What You Should Remove From Your Closet When Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a time to declutter, to give your home a refresh, to donate unused items, and to wash, wipe, sponge, and scrub places that may have not been cleaned in a while or ever. This is especially important during a pandemic, a time in which surfaces need even more disinfecting and when you should consider changing out air filters, as stated by the Mayo Clinic.

One area, in particular, that always needs some extra attention is closets. We may get in the habit of turning to the same outfits over and over, especially after social distancing ourselves for more than a year.

According to The Spruce, a closet cleanout should involve organizing everything, switching out seasonal clothes, and washing items that don't usually make it into the usual laundry routine, such as dirty sneakers or pieces for the dry cleaner. As you go through your wardrobe, making separate piles for mending, donating, selling, and throwing away could also be a good idea. 

Unworn clothing can be thrown out while spring cleaning

Now, about those piles. What should be completely removed from a closet during spring cleaning? One suggestion from professional organizer Donna David is unworn clothes. "If you haven't worn something in the past 12 to 18 months, you no longer need it," she told Today.

On a similar note, this is the time to toss out worn and damaged clothes — such as undergarments that have seen better days and white tees that are still yellow, even after being bleached — and clothes from past periods of your life, like maternity items or things from your college days that may not be appropriate now (via Reader's Digest).

You may also want to consider getting rid of belongings you saved the last time you cleaned. For example gifts that you never liked and kept just to be nice, freebies such as shirts and sweaters with logos that you don't actually care about, and dress-up items like old costumes and bridesmaid dresses, per Apartment Therapy.