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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Detoxing? Here's how to clean up your wardrobe too

It’s time to extend that January detox to your closet. Because a clearout is the perfect way to justify some new season additions.

 

WORDS BY AMELIA BELL

 

New Year: when we all solemnly swear to hit the gym twice a day, only eat kale, and replace all thoughts of wine with water. Sure. But one place where you can start fresh and actually stick to it is your wardrobe. We’re told a clutter-free closet is the key to a clear mind, so to put that theory to the test (and forever banish ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ panic) follow these simple steps...

 

1. Get organised

Good management is key. Create 4 piles; charity; bin; storage; and keep. Then empty out your wardrobe and get started!

 

2. Declutter

The aim is to have a wardrobe filled only with the clothes you love (because then you’ll always love your outfit). So with each item, ask yourself - when did I last wear this? Then consider the condition and fit to determine whether it’s in or out.

 

3. Categorise

Separate your ‘keep’ pile into categories: trousers, shirts, jumpers etc, so you can always locate the piece you’re after efficiently.

 

4. Split by Season

Storage is crucial. Freak weather aside, you will never need your favourite kaftan in winter; or that padded velvet jacket come July. So organise by season, and put all your high summer items into storage for now. Done.

 

5. Future-proof your wardrobe

Tell yourself ‘From now on I will only buy clothes if they can be worn in 3 different ways. This will ensure you never have unworn pieces in your closet again. Your wedding dress doesn’t count, by the way.

 

And look at that, with all the extra wardrobe space you’ve created there’s room for a few new season essentials…go on, you’ve earned it!

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