Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe: Things to Consider
Spring is here – which means it’s time for some deep cleaning and de-cluttering. For many of us, detoxing the closet might be a bit overwhelming due to the sheer amount of things to reorganize and the reluctance to throw stuff away. However, getting rid of unnecessary goods will not only give you more space, but also help you examine your style and shopping habits. Picking out which clothes to keep and to give away will reveal so much about what works for your lifestyle today, and what additions you should make to your wardrobe.
Here are a few things to consider when spring cleaning your wardrobe:
How is the Quality of the Item?
Has the piece been worn beyond repair? Does it have broken straps/non-functional zipper/wine stain, and can it be fixed? Some clothes can probably still be salvaged, but others might simply need to be thrown out.
Does It Fit Me and My Lifestyle?
The term “fit” here applies literally and figuratively. You may have some clothes from a few years back that no longer fit due to changing body size – while keeping them seem like a safe option (in case your body changes back!), it is important to make space for items that fit you at your current size. The same goes with your lifestyle. While your mini skirts and graphic t-shirts from the teenage years might still be in a good shape, having some new items that suit your current style and activities will make you feel more in place and confident.
Do You Feel Happy/Confident in It?
You may have clothes that serve the purpose (i.e. covering you up and giving you an appropriate look) but fail to make you feel good for a number of reasons, including uncomfortable fabric, unflattering colour/pattern, weird cuts, and so on. If this is the case, it may be wise to donate the item(s) and take note on what you dislike about it for future reference.
Does It Have Personal Significance?
Your wedding dress and graduation robe are important mementos, indeed – but a lot of your old clothes may not be as significant. This is a question that only you can answer. If you have a lot of clothes with sentimental value that you’re unlikely to re-wear, store them in a separate place from your daily wardrobe.