The arrival of spring in Boston is a much welcomed opportunity to put away your snow boots and winter jackets! I use it as an opportunity to clean out my closet by getting rid of old styles and making room for the new. Doing this once a year if not twice a year is a cathartic experience that will keep your closet organized and clutter free. It may seem like an overwhelming task, but trust me once you are done you will feel renewed and your closet will thank you.
My clients and friends often ask me to come over and help them tackle this project. All you really need is a couple of hours and someone you trust to help you honestly critique each item. Start by pulling out clothing that you haven’t worn in one year. Create three piles donate, tailor, and keep.
Often times you will find that you really like something but don’t know how to wear it or what to pair it with. Keep these items and bring them with you when shopping so that you can put together outfits. Use your closet cleanse as an opportunity to reconnect with your wardrobe and try new things, as well as discover the holes in your wardrobe. Once you have finished don’t let those donation bags sit there forever! Be sure to make a trip to donate your items to the charity of your choice.
Alison Barnard writes about fashion trends and is owner of Twilight Boutique at 12 Fleet St. and in-jean-ius at 441 Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. She is also a board member of the North End Waterfront Health & Beauty Alliance (NEWHBA).