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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Holy Cross chapter.

Springtime is all about the “new.” Whether it’s deep cleaning or just decluttering, I have become accustomed to spring cleaning. Closet cleanouts have become a staple for me at this time of year. This is my step-by-step guide to your springtime closet cleanout!

1. Gather ALL your Clothes!

2 .Create 3 separate piles: Keep, Maybes, and No’s 

The first step to a closet cleanout is gathering all your clothes. Get everything out of your closet and drawers and start fresh.


With items you plan on keeping, organize these pieces where they belong. Make sure every piece of clothing has a home and a purpose. If you are at all weary about a piece, throw it in the “maybes” pile and come back to it.


The Marie Kondo quote, “Do they spark joy?” works well with this pile. If you are questioning items, come back to them later. When you’ve returned to them, think about when the last time was you’ve work them and if see yourself wearing them sometime in the future. Have you owned a top since middle school? Are you out of your jean jacket phase now? It may be time to move on from pieces you have not worn in a while, even if they were cute in the past.

You should try the pieces on to decide if you can truly picture yourself wearing these “maybes” again. It’s okay to let things go. Of course, if you don’t want to get rid of an item, you do not have to but think about why you have decided to move items into the keep pile.


If you’ve decided you’re done with a piece of clothing, it’s time to find the item a new home. Donating clothing you are done with is a great step towards sustainable fashion. Thrift stores and other donation facilities are always looking for donations.

If you go to Holy Cross, Her Campus is hosting a thrift store very soon. We’re accepting donations from anyone on campus!

3. Revamp the closet, sustainably!

The final step to the closet clean out is a revamp! The best ways to find new clothes are through thrift stores and ethical clothing brands. Look for local thrift stores to find places to shop and find cool, unique, and ethically sourced pieces!

Ann O'Malley

Holy Cross '26

Ann is a current sophomore at Holy Cross from Milton, Massachusetts. She enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, and writing!