Even if Mother Nature can’t decide what season to be, according to the calendar it’s spring! That means it’s time for spring cleaning, starting with your closet. I know it sounds like such a tedious task but in truth it can actually be fun (no I am neither high nor drunk) and has a lot of benefits such as saving you time, money and helping to improve your style. Don’t believe me? Let me explain. Going through your closet allows you to do “inventory” of what you own giving you a better idea of what you need and what you don’t. This helps you save money because the next time you go shopping you won’t waste your money buying an article of clothing you already have. When your closet is organized and laid out in a way you can see everything it saves you time from having to dig through to find a certain item, which also helps improve your style. With all your options laid out in front of you, you can better mix and match you pieces thus creating new outfits! And there’s lies the fun part, what fashionista doesn’t love trying on clothes and creating new outfits? I could lose a whole afternoon doing it!
Now that we’ve established the benefits, it’s time to get down to it…
The first thing you want to do is create four piles: Keep It, Toss It, Save It, or Share It. Pretty self-explanatory, Keep It is the pile of clothes you want to keep, Toss It is for the ones to throw away, Save It is for the clothes that need mending or updating and Share It is the pile you’ll give away to charity like the Goodwill or sell to a consignment stores. Whether their sentimental reason that holds us back from getting rid of a piece of clothing or frugal one (you simply can’t stand the thought of giving up something you spend money on) parting with clothes can be understandably hard but the only way to get through this process is if you’re honest and realistic.
Defining the piles is the easy part deciding what goes into these piles on the other hand can be a little tricky. Here are some tips to help determine what goes where:
Keep it – in order for you to keep an article of clothing it has to meet these standards:
- It has to fit: If your shorts dig into your thighs when you sit, if you’re constantly pulling your shirt down, if your jeans dig into your stomach or your bum is one misstep away from falling out of your skirt…they don’t fit! Holding onto clothes that are too small as a means of motivation to get you to lose weight is a mistake.
- It has to match your lifestyle: ask yourself, “Where would I wear it?” if you can’t think of a place where it would be appropriate it to wear it, then you can’t keep it
- It has to be match: in order to create new and exciting looks you need clothes that are versatile and can be paired with a variety of other clothes. If an article of clothing doesn’t go well with anything else you where you, you can’t create an outfit with it and you can’t keep it
You have to be realistic, even if it’s your favourite shirt if it doesn’t meet up to these standards than changes are you’ll never wear it and it’ll just take up space in your closet.
Save it – there are two types of clothes that can be put in the save it pile
- Clothes that have slight damage that can be easily repaired i.e. a zipper that needs to be fixed, pants that need to be hemmed or a seam that needs to be re-stitched.
- Clothes that are slightly outdated that can be made into something new and trendy i.e. old pair of jeans can be turned into trendy new shorts.
These repairs can be done by either yourself (if you have the time and/or skill), by a tailor or even a skilled family member or friend. Be realistic about the repairs, not everything can be or is worth saving. Once repairs have been made you can then determine if it meets the Keep It criteria of it goes into the Share it pile.
Share it – these are the clothes you’ve out grown both physically and emotionally. If it doesn’t meet the keep it criteria but is still in good shape and is relatively trendy than give it away to charity. There are a less fortunate people out there who could benefit from them. Another option would be to sell it to a consignment store; it’s a great way to make a few extra bucks. Consignment stores do have certain requirements your clothes have to meet before they take them, you’ll have to check their stores website to find out what they are and if you clothes meet them.
Toss it – clothes that don’t fit the criteria for any of the other piles go into this one. These are the ones that are too damaged to be repaired and too outdated that it would be a crime against humanity to give it away.
You should clean out your closet a couple of times a year, when the seasons change and you bring out your summer or winter wardrobe is the ideal time to do it. This will give you a change to clear out the junk you accumulated last season and make room for this seasons hot new must haves, (of course the key to not accumulating junk is not to stock your closet with trends, but that’s a whole lesson entirely) and remember this is supposed to be fun! So grab a glass of wine, blast some music and go crazy creating awesome new outfits while cleaning out your closet! 😀