Unfortunately the colder weather now seems set to stay with us, so the time has come to store away our summer wardrobes and get ready for the new season.
This is the perfect time for closet decluttering, and I've listed below some handy hints to help you get started.
And if you need a little more encouragement to get editing, we are now accepting autumn clothing and accessories at the shop. So, we may be able to relieve you of your unwanted items, as well as help fund some of your new season buys!
- If your wardrobe is filled with pieces that you no longer wear, then it's probably time to let them go. However, if you don't feel ready to take this step just yet, then simply store them elsewhere. If after a month or two you haven't given the items a second thought, you may be ready to part company.
- Don't hang onto things in the hope that they will come back into fashion. Despite the regular 'recycling' of styles from decades past, the updated versions are always a little different.
- Be aware of those pieces that you have a tendancy to overdose on. You don't necessarily have to get rid of any of them, just keep in mind how many you have next time you find yourself heading to the cash desk with yet another.
- Take a long, hard look at those clothes that no longer fit or flatter you. If you have be hanging onto them until you drop a dress size, then do try to be honest with yourself. If in your heart of hearts you know that you have set yourself an unrealistic goal, then take a trip to a local tailor to see if they can be altered so that you can enjoy wearing them now.
- Discard any items that really can't be repaired. Clothes worn to a sheen from dry cleaning or with immovable stains should be consigned to the bin.
- Finally, carefully consider how you dispose of those unwanted but still wearable items. Clothes that are simply no longer 'you' may be perfect for someone else, so offset your closet footprint by taking them to a local charity, or your favourite dress agency!