The weather has finally begun to perk up in Southwestern Ontario. Sure we’ve had plenty of rain (way more rain than desired in places like Huntsville and Bracebridge – hope it dries up soon!), but this is the third day in a row that we’ve had sunshine here in London. Even better, the temperatures have snuck into the double digits! You know what that means, don’t you? Sandals, capris and shorts have materialized in droves on winter-pale bodies.

Fashion Statement?

Lord have mercy…

So I get that we are Canadians and that Summer often feels like the shortest of seasons, but sometimes I wonder about people’s fashion sensibility. Sigh. But, I digress.

To get to the point, it is time to give your wardrobe the ole spring cleaning once over as well. Yes, it is finally time to pack up your toques,  mittens, scarves, and snow pants. I would keep your sweaters handy, as I don’t think we are quite done with chilly mornings, but you should be safe saying goodbye to snow tires and brushes for now. Bring on the spring/summer wardrobe!

Here are a few handy tips on how best to tackle your spring wardrobe makeover;

Spring clean your wardrobe

Unburden your wardrobe from its winter woes!

    • Start with a purge. Be ruthless. Pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last six months to a year. If it doesn’t fit, let it go. If you ever fit back into it again, the likelihood of it still being in fashion is slim to none. Think of the real estate you’ll open up in your closet for new items! Toss damaged items or pieces that are beyond repair into your rag bag or the trash bin. Don’t forget to include shoes into this process.
    • Once your closet is empty, get in there and give it a good once over. Time to clean! Sweep and vacuum the floor, wash the walls and baseboards and touch up or repaint as necessary.

How’s this for an Organized Closet?

  • Next step is to sort your newly thinned out wardrobe. In fact, it’s a perfect time to install a closet organization system. Think shelves, hanging organizers, multi-level bars to accommodate everything from long dresses to sweaters, to short skirts and slacks. A well organized closet saves space, time and heartache when you are looking for the perfect outfit for your outings.
  • Time to put it all back again. Before shoving everything in willy nilly, take the time to make a plan here too. Keep that organization going! Keep like items together, like pants with pants and skirts with skirts. You can even match seasonal items, like summer dresses at one end of the dress spectrum and heavier winter ones at the other. For those so inclined, you might even colour coordinate your coordinates.

Come out to a Garage Sale with Heart on May 11th, 2013

Now before you take all those excess clothes and stuff them into the trash can, I have an idea for you – call me! That’s right Londoners, I want your gently used and no longer wanted items. Why you ask? For a great cause, of course. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is having a garage sale on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8 am – 2 pm at 342 Commissioners Rd W. They are looking for gently used clothes, shoes, books, sporting goods, furniture, toys, tools, artwork, CDs and DVDs, bikes, working electronics and more. The money raised from the proceeds of the sale goes to the Women’s Shelter Foundation. You can drop off items at 334 Wellington Rd S or contact me [(519) 672-9880] for any larger items that you might have to donate. And if you come the day of, there will be a barbecue, coffee and bake sale, plus a draw.