Pack away your winter clothes
It’s nearly time to pack your winter clothes away – in my case it’s necessary to make room for my spring summer gear. My wardrobe is tiny so if I don’t pack one season’s wear away it would be impossible to find anything!
Make sure the clothing that you’re packing away is washed and ironed and left ready to air and wear once you unpack it next year. The previous season’s wear should be packed away from view – and not necessarily in your wardrobe space either.
While you’re at it you may want to clean out your wardrobe. You may need to assign a full day to this procedure which I call “wardrobe weeding”.
The first step is to try everything on. Then go through your wardrobe piece by piece, separating things into four categories: keep, give away, throw out, and swap/sell.
Naturally you should keep the clothes that you wear most often. The old rule of thumb still stands; if you haven’t worn anything in the past 18 months, then it should go into one of the other piles! Keep anything that needs repair, or any investment pieces/designer items that you’ve bought, as these may well come back into fashion again.
Throw out anything that is damaged or stained beyond repair. If it has holes, rips or has become discoloured, then toss it!
All the procrastination about “I’ll wear it when I lose a stone” should be tackled head on now by doing away with inexpensive stuff that simply doesn’t fit you.
Also, give away the clothes that you don’t wear anymore including jackets/coats, shoes, trousers/jeans and T-shirts. Your local charity shop will appreciate it (once it’s clean and not in the throw away category!).
Swap or sell
This is your chance to free up some valuable wardrobe space by swapping those shoes that really don’t fit you, those expensive 7 for all mankind jeans you no longer wear and anything else that you consider “good” and you no longer wear. We’ve compiled a list of swap shops, designer consignment shops and rail sales around Ireland for you.
Put on your thrifty hat and sell any designer wear that no longer fits on EBay. There’s also a string of charity shops, and second hand designer shops which will sell your clothes for you (list to follow). Put any money earned there towards a new investment piece!
Don’t forget to “weed” your drawers too. Toss out the white underwear which has gone grey in the wash. No donating, swapping or selling underwear either unless you’ve never worn it or you think its super-worthy of giving away.
Now that you’ve everything in four piles, return everything from the Keep category back to your wardrobe. Arrange your clothes by colour and category into, for example: tops, dresses, outerwear (coats/jackets), blazers/suit jackets and trousers.
Even though you may dream of one day having a walk-in wardrobe (like the one BIG had made for Carrie in Sex and the City), at least you’ll never waste time looking for your clothes again. The best thing to have in your wardrobe is space.
The result? A cleaner, tidier wardrobe where you’ll now find things you wear quickly due to an amazing categorising system! Yay!
Images of Carrie trying on her clothes and Carrie’s wardrobe, both from the SATC film.Tweet