Losing weight is the perfect excuse to get rid of that old clothing and give your wardrobe a makeover – and whether you’re just starting out on your weight-loss journey, or only a few kilograms from goal, spring cleaning your clothes will boost your self-esteem and help you look, and feel, great!
Cut the clutter
The first step towards your new spring wardrobe is to clear out the clutter and weed out the clothes you haven’t worn for a while. Start by taking all your clothing out of your wardrobe, and laying them on your bed so you can get a good look at what’s there. It can be hard to say goodbye to favourite pieces, even if they no longer fit you. Try to take a realistic approach – if you haven’t worn a particular item of clothing for more than twelve months, chances are you’re not likely to wear it in the next twelve months either. Instead of crying over clothes that don’t fit any more, celebrate your weight-loss achievements by clearing them out to make room for new things. What to do with the discards? Sell them on eBay, donate to your local charity shop, or if they’re really past it – ditch them!
Hang, fold and stack
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the clothes you don’t wear, it’s time to organise the clothes you do wear. Try to use matching coat-hangers if you can, and hang them all facing the same way so that your clothing sits neatly in your wardrobe. To make getting dressed a cinch, hang like with like – shirts together, jackets together and so on. Clothing items like t-shirts, underwear and socks that don’t need to be hung should be folded neatly and put away in drawers. If you don’t have drawers, try stackable baskets or boxes. Take care of your shoes by storing them in their original boxes, or in individual clear, stackable containers so that you can easily find the pair you are looking for. Clear, stackable containers are also great for storing accessories such as earrings, necklaces, rings and hair clips that might otherwise disappear into the bottom of your jewellery box, or look at getting a jewellery stand that works as room decor too.
Treat ’em mean
Now that your wardrobe is a lean, mean, styling machine, it’s a great time to shop for new pieces of clothing to fill in the gaps. Be a smart shopper though – when you are considering a purchase, remember all of the clothes you rehoused and discarded, and ask yourself, ‘will I really wear this? Do I really need it?’ By buy clothes that you love, are affordable, and that suit your body type , you’ll be able to find the perfect outfit for any occasion without trawling through a minefield of never-worn pieces.