It’s finally nice here in Boston, and I feel like I can swap my closet over to get ready for the summer months. If you live in Boston, you know that we have really cold weather, really hot weather, a gorgeous Fall, and then awkward in-between Spring days (50 degrees and raining one day and 85 the next? Why not?). Since the weather has been fairly consistent, this week I’ve been doing some massive spring cleaning.
Prep your shoes for storage
In the past I’ve just put away all of my winter shoes, thinking I’d prep them for next winter… well, next winter. Did you know that salt and sand left on your leather boots can actually damage the leather beyond repair? Rather than stuffing away your winter shoes, polish your leather and take anything that needs repair to a cobbler. My cobbler gets a big rush of leather boots in the fall, so you may even save some money by getting them done now instead of waiting. Plus, when you pull them out in the fall, you don’t have to worry about the repairs then! When you do put your boots away for storage, stuff them with pool noodles to keep them upright and avoid weird creases in your leather.
Clean and repair
There’s no better time than a closet swap to repair the clothes that have been sitting around. Replace missing buttons, fix broken zippers, and take that red-wine-stained dress to the dry cleaner. If it’s beyond repair, put it in the donate pile. That brings me to my last spring cleaning tip…
Get rid of things you don’t need!
If you didn’t wear it this season, are you really going to wear it next winter season? The One Room Challenge I worked on last month helped me to clean out the closet in the guest room, where we have stored a lot of stuff we don’t really need, like extra curtains and picture frames. It’s one of those places that can turn into a black hole, because I don’t go in that room every day. Now I’m tackling my closet, where I’m sure to do some real damage. I use ebay for some items and Poshmark for others (go check out my Poshmark listings – I’m selling some things that still have tags!)
What are your favorite Spring cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them!