The following is a guest post from Aimee Lyons, a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, Aimee started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her Corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin, Texas.
A few times throughout the year as the seasons shift, a big changeover occurs for our home and our wardrobe. We haul out our bins of stored seasonal clothes and home accessories, unpack them and then store away what we don’t need anymore.
Because it takes quite a bit of time (and energy), many of us complete this task in a mindless sort of way. We might also be tempted to just go out and buy new items because it can be exciting and we know our wardrobe and home could use a little “refreshing” for the season.
The Wise Way to Revive for the New Season
But before you go out and buy new things, consider a wiser way to revive your wardrobe and home for the new season, one that will save you time and money and create peace of mind! The following six steps will streamline your seasonal switch-over process:
1. Focus on just one season
Don’t try to revive both your winter and spring items all at once (that would be way too daunting and time consuming!). Put your out-of-season things away and focus on them when their time rolls back around. Place all of your focus and attention on your items for the current season. This will provide you with more motivation because a) it won’t take as long; and b) it is more relevant (you can wear your revived wardrobe and use your updated home items right away).
2. Take Inventory
Organize your items by category so that you can clearly see which categories are lacking and which ones are overflowing. For example, you may realize that you’ve accumulated a lot of tank tops or flip flops. This step will successfully allow you to complete the next action, which involves getting rid of unnecessary items.
Get rid of any items that are repetitive, old-looking or that you simply don’t use anymore. If they are in decent condition, they would make a great donation. If they show obvious signs of wear, then purge them. Now you can actually see what you have and what you need.
4. Be Resourceful
Before you go out and buy new items, look to see what you can upcycle or even create on your own. For instance, you may notice your spring flower centerpiece looks lifeless and pretty dusty. Instead of buying a new one, try reviving the flowers by using a silk flower cleaning spray, available at a minimal cost. In your inventory process, you may have noticed your luggage tags are tattered and worn. Instead of buying new tags for seasonal travel, try making your own tags using duct tape in just minutes!
Bored with some of your old clothes? Spice them up! Create a funky, cut-up back on a boring tee shirt or add a little pattern pizzazz to an old pair of jeans. You’ll end up with a new, one-of-a-kind article of clothing and probably won’t even have to spend a dime!
5. Make a list
After completing all of these steps, you now know exactly what you need and don’t need in order to put the finishing touches on your home and wardrobe collection. But before you go out shopping, make a list. Maybe you need to replace your scratched up sunglasses, or need replacement luggage for an upcoming trip. Write it down so that you don’t over-buy.
Now you can go out and shop with peace of mind! You can confidently give yourself permission to spend money (within your budget, of course) without feeling guilty or stressed because you are only buying items that you need. You can rest assured that you are shopping wisely, so take the time to truly enjoy your seasonal update shopping excursion!
A big thank you to Aimee for sharing her wonderful tips with us! You can find more great DIY ideas for your home and wardrobe over at Aimee’s blog, DIYDarlin.com.