There’s nothing quite like a spring clean to help you declutter your life and your mind. Kitchen cupboards, cupboards under the stairs, and drawers under the bed are easy to tackle and clear out. And it’s so satisfying too. But if there’s one place us ladies fear to tread, it’s our wardrobe.
It’s a sacred place, where garments are infused with confidence-boosting superpowers, memories of occasions gone by, and memories yet to be. And since we can’t all be Carrie Bradshaw, chances are it often exists in a state of overflowing disarray too. So with the summer’s balmy leg-bearing weather right around the corner, it’s high time we decluttered, reorganised, and readied ourselves for that summer wardrobe. Here are our tips for doing it properly.
Take an inventory
It’s amazing what happens when you take absolutely everything out of your wardrobe and arrange it neatly on your bed. You’ll find things you’ve never worn, things that are too worn, and things that you never knew you had. The first step to decluttering is knowing what you need and what you have – and making it match.
The Six-Month Rule
A lot of fashionistas will tell you that if you haven’t worn something for six months, then it’s time to ditch it. We’re not sure that’s always a good idea. Instead of just having the traditional ‘Keep’ and ‘Throw’ piles, we suggest introducing a third pile: ‘The seasonal storage pile’. There are plenty of things you won’t be wearing in the next six months, that you’ll most certainly want when chilly old January comes around. So get those must-have winter pieces folded and stored away in a plastic box or vacuum pack, and keep them separate from your in-season wardrobe.
Know When to Throw
‘BE RUTHLESS’ is another line thrown around by savvy style gurus. We suggest being ruthless, but not reckless. If you find yourself holding an item longingly, unsure of its fate, then ask yourself these questions:
- Would I ever, really wear this again? And when?
- Does it fit?
- If it doesn’t fit, am I on my way to being a size where it will fit?
- Is the damage that keeps me from wearing it repairable?
- Can I turn it into something else?
If you answered no to most of these, then you should probably bid it farewell. We know, we know: it’s emotional.
Do it in One
If you’re a dedicated fashionista, then it can be pretty difficult to get into the swing of things. Dedicate an entire afternoon to your mission, so you can keep up your momentum and chuck away (or donate) all the things from your throw pile, lest they sneak their way back into your wardrobe overnight.
When you know what you’re keeping, storing, throwing or donating, it’s time to reorganise your wardrobe from scratch. The internet is full of videos about clever organisation tips and tricks. When everything’s in its new place and order is restored, sit back and admire the stylish serenity.
Buy Less, Choose Well
When rejuvenating your summer wardrobe, make a ‘need’ list rather than a wish list. Try to curb your impulses and pick out key pieces that you not only need and like, but really love. Make sure they’re high quality too. It’s better to have one fabulous maxi dress that you can bust out again and again, then ten cheap ones which will inevitably fall apart.
Prepare your legs!
This is what it’s all about. Now the short shorts and floaty skirts are ready to wear, you’ll want to make sure your legs are in silky smooth condition to show them off. Of all the ladies razors out there, we recommend our very own women’s razor, the Dorco EVE 6. Not only does it feature a multi-flex pivoting head to help glide along your contours, it also features a lubricating strip lovingly infused with soothing calendula extract and argan oil. Last but not least, remember to slather on that SPF before taking your new legs – and your new summery ensemble – out on the town to celebrate.