Saturday, July 4, 2009

Clean-up shop and De-clutter your closet: How to Get Your Wardrobe and Closet Summer Ready

Alright, ladies and gentlemen it is officially summer and unfortunately for some of you, your closet if full of cable knit sweaters, thick thights and tall boots. Although those are all supercite, stylish pieces it is not exactly appropriate for the new warm and sunny season. If you are anything like me, you have a ton of great summery clothes and nowhere to put them because your closet is full of high school semi-formal dresses and velour tracksuits you haven't since your "sporty " phase in grade 10. So what is a fashionista (or fashionisto) supposed to do? Clean-up shop and de-clutter your closet!

1) What you first need to do is grab some garbage bags to place all your discarded items. When throwing out old clothes the rule that I always use is: if you haven't worn it in the past 3 months, you probably never will. That imspulse purchase you got on clearance for $5 and never wore? Chuck it. Believe me you will feel uh-mazing once you have rid yourself of all the clothes you haven't worn in two years.

2) Now that you have discarded all of your old items, what do you do with them? Here are three great ideas:

-Donate them to charity. Many charitable organizations will actually call your home and offer to pick up old used clothes and other non-perishable items such as, shoes and handbags.
-Have a clothing swap! Gather all your friends and family and tell them to each bring a few clothing items they were thinking of getting rid of. You never know what you may you find and it is a great to get together and catch up. After all, on person's trash is another person's treasure.

-Sell them! You can sell old clothes and accessories at various consignment shops or you can organize a yard sale. My neighborhood has an annual one and it's a great way to make a profit off of that old Guess? purse you haven't used since you were 15.

3) Now that you have rid yourself of last years trendiest and most outdated pieces, it is time to organize! This is usually my favourite part because I am able to know exactly where all my favourite pieces are and I realize that despite the four bags worth of items I have just gotten rid of, I actually have quite a number of cute pieces. When organizing my clothes and accessories, I like to colour code them. I find it makes it easier to find the piece that you are looking for when rushing to get out of the door. Look at the above photos for inspiration. When going through your closet, it's a good idea to place dresses with dress, skirts with skirts, pants with pants, etc.
Ahhhhhhhh! Doesn't it feel good to have a neat and organized closet, where you can select your items with ease? Now you can easily spot your favourite items, because they are no longer buried under your old bedazzled rhinstone tank top that says, French Kiss. Enjoy your de-cluttered closet and next time you go shopping remember to buy items that you absolutely love, not just because they are on sale.

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