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Clothes Clearout: Spring Clean Your Wardbrobe

Posted by Helen Archard Online Fashion Content Intern

28th Jan 2013

Written by: Hattie Peacock  // @peacocks_hat //

Spring is approaching, although you wouldn't know it judging by the recent snow in the UK, but it's never too early to start thinking about clearing out your wardrobe.  One of the best ways to keep your clothing organised is to do regular seasonal sort-throughs. Not only does it remove all of the pieces you no longer wear, it also redirects you to those long-lost pieces you used to love. At this time of year, after receiving Christmas gifts or treating ourselves to a few sale items, our wardrobes are more in need of a sort out than ever.

Having a good reshuffling session allows you to see lots of potential outfit possibilities. Far too often, we pair the same items over and over again- try lying out a few skirts or trousers and seeing how they look with tops you wouldn't normally team them with. Reacquainting yourself with the contents of your wardrobe also allows you to assess what new season items you need to buy. There will no doubt be a few 'on trend' items to invest in, but you will have the basis for most of the season already in your wardrobe. It's always good to remind yourself of what you do have when planning your purchases for the approaching months.

Thinking ahead in terms of weather appropriate clothing is also a great way to save on storage space. Consider carrying out a 'wardrobe swap', around September and then again in March, and pack away items from the past few months and get out those for the approaching season.  You can store these items in compressed vacuum bags to free up more space in your wardrobe leaving room for you to properly consider all your clothes. 

A well organised wardrobe not only saves you time in the mornings but it will also save you money because you will have a real understanding of what clothing you already have. Whilst you're sorting through, keep Oxfam in mind for all those items in the unwanted pile. You can either drop them into an Oxfam shop, or deposit them in a Shwopping box at your local Marks and Spencer. Let those clothes take a well-deserved spot in someone else's wardrobe rather than a neglected one in yours.

Blog post written by Helen Archard

Online Fashion Content Intern

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