Wardrobe spring clean how-to

Spring is a great time to do an audit

QT Magazine - - FASHION - FASHION WITH EMMA CLARKE

“A tried and tested method is to form four piles.

IF it’s been a hot minute since you delved into the depths of your wardrobe, spring is the ideal time to tackle a wardrobe au­dit.

Fash­ion houses, de­sign­ers and la­bels typ­i­cally pro­duce their most en­tic­ing col­lec­tions in time for spring, so the de­sire to in­vest is high – as is the need to take note of what you ac­tu­ally own.

This com­pre­hen­sive guide to wardrobe spring clean­ing works for men and women, it’s easy to ap­ply and takes less than an hour – and if you’re su­per savvy, you might even make a profit. Here’s how:

● Set a time and date

The hard­est part of any sea­sonal project is mak­ing the time to do it, so set aside some ‘wardrobe spring clean’ time. Half an hour should do it.

● Be se­lec­tive

Haven’t worn it in a year? Chuck it out. Gen­er­ally there are few ex­cep­tions to this rule (for ex­am­ple, a wed­ding dress might be) so if those cherry print palazzo pants haven’t made the out­fit cut in the past 12 months, it’s prob­a­bly safe to say they never will.

Ill-fit­ting, old and ru­ined and dated pieces also need to be given a sec­ond home or chucked in the bin, while those pieces that still have the tags at­tached af­ter six months could prob­a­bly be re­turned if you’re lucky, or resold.

A wardrobe cull serves mul­ti­ple pur­poses; not only is it the ideal way to sort trash from trea­sure, but it will also clear a space for spring and sum­mer pur­chases.

Brand names and high-qual­ity gar­ments typ­i­cally re­sell well, so it leaves a bit of ex­tra cash in the purse for new things. Other pieces might be des­tined for an op shop, but that pre-loved t-shirt be­longs in the bin. Harsh but fair.

A tried and tested method is to form four piles: keep, donate, sell and the fourth pile is a garbage bag.

If you’re still strug­gling with throw­ing away that cov­eted piece from spring 2011, ask your­self these six ques­tions:

Do you even like it?

Does it fit?

Is it dam­aged or worn out?

When was the last time you wore it? Can you think of a rea­son you would wear it?

How much did you pay for it?

● Pack away the win­ter wool­lies

You won’t be need­ing these for a while, so neatly fold jumpers, cardi­gans and sweaters and put them away for next year. That way

they won’t get in the way of your new-sea­son pieces and you’ll have plenty of room to make the most of the new.

● Man­age the stor­age

Silk blouses don’t de­serve a wire hanger, so it pays to in­vest in a set of match­ing wooden or covered hang­ers.

They keep clothes in shape in the wardrobe and serve as a sat­is­fy­ing vis­ual dis­play, so it’s worth the ini­tial out­lay – plus they last longer and don’t get tan­gled.

A set of six wooden hang­ers is about $5 to $10 from gro­cery and depart­ment stores.

● Write a list and go shop­ping

By this stage in the wardrobe spring clean process you should have some spare hang­ers, some empty space, ex­tra spend­ing money and a fair idea of what you ac­tu­ally own.

You also have per­mis­sion to go shop­ping

By know­ing ex­actly what you have hid­ing in your wardrobe, you will also know ex­actly what you need to make those pieces work in your favour so you won’t end up with 12 white t-shirts.

Write a list, even a note in your iPhone, of pieces you’re miss­ing so next time you find your­self in a Myer sale you won’t make any re­gret­table pur­chases.

● If in doubt, seek help

If you’re still strug­gling with the con­cept of spring clean­ing your wardrobe or don’t know what you should be look­ing for at the shops, en­list the help of a pro­fes­sional.

There are plenty of stylists and per­sonal shop­pers pro­fes­sion­ally trained and ex­pe­ri­enced in styling who will be able to point you in the right di­rec­tion – have a browse on Google for your near­est fash­ion saviour. Happy spring clean­ing and happy spring shop­ping! Emma.

PHOTO: PEO­PLEIM­AGES

SHIP-SHAPE: Shop­ping has changed through the years but one thing hasn’t, and that’s the need to spring clean your wardrobe.

PHOTO: DSTAERK

Ad­mit it, your wardrobe needs help at the end of win­ter.

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