The days are getting longer, and there’s a buzz in the air. That’s right, spring is almost here and we couldn’t be happier. Spring represents a time of renewal and fresh possibility, and this weekend is the perfect time to hit refresh on your wardrobe with a little spring clean. We’ve put together eight simple steps to create your most stylish and organised wardrobe yet.
1. Give yourself time
It’s easy to forget how long a good wardrobe clean out can take. Set aside around 2-5 hours (depending on the size of your wardrobe situation) so you can really get stuck in and do it properly.
2. Put on your favourite music
To help the time along, put on a little music. Upbeat, happy songs (the kind you can sing along to) will help keep you motivated and your energy levels up.
3. Set up four piles
Once you start going through your items you will be able to separate them into one of four categories:
- Keep: For the items that have survived.
- Storage: For items you won’t need until next winter; like coats, heavy knitwear and boots.
- Donate: For items that are still in good condition and can go to a new home.
- Throw Out: For items that are not salvageable; like shoes and clothes with holes, and old underwear
4. Empty your wardrobe (trust us)
It sounds like a daunting task, but by taking everything out you will be forced to take a proper look at each item individually. It also gives you a great opportunity to dust and clean the wardrobe itself before putting items back in.
5. Be practical
When deciding whether to keep an item, try to think logically rather than emotionally. It’s easy to get caught up in the memory of an item – where you wore it, who you were with, and even how much it cost. There are three questions to ask yourself: –
- Have I worn it in the last 6-12 months?
- Does it go with other items in my current wardrobe?
- Does it still fit?
If your answer is yes to all of the above, it’s a keeper. If not, it’s time to say goodbye.
6. Try it on
Still holding on to that emotional memory? Try the item on! You’ll know instantly whether it should stay or go.
7. Piece it back together
Organisation is key when putting your wardrobe back together. Everyone has their own style, but our favourite is to hang our clothes together by category – eg. pants, skirts, tops and dresses all hung together. Other ideas are to separate by colour, or by usage – such as work wear, occasion wear and casual clothes.
8. Plan ahead
Now to the fun part! Take note of what spring/summer items you have for the season ahead, and decide what additions you need to make. At this time you’ll have a clear idea in your head what you need, and it will be easy for you to identify the items you need to invest in.
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