Detox for your closet
Spring cleaning: whether a planned event or a spontaneous thing, no divinista can deny the awesome sense of renewal that stems from cleaning, de-cluttering and renewing the home, the soul, and… the wardrobe. The latter is our focus here: we’ve got a few tips for getting your clothing, accessories and shoes sorted and organized.
Sort + toss
By this point, you’ve probably been reading up on the latest trends, shopping online, as well as noticing new styles in stores: so you have a good idea of what look you’ll be going for within the next few months. Keep this in mind while you take your clothes out, and evaluate them one by one.
What to get rid of:
● items you haven’t worn in more than a year (whether they’re brand new—bad shopping choices do exist—or you’ve owned them for decades);
● items that are worn out, stained, or are in all-around poor condition (if you haven’t taken care of the issue by now, you never will—and you’re stuck with an extra item in your closet that you’re not wearing);
● items that don’t fit anymore (yes, we mean those jeans you bought five years and 10 pounds ago—you’re just making yourself feel bad by holding on to them!);
● items that are outdated (think: the boots you thought were so sexy two years ago but never wear anymore).
How to get rid of it:
● Organize a clothing swap with friends (click here for our tips) or simply a sale;
● Give to charity (in Quebec, try FQDI, Goodwill in Ontario, and the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline program in other areas).
Have a standard closet with just one rod? Re-thinking its structure and the way it’s organized will help you keep things uncluttered—and give you a head start for next year’s spring cleaning!
● Add dividers, shelves, extra rods, and cubbies to your closet. (There are loads of smart separators and organizers to choose from at places like RONA and Home Depot);
● Invest in some good hangers (no wires!);
●Divide clothing by type, and have different sections: group jeans, dress pants, dresses and skirts, sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, polos, so on and so forth;
● Store accessories in boxes or bins and keep everything labeled;
● Shoes can be stored in their original boxes and piled up (snap a pic and paste it on the front of the box, so you can tell which pair is inside).
Keep it going!
Rather than simply cleaning your wardrobe out once a year, make it a seasonal thing. This way, you’re bound to accumulate less clutter. This is also the perfect time to assess which items need to go—if by the end of summer, you haven’t worn that little cotton dress, you probably won’t be any more inclined to next year. Good luck!
Have any more tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!