beloved leather jacket is on the list, you'll know you don't need to buy another one if you spot a sale.

Similarly, noting the pieces you need can help you prioritize future shopping. Remember, this doesn't mean you have to replace everything you got rid of—it simply helps you focus on what to prioritize when you're ready to shop again.


Spring cleaning your closet may seem like a big task, but it's totally worth it in the end. Imagine opening your closet to see everything neatly arranged and easy to find. As you clean out and organize, don't forget to try Roomedys® Spacing Tape For Hangers. It helps keep your hangers evenly spaced, making your closet look tidy and accessible. Also, don't forget to pack away seasonal items and organize your clothes thoughtfully. Lastly, think about what clothes you love and might need in the future. Following these simple steps gives you the perfect spring closet clean-out and a clearer idea of your wardrobe needs.

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Author: Stephen Patrick

Author: Stephen Patrick

Stephen is the Founder and CEO of the Roomedys® brand. Stephen’s inaugural, multi-patented invention, Roomedys® Spacing Tape for Hangers (RST), is poised to transform the world of closet organization. Having spent 25 years in the hospitality industry, Stephen is an expert in functional organization. His mantra, “Everything has a place; everything stays in place,” is the key to achieving a realistic & maintainable routine that provides a feeling of balance and well-being.


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