Wardrobe spring clean how-to
Spring is a great time to do an audit
“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.
SHIP-SHAPE: Shopping has changed through the years but one thing hasn’t, and that’s the need to spring clean your wardrobe.
Admit it, your wardrobe needs help at the end of winter.