A new year is a great opportunity to re-invent and do your yearly closet cleanout. Here is our 5-step strategy for organizing and elevating your closet.
The best way to begin cleaning out your closet is to get everything out of it. Begin by going over each piece and asking yourself a few vital questions.
- Does it still fit?
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
- Would I wear it again?
- Is it damaged?
- Do I feel my best when I wear this?
- Would I buy this at the store right now?
- Do I love this item?
If your answer was “no” to any of the above questions, get rid of the item! The goal is to end up with three distinct piles: keep, sell or donate, and repair.
Now that you know what you’re keeping and what you’re throwing away, separate your wardrobe into three piles: sell, donate, and toss. If items are damaged or are no longer wearable add them to a toss bag. Sell the items in good conditions, that you no longer love. Give your old pieces a longer lifespan and sell them via any second hand market place. Do you have pieces that are wearable but with no resale value? Donate to charity or ask your nearest and dearest if they missing a piece like yours in their wardrobe!
Start putting back the items you decided to keep. Neatly fold your sweaters, get new hangers, and keep your wardrobe organized by colour to always find what you're looking for in the morning. Make a habit of putting your items back as soon as you’re done wearing them.
CARE FOR AND REPAIR PIECES WORTH KEEPING
Invest in a good steamer, detergents that make your clothes last longer and get rid of pilled sweaters with a gentle sweater comb. Does any of your beloved pieces need a facelift? Send them straight to your favourite tailor and cobbler!
Filling in the blanks is the fun part, but also the hardest… Pay attention to what you tossed, and don’t make the same mistakes again! The only pieces coming through the doors of your wardrobe should be so versatile and seasonless that you'll wear them on repeat for years to come. If the garment is easy to dress up and down with your favourite accessories, it's a yes!