The other day at my yoga class, just few minutes before its start, I was talking about a new young brand that I discovered and new stuff I got from them. One of my yoga friends laughed and told me she decided to not to buy a single thing in one year. She said: “Oh you don’t understand. I gathered so many things in my life I need to clean my house from stuff and my mind from thoughts.!”
This is such a great idea but I would never be able to do it. Not to buy a thing for one year, sure, nothing drastic will happen, with things I have I could get along longer then a year and so much money would be saved not to mention space in closet or in entire house.
But, working in fashion industry, not getting a thing for a year is not possible, yet, there is a solution for it and it’s called spring cleaning.
Nowadays, you can spring clean everything, but I would suggest, these four things.
1. Read a good book, I would suggest ‘The Organised Mind” by Daniel J. Levitin.
Sometimes we don’t see clear what is in front of our noses because of the enormous amount of news and information we are assaulted every day. The author is Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Professor but the book is written for everybody.
2. Make a refreshing facial, with peeling and massage.
I always do this in Spring. So the harsh Winter is forgotten and my new face is ready for the sunny days. After the facial I feel clean, fresh and free. And I’m ready for the days without make-up. Try it at cosmetic studio Terra in Split, Croatia.
3. Get a new haircut or hair colour.
Pastel colours are in now but if you are not into colour changing get a great new haircut. I’m definitely into bangs, and this time very short ones, it will open your face and make it younger instantly. I'm doing mine in Mic Styling Hair Studio in Split, Croatia.
4. Organise your closet.
Weather you have a walk-in-closet or, as me, you haven’t, it is important to make the switch two times a year, in Spring and Autumn. In Autumn winter clothes are playing the lead role and they come forward and in Spring the other way around. Transitional pieces like blazers, colourful pants, blouses, T-shirts, loafers and pumps, summer dresses, swimsuits and sandals are taking over.
As most of the personal stylists and image consultants suggest there are three piles that are supposed to be created: keep, donate/sell and toss.
For the detailed wardrobe detox I would suggest Spring cleaning is the best time to do it although it can be done in every time of the year as long as your life and you are ready for it. But be prepared, it will be a long long day!
When all your clothes is out of the closet and the boxes and drawers like mine, clean the closet, boxes and drawers and start selecting.
Toss everything that is damaged and worn out or recycle it as my mother does. She makes gloves for garden work, scarfs or any kind of rags. It’s so funny sometimes when my old top or pants I wanted to get rid of, come up very handy, cleaning my car for instance.
Sell on eBay or Easy or LetGo or a yard sale, if possible, I know I didn’t sell a thing like that, so I decided to donate to charity or somebody who will appreciate it. This should be the clothes you didn’t wore at least for a year. It is something you will never wear again, trust me.
You should keep only the garments you can actually wear, that flatter your figure, and that you like. Don’t keep things you think are nice on you but at the end you never put on, or specially the things you think you will wear when you lose weight or buy the proper shoes for.
There is one controversy thing here though, trends are coming back. So if you have good basics in your closet, like good coats, jackets, blouses or bags, keep them, one day, they will probably become trendy again. It happened to many garments my mother had that I wear now.
If you need more help with organising your closet or creating combinations out of your existing clothes just reach out to me and I will try to help.