It’s Spring! Time to Clean Out Your Closet


Whether you need to totally change over your closets from winter to spring or just move things around, be ruthless. Think that Dynasty-era jacket will make a comeback? Think again. Still waiting to get into those size 4 slacks? Waiting time is over.

March 13-19 is National Clean Out Your Closet Week. So this is the perfect time to purge those holdovers from years—yes, even decades—past.

We went to an expert for advice and inspiration. Tatum Marie, aka The Organizta, is the go-to person for organizing all aspects of your life. On Tatum’s blog, she eloquently sums up her philosophy: “For me, being organized about my life and all the responsibility that comes with it means that I have to stay focused in every area. Organization means so much more than keeping a clean house, or having a closet where everything is accessible and orderly, it means being organized with my time, emotions, space, and projects. I need to be focused enough to find the balance that keeps me from being distracted, and distractions come at you in every form.”

When you organize and clean out your closet, others can benefit. To publicize National Clean Out Your Closet Week, Tatum is working with Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to foster sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder & Executive Director of Hearts of Gold, asks that donations be brought to its thrift store, The Trifty HoG, 11 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 206-1174. The Thrifty HoG features a selection of chic new, very gently used, and vintage items for men, women, and children, as well as home decor including small furnishings. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

But no matter where you plan to donate your gently used clothing, here are Tatum’s guidelines to help make the task more manageable:

Try on everything, especially the section that you swear you’ll get back into. Keep what fits, donate the rest!

If you haven’t left the house wearing an article in question in two seasons, get rid of it! It’s just taking up precious closet space.

Put like with like, pants with pants, skirts with skirts, blouses with blouses; then color code from light to dark. An added benefit to grouping by color: You may discover you have more black tank tops than you really need.

When swapping out for the spring season, keep one or two of your favorite sweatshirts and sweaters, then pack the rest away for next winter. If you find that you have an abundance of bulky wear, it’s a great time to weed through and donate the things at the bottom of your sweater/sweatshirt pile.

Hooks are your friends! Hooks on your closet door (inside or out) are a great place for necklaces and belts, and the one or two purses you use regularly. Grab and Go!

Pocketbook disaster? Take all your black bags, place them inside the biggest black purse, and do the same with all colors in your closet. Like with like works with all things.

Second choice purse storage—grab some open top fabric bins and store them together on the floor or on the shelf, whichever works best for you.

For those of us who live in small apartments lacking walk in closets, long under the bed bins are perfect for shoe storage. Easy to pull out and grab shoes, easy to push back under the bed out of sight. If you are a shoe hog like I am, I keep my off season shoes in storage for the sake of space and clutter.

Having the same kind of hangers throughout your closet not only will help with space, it also looks fabulously organized. I personally love the huggable hangers by Joy Mangano, nothing slips off, and they are super thin giving you access to more space in your closet!

If you are in need of extra storage at the bottom of your closet, free standing shelves create clean looking storage space, for those extra bins of scarves, purses, or shoe overflow.

For more information about Hearts of Gold, to volunteer, or make a donation, visit or call 212-206-1461.

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