How to spring clean your wardrobe
It’s that time again, where our homes are ready for a nice spring clean after winter hibernation and the efforts of Christmas.
But this doesn’t mean just a dust and polish, with a huge decluttering trend swooping in with the launch of Marie Kondo’s Netflix Series: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
The series has inspired many people to not only clean their homes, but declutter and organise them too, opting with a fresh start to the new season and a new appreciation for what they own.
As part of our personal stylist training course we often reference Marie Kondo’s methods as we think she is a decluttering genius, and her tips and advice are notable when carrying out wardrobe consultations.
So for this blog we are giving you 5 tips on how you can have a clean, fresh, and organised wardrobe that’s easy on the eye and where items are easy to find!
1. Start with one big clear-out
See this as the storm before the calm. It’s going to be messy, and you’re probably going to need to take a few breathers.
Begin by putting all of you clothes into one big pile/ mountain. Yes, everything, and do the same with shoes and accessories.
Then, you need to sort all of this into 5 piles: ‘toss’, ‘sell’, ‘customise’, ‘maybe’ and ‘keep’.
TOSS: Throw anything that is ripped, stained, or over-worn. These are basically items that aren’t suitable to donate to a charity shop, so toss them into a big ol’ bin liner.
SELL: Put everything that you don’t want to keep in your wardrobe, that’s still in a good enough condition to sell or is of value. Pack these items into a suitcase, box, or bag and save them for one of our style sales. This keeps the cycle of clothes going which is great for the environment, and you get to make some money at a fun social event.
Put the suitcase in an out of reach place that is not going to affect your space and keep your eyes peeled for our next event (it’s soon by the way, yay!)
CUSTOMISE: We all have items with buttons missing, or small holes or rips that we have every intention of repairing. But be honest with yourself, are you really going to repair these items or is the cost of having them repaired really worth it? Then organise this pile accordingly into ‘keep’ or ‘toss’.
MAYBE: If an item fits and is in a good condition but you simply can’t decide if you like it or not, put it here. Once everything else is in piles, come back to this one to go through each item and see if you really want to keep it.
For example, you might have a pair of shoes that you have never worn but have kept them for an instance where you might potentially need a shoe in that colour- but they’ve actually sat there collecting dust for 2 years. Consider if you will miss these items, and if the answer is ‘no’ then turn the maybe pile into items to donate.
Ask yourself: Does it fit? Have you worn it in the last year? Because if you haven’t, you probably won’t reach for it again. Does it make you feel good? Does it go with other things in your wardrobe? Is it in good condition? Is it annoying or uncomfortable to wear?
Once you’ve gone through these items and made your decisions, you should be left with a nice pile of items to donate, and have moved some items to add to the ‘keep’, ‘toss’ or ‘sell’ piles.
KEEP: Does an item have a history or special meaning? If ‘yes’, then you should keep it! As Marie Kondo says, keep items that ‘sparks joy’ in you. Find a safe place to store it where it won’t get damaged or dusty.
However, don’t feel like you need to keep an item just because it was given to you as a gift. If you really don’t like it, don’t feel guilty for giving it away because it might ‘spark joy’ in someone else through donation.
After this whole process of elimination, you should now be left with items you want to keep, and that is when we begin the next step.
2. Separate items into seasons
So right about now you want to be unpacking your clothes for spring/summer and packing anything away that you will not wanting to wear until next autumn/winter. This creates more room, however with unpredictable weather it can be difficult to stick to this, but you can get the idea by reflecting on the sort of things you wore regularly this time last year.
For example, the jumpers and thicker, heavier coats that you have worn all autumn/winter can be packed away, making room for the lighter jackets and cardigans that you will be looking to wear in the coming months.
3. Edit your wardrobe
This is where items make their way back into your wardrobe!
So your items from the ‘keep’ pile now need to be sorted into ‘category’ i.e. tops, jeans, skirts. For example: have a designated drawer for jeans, and a designated drawer for the t-shirts that don’t need to be hung up.
Once you have organised your items, begin putting them into your wardrobe in colour order, this will make it easier to put outfits together on a busy morning.
Maybe treat yourself to new hangers, having matching hangers in your wardrobe makes everything look tidier. You could also get a hanging organisers with individual compartments suitable for your belts, socks, underwear, or even costume jewellery. Having these clear compartments makes it easier to see what you have so you don’t buy the same or similar items again, and it also is easier to put an amazing outfit together when it’s all right in front of you.
Hang everything up needs to be hung up, and fold things neatly into drawers.
Marie Kondo’s stand- up way of folding t-shirts and jeans means you can fit more in your drawers leaving more wardrobe space!
You might also want to start putting your shoes in clear storage boxes, or stacking any shoes in any shoeboxes that you might have. Whilst you might be thinking you’re doing the right thing by putting your shoeboxes in the green recycle bin as soon as you bring them home, you can also recycle them by using them in your wardobe or drawers to store different items too not necessarily your shoes. Marie Kondo recommends putting boxes inside of drawers to make things easier to find.
However, it makes your shoes look much neater in your wardrobe if you keep them in boxes, the cardboard allows them to breathe and if you are feeling extra organised experts recommend sticking photos of the shoes on the outside of the boxes so you can grab them quick, instead of leaving them strewn out and more exposed to damage.
4. Continuously edit your wardrobe
Following these steps will give you such appreciation for your remaining items and will encourage you to look after them by keeping your storage nice and tidy. So really, the organisational fun doesn’t stop here.
The term ‘out with the old, in with the new’ could not be more relevant in this instance. Experts say that for every new item you purchase, an old one or more needs to go.
This might sound painful, but it keeps your wardrobe from getting cluttered again and gives you a bigger appreciation for things.
You should only buy new items if they ‘spark joy’, too.
5. Look after expensive items
If you’ve spent all that money on something expensive or luxurious, you need make sure you take proper care of it.
More expensive bags have dust bags for a reason, to keep them nice and fresh.
Instead of chucking out all the stuffing that comes inside a new bag, keep it inside the bag until you want to use it, and whilst you are using it keep the stuffing in the dust bag. By always keeping stuffing inside your bags whilst your not using them will stop your bags from becoming misshapen.
And you’re done!
Hopefully by following these 5 steps you will feel less like this when you’re getting dressed:
And more like this:
If you have found this blog helpful and have followed these steps, make sure to tag us in photos of your organised wardrobe @theimageconsco!