It’s that time of the year again where we box up the wintery wear and blow the dust off of lighter, prettier things. Even jewelry needs a spring-cleaning. It’s a perfect time to clean your jewelry as well as getting rid of old pieces that no longer serve you. Don’t be too dear. Think in terms of wardrobe that you simply couldn’t do without. The remainder? Take it to your local thrift store so someone else can enjoy it.
Choose an afternoon where you won’t be disturbed. Put on some music and wear nice underwear (you’re going to be looking at yourself in the mirror a lot) and comfortable clothes that are easy to take on and off.
Start working your way through your wardrobe, trying on each item as you go. You want to create three piles of clothes: one pile for items you are throwing out/donating to charity/ friends, one for items that you are keeping and one for items you’re not sure about.
Try on each item and ask yourself the following questions: does it suit you? Have you worn it at all in the last six months? Are you keeping it because it was expensive or a present? The only clothes you should keep are the ones that really suit you – be honest.
Good reasons for throwing clothes out:
- They are old and worn
- They no longer fit you
- You’ve never worn them
- You don’t feel good in them
Pack the pile of clothes you’re not sure about into a box and leave them for a month. If at the end of the month you haven’t missed them they can be given to charity.
Personal heirlooms such as Grandma’s old shawl and clothes of other sentimental value should be boxed up with cedar blocks to keep the moths away and stored away from your wardrobe to give you more space.
By the end of the afternoon you will find yourself with a much smaller wardrobe – now is the time to work out what’s missing.