By Kim Jackson
Though weather conditions for the first few days of the season might indicate otherwise, spring temperatures are on the horizon, and now is a great time to start prepping your closet. You’ll feel so much better and be so much more productive when the warm weather occurs if you are ready to dress for the season and can refrain from spending extra time figuring out what to wear.
Here are a few suggestions for getting your closet spring-ready:
Pull out/try on/purge clothing
Whether you switch your clothing out by season, or move everything to the back and out of your line of sight, it’s time to pull those spring pieces to the forefront. Try on things that you haven’t worn in a while. Decide what you still love, and what you can live without. Then get rid of things that no longer fit your body by donating them to a charity organization; or sell or consign things that are in great condition but no longer fit your personal taste. I know it can be hard to part with items that used to be your favorites but freeing yourself from things that no longer serve you is a good rule for clothing and life, as it makes way for things that are even better!
Get rid of junk jewelry
Costume jewelry is super cute, but sometimes doesn’t last as long as we’d like. If some of your favorite pieces have become old, tarnished or broken it might be time to trash them in order to make way for fresh pieces.
Decide what fall and winter items can be used as transitional pieces for spring. Blazers, thin sweaters and button down tops are great for layering over lighter pieces and creating depth or adding color. Booties can continue to be worn when it’s warmer—either with tights and shorts or with skirts sans tights for a funky Cali-inspired look.
Dry clean in advance
Get everything cleaned and in your closet as soon as possible, so you get a really accurate picture of what you have available to wear before you go out to buy new pieces (this same concept applies to shoes: make a visit to your cobbler to see which ones can be repaired and which ones you should get rid of).
Fill in the gaps
Now that you’ve gotten rid of a few things, here comes the fun part—shopping for things to replace them! This is where you get to figure out where the gaps are in your staple wardrobe and start to fill them. Do you need new cardigan sweaters? A spring jacket? Decide which trends you’ll want to incorporate (if any) and how many of those pieces you want to add. Use this opportunity to punch up the color in your closet to help you get excited for the new season.
What are some of your favorite ways to prep your wardrobe for spring?
A version of the post was originally published at PishPoshPerfect.com and written by Kim Jackson. Kim Jackson is an integrated marketing consultant, personal stylist and writer. You can find her regularly sharing tips for living a healthy, style-savvy and well-organized life at her life + style blog, Pish Posh Perfect; and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.