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A Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning Your Wardrobe for Spring

A well-edited closet not only makes dressing for the weather easier, but it also eases the decision fatigue that leads to changing three times before you leave the house.

Spring is here, which means it’s time to swap out the sweaters and heavy blazers for blouses and light jackets. But your closet is already overflowing—now what? A new season is a perfect opportunity to refresh, organize, and streamline your wardrobe. We know it can be a little daunting, so here are a few tips to get you started.

Step One: Purge
Start by pulling items from your closet that you haven’t worn in a while. Ask yourself, “Does this item make me feel my best?” If not, it’s time to remove it from your closet (and your life). Consider the dreaded one-year rule. The hard truth is if you haven’t worn it in a year or more, you most likely are not going to. Toss.

Step Two: Store
Gather all seasonal items that you’d like to hang onto for next year and set them aside. Plastic storage containers, cardboard boxes, and even an empty suitcase are all great places for your seasonal items to be stored away. However, it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark, and dry place to prevent fading or mold.

Step Three: Organize
Now that we’ve decided which items are keepers, it’s time to organize them so that outfits are easy to put together. Order some organizational items, like shelf dividers, shoe holders, and non-slip hangers to really transform your space. When your closet is truly organized, it’s like having a whole new wardrobe.

Step Four: Donate
Don’t throw away old clothing—donate. It’s better for the environment and can really make a difference in someone’s life. Local organizations like Dress for Success and Suited to Succeed accept gently used professional attire for women seeking financial independence. Meanwhile, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and many other other collection centers around town take all clothing, as well as household items and furniture.