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How to spring clean your wardrobe

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By Mia Steiber

We’re all guilty of keeping a few extra bits of clothing in our wardrobes that probably should have been thrown out years ago. It’s not easy to ruthlessly cull items that you used to love, particularly when you feel that you might actually wear them again someday.

But keeping your wardrobe clean and free of old and outdated pieces goes a long way to making it easier to get dressed in the morning. And isn’t it nicer to look at a compact and tidy closet rather that one that’s unnecessarily packed to the brim?

If you’re looking to give your wardrobe a spring clean, read on to find out how you can make letting go of your old things a lot easier. With our guide, you’ll have a lovely clean wardrobe in no time at all.

Do you even like it?

This is the very first question that you should ask yourself about every single item in your wardrobe. I once helped my mother clean out her closet and you’d be amazed at how many items she had in there that we decided to cull because she “hated it”. Make sure you only keep items that you absolutely love. Because what’s the point of wearing something that you don’t even like?

Get rid of things that don’t fit

It’s time to throw out those tops and pants that you “just need to lose a few kilos” to fit into. They’re taking up unnecessary space and you’re unlikely to wear these pieces ever again. Why? If you do manage to lose the weight, you’ll probably want to buy something new and fun rather than wearing something you’ve had for years.

Hold onto quality pieces

You should always hold onto high-quality pieces. Fashion operates in cycles, so while that $200 printed top you bought a few years ago isn’t trendy now, it probably will be again in a few years’ time. You don’t want to throw something out only to find that that style is back in fashion a year later.

The idea behind investing in quality or designer pieces is that you get a better quality garment that you can keep for decades. Keep your expensive high-quality pieces. It will save you money overall and it’s also better for the environment.

Keep your basics too

Unless they’re ratty and worn out, you should hang onto basic pieces. Plain black turtleneck jumpers, white T-shirts, black skirts – all of these items can be worn an infinite number of times with different kinds of outfits and will always be in fashion.

Throw away old trend pieces that you got on the cheap

The point of buying cheap trend pieces is so that you can throw them out once the trend is over. If you’re still holding onto those acid-wash jeans that you bought from Kmart or a ratty kaftan top from Katies, you’re wasting space. Get rid of these old pieces to make way for any newer trend pieces coming this season.

Question anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months

For any piece that you haven’t worn in a year, ask yourself whether you would wear it again and if so, where? If you can’t come up with a decent answer then it’s time to say goodbye. That bright pink cardigan that you wouldn’t wear out of the house needs to go, but that basic black formal dress that you could wear to a wedding can stay.

If you’re not sure about something, ask for a second opinion

If you’re just not sure whether you should keep a certain piece or not, ask a friend or your partner what they think. You’d be surprised at how helpful this can be. In my last closet clean out, my best friend stopped me from throwing out a top she said was really flattering for my shape. She also encouraged me to get rid of a dress that had shrunk in the wash and was now a little bit too short.

 

Mia Steiber is the Shopping Expert at finder.com.au, the site that compares virtually everything.

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