A new season calls for a new wardrobe and many of us have wish lists to fulfill. Time to store away those cozy knits and make room for airy spring silhouettes by decluttering your closet. Though this annual task can be both tedious and tiresome, the payoff is considerably satisfying. Here are some tips to help you get organized!
Dump everything – yes, everything – out.
Wait, we can explain! The purpose of dumping out the contents of your closet and drawers is to reinforce the spring cleaning process. You’ll be forced (in a way) to go through with the whole task. Once you experience a moment of realization of how much stuff you have, you’ll commit to getting everything organized how they should be.
Take the opportunity as it comes.
Did you know that tidying can be compared to meditation? Essentially, it’s a ritual meant to cleanse your environment. If you want to get the most out of it, put your heart into it! What we really mean is that you should use spring cleaning as an opportunity to declutter your closet and your mind. Relax and reflect – it’s good for the heart and soul.
Go through your clothes by category.
For starters, sort out your garments. Put all your shirts, bottoms, shoes, handbags, and everything else in their own pile before going from there. This way, you can use each pile to benchmark your progress.
Divide and conquer.
You’ll want to assign categories to those categories. Have three distinct stockpiles to determine if the garment is worth being stashed, saved, or tossed. And if you have to fight an internal battle with yourself over whether or not you’ll ever wear it again, it’s probably a toss.
Follow the “One Year Rule.”
Avoid the guilt of hoarding under false pretenses. Ask yourself this question: if you haven’t worn it in a year, what makes you think you’re going to wear it now? If the garment has still got its tags still on it, doesn’t fit or flatter your body how you would like, or if you can’t think of more than a couple ways to style it, it might be time to move on. Probably the only exception to this rule would be formal wear.
Once you’ve got your “toss” pile finalized, you can pick which garments should be donated, sold, or thrown away. Use brand and condition of the item as determining factors.
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With Valentine’s Day only a week away, it’s time to start coordinating gifts, dates, and outfits. Don’t have a date? Don’t worry! These outfits are cute enough to rock throughout the seasons of spring and summer! Here are some ideas to help you draw inspiration for your own personal style.
1. Sweet Enough to Eat
Dresses are the way to go this time of year since they’re festive and easy to style. We say this lovely dress definitely takes the cake for its two-tiered sleeves! Better than a box of chocolates, this new arrival from Red Carter is flirty and totally appropriate for the occasion. The off-the-shoulder dress is short but long enough – just the right length, allowing you to show off a pretty neck-piece and your favorite pair of heels. Add a colored lip to match the red detail and finish off with tousled hair and bold statement earrings for an effortless look.
2. One Plus One
Whether you’re riding solo or enjoying a night out with your plus one, you can always depend on a matching 2-piece to pull through and save the day. Another fresh arrival from Red Carter, this adorable ruffled set makes it easier for you to look put-together. Shop the top and bottom now!
With the time saved on choosing an outfit, you can focus on accessorizing! An assortment of gold bangles and a pair of tasseled earrings are sure to top off your look.
3. Round and About
Valentine’s Day allows for opportunity to step out of your comfort zone. Why not go for a fun pattern like the multicolored one, pictured above, or even fierce animal print? Don’t be afraid to switch it up! As for purses, we suggest you soften the look with a round handbag, such as the one pictured by Kita Dua. The Aditi Black Bali Market Bag, as pictured below, is a staple for the warmer seasons as it goes great with about any outfit. Made of rattan, this purse makes for a subtle tropical touch to any ensemble.
4. Give Me Butterflies
Rompers are arguably all the rage these days. We guarantee you’ll turn heads in this alluring romper by Show Me Your Mumu. Decorated with a colorful butterfly pattern, this romper is bubbly and playful – ideal for ice-cream on the pier or a stroll in the park. Featuring delicate teacup sleeves and a V-neckline, this piece allows you to flash some sparkly jewels. Keeping in touch with the theme of nature, we think you’ll go crazy for this Bali Bamboo Bag by Kita Dua.
5. Paint the Town Red
Everybody will be rocking red during this month of love so, of course, our list wouldn’t be complete without warm shades of crimson and patterns that pop. You can’t go wrong with Tulle & Batiste’s bell sleeve blouse and a pair of denim shorts. We especially love the tassels in the front, which can be tied up or let loose according to preference. Flowy and versatile, this blouse can be dressed up or down, adding charm to any outfit. You’ll be ready to go anywhere – from the movies to the meadows!
If you’re looking to embrace femininity, you’ll obsess over this maxi skirt, another piece by Tulle & Batiste. This skirt is the perfect balance – long but still allows for a little leg-action! All you’ll need is a plain color top and some jewels to really complement this stunning skirt.
We’re excited to announce that clothing by Tulle & Batiste will be dropping this week on our site, Bohemianmama.com! To be the first to know once these lovely pieces are available, and receive updates on other clothing drops, join our tribe here.