Spring Cleaning Your Closet—What to Keep and What to Toss

From Old Swim Shorts to T-shirts You Haven’t Worn in Years

It’s usually a good idea to go through your closet every spring and purge yourself of some items that you no longer wear. Below are some helpful tips on what apparel to toss, what to keep, and what to replace as we head into warmer weather.

1. Swim Shorts

Now that summer is here, it’s a good time to try on clothes from last season, like your swim shorts. Do they still fit? Have they faded? Have you had them for 8+ years? It might be a good time to get rid of a few pairs and invest in some new ones, like our chafe-free swim trunks for men in six different colors. A new pair of swim shorts will last you for a few years and ensure the fit is the best it can be for comfort.

2. Swim Cover Up Shirt

While you’re taking a look at your swim shorts, make sure you have some swim cover up shirts to go with them. Do any of them have holes? Are they bleached, stained, or faded? Maybe you have a few that are in good shape but you never wear anymore (those would be great to donate). Whatever you decide to keep, make sure you leave a few that match the swim trunks you own.

3. Tennis Shoes

Now we definitely believe in keeping a pair of beat up tennis shoes to mow the lawn, but you only need one of those. Look through your shoes and toss any that have holes, tears, or stains that you can’t wash out. Also, take a look at the bottom of the tennis shoes, and make sure the tread isn’t completely worn away.

4. Items With Tags on Them

Now we’re all guilty of buying something that we never ended up wearing. Maybe it was a gift from your spouse or something you bought and never got around to using. Reevaluate why that item is still in your closet. Does it fit? Do you still like it? Is it practical? If the answer to any of these questions is no, maybe it's time to donate it and free up some room in your closet. 

5. Hats

Oh hats—they’re tempting to buy on every vacation, and easy to quickly collect. But when your hat collection is stacked to the ceiling and collecting dust, it might be time to donate or toss some away. Keep your favorites, give away ones you haven’t worn in years, or browse our collection for the perfect new hat to replace any tattered ones. (Your closet will thank you!)
With these easy closet cleaning tips, you’ll have a summer wardrobe ready for every weekend adventure and vacation. Plus with some newly freed up space you’ll have room for a new pair of swim shorts or shoes! Cleaning your closet isn’t the most fun task in the world, but it’s a great activity for a rainy day.

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