Since this week is “Get Organised Week”, what better time to use these 10 tips to Spring clean your wardrobe! These 10 tips work well for any season or any time you get motivated and want to get yourself organised. We will work our way through the wardrobe with 4 options – Save/Store It, Donate It, Toss It or Revamp It.
Tip #1 – Time: There is no way to get around it. You are going to need a couple of hours and a fair bit of motivation. If you want to do this right you need to have a good look at every item in your wardrobe and you may need to make some difficult decisions. The other part of the time tip is keep in mind the 1 year rule – If you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s probably time to get rid of it. There are exceptions that will be covered in Tip #2.
Tip #2 – Designer & Classics: The only time you are going to do anything other than Save/Store It with your designer and classic pieces is if they are poor fitting (Donate It), or tatty and beyond repair (Toss It). Designer pieces have a way of coming back into style in a couple of seasons and are worth storing until then. Classic pieces that are impeccably tailored or animal prints have a place in every season and can be worked into any number of looks. Jackets and blazers in particular have a long life and you can wear them for many years.
Tip #3 – If it is beyond repair – Toss It: There is no point in wasting valuable wardrobe space with items that are beyond repair. If hems are down, buttons are missing and minor repairs can be made, either do it yourself, bribe a friend or find a tailor/seamstress who will make the repairs for you or Toss It!
Tip #4 – Down-sizing: If it’s an item you love, has sentimental value or is something you don’t wear because it is too big, take it to that seamstress and have her Revamp It. If it’s too small or too uncomfortable – Donate It!
Tip #5 – Boots and Winter Shoes: Let’s face it, you’ve been wearing those boots all Winter through rain, sleet and snow. It’s time to pay them back for their service and take them to a cobbler for repairs and to be resoled if needed. While you’re at it, get them polished. Then store them properly so they are ready for next Winter. Revamp It.
Tip #6 – Sweaters/Jumpers: You may love that old jumper with the holes in it because it’s comfortable, but you shouldn’t be wearing it outside the house…in fact, should you be wearing it all? If your sweaters/jumpers have holes, are threadbare or their pilling can’t be removed – Toss It! If they are still in good order, fit and you will wear them again next winter, fold them properly, get some cedar blocks and Store It.
Tip #7 – Multiples: If you spent all season trying to find the perfect jeans, jumpers or hoodie and now have 10 pairs of each, chances are pretty good you are only wearing the same one or two. Clear the others out to make room for fantastic new lighter Spring/Summer clothes and Donate the extras.
Tip #8 – Accessories: Have a good go over your accessories. Handbags, scarves and jewelry that are in good order and will be worn again can be stored. If you didn’t wear it this year, Donate It. If it has become worn, Revamp or Restore It. If it is beyond repair – Toss It!
Tip #9 – Returning to a Wardrobe Near You: As you return items to your wardrobe/closet, have a plan. You’ll remember that I keep like items together and then hang by colour to make getting dressed in the morning easier. Han all your shirts together and by colour, all pants, all dresses, skirts, etc. Trust me, this really does make pulling together a look easier and it helps you to see what classics or basics you are missing.
Tip #10 – Shop to Fill the Gaps: By far the favourite part of this exercise! Once you have been through everything and returned the items you are keeping to the wardrobe in an organised manner, you will see if there are obvious gaps. Do you need a pair of brightly coloured skinny jeans? Did you toss all your white t-shirts? How about a flirty floral skirt? A pair of hot pink wedges to complete your Spring update? Make yourself a list so you can stay focused on updating your Spring wardrobe.
Spring is a great time to take fashion risks – bright colours, florals, flirty, floral and fun looks that you just couldn’t wear in the summer are all okay now so feel free to add them into your wardrobe for a seasonal update.
Once you make a habit of keeping your wardrobe organised in this manner it gets easier to maintain. I also find that I then can shop more effectively because not only do I have a list of what I need or want to add for the season but if I am in a shop and I’m drawn to something I can imagine my existing wardrobe and quickly decide if the new item would work with other pieces I already own. Which means I have far fewer bad buys. You know those ones that never get worn because they don’t really work with anything you own. So far less wasted money!
It may be hard to get to the end stage. And you may lose some sleep over the tough decisions you made in getting there but trust me, these 10 tips to Spring clean your wardrobe are well worth it!
- Advice From a Pro Organizer: Fall Closet Cleaning (apartmenttherapy.com)
- The age of a new wardrobe is coming (yourdesignemporium.wordpress.com)
- How to Clean Out Your Closet (brooklyn-bliss.com)
- Simplify Your Life Week (astimegoesbuy.me)
- 10 Ways to Renew your Existing Wardrobe Without Spending a Penny (theurbn.com)