5 Golden Rules to Spring Cleaning Your Closet

Post on May 03, 2016 | SOGO
It’s no secret that we like to treat ourselves to a shopping spree every once in a while. Well, make that every month. But while we would do anything to covet everything on our fashion wishlist, our closet space may not have the capacity to handle our shopping compulsions.

It can be tough to let go of the pretty little things that once made your heart flutter, be it worn-down denim, a pair of gorgeous-but-one-size-too-small heels that you scored during a warehouse sale or a sparkly NYE dress. It can be overwhelming too – we understand that all too well – to do the 'closet purge' so here’s our top five tips to getting the job done when cleaning out your wardrobe. 

1. FILL UP THREE BIG BOXES
'Closet purging' is not as simple as just throwing things out. Instead, separate unwanted clothing into three piles: TOSS, DONATE and SELL. Trust us when we say that it’s easier to let go of clothing when you know that it will go to someone in need or that you will be getting a few bucks in return. If the pieces are no longer in wearable condition, box them up and give to a textile recycling centres.

2. ASK YOURSELF THESE SIX QUESTIONS
As you go through each piece, ask yourself the following six questions:
a) Does this fit?
b) Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
c) Is it likely for me to wear this again?
d) Can I think of at least three ways to style it? (This also applies when you are buying new clothing)
e) If this is damaged in any way (e.g. stains, rips, piling, fraying, missing buttons, broken zippers, fading, etc), will I actually get this repaired in the near future?
f) And this is the most important one of them all: Do I feel confident when I wear this? 
If your answer is a firm ‘no’ to any of the above, it’s time to bid adieu and decide whether to donate, sell, swap or trash the item.

3. CLOSET ORGANISATION IS KEY
When it comes to a clean, organised wardrobe, consolidation is the word you need to remember. Slim hangers and transparent plastic shoe storage, for example, will keep your closet tidy and save you a great deal of space.

4. THE 'ONE YEAR RULE'
This is an oldie but goodie: If you’ve been keeping a piece for a year that still has a price tag on it, it’s time to let it go. If it looks good on the hanger but doesn’t hug you in all the right places, we suggest you say sayonara.

5. GROUP IT TOGETHER
Professional organisers highly recommend grouping ‘like with like’ as it helps you find items quickly. All t-shirts together, all capri pants together in one area.

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