Spring cleaning is a long-held tradition. For many, this annual ritual offers the opportunity to purify our lives by clearing out the old, welcoming in the new and creating a fresh foundation for the year ahead.
But what about your wardrobe? Your closet is an easy place to start when you want to breathe new life into your home, but even better, updating your closet can also breathe new life into you.
Achieving a more organized closet can help you feel like you have more control over your life and more options too. It’s amazing what a little effort can do!
- Empty your closet. The first step in organizing a space is to empty it out completely. Doing so will allow you to see what you have, eliminate duplicates and assess where you may need to fill in the gaps.
- Be willing to part with things that no longer serve you. The first step in decluttering is to go through all of your clothes, shoes and accessories and ruthlessly pull anything that doesn’t fit, is falling apart or doesn’t make you feel good when you wear it. If it’s not something that says “yes” to you, it has no place in your closet!
- Elevate your basics. The temptation is to buy dozens of cheap t-shirts and jeans, but consider investing in a few quality items that will last longer — and make getting dressed easier — than their disposable counterparts. A classic white shirt will never go out of style, and you can wear it with almost anything. The same goes for the perfect pair of jeans: A dark wash, straight leg jean will never go out of style; a fashionable pair (think: bleached denim) may look dated in just a few years.
- Shop your own wardrobe. Before buying anything new, look at what you already have. You might be surprised by how many combinations you can create with a bit of creativity and by adding just one or two new pieces.