Hello, lovely readers! The polar vortex is losing steam and spring will welcome us in a couple of weeks. Spring is characteristic of new things and today I’m excited to introduce the first guest post on Style Context from Morgan Gray who will discuss closet-cleaning tips for the coming season. As someone who is not super organized, and has a hard time letting go of certain clothes, I think she makes some very good points. Scroll down for the post and be sure to check out her blog.
Listen up, fashionistas. Now that it’s March, it’s time to start thinking about spring-cleaning. Spring may not be in the air just yet, but it is hopefully right around the corner. So what better time than now to clean out your closet, and welcome the nicer weather with open arms (and open closet doors)?
Whenever I clean out my closet, no matter what season it is, I always stick to the one-year rule. Basically, if you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are you probably aren’t going to wear it in the future. While there are definitely exceptions to this rule (I recently resurrected a sweater from three years ago!), if you’re the kind of person who has trouble getting rid of old clothes, sticking to this rule will definitely help. Take some time, and go through each garment that you have. And if you haven’t worn it in a year, then put it in the pile to go. You’ll be amazed at how many pieces you are able to get rid of, and even more than that, you’ll be amazed at how much you don’t actually miss the old clothes you got rid of.
Donate, Donate, Donate
Philanthropy is a huge part of my life, and I always try to think of ways to help others, even when it comes to my own fashion. Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to give back. Chances are, most (if not all) of the clothes you are getting rid of will still be in great condition. It’s not your fault if it’s just not your style any more, but that doesn’t mean someone else won’t enjoy it, especially someone in need.
There are many places you can take your discarded clothes to donate. Check out your local Salvation Army to see where you can bring these items. Churches and temples also hold clothing drives often, so you can check those out too. I also try to keep certain friends of friends in mind, people who may need a little extra here and there. My sister’s neighbor recently had a fire in her home, and donating a variety of clothes and other household items was a no-brainer.
Donating your old clothes is a much better option than just throwing them out (unless they are in such terrible condition that it makes them un-wearable). Use this awesome “wardrobe editing” graphic to help you choose what to ditch. And to be honest, donating your clothes to those in need is a better option that bringing your items to a consignment shop. Sure, it’s always nice to make a little extra cash, but knowing that your clothes are going to people who really need them will make you feel so much better. Plus, if you’re on the fence about getting rid of something, knowing that there is someone out there who really needs it will make you much more inclined to give it away.
Color and Style Coding
Once you are left with the clothes you’d like to keep, organizing your closet is the next big task. This checklist I recently came across from RedEnvelope is a great starting place. Depending on my mood, and depending on the season, I like to organize by either style or color. For spring, color is definitely a good option. I start in the back with black and navy items, and then work my way through purple, red, orange, and yellow. The closet immediately brightens up, and opening it up to select an outfit becomes that much more fun.
By Morgan Gray