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June 14, 2024

Decluttering Your Closet And Makeup For A Fresh Summer Look


Decluttering Your Closet And Makeup for a Fresh Summer Look

I recently visited a friend who had just moved out of town. Let's just say her closets and makeup stash were overflowing! We tackled the challenge together, sorting through clothes and makeup, reminiscing (a bit too much!), and ultimately making a huge donation pile. Seeing the transformation – and how much better she felt – inspired me to assemble a summer checklist for you!

With summer officially arriving in just seven days (mark your calendars, June 21st!), it's the perfect time to declutter and make space for the new season's essentials.

However, achieving that fresh summer look requires more than updating your closet or refreshing your makeup collection. It's time to declutter and make space for the new season's essentials.

Services like dumpster rentals in salem can be convenient for those larger clear-outs (because, let's be honest, sometimes a good declutter deserves a professional-sized solution!).

Now, let's get you ready for summer with a decluttering guide that will have you feeling refreshed and ready for sunshine!

The Benefits Of Decluttering For Summer

It is not a mere trend but a proven method of improving one’s life and enhancing overall satisfaction. It establishes actual space and frees the mind of excessive thoughts. Clutter and confusion are the enemies of productivity.

When a room is clean and everything is in its proper place, you can concentrate better and feel more at ease—a perfect way to approach the carefree spirit of summer!

Seasonal Swaps With Clothes That Embrace The Warmer Weather

Are your clothes ready to transition with you? As we prepare for summer, it's time to swap out your heavier clothes for lighter, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and viscose.

Embracing a bolder color palette with vibrant hues like corals, yellows, light blues, and fun floral and tropical prints adds a touch of summer flair to your wardrobe.

Additionally, consider incorporating shorter lengths such as sundresses, breezy shorts, and flowy skirts to show off some skin and stay cool.


Assessing Your Summer Wardrobe

The first step in this decluttering mission is taking stock of your summer wardrobe. Pull everything out and now, evaluate the clothing; consider these questions:

  • Have you worn them in the last year?
  • Does it fit your body size? Summer is about feeling confident, so let it go if something doesn't fit quite right.
  • Does it reflect your current fashion preference? Be honest with yourself.
  • Think of some summer adventures: Imagine that ideal summer day – would this piece make the final cut? If not, it might be taking up space better suited for new summer favorites.

Remember, accumulating clothes that are not useful in your life only occupies space and does not contribute positively.

Organizing Your Summer Clothes By Category

Now comes the process of organizing by category. Based on your fashion type, arrange the dresses in the same sections, for example, all the dresses together, tops together, skirts together, and so on. This makes it easier to see what you have and mix and match items effectively.

Consider getting shelf dividers, hanging organizers, and clear bins for your accessories. An organized closet will make planning for your next summer event or outing a breeze.

Letting Go Of Sentimental Treasures In Your Closet

We all have those special pieces in our closets – clothes that hold precious memories. But letting go of those sentimental items can be the most challenging part of decluttering. 

Here's how to navigate this emotional hurdle:

Keep a Few Mementos: Memories truly matter, so hold onto a few pieces that spark joy and evoke cherished experiences.

Your Closet Isn't a Museum: While those vintage jeans hold a story, your wardrobe shouldn't become a cluttered archive. Be honest – if you haven't worn it in years, it might be time to say goodbye.

Focus on Clothes: Your closet should primarily consist of the clothes you wear. If you have other sentimental items stored there, consider creating a memory box filled with photos and keepsakes for easy reminiscing.

Revamp And Refresh Your Makeup Collection For Summer

As the seasons change, remember to swap out your makeup just like you swap out your clothes for summer. Start by going through each item and checking their shelf life dates. Expired products can lead to skin rashes, acne,  even premature aging. If a product smells bad, looks different in color, or feels sticky, it's time to toss it.


Simplified: Makeup Must-Haves For Summer

Summer is all about fresh, glowing skin! Ditch the heavy makeup routine and embrace a minimalist approach. Here's how to achieve a sun-kissed look with minimal effort:

  • Minimize Products: Skip the full-coverage foundation. Opt for a lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF for a natural, even base.
  • Warm Up Your Look: Bronzer drops add warmth and definition to your face, mimicking a healthy summer tan.
  • Waterproof Must-Haves: Sweat and pool splashes are inevitable in summer. Choose waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid smudging.
  • Pop of Color: Summer is the perfect time to experiment with bright lip colors! Opt for corals, pinks, or peaches for a playful touch.

This simplified routine declutters your makeup stash and saves precious time in the mornings. Less time getting ready means more time enjoying all the summer fun!

Organizing Your Summer Makeup For Easy Access

Spend the rest of the time organizing your summer makeup products so they are easy to find and use. Establish a system for quickly accessing your essential summer makeup items!

First, for items you use every day, use clear acrylic organizers for things like brushes and your daily makeup essentials. Keeping them visible and within reach will save you time during your morning routine, and help with those 5 minute makeup routines, when you need to be out the door.

Next, categorize the rest of your summer makeup stash in your makeup case or drawer. Separate items into categories such as "Eyeshadow Palettes," "Blush & Bronzer," "Lipsticks & Glosses," or even "Poolside Essentials" for sunscreen and waterproof makeup. This way, you'll always know where to find what you need, whether going out for the night or heading to the beach.

By creating an easily accessible and organized system, your summer makeup routine will be a breeze, giving you more time to enjoy the sunshine!

Embracing Sustainability When Decluttering

Be mindful of the environmental impact when sorting things to sell, donate, or throw away. Refrain from tossing old clothes and makeup in the trash. Instead, donate them or dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner.

Many organizations can take used clothes and even unused makeup; some beauty brands have recycling initiatives for makeup bottles and eco-friendly makeup. Implementing sustainable activities benefits the environment and brings new life to a room you desire to revamp.


Decluttering your closet and makeup stash is the perfect way to prep for summer's grand entrance, just a week away on the 21st! It creates space for breezy new styles, brings order to your getting-ready routine, and leaves you feeling lighter and more energized.

Plus, for those overflowing donation piles (we've all been there!), services like Salem dumpster rentals can be a lifesaver. So, ditch the pre-summer clutter and embrace the sunshine with a decluttered space and a fresh summer look! Get ready to turn heads with your radiant summer glow!

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  1. I need to do this. My closet is looking rather scary at the moment.

  2. I've been slowly going through my whole house actually. I am trying to get rid of all the unnecessary items that I know I have. My closet is going to be one of my next areas to tackle soon.

  3. My closet is a mess. I need to follow your tips to declutter.

  4. We moved to a new house during the first quarter of this year. Decluttering was a challenge. But I realized that we can move around better and relaxed with a tidy space.

  5. I have the hardest time getting rid of old items I don't use. Thanks for these hints on organizing not only my closet but also my makeup. Stephanie

  6. Decluttering our house is challenging, but it would make moving around and relaxing much easier. Your post is inspiring me to tackle my messy closet next.

  7. Every once in a while I go on a decluttering kick. I usually start with the closet, because that's where a lot of the clutter goes.

  8. I frequently declutter my closet. While I still have a few items I really should get rid of, I do clean out several items that no longer fit or just don't like anymore.

  9. I used your tips to tackle my closet and makeup stash, and it made such a difference.

  10. Great post! I just did some declutterring last weekend, my closest was well overdue

  11. I felt so much more free when I let go of things that I remember wearing years ago but I would never wear again. I love this!

  12. Decluttering often is a must for me! I do it before each season, or at least three times a year! Thank you for all your tips!

  13. I really need to give my closet a good gutting. I have things in there that I've saved for I'm not sure what. I think I just keep them because they remind me of past events.

  14. This could no have come at a more perfect time as this is what I plan doing at the weekend with some baking of course. I will be saving this to help me out. thanks xx

  15. I just did this, decluttering my closet last weekend and to be honest it was hard. I have a hard time letting go of but my closet looks a lot better that's for sure.

  16. Less is better! I enjoy a good decluttering, and summer is the perfect time to feel refreshed and less cluttered overall.

  17. i always feel wonderful when i clear up my closet - which i try to do once every few months..

  18. This is what I am planning to do and I am going to start this weekend. Thank you for sharing these tips. "Your Closet Isn't a Museum" - made me laugh. I am so guilty. I guess it's time to let go of my sentimental treasures.

  19. Great tips! I did declutter my closet in the springtime. It always feels good after doing it. -LYNNDEE

  20. My partner had a messy makeup and after organzing things, now its easy and fast to get things haha. These are great things to do make life easier.

  21. I have been meaning to do this!! I have makeup stashed from years ago I havent been able to throw away. I’ve been a little pack rat with it.

  22. I bought some new clothes recently. I need to go through my closet soon. I have clothes I haven’t worn in forever.

  23. I must declutter my closet asap. It is overloaded and I need to look at it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. I've been slowly doing this all week! Baby steps as I have time, but it's making a huge difference in my excitement for the summer.


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