We’re well into spring, so you know what that means. It’s time to tackle your wardrobe for a little well-needed spring cleaning. Guys can sometimes treat their closet like one big, all-purpose utility drawer, where hockey gear rubs elbows with dress shirts and favorite items mysteriously vanish, never to be seen again.
Your closet doesn’t need to be a black hole! A little prep work and organization can go a long way to helping you dress your best with minimal effort. Set aside a half-hour to organize your closet right, and you’ll be stylin’ easy all through spring and summer.
Commence the purge.
Let’s be honest, there’s a bunch of stuff sitting in your closet that you haven’t worn in ages. You’ve probably forgotten that half of it is even in there. The first step toward closet organization nirvana is a ruthless purge — and we mean ruthless. If you haven’t worn it in a year, put it in the donation bag. It’s time to get rid of your old duds and stock up on some fresh men’s basics. Giving yourself a clean slate to build upon will free up some room and let you know exactly what you’re working with.
Set aside some smart storage.
While you’re upgrading your basics and investing in some bold new colors, why not level up your storage situation? Organize your Fresh Clean Tees by color and/or style and stack them neatly on your shelves. That way, you can grab the perfect tee with no guesswork or fuss required.
Separate your work and casual clothes.
2020 might have been the year of ultra-casual video-call chic, but we’re well on our way back to normal, and that means workwear. Separate your suits and collared shirts from your evening and weekend clothes to make getting dressed for any occasion a no-brainer.
No wire hangers.
As Hollywood royalty and extremely questionable parent Joan Crawford once said/screamed, “No wire hangers!” Wire hangers aren’t sturdy enough to stand up to your suits and can leave marks and tears on your clothes. Wooden hangers or even durable plastic ones are far more preferable. You can get a bundle of hangers for a song, so give your clothes a little respect and TLC, and they’ll last for the long run.
Hang dress clothes from dark to light.
Organize your dress clothes from dark to light, and you’ll save valuable time getting dressed and look like the dashing rock star you are every day. The simple act of putting similar colors together will give your brain a breather and eliminate one more pre-coffee hurdle. It’ll also keep any clothes from getting lost in the shuffle.
Shelve your sweaters.
Hung sweaters tend to become misshapen and grungy-looking, so avoid stretched-out shoulders and necklines by setting aside some shelf space for your sweaters. Hanging is an even bigger no-go for sweaters made out of cashmere, angora, or wool, as these thinner fabrics can snag and rip. Shelving your sweaters also helps you to find them easier, and if you follow the golden rule of stacking them dark to light, you’ll be able to spot what you need in a flash.
Shelve your shoes too.
You spend good money on your shoes, so why disrespect them by tossing them around at the bottom of your closet? Shoes can make or break your outfit, so if yours are scuffed up, you won’t look polished. Don’t let shoes dim your dapper vibe. Set aside some shelf space for your favorite kicks.
Safely store out-of-season clothes.
Finally, there’s no need for you to keep all your clothes in the closet at once. Store out-of-season threads in watertight bins until you can wear them again. It’s a good idea to go with clear containers so you see exactly what you’re working with. You can also use your seasonal clothing rotation to purge old clothes and refresh your basics with seasonal colors for t-shirts.
Take it from us, put aside a half-hour to organize your closet this weekend and we promise you’ll be dressing to impress easier than ever before, with more room for super-soft tank tops and stylish jackets.
— Elizabeth Lavis