It’s Time to Give Your Wardrobe a Spring Cleanout
There’s nothing quite like a spring clean to help you declutter your life and your mind. Kitchen cupboards, cupboards under the stairs, and drawers under the bed are easy to tackle and clear out. And it’s so satisfying too. But if there’s one place us ladies fear to tread, it’s our wardrobe. It’s a sacred place, where garments are infused with confidence-boosting superpowers, memories of occasions gone by, and memories yet to be. And since we can’t all be Carrie Bradshaw, chances are it often exists in a state of overflowing disarray too. So with the summer’s balmy leg-bearing weather right around the corner, it’s high time we decluttered, reorganised, and readied ourselves for that summer wardrobe. Here are our tips for doing it properly.
Take an inventoryIt’s amazing what happens when you take absolutely everything out of your wardrobe and arrange it neatly on your bed. You’ll find things you’ve never worn, things that are too worn, and things that you never knew you had. The first step to decluttering is knowing what you need and what you have – and making it match.
The Six-Month RuleA lot of fashionistas will tell you that if you haven’t worn something for six months, then it’s time to ditch it. We’re not sure that’s always a good idea. Instead of just having the traditional ‘Keep’ and ‘Throw’ piles, we suggest introducing a third pile: ‘The seasonal storage pile’. There are plenty of things you won’t be wearing in the next six months, that you’ll most certainly want when chilly old January comes around. So get those must-have winter pieces folded and stored away in a plastic box or vacuum pack, and keep them separate from your in-season wardrobe.
Know When to Throw‘BE RUTHLESS’ is another line thrown around by savvy style gurus. We suggest being ruthless, but not reckless. If you find yourself holding an item longingly, unsure of its fate, then ask yourself these questions:
- Would I ever, really wear this again? And when?
- Does it fit?
- If it doesn’t fit, am I on my way to being a size where it will fit?
- Is the damage that keeps me from wearing it repairable?
- Can I turn it into something else?