If during the coronavirus quarantine you are thinking of dedicating a day to changing the wardrobe, before venturing, we advise you to carefully read our guide with a few simple rules to follow to optimize spaces and make the operation less tedious.
1. Empty everything
It may seem like an impossible mission, but to really put in order and rationalize as much as possible the changing of the wardrobes you must first empty it. Then prepare a large clean surface where you can arrange all your things – such as a bed or a sheet that is open on the floor. At this stage pull things out one by one and, without haste, try to remember when you last used that garment. If more than 2 years have passed, perhaps it is appropriate to say goodbye, apart from a pile of “unused” things to be re-evaluated in the final phase.
Divide everything else into categories, ready to be placed in boxes for the change of season.
Same procedure for the clothes of the season that begins. Rediscover one by one the things you had put aside in the winter months and analyze them one by one trying to remember their last use. If more than 2 years have passed, stop hanging that item on the hanger, the chances that you will use it just this time are less than you think. Make a second pile of “unused” things to reassess in the end.
Divide everything else into categories, ready to take up space in the previously emptied closet.
3. Optimize spaces
Start filling the closet starting with the bulky things – if that long dress were to last, it would be impossible to get it into an already full closet. Organize the items by type and color, trying to arrange the most frequently used items in the most easily accessible positions of your wardrobe – in this way it will be easier to find what you are looking for tomorrow.
4. Create thematic shelves
If you have a category of garments that you use on specific occasions (such as sports outfits for training), arrange them all together in a part of the wardrobe so when you want to train you will have at your fingertips, tops, T-shirts and leggings, without having to rummage around.
5. Organize the accessories
Put the off-season accessories aside: you won’t need scarves and gloves until autumn – it’s useless and confusing to leave them together with other things.
Divide the accessories into categories, collecting the smaller ones in transparent boxes and cases. And remember the two-year rule: if you take out bags and summer shoes that you find you have not worn for a long time, put them aside for a moment and put the others first.
6. Face the monster
After putting the summer items in the closet and the winter ones in the boxes, the time has come to establish the fate of the items grouped as “unused”. You will find a thousand reasons to keep them: “it’s practically new”, “I paid a lot for it”, “I wore it that special evening”, “dude gave it to me,” we all do it. But if we really want to optimize the wardrobe change, It’s the right time to get rid of something. Test your courage: out of 10 “unused” items, allow yourself to save 1, maximum 2.
7. Shooting time
The funniest moment has arrived. Everything you have decided to abandon, wear it for one last time photograph it carefully, highlighting fit and details, then put it in a separate box. Now decide whether to share the photos with your friends by offering the clothes as a gift, or whether to upload the images on a reselling site to make your hard work pay off.
On the cover: Casa Vogue December 2000