HOW TO | Clean Out Your Wardrobe

When weekends plans fall through and your biggest dilemma is what TV show you should binge watch on Netflix, do something a little more productive and tackle that overflowing, dusty wardrobe of yours. Follow these simple steps to nix the dead weight of your wardrobe and make way for new-season winners.

(1)  Back to Basics:

Changing seasons can be tiring – especially for your underwear. Staples like crew neck tees, boxers and socks are the frontline troops of your wardrobe, dutifully putting in more hours than any other piece. Which is why it’s important to take action if they look like they’re on their last legs. Bin any basics that are torn or worn thin and then replenish the ranks with fresh wares.

(2)  Charity Starts in the Home:

No matter how savvy a shopper you are, certain elements of your wardrobe will have become, by way of fashion’s ebbs and flows or hours spent at the squat rack, obsolete since you first took them home. So now is the perfect time to finally make good on that resolution of doing your bit for others. Ridding your wardrobe of one-season wonders is a smart way to trim its fat. Be brutal. If it doesn’t meet storage bag standards, then it’s a one-way ticket to the charity shop. The best rule of thumb - if it hasn’t seen the light of day for a year, it’s safe to say you probably won’t.

(3)  Formalwear Fix-Up:

Although the festive party season has been and gone (and your tux shirt still has the champagne stains to prove it), you are bound to call on your tailoring collection for a fair-weather wedding in the next few months. Save Future You the stress of having to get a suit dry cleaned in less than an hour and take all of your smarts for a professional clean now, before stowing them away safely-  on high-quality wooden hangers and in a suit bag, of course.

(4)  Devil’s in the Details:

It’s not just your most-worn clothes that need some TLC. Those all-important extras and finishing touches, like your wristwear, need refreshing, too. Keep your wristwear ticking over firstly by getting your watches serviced by a professional, and secondly taking the time to clean them carefully: use a damp cloth for metal straps, soapy water for rubber straps, leather cleaner for leather straps and remember to clean the dial separately and gently using a lint-free cloth. Because nothing kills your look like a grubby watch face.