To help you on your mission to spring clean your wardrobe, we've put together a few helpful tips:
1) Get prepped - put on some music, pour yourself a big glass of something and have some empty boxes ready to go!
It's a little known fact that music helps to get you going, whether it's to exercise or in this case clean! So make sure your playlist is packed with feel good tunes that will get you moving and dancing - there's no sleeping allowed on this job! The big glass of something is to keep you hydrated, however getting rid of some clothing items can be an emotional thing for some of us so maybe a big glass of wine is called for. Next label the boxes with KEEP, SELL, DONATE, SWAP.
2) Invest in some organisation
It's time to create that wardrobe that you've always dreamed of - the organised one where you can always find what you're looking for, the one that is neat and tidy, you know, like in all the home decor magazines! To do this you'll need to take yourself off to Howards Storage World, the Reject Shop or a Red Dot Store and buy a few of those clear plastic boxes, some new sturdy hangers and drawer organisers. If you are a collector of shoes, you may want to invest in a few clear shoe boxes too.
3) Start off with a clean slate
Make sure that your bed and floor area is clear and then pull everything out of your wardrobe so that it is completely bare. Next get a clean cloth with some soap on it and give all your shelves a good wipe down. If you like, you can also line your shelves and add fragrance sachets to make it smell good - fabric softener refill bags work really well for this!
3) Time to be ruthless
This is where the fun really begins! It's now time to start going through every single item and categorising them into what you want to keep, sell, donate or toss out. We understand that this is a challenging task so we advise you to take a big sip of whatever it is that you're drinking, turn up the music and just do it!
To help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of, you can ask yourself these helpful questions:
- Is it in my correct colours? (be sure to have your colour swatch on hand to check that the colour is correct for you)
- Is it the correct style for me? (be sure to have your style book on hand to check that the style is correct for you)
- Does this fit?
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
- Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
- If this is damaged in any way (e.g., piling, rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, fading, etc.), will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
- If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
- And the all important question: Do I look and feel amazing when I wear this?
4) Sell, Donate, Swap
It is often easier to let go of an item if you know that you could get some money in return for it. If you're looking to sell anything, remember that Your Colours will be opening a recycled clothing store soon. We'll be selling goods on consignment so if you have any items that are in good to excellent condition, please bring them in and if we sell the item, we'll pay you 50% of what it was sold for. The only exception is that we won't be accepting anything that is black because there is more than enough black clothes out there and we are all about Colour.
If you would prefer to donate your clothes, there are numerous good causes such as shelters for homeless people or centres that care for people with different needs.
If you have a big group of girlfriends you could always organise a girly day where you put on a yummy brunch, with some bubbly and swap clothes. It's enjoyable to see how something that no longer strikes your fancy can make someone else extremely happy.
If you have items that are unfit for selling, donating or swapping, you can always cut them up and use them as cleaning rags. Whatever you do with them, do not throw them into the bin - there is more than enough landfill already so let's do our big for the environment too.
5) Pack away time
Now that you've sorted your clothes out, it's time to start packing all your beloved items away. If you're putting your warm clothes away for next winter, place them in the big plastic containers to ensure they don't get spoilt and dusty. This will also free up space in your wardrobe for your summer clothes. Don't forget to pack your winter shoes away too!
Now you just have to pack away your summer clothes in your wardrobe in whatever fashion you see fit, as long as you can easily find what you're looking for.
6) Shopping, shopping shopping
Now that you've cleared out your wardrobe, you can clearly see what you have too much of and what you need to buy so put on some comfy shoes (in your correct colour), put your colour swatch and style book into your handbag and hit the shops. If you're not sure of what to buy and would like some help and guidance to find the right colours and styles, then book in for a Personal Shopping Trip with Michelle and you can be sure that you'll be walking on a cloud of retail therapy bliss after a mere 2 hours!
What are some tips that you can add to the above? Do you have any clever ideas for ways in which people can upcycle their old clothes? Do you know of any deserving charities where people could donate their old clothes to? Add a comment below if you have anything to add.