Have you noticed that all the lovely Spring fashions are starting to creep into store and online at EziBuy? Exciting isn’t it! But oh no, all you winter clothes seem to have taken over your wardrobe and there is no room for all those gorgeous new spring pieces you need to buy!
Never fear! Today we are talking about how to give your wardrobe a good Spring Clean!
1. Take the Time
You need to give yourself a good amount of time to do this – it probably ain’t going to happen in 30 minutes. So set aside a Sunday afternoon, get the hubby to entertain the kids, turn the music on (and pour yourself a cheeky glass of wine if you need to!)
2. Pull EVERYTHING Out
I mean EVERYTHING – empty hangers, things that shouldn’t live in wardrobes (like tool boxes and old dvd players – yep – I’ve seen it all come out of a wardrobe). Take it ALL out and put it on your bed.
As you pull things out, start to think about which items you can get rid of. We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but if you want to get the most out of your wardrobe you don’t have to have a large number of garments, you just have to have the RIGHT ones – so better to get rid of those that don’t work before you buy new ones.
3. Be Ruthless
This is the hard part (and one of the biggest reasons people hire me to help them with their wardrobes!). Be ruthless. If it meets ANY of the following criteria, IT GOES.
- too big
- too small
- faded, stretched, pilling, pulled or damaged in any way
- It doesn’t suit you lifestyle anymore (ie. it’s a corporate suit and you are a stay-at-home mum)
- If you haven’t worn it in the last TWO years. (now that is me being generous. I tell most of my Style Coaching clients to get rid of anything they haven’t worn in ONE year!)
If you aren’t sure about some things – put them in a MAYBE BOX. Label the box with a date in 6 months time and set a timer on your phone. If you don’t go into the Maybe Box to pull something out by the date on the box? Get rid of the whole box! You haven’t missed the items in it!
There are heaps of different things you can do with the pieces you are getting rid of. Hold a clothes swap party, donate them to charity (Dress for Success is a great option) or give them to friends and family.
4. Get Organised
This is the part that might take the longest when you do it, but it will make your life so much easier in the long run. Having an organised wardrobe means you know where to find everything, you can see what is missing, and you don’t double up on purchases (we’ve all done that right!?)
So here’s what to do:
- Pack your “off season” clothes away. If you have the space, grab a large tub, or a blanket box and store your Winter clothes. As it starts to cool down again next year, take them out again and do the same with your summer clothes.
- Put everything on a SINGLE hanger facing the same way in the wardrobe. When you double up on a hanger, you start to forget stuff.
- Put LIKE items with LIKE items. So hang all your tops together, from short sleeve singlets through to heavy knits. And same and same again with pants, skirts and dresses. That way, when you feel like wearing a dress, they are all hanging in the same place, you don’t have to go hunting through ALL your clothes to find one.
- Store shoes in their boxes. This not only helps protect them, but it makes it easier to stack them – if you want to be SUPER organised – take a photo of each pair and stick it on the front of the box
Once everything has a place, make sure you always put it back in its place. It will make your wardrobe so much neater and your life so much less stressful!
5. Write a list
This is the fun part! Once you’ve given your wardrobe a Spring Clean – look for any gaps that you think need to be filled for the upcoming season and write a list.
Want some inspiration for spring? Visit one of my favourite sections on the EziBuy website – it’s called Get The Look – a great resource for checking out the latest trends from EziBuy and you can shop the looks straight from the page!
Now you have a fresh, spring wardrobe ready to go…. now all we need is SPRING to actually arrive!
Until Next Time