Now that the daffodils have bloomed and the beast from the east (and its little brother) are behind us, who’s ready for spring? I SURE AM!
Excited much, me? Yes, I love spring. The first few boring months of the year are just a warm up but spring is the real deal. Flowers, baby animals, and spring fashion, hallelujah!
And along with change of season comes the need for a good old fashioned spring clean. As I’m sure you’ll know, I’m all for a spring detox, in every sense.
As we’re moving house next month, I’ve got the just bin it bug and am weeding out what we actually need from all the crap we’ve been collecting. I’ve also finally found the motivation to get back in shape, so I’m going on a bit of a health detox too. And I’ve recently rediscovered my love of reading and learning so I think I’ll be going on a bit of a digital/telly detox and lose myself in a book more often. Does all this talk of detox sound exhausting? It probably will be! My trick is to start small and focus on one area at a time.
Fortunately for you, here’s where I can help. Your wardrobe is a perfect place to start. Just a few hours and you’ll feel truly cleansed. In my professional life as a stylist I have done dozens and dozens of closet clearings… and every single one has been a success.
So where to start? Here’s my top tips for your very own Wardrobe Detox and spring clean:
1. Give yourself a good chunk of time
I promise it will be worth it. A little sacrifice to start and you’ll save yourself loads of time in the long run. Set aside two to three hours one evening or weekend.
2. Call for back-up
Ask a friend or family member or even a pro like me (!!!) to come and help. Having someone watching over you will put a bit more pressure on you to make decisions. So things you might think I’ll just keep it for now, you’re more likely to toss, or at the very least give them some proper thought.
3. Start with the things you’ve worn in the past 30 days
These will probably be your favourite items that fit you well. You can keep them all, unless they have holes or stains of course. Pull them out and set them on your bed or a portable rail so you can see what you’re left with.
4. Now get on with everything else
Go through one by one and put things in piles – keep, alter, donate, bin and if you need it, maybe. Try on all the maybes.
If you aren’t sure, pop the hanger in your closet backwards and try to wear it ASAP. If you do, turn the hanger around and keep it. If you don’t turn it over in six months – see ya later!
5. Don’t be precious
No matter how much something cost or how many times you’ve (not) worn it, if it doesn’t fit you or make you happy when you put it on GET RID OF IT.
6. Recycle, up-cycle, donate
There are so many ways to get rid of clothes nowadays. Obviously you can give them to the local charity shop. For higher priced items in good nick, try selling them at a local dress agency or on eBay (still the best in my opinion). For designer bits, check out some of the online selling platforms. There’s also loads of clothes swaps and second hand sales popping up. Or give them to an appreciative friend! I’ll pop some links for ideas below.
Now that you’ve streamlined what’s hanging in your closet, make some sense out of it. I like to colour code my closet. Some people like to keep certain items in a category together. Do whatever works for you.
Stylist tip: Don’t hang things that ‘go together’ together. This makes for lazy dressing and uninspired outfits. Take belts off of garments they came with. Give everything it’s own space.
8. Hang it!
Now that you’ve got less make sure you can see what you do have. Every item NEEDS its own hanger. I love the flocket / velvet non-slip ones which are available from Primark and TK Maxx for cheap.
All tops and dresses should be hung; trousers and skirts too if you have the space. Knitwear and jeans can be folded.
Take some time to try putting new outfits together. Take pictures to remember them. Get creative and have fun!
Some of my favourite dress agencies…
Brockhurst Boutique (Chesham, Bucks)
Lanes Dress Agency (Epping)
The Shiny City of Wardrobe (Hitchin, Herts)
Fashion Re:Boot (multiple locations)
Rockup Frockup (Herts & London)
Cudoni (designer goods, London – contact me first as I have a direct contact!)
Vesitaire Collective (designer)
Let me know if you know others to add to the list!
If you need any help detoxing your own wardrobe, just get in touch! Here’s a run-down of the full service I offer. If you’re not convinced head over to my testimonials to hear about some of my results!