Although we’re still in the middle of a cold and blustery winter, many of us are getting ready for spring-like weather and making lists of things that need to be accomplished around the house before the snow and ice finally melts away and the grass begins to show green once more. And, of course, the biggest chore faced this time of year is spring cleaning. But let’s not get too deep into spring cleaning just yet. Let’s ease into the subject by tackling one important job for now: cleaning and reorganizing your closets.

If you’ve watched much HGTV, A&E, TLC, or the Style Network, you’ve probably seen a number of those house cleaning or “de-cluttering” shows where a professional organizer helps a home owner fix up their closets by sorting, piling, eliminating, and reorganizing the contents. As engaging as those shows can be, the truth is that much of their sage advice is little more than common sense. You can perform a spring cleaning on your closest and come away with the same amazing results—without having a TV show host shame you about all the things you’ve held on to your whole life. Here are the top spring closet cleaning ideas from professional organizers.

Make a strategy. Begin by working from the top down. One of the easiest areas of your closet to de-clutter and re-organize is the top shelf. There you’ll find shoe boxes, folded sweaters, piles of jeans, and other non-essential items stacked to the ceiling. Pull them all down and clear off the top shelf for box, basket, and container storage later. (We’ll get to those ideas in a few minutes). Also, another key part of the strategy is to create a clothing shopping list to help you remember items that need to be replaced or added to your wardrobe as you sort through all the items.

Sort the hanging clothes. Sometimes tackling your clothing by type helps to make this job a lot easier. You can pull out winter clothing and put those items aside for now. Then you can organize your shoes all at one time. Then your slacks. Then belts, dresses, jackets, skirts, tops, etc. By addressing each clothing item by type, you can easily see what’s still in-style and what’s not. It’ll also help you reorganize by clothing type when you put it all back together.

Identify your personal style. When you’re pulling your clothing from the closet, be brutally honest with yourself. Your closet is only so big, so anything that’s out of date can be set aside—making room for new items that are more to your current style.

Create “Give Away” and “Donate” piles. Professional organizers like to use the “two year rule” for closet cleaning and reorganization. If you haven’t worn it in two years, and if it doesn’t have a strong sentimental value, it’s time for that article of clothing to go. If you have clothing that may be a value to a friend or family member, suggest a clothing swap. Get together with friends, have a few snacks, and everybody gets to go home with something new to wear. Anything you don’t think you’ll wear again can be donated to a charity, the church, or set aside for a spring garage sale.

Upgrade. It’s probably time to upgrade your closet hardware and accessories. Buy new hangers when needed. Add a shoe tree. Put in some storage baskets for the top shelf (see-through containers are a great way to store items on the top shelf). Also, some dry cleaners accept old wire hangers to be re-used or recycled.

Clean it up. Take the opportunity to clean out the closet, replace the shelf paper, vacuum the floor, and maybe even paint the walls. This will help keep the dust to a minimum and make the closet fresh again.

Reorganize. When putting your closet back together again, start by deciding how you’d like to see your clothing organized. You can group like items together. You can create zones (day wear first, evening wear second, active wear last). Or even organize by color type!

Utilize self-storage for spring cleaning. If you’re short on closet space around the house—even after your spring cleaning and reorganization—you can box seasonal clothing and store it at your local self-storage in Moore, Oklahoma facility. (We recommend Storage ‘R’ Us, by the way.) Just make sure you write everything down as you’re packing it away in moving boxes or garment boxes so that you know what has been stored in your Moore self-storage locker. Labeling each of the boxes is also a good idea.

And now that your closets have been through their annual spring cleaning, and all the seasonal garments have been packed neatly away in your self-storage unit, you can begin to think about going through the attic and basement. (But that’s a topic for another blog article!)

If you’re looking for a self-storage solution after your annual spring cleaning, feel free to stop by our Storage ‘R’ Us self-storage location in Moore, Oklahoma, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require.