March 17, 2022 8 min read
Spring is here, and along with it, the urge to update your wardrobe! The warm coats and oversized sweaters you bought last fall and winter will now have to be moved to make room for bright shades and flowy shirts of the season.
You may be wondering, where am I going to put it all? The key to spring cleaning is to set yourself up so everything can work well together. You want to prioritize efficiency and organization.
We suggest going into this with the mantra of 'keep what you love, leave what you don't'; on top of this, aim to find the perfect balance of wearability and practicality. Your wardrobe should reflect your lifestyle personality and last you many seasons. It's also important to remember the key to vegan fashion: sustainability.
We’ve detailed a few tips to help you get through the spring cleaning process for your wardrobe. From the clever coat hanger hack to the 3-year rule, here’s how we recommend you spring clean your closet this season.
There's no better time than the present to start cleaning, but you want to be sure you avoid the sense of overwhelm that happens so often. We suggest you set aside a whole day for spring cleaning. This way, you will have time to assess pieces you need/want to replace.
When spring time comes around it’s time for us to start new again. Spring cleaning is crucial because it will make your home's air is clean and healthy to breathe. Dust and allergens that have built up over the winter need to be removed.
Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning the unseen, dirty, or dark spaces in your home; it’s also for your wardrobe. The changing of the seasons is simply the best time to do it! You will probably already spend a few hours packing sweaters, gloves, and scarves away into temporary storage, so why not use utilize that time to also free up some space in your wardrobe?
Beginning the process at the start of the spring season, which for us in the northern hemisphere is March 20th, is also ideal because this will allow you a better judgment of in-between season pieces like cardigans or light jackets.
Go into this with a strategy in mind. We recommend starting by opening your closet and taking everything out. Once this is done, begin sorting items into three different piles: keep, donate, and store. Of course, keep anything sentimental to you and classic items that pair well with everything.
Now that you know where to start, it’s time to ask yourself some questions to help you sort through your clothing.
You know that dress that you brought two years ago for a party, and you haven't worn it since? It's time to take a look at it with fresh eyes. Clothing items that you’ve only worn once take up space, and this can add up if you have several pieces that you’ve only worn once.
Asking yourself this question reminds you to be more intentional with what you purchase. While it's fun to buy pieces for specific special occasions, the amount of space and money you lose by holding onto those clothing items isn't as practical or fun.
While you may never wear said clothing out, sometimes you also need to realize when something reaches its expiration date. Comfy clothes and loungewear should be something that perks up your mood, so why wear something that’s past its time?
Of course, you can try to remove the stains but most likely they’ve been there a while and have set in so you may not be able to remove them. Stains like red wine, ink, and mustard can be extremely hard to remove. This is because these products can actually dye the fibers of the clothing piecel. Getting it out would require you to bleach the piece, which can ruin the color. Therefore, if the stain doesn't come out after a few tries, it might be time to just get rid of it.
One of the easiest things you can do during spring cleaning is ask yourself if the clothing still fits. We can all relate to holding onto an item of clothing, hoping we might fit into it again one day.
While we believe in keeping accessories or clothing that have sentimental value or you look forward to re-wearing, there comes a point where you should also free yourself of it. It’s okay if you don’t perfectly fit into a piece of clothing you once did, size does not define you.
The goal should always be to have a versatile wardrobe. Instead of having a closet full of clothes that don't go together, try adding pieces to your wardrobe that can be worn several ways.
So, ask yourself, is this versatile? Can I transform this shirt from day to night, casual to dressy? If you can’t, you might need to rethink its place in your closet. For more tips on how to make the most out of your wardrobe, check out this article.
Now you’ve sorted out the items you’re keeping, storing, and donating. It’s time to refresh them!
Whites can lose their brightness over time, so it’s important to brighten them. However, you don’t want to use bleach since it’s terrible for your clothes, bad for your health, and bad for the environment. The good news is, you can brighten your white clothes without it! The method we recommend is to use lemon/lemon juice. This does a beautiful job brightening whites and removing stains.
Combine lemon, white vinegar, and baking soda, and you’ll have a natural product that works just like bleach to get rid of yellowing or stains. Be sure to hand wash clothes you’re whitening in cold water; you don’t want to use hot water since it can make the yellowing or stains worse. Once that’s complete, let the clothing sit in the sun to dry; the sun has bleaching effects as well.
Here’s a great article that shows you how to do this process.
Periodic shoe cleanings are the best way to extend the lifespan of your shoes, keep them looking new, and reduce the spread of bacteria. Plus, how your shoes look can make or break an outfit. Clean shoes will make any outfit feel sophisticated and put together, while dirty shoes can instantly make even the cutest outfit look dull.
Don’t forget to clean any accessories you have! We’re sure that they don’t get cleaned very often; don’t worry, we’re the same way. We couldn’t tell you the last time we cleaned our accessories (vegan fashion pieces like handbags, belts, and wallets excepted, of course).
Of course, you can use candles, diffusers, incense, plugin oil air fresheners, etc. The good news is all of the options have a wide variety of scents and can fit whatever vibe you’re going for. Just keep in mind if you’re going to use candles be sure to do it in a safe manner, turn off any fans, make sure there’s nothing nearby that can catch on fire, and that it’s out of children and pets reach.
Start by keeping bad odors at bay. You can do this by purchasing odor-absorbing charcoal packs that can keep your closet smelling fresh and humidity-free. This will also help your clothes last longer as well!
Now that your clothes are organized, clean, and dry, it’s time to put your clothes back in your closet. But don’t just place them in there; go in with a plan and organize your clothes. You’ll want to store them in a way that is both visually aesthetic and practical.
Doing some spring cleaning on your wardrobe is essential because it allows you to get rid of what you don’t need, find old pieces that you haven't worn in a while, and just refresh.
We hope we’ve helped you figure out how to refresh your wardrobe! Here on the Doshi Blog, we want to encourage and support people in buying and wearing vegan fashion and ethical products.
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