Everyday I do some form of cleaning.  Wiping, scrubbing, picking up, putting away, folding, and disinfecting.  I have used Lysol forever as a go to disinfecting product, so when they asked me to test out one of their newest products, I was in!  Your soft surfaces can now get the Lysol treatment with this new Lysol Disinfecting Spray Max Cover.  It smells divine, and I’ve added it into my regular cleaning regime.  Check out my video for my Spring Cleaning tips + my full review.

As always, all opinions are my own.  I will only share products I have tried, love, and use myself.

 

5 Tips to Edit Your Wardrobe:

1)  Try it on.  If you have pieces you are convinced you love but really haven’t worn in the past year, give it a try. Check the fit and feel of the garment.   If it’s not perfect…bye!

2) Get rid of multiples.  Do you have 4 pairs of black boots and 5 grey sweaters that all pretty much look the same?  Chances are you have a fave or two that are your go-tos.  Keep those and consign or donate the extras that are just ok.  {Have friends who are the same size as you?  Clothing swaps are another fun way to purge some old and update your closet with new-to-you items.}

3) Organize your basics.  If you were to have nothing but basics in your wardrobe, you would be just fine.    You don’t need a million of them, but have ones that are good quality and fit you well.  Edit out basics that are dated, ill fitting, or just worn out.   This is how I break down my base wardrobe.

Spring Wardrobe Basics

 

4) Sort out your “extras”.  These are the pieces that make your style personal.   For Spring I’m loving printed silk scarves, a floral kimono, a khaki green jacket, some light hued specs, mules (yes, they are back and I want a pair), and  a fabulous hat.  The 3 bags I keep in my wardrobe for Spring are a textured tote,  a statement clutch (I have a bright orange leather one that has been a fave for years) , and a neutral cross body bag.  Cell phone cases are another cute way to add some fun to your accessories.  A Spring dress is a must!  I’ve been lusting over this striped Alice + Olivia dress but it’s a bit too spendy for this momma right now.  I’m dying to do a thrift shop one day to see if I can find any treasures .

Spring Wardrobe Extras

5) Shop smarter.  This might sound like a strange tip when we are talking about purging.  The thing I have come to realize is that if I am to have a more ruthless and realistic eye, when it comes to shopping, I end up with a closet of items I love and actually wear.  My most recent purge was necessary after being pregnant.  I had to clean out the maternity wear and do inventory of what I have, what fits, and what I will actually wear.  I have a couple of items on my wish list and a few things that are completely worn and needing to be replaced.  (I’m always a  bit excited when I wear and item so much and for so long it actually wears out.  I’m talking holes and falling apart.  I would have never done this years ago.  Fashion used to be disposable to me.  Now I’m careful with my selections.)

 

At the beginning of each new season I get the shopping itch.  I want shiny, new, pretty things.  Before I crack out the plastic, I’m sure to take inventory of my closet.  My process:

1) I start with three bags.  One for charity, one for consignment, and one for trash (Yes, trash.  Somehow it’s in there.)

2) I go through all my clothes and pull out all the pieces that either don’t fit me anymore or things I know I’ve worn and loved, but am over now.  There are also those items that are just worn out.  A sweater with holes or a broken down irreparable shoe are not worth keeping.  These are the things that will go in that trash bag.  If it’s something that just needs a stitch or some love, I start a new bag for repair items.

Before…a scary place.

Ah, that’s better.

3) To make sure I know exactly what I have, I go through everything.  Every drawer, every hanger, every shelf.  I reorganize every article of clothing I have to make sure it has a home.  Folded items are re-folded and my hanging items are hung by colour.

4) Once I’ve purged and organized my closet, it’s time to see what I “need”.    My seasonal needs are usually things that will update my wardrobe to keep it current while mixing well with what I already own.

A few things I make sure are always in my wardrobe are:

1) A couple pairs of great fitting jeans that make me feel sexy.  I prefer skinny and a straight leg jeans.

2) A blazer that will work with jeans or over a dress.  A blazer is such a simple way to keep your look polished.

3) Scarves!  I have so many scarves, and I keep getting more.  I have basics as well as fun colours and prints.  Every women needs some fabulous scarves.

4) A trench coat in a basic colour like beige, black, or navy.  It’s a classic piece that never goes out of style.

5) Some cute little dresses.  I usually try and find dresses that I can dress up or dress down.  I want to be able to wear them with heels and jewels or with a leather belt and denim jacket.

6) These along with some printed blouses, a-line skirts, ballet flats, metallic sandals, and some fun accessories and bags, my closet is full of great mix-n-match items perfect for summer.

Now that my closet is organized, getting dressed in the morning is a pleasure not a chore.

Happy Spring Closet Cleaning!

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