What to cull, what to keep, and what to pack away.
It’s uni break, it’s cold, and I am bored - so I thought I’d spend the day cleaning out my wardrobe and show you guys how it’s done! My friends (and my mum) often summon me to do exactly this with them, because I am ruthless. I will make you throwout absolutely everything that you don’t wear, don’t need, and don’t fit. I know how hard it is to part with clothes of times past, but my trick is to think of it in a positive way. The clothes that you aren’t wearing, that have been sitting around since you were 13 and are just taking up space, are clothes that could mean the world to someone else. You can up-cycle your clothes, by either giving them away to charity, or selling them to make a quick buck, and help reduce the eco footprint of other vintage lovers. So I have done just that - and reduced my wardrobe to half of its' size.
My three main tips for your spring clean out will leave you with a clean canvas, with a new appreciation for the clothes you really love. It will take you half the time to get ready and throw an outfit together, because there will be less to look through, and you might even rediscover an old favourite. You’ll also come to realise how quality over quantity is paramount - you don’t need racks and racks of clothing to look and feel amazing. This post is short and sweet because it has a matching video - finally! So, if you want to see the tips below in action, give it a watch.
And finally, with a wardrobe clean out comes a lot of clothes to sell! I will be posting all items on the Instagram account @mp.com.vintagerack, so press follow to be the first to see all of the vintage and new items I will be selling!
1. If you haven’t worn it in the past six months, cull it.
It is commonly said that three months is the way to go, however, if you’ve just finished winter, you obviously haven’t worn your summer clothes in six! So I go by six months, and you’d be surprised at how many clothes fall into that category. If you haven’t worn it in ages, you’re not likely to wear it anytime soon.
2. If you’ve only worn it once, chuck it.
Especially those fancy items that you bought for a one off event, there is no point holding onto it if you can make a few dollars selling it. Or, if you really can't let it go, consider renting it out!
3. If you aren’t going to wear it (due to the weather) pack it away.
Of course, there are items like coats and knits that you will definitely wear again next year, but won’t be touching for a long time. So it’s time to pack these away at the top of your wardrobe, so that you can clear space for some new spring purchases.
And it is as simple as that - have fun spring cleaning!