Whip Your Closet Into Shape: Spring Cleaning

By on May 10, 2014
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It’s been a long, dreary winter and the sun is finally starting to shine over Toronto. This gets us thinking about one thing, and one thing only: spring and summer fashion.

One of my favourite pastimes of welcoming a new season is the good old closet cleanout. There are few things that I find more liberating than going through my wardrobe, ridding myself of the unnecessary, and organizing what stays. Here are my suggestions for whipping your closet into shape for spring and summer 2014. Happy spring cleaning!

Go through every last existing item of clothing that you own. I find that it helps to take it all out of your closet and pile it on your floor or bed, so that eventually you can put it back neatly in it’s new and improved spot. The best part about purging is that you will most likely come across items you actually forgot you owned and happen to love. Start by creating two piles: one for keeping, one for not. When sifting through your clothing, try to strictly get rid of everything you haven’t worn in the last six months to a year – as I’m sure you know, this is easier said than done. However, chances are, if it’s been that long since you last wore it, you won’t even notice that it’s gone.



Once you have put each item of clothing into a pile, commence with the pieces that are staying. If you are an obsessive organization junkie, this will be the easiest part. To make your closet look like it belongs in a “dream wardrobe” edition of some magazine, we suggest the three C’s: Categorizing and Colour Coordination. Create imaginary brackets within your closet, for example – one for long sleeve blouses, one for short sleeve blouses, and one for sleeveless blouses. Within these brackets, harmonize the items by colour. In the case that you maybe wear much more of one hue than others (let’s just say that the average fashionista has a lot more black in their closet than anything else), simplify this process by separating items in the brackets into a section for neutrals (black, white, grey, beige) and a section for “miscellaneous” (colorful items, patterns, stripes, and so on). Once you’ve done this with all categories of your clothing, your wardrobe will look refreshed and ready to go for the sunny season ahead.



Now, you are probably asking yourself what to do with the pile of “not keeping” lying on your floor, haunting you. You may have friends or family that want to filter through it, but I am always one for donating the items that you are getting rid of to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any charitable place that accepts second-hand clothing of your choice. There are many people out there who will benefit from your hand-me-downs, and you will feel good about doing a good deed in the process!


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