How To De-Clutter Your Wardrobe

Welcoming spring always entails a bit of weeding through our wardrobes. It’s finally time to trade out big coats and chunky sweaters for dresses and lightweight layers—hooray! Below are our tips for starting fashionably fresh this season.

1. START WITH A PLAN
Take inventory of your current wardrobe, and evaluate your overarching style. Does it fit your lifestyle? Is it true to who you are? Does it align with the career you have or want to have? If there’s room for improvement, the turn of the season is the perfect time to make small changes to move closer toward a wardrobe that best suits who you are. Starting a Pinterest board (feel free to keep it secret!) for practical style inspiration before you embark on a spring shopping trip can prove helpful.

Want to get in touch with your inner minimalist this spring? Take a stab at a capsule wardrobe! Perhaps you’ve heard the hype about these seasonal collections of around 40 pieces—tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear and shoes included. While that may sound limiting, we can say from experience that the less we have in our closets, the more put-together we look and the more in tune we feel with our true personal style. This capsule wardrobe planner from Un-Fancy is the perfect starting point. Just print it out and fill it in with personal details and preferences—lifestyle activities, color inspiration, must-have pieces, budget. Consider this your roadmap for the season.

2. TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR CLOSET
Yep—all of it! Before you can move forward with your plan, you have to know what you’re working with. The easiest way to see what you want to keep is to move everything out. This also gives you the opportunity to give your closet surfaces a little spring cleaning. Dust, wipe out drawers, sweep neglected corners and maybe even upgrade your hangers. It’s amazing how much more zen and boutique-esque even the tiniest closet can feel when all the hangers match!

3. PURGE
As you’re moving things back into your closet, put aside anything that is stained or damaged, everything you haven’t worn in the last year and all the items that don’t fit properly. Put everything you want to alter in a pile to take to your tailor—and designate a concrete date and time on your calendar to do so. Don’t procrastinate and miss out on wearing those pieces this season! As far as what you’re getting rid of, there are several options. Consider selling items that are in great condition but that no longer fit your body or aesthetic. (We love Tradesy and Poshmark for this!) Items that are in good condition but not necessarily ideal candidates for resale should be donated. Toss anything that is stained or damaged.

4. DIVIDE YOUR WARDROBE
Once you’ve identified what you’re keeping, further divide your wardrobe into two categories: things you’ll wear this season, and things you’ll put away in storage for a future season. You’ll want to put all of your warm fall and winter pieces away until the cooler temperatures return. (This probably goes without saying, but everything should be clean before it’s put away.) If you have a guest closet, utilize that space for out-of-season items! If space is limited, plastic under-the-bed storage bins and even space-saving vacuum bags can be efficient. Be sure to toss in an insect repellent and a sachet to protect your clothes and keep everything fresh. For extra special or valuable items, consult a textile expert to ensure proper storage.

5. SHOP—AND THEN STOP SHOPPING
Take a look at the items you’re keeping and figure out what’s missing from the mix, based on both necessity and current trends. Maybe you want a pair of gladiator sandals or a neutral miniskirt for the upcoming warmer months. We find that determining a budget and making a list before we go helps ensure our shopping is intentional rather than emotionally driven. The change of the season is a perfect time to finally invest in pieces you’ve been thinking about for a while, and to try out a few new things that will break you out of a style rut.

6. MIX AND MATCH
Get creative! Now that you’ve pared down your wardrobe to include only the items you LOVE, it’s time to have more fun with what you wear each day. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns or try out new outfit combinations. Not sure where to start? Here are some essential spring pieces, perfect for mixing and matching.

Image from our home tour with Stephanie Bradshaw

By Natalie Borton

Author: Natalie Borton

Natalie is a San Diego-based jewelry designer and blogger who covers style, motherhood, wellness and life. Find her on Instagram at @natalieborton!

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