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Refresh your wardrobe in 6 easy steps

Stuck in a bit of a rut – or a completely unorganized tangle – in your wardrobe?  Is “I have nothing to wear!” your constant cry (while swimming ankle deep in clothes)?

You’ve come to the right place.

Winter is the perfect time to do an edit, and while you’re at it, take care of a bit of wardrobe “housekeeping”.  Sounds complicated?  It’s really not, not with these clever tips.

1. Cull your clothes

First things first, you need to do an initial clean out before anything else. Sort into piles of ‘Keep’, ‘Throw’, ‘Donate’ and ‘Sell’ – never underestimate the money you can make on eBay from unwanted clothes in good condition, if you’re so inclined.

If you haven’t worn an item in 18 months you’re unlikely to ever wear it, so discard it.

In future, practice a “One in, one out” policy – for every new item you buy, one gets sold, thrown or donated. With this continual edit policy, things won’t get out of hand again.

2.  Invest in matching hangers

It’s a cheap way to totally refresh the look of your wardrobe and make maintaining it so much more pleasant.

3.  Organise by category - and if you’re keen, by colour

Pants, skirts, jackets and dresses all hanging in the same areas as each other make it super easy to find what you want to wear.  If you want to go one step further, graduating colours from dark to light, with like colours together, also makes a huge visual difference.

4.  Space an issue?  Stow away out of season

Divide your things into summer and winter clothing and keep the other season out of the way. This goes only for very obviously seasonal clothes – ie. Shorts, flirty summer dresses, Woollens & jackets. In between seasonal gear is handy all year around and can stay.

5.  Refresh your winter woollens

Conditioning your woolens is essential to keep them soft, fresh and fluffy – and is a good idea to do both at the start of the season and at the end before you pack them away. If they’re in storage, eucalyptus essential oil is also a good moth/ silverfish detterent.

Try this natural DIY Wool Wash recipe

DIY Wool Wash

You'll need:

Pure soap flakes ½ packet (300g)
Methylated spirits 1 cup (200mL)
Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil 1 small bottle (50mL)

How to:

In a clean wide-neck jar with a lid (like a coffee jar), mix methylated spirits with soap flakes. Add eucalyptus oil and shake. Use one tablespoon of mixture per garment – dissolve in a small quantity of hot water then pour into machine on a wool cycle, or hand wash in lukewarm water.
How to dry:  Squeeze and roll in a towel to remove excess water before allowing to dry (flat if possible) out of direct sunlight.

6.  Make it smell amazing

Now you’ve culled and organized, it’s time for the finishing touch. Keep a natural fragrance of your preference in your wardrobe as a linen spray. Here’s some of our favourite options:

  • Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray The classic odour buster, this fresh scent is especially good if your wardrobe gets musty, and it’s great for shoes too.
  • Bosisto’s Tea Tree Spray – it’s worth investing in one of these just for shoe odours.  It not only kills germs but is a natural antifungal, too.  Alternatively, cotton wool dipped in tea tree oil and stuffed into shoes works, too.
  • Bosisto’s Aroma Mists – Aroma Mists can work really well as a linen/ closet spray, and can double as a mattress/ pillow refresher too.
  • Bosisto’s Lavender Spray – this pure essential oil Lavender spray is wonderful for freshening linen closets, drawers and wardrobes.