The 50+ Woman’s Guide to Spring Cleaning Closet & Refreshing Your Wardrobe

Spring Cleaning Closet & Refreshing Your Wardrobe

Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to revamp your style and create a closet that reflects your personality and lifestyle.

Spring isn’t just about flowers blooming and birds chirping—it’s about renewal and rejuvenation, and that includes our wardrobes!

Spring cleaning closet is like giving ourselves a fresh start. It means getting rid of things that do not serve us anymore and making room for things that make us feel beautiful and confident. Believe me, I know it can be scary, but the reward is so great!

So, whether you’re a fashion-forward trendsetter or someone who prefers timeless classics, let me show you how to curate a wardrobe that is both stylish and functional. 

Why You Should Refresh Your Wardrobe This Spring

Refreshing your wardrobe can do a lot of good things. It is not just about getting rid of clothes; it is also about giving your style a new lease on life and feeling better about your self-esteem. 

Similarly, a well-organized closet can save you time when it comes to choosing outfits for different occasions and can make you feel more in control.

Moreover, you can think about your style choices and shopping habits when you refresh your wardrobe. You can see which pieces you love and wear the most and which ones you bought on a whim or that do not fit your style or way of life anymore. This process can help you make more mindful shopping decisions in the future.

Finally, going through your closet can be a good way to relax. It allows you to let go of pieces that may hold certain memories or emotions that you no longer want to carry. When you do this, you make room for new clothes and experiences.

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Closet

There’s no better time than now to tackle your spring cleaning closet and breathe fresh life into your wardrobe. However, spring cleaning your closet can be a lot of work. It involves sorting through your clothes and accessories to align with your current style.

Let’s take a look at how you can make a closet that fits your style and personality while still being stylish and useful for a modern woman over 50.

Assess your current closet

Before you start decluttering, it’s crucial to assess your current wardrobe. 

Take a good look at each item and ask yourself: 

Does it fit? Is it in good condition? Have I worn it in the last year? 

Does it make me feel confident? Does it reflect my personal style?

While assessing, divide your clothes into categories like ‘keep’, ‘alter’, ‘donate’, or ‘sell’. Be honest with yourself during this process. If an item doesn’t make you feel good or hasn’t been worn in a year, it might be time to let it go.

Remember, the goal is not to purge for the sake of purging, but to create a wardrobe that truly serves you. 

So, keep the pieces that you love and that serve your current lifestyle and style preferences.

Declutter and organize your spring closet

It is time to clean out and organize your spring closet now that you have assessed it. 

Start by removing all the items from your closet. This provides a blank canvas and allows you to see the space you have to work with. Then, clean your closet thoroughly. Dust off the shelves, vacuum the floor, and wipe down the rods and hangers.

Once your closet is clean, start putting back the items from the ‘keep’ pile. Organize them in a way that makes sense to you. 

Some women like to sort their clothes by category, while others like to sort them by color or type of outfit. Make sure the things you wear often are close at hand.

Do not forget to make good use of all the space you have. For small things like belts, scarves, and underwear, use closet organizers, boxes, or baskets. 

You could get a shoe rack or clear plastic boxes for your shoes. That way, your closet will stay clean, and it will be easier to see and get to your things.

READ ALSO: Decluttering After 50: Tips To Help You Stay Organized

Create a capsule wardrobe 

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential items that don’t go out of fashion and can be augmented with seasonal pieces. It simplifies your daily dressing routine and ensures you always have something to wear. 

The key to a successful capsule wardrobe is versatility.

Start by identifying the basics that form the backbone of your wardrobe. These are items that you can mix and match effortlessly. They typically include a good pair of jeans, a crisp white shirt, a classic blazer, a little black dress, and a good-quality coat or jacket. 

Choose items in neutral colors like black, white, grey, or beige, as they tend to go with everything.

Then, consider your lifestyle and personality. If you’re a businesswoman, your capsule wardrobe might include more tailored pieces. 

If you’re a creative person, you might lean towards more artistic and unique items. Whatever your style, remember that quality is more important than quantity.

Update your basics and essentials

A capsule wardrobe is built around classic pieces that will never go out of style. However, you can keep your style fresh and up-to-date by adding new basics and essentials every season. It is not always necessary to buy new things. It could just mean wearing your basics in a new way.

You could wear a chic necklace with a classic white shirt, or you could wear a black blazer with a bright, bold top underneath. You could also try putting different pieces on top of each other to create new looks. The key is to get creative and have fun with fashion.

If you want to buy new basics, you should buy good ones that will last. Pick clothes that fit well and have cuts and colors that look good on you. Also, keep in mind that fashion trends change, but your own style will always be there. 

So, always choose pieces that make you feel confident and express your personality.

READ ALSO: 100+ Things To Declutter Before The End Of The Year

Consider the current fashion trends

Even though basics are important to have in your closet, adding in the latest fashion trends can make you look more fun and up-to-date. 

It is important to remember, though, that not every trend will work for everyone. Choose trends that resonate with your personal style and lifestyle.

For example, if deep colors are in this season but you prefer neutrals, you could add color to your outfit with scarves, jewelry, or handbags.  

Similar to this, if the trend is for clothes that are too big on you but you like clothes that are too small on you, you could choose an accessory that is too big on you, like a chunky necklace or big earrings.

It is also important to think about your body shape and proportions when following trends. Choose styles that bring out your best features and hide the parts of your body that you do not feel so good about. 

Remember, the goal is not to look ‘trendy’, but to feel good in what you’re wearing.

Mix and match your spring outfits 

Once you have your basics, essentials, and a few trendy pieces, the next step is to mix and match to create different outfits. This is where the versatility of your capsule wardrobe really comes into play.

Try combining different pieces to see what works and what doesn’t. You might be surprised at how many different outfits you can create from a limited number of items. 

Play with different color combinations, layering techniques, and accessories to add variety to your looks.

Remember, fashion is a form of self-expression. Don’t be afraid to experiment and step out of your comfort zone. 

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing.

Accessorize your way through spring

Accessories can make or break an outfit. They can transform a simple outfit into a stylish one, and they are a great way to express your personal style. 

Think of accessories as the cherry on top of your outfit cake. They add the final touch and can pull your entire look together.

From scarves and jewelry to handbags and shoes, the options for accessorizing are endless. However, the key is to choose accessories that complement your outfit and do not overpower it. 

For instance, if you’re wearing a bold, patterned dress, opt for simple, minimalistic accessories. On the other hand, if your outfit is simple, you can go for statement accessories.

When it comes to adding personal style, consider what makes you unique. Do you have a love for vintage pieces? Do you prefer bold colors and patterns? Or are you more into minimalistic, clean lines? 

Add these elements to your outfits to make them truly yours.

Donate or sell unwanted items

After going through your wardrobe, you’ll likely have a pile of items that no longer serve you. Instead of throwing them away, consider donating or selling them. Not only is this a more sustainable option, but it also gives your items a second life.

There are many charities that accept clothing donations. Just make sure the items are in good condition. If you have designer items or pieces that are in excellent condition, you might consider selling them on online platforms like eBay, Depop, or Poshmark.

By donating or selling your unwanted items, you’re not only decluttering your wardrobe but also helping someone else and potentially making some extra cash.

Always keep a clean and organized closet

Now that you’ve refreshed your wardrobe, it’s important to maintain a clean and organized closet. This will not only make your daily dressing routine easier but also ensure that your clothes stay in good condition.

Try to keep up with the organization system you’ve set up. Put things back in their place after using them, and regularly go through your items to ensure they still serve you. If you buy something new, consider the ‘one in, one out’ rule: for every new item you bring in, get rid of an old one.

Remember, a clean and organized closet is not about perfection, but about functionality and efficiency. It’s about creating a space that makes you feel good and supports your style and lifestyle.

Closing Thoughts 

The spring season is a time of renewal and change. Thus, spring cleaning your wardrobe is not enough to just clean out and organize your clothes; it’s about changing your style and making your closet show who you are.

You have to get rid of things that do not serve you anymore to make room for new things that make you look and feel great.

Whether you’re stepping out for a social event or simply running errands, know that you’re doing it in style. After all, fashion is not just about clothes, but also about self-expression and self-love. 

So, here’s to a season of fashion and self-expression. Here’s to a closet filled with pieces that make you feel amazing. 

♡ Love ♡,


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