Decluttering Your Closet For Spring
This self-isolation is hard stuff and I’m already dreaming of the things to buy on my spring wish lists. But given our current state, pour yourself a glass of wine, and have some boxes on hand.
We’ve got some tips for de-cluttering your closet. Because how else are we going to make room for what’s on our spring wish lists?
1. MAKE A PLAYLIST
This one may be a no brainer, but a bit of background noise goes a long way when you’re cleaning. It keeps you focused and your spirits up while you’re sorting through the million sweaters you purchased at Zara.
2. LAY IT ALL OUT
Just dump all of the contents of your closet and drawers out in the open. With this birds-eye view, you’ll be able to see just how much stuff you have and sort accordingly.
Once you have everything laid out, it will be much easier to go through everything. The best way to proceed is to divide and conquer. Organize everything into categories of what you want to keep, save, and say farewell too. Although we’re moving into the warmer months, it’s still a good decision to keep a jacket and a sweater (or two) around. You just don’t need five of them.
4. FOLLOW THE “ONE YEAR” RULE
An oldie but goodie. If you haven’t worn it in a year, what makes you think you’re going to wear it now? If it’s been a year and it still has the tag on it or if you can’t think of different ways to style it, it’s time to let it go.
5. STAY ORGANIZED
You’re an adult now. So get organized. Slim hangers, shoe compartments, hampers—they will all make your life easier, promise. Unleash the Pinterest maven in you and embrace some DIY.
6. THE POWER OF THREE
Don’t just throw things out. Separate unwanted clothing into a toss, donate, and sell pile. It’s easier to let go of clothing when you know it’ll go to someone in need, or that you’ll be getting some money back. If your clothing is no longer in wearable condition (holes, stains, etc.), add them to the toss bag and give them to your local textile recycling centre. If items are wearable but don’t have much resale value like that H&M top from 2010, you can add them to the donate bag and drop it off at your local charity. For everything else, you can always sell them in an online marketplace or consignment store. Just because something has gone stale in your closet doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it.
Carol’s look may be minimalist, and her favourite clothing lines known for simplicity, but she works her role as Marketing Coordinator to the maximum and with her super-power energy. Organized and button-down, Carol rolls up those chic sleeves and gets it done. Throw in a journalism background to keep it real, and a great quick smile to deliver the spin. Which reminds us, she’s fast too. Must be all that running.