Summer is just about here, and for all of us design enthusiasts and fashionistas that means it’s time for a mini closet overhaul. Goodbye trench coats, hello flirty dresses, short shorts and sky-high sandals. Darlings, you know me, and I am an advocate for cleaning out your closet once per season, storing seasonal items and paving the way for a few new must-have items on your wish list. I consider the summer closet cleanout a mini-purge, as I’m sure you already did some spring cleaning and your closet only needs a tiny bit of editing.
Each season, I make it a point to ask myself a few simple questions about my current style and the current state of my closet. You are personally invited to the interior of the left hemisphere of my brain to see how my closet cleanout process begins.
I ask myself:
- Is this an item I will wear this summer?
If you didn’t wear it last summer, you won’t wear it this summer. Trust your instinct, your instinct knows if you will wear those white boot-cut jeans again.
- Does this article of clothing or accessory reflect my current style?
There is a difference between trendy and stylish, and all fashion lovers walk that fine line. It’s important to know what looks good on you, what styles flatter your figure, and how to look stylish without looking like you are trying too hard.
- Does it fit?
This is the most important question for any closet purge. Items that don’t fit should be purged from your closet. Just because you bought those Prada shoes at a sample sale and they are a half-size too small, it doesn’t mean you should hold onto them. Pave the way for a fabulous new pair; you will be glad you did. And someone else will be happy to receive your Prada shoes.
- Is my closet overflowing or is there ample space for new items?
Closets tend to be the one place in the house where hoarding becomes acceptable, but overflowing closets aren’t functional (or pretty). I like to maximize storage in the closet with Pliio Clothing Filers, they allow you to fold your clothing quickly and neatly. Also, streamlining your hangers is my number one tip for an organized closet, check out the Slim-Line Velvet Hangers on my site, they add instant glam to your closet.
- How will I store my other seasonal items?
I use leather boxes to store sweaters and coats that I won’t wear until the following season. I place them at the top of my closet to make room for summer styles.
- How will I preserve my boots, handbags and coats for next season?
I like to store my boots with Boot Trees, they prevent cracking and they preserve boots for the following season. You can find a few different options on my site. I also use the Purse Pillow to store my winter bags, which helps maintain the shape of the handbag and protects against moisture.
- Will I donate or deliver to a consignment shop?
Make two piles. For gently worn high-end items, you might consider taking them to a consignment shop; you could earn some extra money for your summer wardrobe. For the remaining pile; you can donate to an organization like Dress for Success or Goodwill.