Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s a little warmer, a little sunnier, outfits start to get more colourful and I start to get a “spring” in my step. Away with winter for another 9 months or so; away with those heavy coats and jumpers – now is the time to de-clutter.
- Be ruthless – When it comes to clothing, you need to ask yourself these sorts of questions:
“Have I worn this in the last 12 months?” If the answer is no, it goes.
“Does it still fit?” The ideal closet should be full of clothes that fit you correctly and thus flatter your body in the best possible light.
“What condition is it in?” Tears, rips, stains, bobbling – it’s time to go.
“Does this stye suit me?” Am I holding onto pieces simply because they’re trendy at the moment or does this style genuinely flatter me?
- Don’t dump – The world is already saturated with textile waste so there’s no need to add to the problem:
Public clothing collection bins, The Salvation Army, charity collections, clothing swaps, facebook communities – there are plenty of better options when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted clothes than chucking them in the trash. Of course it goes without saying – don’t donate ripped, stained or dirty clothes; people don’t want your filth.
For fellow Hong Kongers:
– Christian Action
– Crossroads Foundation
– Friends Of The Earth
– Hong Kong Salvation Army
– “Swap It HK” on Facebook
– “Hardly Worn It” on Facebook
- Recycle & Refashion – If you want to refresh your wardrobe without having to throw most of it away:
Time to get creative – upstyling and refashioning is a great way to update your look with a few simple DIY tips and tricks. Altering a hem line to turn that maxi dress into an asymmetric hi-low dress; turning that weathered blazer into a fresh Sleeveless vest, perfect for spring layering. You can find all sorts of basic sewing/refashioning tips on sites such as Pinterest, Stumble Upon and find video tutorials on Youtube.
- Colour Coordinate – Having a neat and tidy closet can help prevent you from cluttering it back up again:
Mess begets mess. The more you try and keep a tidy closet the less inclined you’ll be to just chuck items onto the top of a pile. Plus, when you have a neat colour co-ordianated closet, it’s easier to figure out what to wear because you can see it right in front of you when you open the doors!
- Be a smart shopper – Try to avoid “same same but different” shopping:
When we know what colours and styles look good on us, it’s easy to continuously buy similar pieces because it’s what we feel comfortable in. That being said, sometimes taking a step outside our comfort zone can result in welcome surprises. Browsing Pinterest can help inspire you to take a step outside your “comfort closet”.
So those are my top 5 tips, but what about you? What advice would you give to someone who wants to de-clutter and start Spring tidy and fresh? Leave your comments below!