Six- step guide to 'Spring Cleaning'
Often, big changes happen with the small ones. If your closet resembles more a battle ground of over loaded hangers, crammed shelves and loads of 'designer pieces' that haven't seen daylight since the last millennium, then it is time for a life - changing de - clutter.
If attacking your closet with a handful of garbage bags seems too difficult for you, think of the benefits. All that empty closet space will warrant a trip to your favourite store.
Designer Nikhil Mehra says it's a good idea to go through one's wardrobe every few months to edit down its contents.
He says, "Don't follow trends as what you wear is a personal choice; but if you are bored with your wardrobe then it's time to update it. Hold on to classic pieces like a good pair of jeans, a white shirt and of course couture pieces, which one can always find an occasion to wear."
STEP ONE: Start by labelling three bins with the words 'keep', 'throw' and 'maybe'. Then begin by attacking your wardrobe with a vengeance. Remember, the aim is to clean out, not simply re - arrange your belongings. At the end of the day, send the 'throw' bin to a charity, and invite your friends over to go through your 'maybe' pile as it always helps to have a second opinion when in doubt.
STEP TWO: If you haven't worn an item in the last six months, there is a good chance you won't wear it the next time winter rolls around.
So get rid of it. Then pack up your remaining woolies in a plastic container or suitcase ( make sure to include a few cedar balls or neem leaves to ward off moths) and put it away in a store room till next winter.
Then begin by looking at your summer items. Once again, if you didn't wear a printed dress or harem pants last summer, you probably won't wear them this season either. The golden rule is: if you haven't worn it for a year, trash it.
STEP THREE: Make sure to remove any items that have an outdated print or style to them. Boho and peasant are over and clean structured lines will rule the style books for the next while.
Make your wardrobe speak in a language of bold solid colours, which you can easily match with denims and linen for summer.
Keep it down to the basic classic pieces, rather then things you are emotionally attached to.
STEP FOUR: If you have played the yo- yo diet game and your weight has fluctuated more than the stock market, alter pieces to fit you correctly. There is no reason to wear an ill- fitting suit or too tight dress when neighbourhood tailors can give it a quick fix.
STEP FIVE: Make sure to go through your accessories in the same way. There is no need to hold on to shoes and bags that have seen better days. With so many brands churning out fantastic footwear at affordable rates, you can easily pick up a few pairs to suit the upcoming season. If your Hermes Birkin or Chanel pumps are looking a little worn out, take them back to the boutique as most high end brands offer a cleaning and repair service for their luxury items.
STEP SIX: After your clothes and accessories, attack your make- up bag and cosmetics counter. Make sure to see the expiry date and get rid of anything that has changed colour or consistency, otherwise you could be at risk for bacterial skin infections.
As a general rule, mascara and liquid liners last for 3 months after opening whereas lipsticks, eyeshadows and powders can stay good for upto 18 months. Anything older should be thrown away.