Clearing out the cobwebs after what feels like the longest winter on record is possibly one of the most satisfying things that you can do.
One of the biggest jobs when spring cleaning is clearing out your wardrobe. It can sometimes feel like a graveyard for all those bad fashion decisions you’ve made over the last few months. As difficult as it can often be to part with clothes and shoes, it can also be quite cathartic, and ultimately means you’ve given yourself more space for summer clothes and footwear… silver linings!
If you’re struggling to get to grips with the great wardrobe spring clean of 2018, there are a few things that can be done to help you along. We here at Shoe Zone have gathered together some of the best tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe and we hope that you find them as useful as we did!
Clearing Out Your Wardrobe
Accepting that something needs to be done is the first step, so getting to the stage where you’re ready to start clearing out is a big deal (if you find clothes and shoes to be a precious gift from the gods, much like we do). But needs must and deciding the fate of the contents of your wardrobe should be done methodically, so you won’t have any regrets once done. Here are a few steps for getting started:
- Take EVERYTHING out – That’s right, every last item of clothing, pair of shoes and forgotten handbag should be removed, leaving nothing but the barren carcass of a once stuffed wardrobe.
- Question yourself – Create a list of questions to ask yourself about each item. Does it fit? When was the last time I wore it? Would I buy it if I saw it in a shop now? Asking yourself these questions will help you rationalise the situation and prevent you from keeping stuff, for keeping its sake.
- Keep things neat – When you’ve sorted through the contents of your wardrobe, you need to put back the items that you’re keeping. Use slim hangers and think about where you’re putting each type of clothing. Keep dresses with dresses and shirts with shirts and so on – this will make it easier when choosing what to wear.
- Use separators – If you really want to take organisation to the next level, use separators that can be placed on the rail between each type of clothing, so it’s even easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Avoid hanging bulky/heavy items – Not only will hanging bulky items take up a lot of rail space, they can become misshapen due to the weight. Always fold heavy items of clothing if you can; this will keep them at their best for longer.
- Fold sensibly – Colour coordinating the contents of your drawers is all great fun but is it something you’d be able to maintain? If not, fold your clothes in a way that makes sense to you; this could be by clothing type or by season, whichever way suits.
- Use drawer inserts and shelf dividers – if your sock drawer is usually a crazy mess and you struggle to find anything close to a pair, drawer inserts can help. Not only can they significantly reduce the stress of finding something to wear but it can actually maximise the space, which means more room for more clothes!
Eject the Rejects
If you’ve finally decided that the bobbly neon knitted jumper you’ve had since 1996 no longer has a place in your wardrobe, you might not really know what to do with it and the other items that have been rejected. The best thing to do would be to assess your reject pile to see if any of the items can be sold.
The first thing to check for is damage. If some items are damaged or heavily worn, these are probably better suited to rag donation for recycling. If however you have a few items that aren’t damaged but you don’t feel they’d be worth selling, these could be donated to charity to raise much needed funds. Many charity shops can even arrange to pick items up if there’s a little too much for you to handle.
If, like us, you buy clothes thinking they’re great and they’ll no doubt be your most treasured item of clothing in the world, only for them to be thrust into the deep abyss (tags and all) that is your wardrobe, never to be seen again, then you probably want to try and claw a little something back. It could be that it no longer fits, or you don’t really think it’s your style anymore. In which case sites such as eBay, Gumtree and Shpock and social media selling pages could really help. You might raise more cash than you initially thought you could!
Maximise Space in Your Wardrobe
Now your wardrobe has been cleansed of all the clutter, the additional space you’ve created needs to be used effectively. Don’t be tempted to just throw your shoes in the bottom and hope they’ll somehow remain tidy and smart.
If you’ve got an impressive shoe collection, why not take some of those shoes and make a feature out of them? Erect some shelves and create a display; not only will you be able to gaze in awe at your collection whenever you like, you’ll also free up more space in your wardrobe or closet.
With that free space, one great way to keep things organised is to put additional storage solutions inside your wardrobe, almost like wardrobe inception, if you will. This could be a small set of drawers or some storage boxes (you can never have enough storage!).
Don’t forget the doors of your wardrobe or closet can be used for more than just opening and closing too. Try hanging jewellery on hooks inside the doors, or maximising floor space with a shoe organiser that goes over the door. You could also use this to store other accessories like belts, scarves and gloves, and just about any other accessory that needs to be stored.
If you don’t want to use a shoe organiser or create a feature, a simple shoe rack placed in the bottom of your wardrobe will help keep things tidy and will also maintain the integrity of your shoes.
Owning lots of clothes and shoes can be a beautiful thing but maintaining calm in your wardrobe can be a much less enviable task. We hope you’ve found our handy tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe useful – organisation is key and it means you get to go shopping again!
With that in mind, we’ve got loads of new styles coming in as we head toward warmer weather! So why not shop our new shoe arrivals now?