March 17, 2022 7 min read

Spring is here, and along with it, the urge to update your wardrobe! The warm coats and oversized sweaters you bought last fall and winter will now have to be moved to make room for bright shades and flowy shirts of the season.

You may be wondering, where am I going to put it all? The key to spring cleaning is to set yourself up so everything can work well together. You want to prioritize efficiency and organization.

We suggest going into this with the mantra of 'keep what you love, leave what you don't'; on top of this, aim to find the perfect balance of wearability and practicality. Your wardrobe should reflect your lifestyle personality and last you many seasons. It's also important to remember the key to vegan fashion: sustainability.

We’ve detailed a few tips to help you get through the spring cleaning process for your wardrobe. From the clever coat hanger hack to the 3-year rule, here’s how we recommend you spring clean your closet this season.

Start Early

 A low shot of meadow grass in sunlight.

There's no better time than the present to start cleaning, but you want to be sure you avoid the sense of overwhelm that happens so often. We suggest you set aside a whole day for spring cleaning. This way, you will have time to assess pieces you need/want to replace.

When spring time comes around it’s time for us to start new again. Spring cleaning is crucial because it will make your home's air is clean and healthy to breathe. Dust and allergens that have built up over the winter need to be removed.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning the unseen, dirty, or dark spaces in your home; it’s also for your wardrobe. The changing of the seasons is simply the best time to do it! You will probably already spend a few hours packing sweaters, gloves, and scarves away into temporary storage, so why not use utilize that time to also free up some space in your wardrobe?

Beginning the process at the start of the spring season, which for us in the northern hemisphere is March 20th, is also ideal because this will allow you a better judgment of in-between season pieces like cardigans or light jackets.

Devise a Plan

 A woman in a striped shirt folds clothes.

Go into this with a strategy in mind. We recommend starting by opening your closet and taking everything out. Once this is done, begin sorting items into three different piles: keep, donate, and store. Of course, keep anything sentimental to you and classic items that pair well with everything.

Now that you know where to start, it’s time to ask yourself some questions to help you sort through your clothing.

Will You Wear the Item More than Once?

 A set of white dresser drawers, one of which is pulled open to reveal unfolded clothes.

You know that dress that you brought two years ago for a party, and you haven't worn it since? It's time to take a look at it with fresh eyes. Clothing items that you’ve only worn once take up space, and this can add up if you have several pieces that you’ve only worn once.

Asking yourself this question reminds you to be more intentional with what you purchase. While it's fun to buy pieces for specific special occasions, the amount of space and money you lose by holding onto those clothing items isn't as practical or fun.

Are There Any Stains?

 Closeup of a man's white button-up shirt. He holds out a yellow stain near the chest pocket.

Don’t worry, we all have that one piece of clothing that's super comfortable that we wear all the time; unfortunately, because it’s worn all the time, it probably has a few stains.

While you may never wear said clothing out, sometimes you also need to realize when something reaches its expiration date. Comfy clothes and loungewear should be something that perks up your mood, so why wear something that’s past its time?

Of course, you can try to remove the stains but most likely they’ve been there a while and have set in so you may not be able to remove them. Stains like red wine, ink, and mustard can be extremely hard to remove. This is because these products can actually dye the fibers of the clothing piecel. Getting it out would require you to bleach the piece, which can ruin the color. Therefore, if the stain doesn't come out after a few tries, it might be time to just get rid of it.

Do They Still Fit?

 A woman holds a stack of blue jeans in various fades.

One of the easiest things you can do during spring cleaning is ask yourself if the clothing still fits. We can all relate to holding onto an item of clothing, hoping we might fit into it again one day.

While we believe in keeping accessories or clothing that have sentimental value or you look forward to re-wearing, there comes a point where you should also free yourself of it. It’s okay if you don’t perfectly fit into a piece of clothing you once did, size does not define you.

Is It Versatile?

​​A row of brown and tan clothes on hangers.

The goal should always be to have a versatile wardrobe. Instead of having a closet full of clothes that don't go together, try adding pieces to your wardrobe that can be worn several ways.

So, ask yourself, is this versatile? Can I transform this shirt from day to night, casual to dressy? If you can’t, you might need to rethink its place in your closet.

Once You Find What You’re Keeping, It’s Time to Refresh!

Now you’ve sorted out the items you’re keeping, storing, and donating. It’s time to refresh them!

Brighten Whites Without Bleach

 A row of white shirts on hangers.

Whites can lose their brightness over time, so it’s important to brighten them. However, you don’t want to use bleach since it’s terrible for your clothes, bad for your health, and bad for the environment. The good news is, you can brighten your white clothes without it! The method we recommend is to use lemon/lemon juice. This does a beautiful job brightening whites and removing stains.

Combine lemon, white vinegar, and baking soda, and you’ll have a natural product that works just like bleach to get rid of yellowing or stains. Be sure to hand wash clothes you’re whitening in cold water; you don’t want to use hot water since it can make the yellowing or stains worse. Once that’s complete, let the clothing sit in the sun to dry; the sun has bleaching effects as well.

Here’s a great article that shows you how to do this process.

Clean Your Shoes

 A hand in a yellow latex glove uses a sponge to clean a pair of white sneakers.

When was the last time you cleaned your shoes? Every time you wear them out, your shoes pick up bacteria and dirt. Then, when you come home, you’re tracking all of that back into your home.

Periodic shoe cleanings are the best way to extend the lifespan of your shoes, keep them looking new, and reduce the spread of bacteria. Plus, how your shoes look can make or break an outfit. Clean shoes will make any outfit feel sophisticated and put together, while dirty shoes can instantly make even the cutest outfit look dull.

How to Clean Your Shoes Step by Step

  1. Use a dry brush: remove dirt from the outsole, midsole, and uppers using the dry brush. If you don’t have a dry shoe brush, don’t worry, an old toothbrush works fine
  2. Make a cleaning solution: mix warm water with a little amount of dish soap or laundry detergent.
  3. For lighter colored or white shoes, make a cleaning paste by mixing equal parts water and baking soda.
  4. Hand wash the laces
  5. Wash the soles: apply the solution to a soft-bristled brush or a washcloth and clean the outsole and midsole. Dry with a soft cloth.
  6. If you need to wash the insoles, remove them and clean with the solution you made. Make sure they dry properly before putting them back into your shoes.
  7. Use the solution with a soft brush or washcloth to clean the shoes uppers. Don't scrub too hard.
  8. When you're done use a dry microfiber towel and blot the shoe. This will lift as much dirt and moisture as possible. Try to avoid rubbing becuase this can wear down the fabric and spread any dirt that was left behind.
  9. Air dry your sneakers at room temperature, most shoes take at least 8 hours to dry completely.

Polish Those Accessories
A flatlay of several tan and brown accessories inlcuding earrings and sunglasses.

Don’t forget to clean any accessories you have! We’re sure that they don’t get cleaned very often; don’t worry, we’re the same way. We couldn’t tell you the last time we cleaned our accessories (vegan fashion pieces like handbags, belts, and wallets excepted, of course).

  • Handwash your scarves to keep them clean, stink-free, and fresh.
  • Learn how to clean your jewelry so your favorite pieces will stay shiny for years.
  • Clean makeup brushes so you stop putting grime and bacteria on your face whenever you do your makeup.
  • While you’re cleaning your brushes, also go through your makeup and get rid of any products that have expired. Yes, makeup expires!
  • Get your sunglasses tightened professionally, or you can try to do it at home. Do be careful if you’re going to do it yourself!

Add a Scent to Your Closet That Makes You Happy

 A lit white tumbler candle alongside some berries and a nut on a wooden table.

Now that your closet is organized and clean let’s add a nice scent! You can make a closet a wonderful sensory experience from the way it looks to the aroma of it when you walk in.

Of course, you can use candles, diffusers, incense, plugin oil air fresheners, etc. The good news is all of the options have a wide variety of scents and can fit whatever vibe you’re going for. Just keep in mind if you’re going to use candles be sure to do it in a safe manner, turn off any fans, make sure there’s nothing nearby that can catch on fire, and that it’s out of children and pets reach. 

Start by keeping bad odors at bay. You can do this by purchasing odor-absorbing charcoal packs that can keep your closet smelling fresh and humidity-free. This will also help your clothes last longer as well!

Put Your Clothes Back

​​A white walk in closet with the clothes organized by color.

Now that your clothes are organized, clean, and dry, it’s time to put your clothes back in your closet. But don’t just place them in there; go in with a plan and organize your clothes. You’ll want to store them in a way that is both visually aesthetic and practical.

  • Put the clothes you’ll wear most often in the most accessible part of your closet.
  • Keep like items with like items—tees with tees, belts with belts, hats with hats, etc.
  • Learn how to fold your clothes the Marie Kondo way. This will keep everything wrinkle-free.
  • Don’t hang your sweaters. Gravity can stretch them out. Instead, fold the sweaters and put them in drawers.

It’s Time to Refresh!

Doing some spring cleaning on your wardrobe is essential because it allows you to get rid of what you don’t need, find old pieces that you haven't worn in a while, and just refresh.

We hope we’ve helped you figure out how to refresh your wardrobe! Here on the Doshi Blog, we want to encourage and support people in buying and wearing vegan fashion and ethical products.

 

Are you interested in getting new vegan accessories for the spring season? We offer a variety of vegan handmade designer options. Try our Pro Travel Backpack, Slim Belt Bag, or Weekender Tote.


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