How to spring clean your wardrobe

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Spring has arrived and its time to update your wardrobe. The oversized sweaters and warm coats will now make way for lighter clothing. But where do you put it all? The key to making it all work is organisation and efficiency. To ensure that the season is as stress-free as it should be, read on for essential tips for keeping your wardrobe organised. Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 4.41.10 PM Start early There's no time like the present . To avoid being overwhelmed, set aside a full day to get the work down in one go. That way, you have time to assess what pieces you need to replace or invest in for the season ahead. Tip: Starting the process at the beginning of the season will also allow for the judgment of in-between layering pieces like light jackets or cardigans. Devise a plan Go in with a strategy. Open the closet and take everything out. If you really want to do it the proper way, you have to take everything out and work through your entire closet. Once it's all in sight, begin by sorting items into three piles: keep, store, and donate. Tip: Keep anything that has sentimental value or a classic item that pairs well with everything and that can be worn for years to come, like a good blazer. EMBRACE THE PURGE If you haven't worn something in a year and it's not valuable, just throw that baby out. Tip: Throw away anything that doesn't fit or is from a past trend. Platform sneakers, spike earrings, and tall gladiator sandals are all starting to look outdated. Be overprotective Sweaters can be tough to store. My tip is to take them to the laundry before before storing them, then put them in a protective enclosure, like canvas boxes. You have to make sure things are stored correctly because you don't want to pull something out six months later and find that moths have eaten all of your beautiful coats. Tip: For those who prefer to keep their costly pieces at home, look for the coolest and darkest corner of your closet to store furs, and stay away from plastic garment bags. Gowns are better when hung on padded hangers and kept in cotton canvas or muslin covers. Get creative For hard-to-store items like accessories and heavy pieces, think outside the box. Bags are hard because they're all different sizes and shapes. To cut down on space requirements for bulkier items, such as large coats, remove everything from the pockets first, fastening all of the buttons, and storing them in plastic bins. Tip: Find the highest shelf in your apartment and put all of your heavy, chunky stuff up there.

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