Spring clean your closet
a new season, new resolutions, and the perfect time for a spring
clean of our wardrobes.
How many women (and some men) look in their
wardrobes and say “they have nothing to wear” as they
gaze at a wardrobe groaning with clothes! Our other halves and families
look with disbelief as they look at all those clothes and think we’re
exaggerating when we say we have nothing to wear. What we’re
really saying is, we do not have the right clothes – so let’s
not clutter our homes with wardrobes full of things that do not look
good on us and instead let’s have clothes that do work well
for us – make us look good and feel great.
To spring clean
the closet, take EVERYTHING out and then examine each piece before
putting it back. This is a wardrobe audit aimed at simplifying
and organising what we wear. Try on each piece to see if it fits
well, needs washing/drycleaning/mending. If, what you see in the
privacy of your own closet does not make a good impression on you,
you will never feel confident and empowered when you wear it!
exercise is about letting go
of what no longer works for you and making room for what really enhances
your style. You don’t keep food in the pantry that
is past it “use by” date, so why keep clothes that
are past it. However for clothes, it is not the age of the clothes,
but how they look on you. Sadly it may be the sale item you bought
last month that is not working for you and needs to go; but the
exquisite evening top you bought from a vintage shop three years
ago still looks fantastic.
Examine each piece and ask …
Do I love it? Do I need it?
Does it support my life style? Does it need to be
repaired? Does it have positive
or negative memories? If you have answered no to
any of the first three questions, then let it go.
Decide whether to sell it or give it away. There are excellent re-cycle
shops in The Darling’s circulation area, or sell them on the
The clothes you put back in your wardrobe must have earned that place.
You probably choose carefully what else you store in your home, but
somehow clothes we just let them clutter the closet.
Choose the wardrobe plan or system that suits you best. Some people
hang their clothes in colour categories, but my preference is to hang
them in categories. So put the jackets together, trousers together,
shirts together, tops next to each other and so on. You may like to
separate work and weekend wear. If you hang by category you can see
the exciting new ways of combining pieces. Isn’t it amazing
how often you can find a great combination when your favourite combo
is in the wash. Buy good hangers – the rule is the heavier the
garment, the stronger/larger the hanger.
If you have a walk-in wardrobe make sure your clothes are protected
against sunlight. The sun shining on one shoulder of a jacket can
Knitwear is best folded rather than hung.
Spring is the perfect time to clear out your wardrobe, and leave
space for the wonderful colourful and floral fashions of spring/summer.