I’m thoroughly convinced that one reason so many of us have a closet full of clothes we don’t love to wear, is that we shop aimlessly. We buy things JUST because they are on sale. Or JUST because an item is on the new trend list.
The problem with that purposeless shopping is we don’t take into account how the clothes fit our bodies or if they will mix well with our current Spring clothes. To make sure we new purchases fit nicely in our wardrobe, it’s important to plan for our Spring needs before buying those cute clothes!
To make it easy on you, I’ve created this Clothing Checklist for you to use as you plan your Spring wardrobe.
Plan you Spring Wardrobe
Use a Checklist
Use the checklist to quickly map out what type and how many warm weather items would be beneficial to own.
The goal during this planning session is to evaluate your Spring needs. Think about what you need (not just want) in your closet this season.
How many Spring skirts, shorts, shirts, etc. do you need?
The answer to this question will be different for everyone. Perhaps you only need 2 pairs of shorts but your best friend’s lifestyle would be better suited for 9 pairs of shorts.
An accurate number isn’t the most important part of this exercise. However, writing down a specific number will make you really think about your needs…because although you may want 44 skirts, that number may be a bit excessive.
Planning out your wardrobe needs might just help you realize you need fewer Spring clothes than you think. For example, I’ve worked to create a minimalistic seasonal wardrobe. So, I do my best to mix and match my clothes. I may only need 2 shorts, 2 capris and 3 skirts. However, by mixing them with 7 different style shirts, I can create 49 different outfits! Keep this in mind when you’re trying to decide how many of each clothing item you need.
Make Room in your Closet
After you’ve used the checklist to plan your ideal seasonal wardrobe, you’ll want to reduce the amount of clothing items in your closet so there’s room to hang your perfectly planned Spring wardrobe.
In order to make decisions quicker, you’ll want to pack away off season clothes so you only have the current season clothing items remaining in your closet.
To do this, quickly go through your closet and remove cold weather clothing. If you’re up for it, this would be a great time to get rid of clothes you haven’t worn the past few months. However, if you don’t have time to streamline, just put them in a box and store the box in another location.
NOTE: If you live in a small home or an area without storage, feel free to designate a portion of your closet to storage instead of packing off-season clothes in a box.
Remove Spring Clothes From Your Closet
Remove everything that’s left in your closet. Try to stack them by type.
Keep shirts together. Tanks together. Skirts together. Shorts together.
…You get the idea.
Clean and paint your closet
When every item is out of your closet, clean it out! It’s now or never, right?
Since closets don’t get cleaned on a regular basis, take some time to wipe down the walls and vacuum the floors.
If your up for a big project, give your closet a makeover. While your closet is empty, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. This will be as good of time as any!
Build your Spring Wardrobe
Use what you have
HANG UP items that you indicated as “NEEDS” on your Spring wardrobe planning sheet. I’m a big proponent of hanging up as many clothes as possible: tanks, shorts, skirts…pretty much everything except undergarments.
Keeping most – if not all – clothes on hangers in your closet helps you follow the 3 Principles of Organization more easily.
Plus, clothes don’t wrinkle as easily and your closet is more visually appealing.
Follow your checklist
Going down the checklist, begin to hang up your clothes. If you indicated that 3 dresses is ideal for your Spring wardrobe, hang up your favorite 3 dresses. Then, work your way down the list following the same process.
If there are leftover pieces after you finish filling your closet, carefully consider the pros/cons of donating the surplus vs. stuffing your closet again. Another option is to do a bit of trading with your friends. Your extra tanks for her cute skirt! (See “Host a Clothing Swap” below.)
Mark items off the list as you put them in your closet
Keep good notes as your hang items back in your closet. If you find yourself needed a few additional pieces, keep track of that on your checklist.
Add to your Spring Wardrobe
So I promised tips on how to build the perfect Spring wardrobe for little to no money. Well, I want to give you 2 tips for adding to your wardrobe for very little money.
1. Host a Clothing Swap
By now you may have realized that you have many clothes in your closet that you don’t need this Spring. You have clothes that are too small, to big, and you may even have some that still have tags on them. If all of those cute clothes are in your closet, imagine the wonderful clothes that are in your friend’s closets.
Consider asking your friends to go through this closet clean-out process and then host a clothing swap party. It’s not as difficult as you might think.
Here’s how to host a successful clothing swap.
Choose a date and location. Get it nailed down on the calendar. You most likely want to host the swap in your home. However, you could host a lunch break swap in your office or break room at work.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Here’s a starting point.
1. Determine swap guidelines:
- What items should you and your friends bring? Tops. Bottoms. Jewelry. Bags. Accessories. Shoes.
- How many items total should your friends bring? I would shoot for somewhere between 3 and 10 items, depending on how many people you expect to come.
2. Send invitations.
3. Decide how you will display clothing items.
- A clothing rack is amazing, although not necessary.
- You can just as easily lay items out on a table or on the floor.
4. Decide how you will “shop.”
- You can make “tickets” out of paper, stickies, etc. Or you can assign each guest a number.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes so all the guests can browse the items.
- When it’s time to “shop,” the guests with numbers 1 through 3 go first. They can choose one item each. Then the next 3 shop. Then the next 3 until everyone has had a turn.
Bonus: Have everyone send their list of “needs” ahead of time. You and your friends may be more willing to let an item go if they know it will have a good home.
You and your friends all wear different sized clothes?
It doesn’t matter! I promise. Actually, it’s probably a good thing. Think about this. If they wear a different size than you, what will they be bringing to the clothing swap? Clothes that ARE NOT their size. They might in fact, be the exact thing you are looking for.
Shop Consignment or Secondhand Stores
It can be difficult to find the perfect item when you’re just browsing a secondhand store. However, when you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to shop!
So, that’s how you can build the perfect Spring wardrobe without shelling out a bunch of cash. Of course, if you do have some dough to drop, a list will help you get the most bang for your buck!