After weeks of being stuck at home, you might find yourself feeling frustrated, stuck and unsure what to do next with your time. And whether it’s because of COVID-19 or because this is the time when many people decide to undergo their yearly spring cleaning, many of us are, well… finding the time to clean much more than usual right now.
Instead of feeling crushed by the feeling of social isolation, why not come up with a ‘spring clean up’ checklist to help you organize your wardrobe? Staying at home doesn’t mean we have to abandon our yearly ritual of purging our wardrobe of the things that do not spark joy.
At Grapefruit, we’ve put together a few spring clean up ideas to help keep you productive during these challenging times.
Dump EVERYTHING out
That’s right — everything. Dump out every content that you have inside your closet, wardrobe or dresser and lay it out bare. This is the best and most foolproof way to reflect on just how much stuff you really have.
Once you have everything on the proverbial table, now it’s time to sort! Make a pile for the items you can’t live without, the debatable and the things that haven’t seen the light of day in some time. Parting from the rare sentimental or non-seasonal item can be hard — but if you find yourself looking down upon items that haven’t been worn since a few summers ago, it might be time to consider giving them a toss.
Remember — there are perks to letting go of unworn clothing (once the pandemic is over, of course). Once it’s safe to sell and donate clothing again, your items can find new homes in the many charities or local thrift stores around the city. If you think there’s value still attached to a piece, consider posting them to online marketplaces.
Consider the “3-Year Rule”
Several fashion blogs will suggest parting ways with items that you haven’t worn in the last twelve months. We take this term lightly — trends can always roll back into style, not to mention that you never know when a particular piece can be revisited for an upcoming party or event. There’s a myriad of ways to restyle an item if you really know how to get creative.
However, if you haven’t worn something in at least three years, chances are it’s a goner. We advise giving it a new home and making room in your closet for something a little more in-season.
Order some bins and get organizing
Whether it’s from Amazon, Walmart or Home Depot — investing in some organizational tools will make your spring cleaning adventure a heck of a lot easier. Keeping your wardrobe organized can be one of the best ways to gain perspective on how many clothing items you have and how much you want your closet to hold.
It’ll also be a huge help when spring cleaning time rolls around again next year (though we do hope to be outside a little more by then).
Don’t forget about socks and underwear
When spring cleaning your wardrobe, your first thought is probably to rummage through your roster of shirts, pants or shoes. But have you thought about the last time you’ve replaced your weekly underwear lineup or purchased a fresh pair of socks? Because socks or underwear (usually) aren’t the focal points of our wardrobe, they can sometimes be overlooked. Think again!
We suggest looking over any socks or underwear items and purging what won’t make you look your best underneath your best ensemble. If any of your items have holes, stretched waistbands, faded colours or if they’ve just been subjected to a longer-than-acceptable drawer life, it’s time to fling them out the door.
Many fashion and health experts alike suggest replacing your underwear every year. The good news is that at Grapefruit, we’ve recently dropped our new spring lineup of premium quality Wood Underwear (as well as introduced trunks from Lacoste and Blend)! If you’re looking for a new jockstrap, pair of trunks or hip briefs in an assortment of different styles and colours, we carry the right garments to make you both look great and feel great in style.We also feature socks from local, Canadian-made brands such as Main and Local and Yo Sox. Our Toronto raccoon, Pride or pizza-themed socks make for the perfect birthday gift for a friend or loved one — and they might be just what goes into the “keep” bin during next year’s spring cleaning session.
Visit Our Online Store
Grapefruit is offering 20% off all socks and underwear until May 31! Be sure to use the code springclean2020 at checkout.
Our doors might still be closed, but all of our items can be purchased at our online store! Click the link to see our featured products and full curated collection of both Canadian and international brands.
From our team at Grapefruit — we can’t wait to see you again soon. Until then, we wish you a happy spring cleaning!