Is it that time of year already? I guess it is because the warmer weather, the start of blooming foliage and sunlight later in the day brings the mood to start my seasonal closet purge. It is a daunting task for most of us and I am no exception to that feeling. It starts for me with the knowledge that I don’t have to toss everything I don’t want to have in my closet. I can rework through tailoring, donate or save a few things for clothing swap parties I do with friends. There is very little I will toss out completely. There is always another use if I am not going to be wearing it anymore.
I have recently gone through my closet and found a few items that I will keep in storage for another year and a few that I will be donating and a few that have lived and died through years of love. I have a fairly minimalist wardrobe to begin with as my space dictates how much I can fit in it, but it is always a good idea to check your inventory no matter your wardrobe size.
So to start, I lay everything out on the bed in neat piles of colours. That is one of the best ways to see everything. I go through each pile and if it has holes or needs some de-pilling it goes into a laundry bin to go through for a second time later.
Second, I start creating outfits. I put one over piece with a few tops and two different bottoms that will work all together and separately. These little modules make it easy to keep a cohesive look to your style. I repeat colours, silhouettes, patterns and lengths within each module.
Anything that is left over from the modules is looked at and I ask myself a few questions;
- Do I want to wear this item this season? If yes, what do I want to wear it within my modules, or should I put items on a shopping list to make it its own module? If no, do I want to keep if for another year ( it then goes to storage) or do I want to pass it along to someone else (so donating it or keeping separate for clothing swaps).
- Does it work for my style this season?
- Does it fit me?
Lastly, I hang everything that needs to be hung and fold things that need folding and organize it in my closet. ( I change how it is organized all the time, but that is for another blog!)
This process usually only takes me a few hours and I try to make it a fun night with a girlfriend or two and a bottle of wine. If you are doing it on your own, play some funky music and make an afternoon or night of it! It should be a fun and inspiring task. Do what feels good. And if you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break and come back to it. Remember once it is done you will feel like taking the season head on!
We at DMW are always here to help, Good luck!