Spring is arriving, and with it the annual urge to update your wardrobe. But where to put it all? If you find yourself every morning pulling creased shirts out of a wardrobe filled with clothes you can't even remember you own, perhaps it's time for a spring clean.
Decluttering means clearing space for the life you’re living today; don’t hold on to something because you don’t want to admit you made a bad purchase in the past, or because you might need it in the future. So pump up your stereo and get down to business!
Put on some music to boost your mood and wear plain underwear that works under most pieces and comfortable clothes that are easy to take on and off.
Open the closet and take everything out. If you really want to do this properly, it’s the only way.
Go through this process with your friend/roommate whose opinion you trust. A second pair of eyes will be handy when you're debating over keeping/tossing that body-con crop top that you think you might wear but "just haven't gotten around to." Not to mention, you'll probably have a lot more fun doing it.
Start with a clean and empty wardrobe. Take out all your clothes and then clean/dust/vacuum/wipe down your wardrobe space.
The goal is to sort everything into three piles: keep, store, and donate/sell.
Start by looking at each piece in turn, and asking yourself the following questions:
Does this fit?
Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
If this is damaged in any way, will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
Am I keeping it because it was expensive or a present?
And most importantly: Do I feel confident when I wear this?
The only clothes you should keep are the ones that really suit you - be honest. Old, worn, ill-fitting clothes that don’t make you feel good should go. You might encounter a tough moment or two, but keep in mind that they're just clothes. Whatever you toss will have a great new life with someone else.
Organize everything into categories of what you want to stash, save, and bid adieu. Although we're moving into the warmer months, it's still prudent to keep a jacket and a jumper (or two) around. We are, after all, knee-deep in climate change, and Mother Nature is likely to throw us a few curve balls.
Still struggling? Store ‘maybe’ pieces out of sight and a month later, cull all the pieces you haven’t missed since you packed them away.
Now sort the “keep” pile into 3 sub piles: Clothes you wear often, Clothes you would wear if they were repaired or altered and seasonal items such as heavy winter coats or beachwear.
Put the repair pile aside and make sure you find some time to get alterations or repairs done in the next few weeks, if you’re not going to do them the clothes should go.
Now you’ve decided what you’re keeping, you’ve got to put it all back.
Pack up your seasonal clothes into boxes on top of your wardrobe or under bed storage.
Arrange your wear often pieces by colour and or shape, although it may not stay that way all season, it will help you work out what you are missing and will give you a great sense of accomplishment. The key thing is that the clothes you wear – or want to wear – the most often, are the closest to hand, clearly displayed.”
Separate unwanted clothing into three piles: toss, donate, and sell. It's easier to let go of clothing when you know that it'll go to someone in need, or that you'll be getting a good buck in return. If items are no longer in wearable condition (rips, stains, etc.), add them to the toss bag and give them to textile recycling centers. Plan a Boot fair or list products on Ebay to sell clothes that are still in good shape and generate some funds for next seasons wardrobe, alternatively, get together a group of friends to bring clothes they are not using and certainly don't want to discard -- someone's going to want it! Have a little cocktail party and everyone gets new clothes without spending money ... so it's a win-win situation.'
By the end of the afternoon you will find yourself with a much smaller wardrobe - now is the time to work out what's missing. Perhaps you need more basics such as T-shirts and blouses to reinvigorate your suits or maybe a dressy pair of trousers to go with several tops. Make a list of the items you feel you need and then set yourself a budget. You're not going to be able to buy everything at once so look for the basics first - T-shirts, blouses, trousers, knits - and then tackle more seasonal one-off pieces later.
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