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Tips for a Family-Wide Spring Wardrobe Refresh!


Although the winter season is filled with celebration, love and family-time it can also be coupled with lots of clutter! The transition from winter to spring doesn’t just happen with the weather and food but also all throughout the house. There is nothing quite like being able to open up all your windows and doors and transform your home from it’s winter version to it’s spring-ready self!


I’m sure this is where the term “spring cleaning” was coined. An all-inclusive clean is definitely necessary, but today I was inspired by Tommy John, a men’s underwear company to focus on closets specifically. A closet, in my opinion, can never get enough TLC. With ongoing organization, bettering your closet is a constant journey!

I always like to start with my closet! It’s helpful to start with your own closet because you can easily use it as the “guinea pig” for the rest of the house. I always like to start with clothes. I recently learned about the “four pile method,” and it has become a staple when going through my family’s wardrobe. Here are the steps to this method:


Pile 1: The Keep Pile
Your must haves. You LOVE these items and couldn’t possibly part with them. They fit you well and you wear them often.

Pile 2: The On-The-Fence Pile
You feel like you have to keep them, but you aren’t exactly sure why.

Pile 3: The Donation/Consignment Pile
These items are out of style, they don’t fit me, or I simply don’t wear them anymore.

Pile 4: Throw Away!
These items aren’t in good condition anymore and wouldn’t be fit for someone else’s use.

I would love to encourage you all to donate any and all of your old clothes that are going to Pile 3. There are tons of wonderful local organizations who accept donations. If you can’t find a local donation shop there are always Goodwill and The Salvation Army to check out! What an easy way to help a family or individual in need?


For all of my readers with a significant other, first and foremost introduce them to the pile process! There will inevitably be items they simply can’t part with, but ladies, it’s definitely time to get rid of all his holey boxers or briefs – and time he considers investing in some real men’s underwear. Next, help him figure out what items have just passed their style prime. Once he gets the hang of it, it’s on to your kids’ rooms!

These are always my favorite part of a Spring Clean Out! I do tend to get slightly sentimental when it comes to ditching any of my children’s clothing, but I also find it exciting! Getting rid of an outworn and outgrown clothes mean my babies are healthy, active, and growing, which is a true blessing!

For the seasonal things that have not yet been outgrown or outworn, consider shifting things like hats, scarves and snow pants into a seasonal bin to be tucked away in storage and pulled out next year. This will open up available space for all the flip flops, goggles, and swim trunks needed for the soon to come summer! Don’t forget the four pile process for the kiddos too!


Now that all the closets have been whipped into shape you should feel almost clutter free!  I then like to start taking on the cupboards and pantries, but that my friends is a post for another day.

Let's discuss: How do you declutter your wardrobe, do you use the pile system? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I actually do the pile system! With 3 kids, we always seem to be needing to refresh our wardrobe because they outgrow them so fast. Actually, I have been neglecting mine and my drawers are stuffed with clothes that I haven't worn in forever. Thanks for the reminder ;)

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    1. With kids they really do outgrow their wardrobe don't they. I know that there is tons that I need to go through with the kids, especially Madison and can't wait to do so upon our return back home.

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  2. I so need to make time and do this! My kid have been pulling warmer weather clothes out while winter clothes are still in their drawers. They can hardly get their drawers closed.

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    1. Yes it's very much time to start piling away some of those clothes that they will no longer be able to wear. Good luck!

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  3. We use the pile system! I need to do it again. My neighborhood is having a garage sale this weekend, I have a few piles I could unload there but I'll probably take them to Goodwill and send some to ThredUp. We'll see....
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    1. That's a very good idea. Make some money and donate the ones you want to.

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  4. We do the pile system too. At this point in time, Cassidy and I have relatively stagnant wardrobes. I obviously update with sundresses, though, and get rid of stuff I wore in my 20's that I haven't previously let go of, after kids!
    Des is growing like a weed, so I find we have to do this more than once a year.

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    1. I'm like you. I have a ton of dark stuff in my closet but I need to do a complete makeover and add a pop of color this year. Madison is just like Des and I'm always going through her room and getting rid of stuff. Why are they growing up so fast?

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  5. I'm learning to throw as I go. For example, today I put on one of my favorite tops. I noticed a hole in the front and immediately took it off and threw it away. It was past its prime and needed to go. I made a note in my Notes section that I threw away a dressy top in black, so when I have the desire to go shopping, I can do so without feeling guilty, as long as I stick to the list.

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    1. Good for you! I need to do that. See I would have taken that top and possibly start wearing it around the house. It's so hard to let go sometimes of your favorites.

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  6. I definitely need to go through my closet. I always hang onto things I never wear anymore!

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    1. Yes that's me. I always keep them saying that I'm going to fit into them knowing that I more than likely won't. :)

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  7. I did this last year but alas things have started to pile up again. I need to go through everything again and see what we haven't worn.

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    1. It's a good idea to do so every season. It makes it a lot easier, at least I've found that it does.

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  8. I do this once a year, usually over Christmas..... Anything I haven't worn in a year goes .... no matter what.... You should see what I try to wear to avoid that the week before I do this! LOL

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    1. Oh I can imagine because I'd probably be doing the same thing, especially if it's an item that I used to love. I've been trying to fit into jeans that I know that will never fit again, but I spend so much money on my designer jeans that it hurts to let them go.

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  9. I've moved a few times in the last few years so that has really helped me pare down my wardrobe because I simply don't want to move things I no longer wear!

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    1. That can help but when you own a home, it might be a little bit different because you're there permanently, so I tend to do it a bit more often.

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  10. Great tips! I love reading this and seeing new ideas.I've got a LOT I need to take to Goodwill right now.

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    1. I'm going to have quite a lot myself soon too. I've even thought of consigning a few things as well.

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  11. My on the fence pile usually is the biggest and hardest to sort cause I have clothes that really want to keep them but I cant wear them anymore. Delimma!!!

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    1. I think we all have that dilemma. I have a few pairs of jeans that I just don't want to get rid of.

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  12. We do this. Except for the undecided pile. Maybe I should add undecided. The last time we closet cleaned I got rid of more clothes than I should have. Haha.

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    1. Well sometimes that isn't a bad thing either. I need to do that this weekend.

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  13. I hate sorting out clothes, it uses up a lot of my time, especially when it comes to my two girls. TWO GIRLS, imagine the horror of bargaining and pleading regardless if it's to keep the clothes or to donate them. Lol. Anyway, craziness aside, I like the four pile method, I use it too although this is the first time I learned that there was a name for it. Storing the seasonal clothes is a great idea too!

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    1. It's great to store seasonal items but be sure to go through those occasionally as well too. And with kids I sure know the horrors!

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  14. Piling clothes as you suggest is really very important. Or else we can never clear the closets! Dealing with Pile 2 can be tricky though.

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    1. Pile 2 and 4 are by far the trickiest ones for me.

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  15. We use also a similar pile system. We donate clothes that have not been born in the last six months to charity or to my younger cousins about four times a year.

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    1. That's a great idea. I usually donate most of my youngest daughter's items. She has a little too much!

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  16. Whenever I declutter, I often have many clothes under "The On-The-Fence Pile" and "The Donation/Consignment Pile"... sometimes I can't decide if they should be in Pile 2 or 3. Some clothes don't fit me anymore but they have sentimental value, don't have holes in them, have lasted for many many years (and prolly have many more years of lifespan) and yet, I dare not throw away because I always dream of fitting into them sometime in the near future... while I go get myself slimmed down to my pre-pregnancy figure. But my husband is the ruthless one and told me, if I do go down any size, he'll buy me new ones, hahah!!!

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    1. I'm just like you. I have a few things that I just don't want to get rid of because of sentimental value and also because they're expensive. :)

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  17. Thanks for this tips. I am not really a person that is organized with my wardrobe so these tips are really helpful. I will follow this pile process.

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    1. I hope it works for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. awesome tips! i would put everything in the keep pile haha but need to stop hoarding them

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    1. I don't think you're alone. I'm very much like that hahaha

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  19. I love the 4 pile system. I am getting ready to help my daughter tackle the kids closets. Garage sale time!

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    1. Garage sales are a good way to get rid of stuff and then you can also donate what doesn't get sold. You'll also make a few dollars to buy back a few as well.

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  20. Quite guilty of these, having some stuff in my closet un-used or necessarily not needed. I guess it would be valuable to such cause.

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    1. You should go through your closet and get rid of the ones you don't need/want.

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  21. I like the pieces you show here…I personally like navy blue and grey on my guy. I don't declutter my closet as often as I should.

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    1. I have a lot of dark colors in my closet but I'm thinking I personally like to need to add a pop of color.

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  22. Being able to throw some items away is really important. I find that we often hang on to certain items because we connect them with memories or certain periods in our lives.

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    1. That is true and I need to disconnect sometimes or I'd become a hoarder.

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  23. I need to do this! I have so many clothes that I'm holding on to "just in case" but I need to learn to let go! Great tips!

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    1. Oh you and me both! I do really need to let go.

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  24. Great tips! I am that person that hold on to things because " what if"! I have even found myself doing that with the kids things!

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    1. Oh you're not alone. I do that too and I really need to get better.

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  25. Thanks for the tips, I am going to refresh my wardrobe soon, right now its a bit messy.

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    1. Oh that's what Spring Cleaning is all about and you can totally do it.

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  26. The four pile method is very helpful! I love how it really helps you segregate and makes the process simpler.

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    1. It really does make things a lot easier for everyone.

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  27. I've never done this family-wide, but I do use the same pile system. In all fairness, most of the on-the-fence pile ends up either donated or thrown away.

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    1. And that's why you're on the fence. You can't decide whether to donate/throw away or even keep. :)

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  28. Your post reminds me to clean up my wardrobes. Yes, I do use pile system. After using this system, I find there are so many clothes that I can actually recycle.

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    1. I'm glad that you're already doing it. Way to go!

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  29. I have same method but certain things have more sentimental value than anything.So doesn't matter whether they go on pile 4 or below they will be lying forever.

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    1. I have a few things that have such great sentimental value that I just can't get rid of it. For example my wedding dress. :)

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  30. At he moment i could not de clutter my closet, i have more clothes now than it can handle. I am actually considering buying another closet. This post would come in handy once i have bought another one

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    1. Maybe you should consider doing the pile method BEFORE buying a new closet. :)

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  31. I really need to go through my kiddos clothes. They didn't really need anything and then I bought them a whole bunch anyway and now there is WAY too much!

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    1. Oh I can totally relate. I do that quite a lot with my youngest child. She has way too much so this weekend it's the pile method for her room.

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  32. I am currently purging my home and everyone's clothing as well. I can not believe the piles of clothes that accumulate when we don't do something with them right away! lol

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    1. Oh yes that is so true. There is so much that I need to get rid of myself.

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  33. I too do the pile system. I just started collecting the charity pile in a nice big bag!

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    1. Way to go! Yes that is surely one way to get rid of unwanted clothing.

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  34. We just went through my youngest daughters clothes. I hate doing it but it is necessary. I get that lump in my cheat knowing she has outgrown the clothes

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    1. Awwww, tell me about it. My daughter is growing up so quickly.

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  35. Love this perfect tips and something I actually do already and it works !

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    1. That's great! I'm glad that it's working for you.

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  36. This is quite a useful post. Coincidently, I use the same tips for my spring cleaning.

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    1. You're definitely one smart lady because that's the way to do it!

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