Not only are we in a new decade but it is time to do a little spring cleaning! You’re probably thinking a lot about how to better yourself in this new decade. I am fond of starting spring off feeling fresh and part of that is cleaning my home, specifically my closet. Cleaning out a closet is a bit of a daunting task, physically and emotionally, but if you have a plan in place, your experience will be much smoother and you’ll find yourself doing it more often throughout the year.
See below for tips on how to execute a closet detox for a clean start to the new decade.
Take Everything Out
The first step to a complete detox is to take everything out of your closet. Everything. Even the pieces that you know you love and wear constantly. Your newly empty closet symbolizes a fresh start and will help you visualize your ultimate goal in your closet clean out. This will also give you the chance to clean the inside of your closet, from the shelves to your floor.
Put Everything Into Designated Piles
Make three distinct piles for items in your closet: keep, sell, and donate.
Keep: This part isn’t as easy as it sounds. Once you have a keep pile, there are more steps to ensure that what you are keeping will fit with your current lifestyle. Do all of these pieces fit properly? Do they make you feel good? Will you have an occasion to wear it? Making sure that your keep pile is not only items that you love but are functional and will be worn is one of the most important parts of a true closet detox.
Sell: Selling gently used clothing is a fun motivator for getting your closet clean out finished. Be sure that the clothes you are planning to sell are currently on-trend, clean, and in good condition. Then simply head to your local Crossroads Trading Post and sell for either cash or store credit.
Donate: Donating more worn items or pieces that may be a bit more dated will help you not only clean out your closet but give your well-loved clothing and accessories a good home once you’re done with them.
Invest In Organizational Tools
Before you take a trip to invest in organization tools, take some measurements and either visually plan, or literally draw out how you would like your closet to look. I personally take to Pinterest for ideas before drawing up a plan. After you have your ideal plan in place, take a trip to The Container Store or even Target for organization pieces like hanging shelves, shoe racks, bins, and anything else you might need to organize your closet and pieces that work best for you.
How to Organize Your Closet
Now that you’ve purged and planned, it’s time to put everything back in. This is where your perfect plan will most likely hit some snags, so be prepared to be flexible. There are no rules in the art of organization, as it’s best to organize for yourself and what makes it easier to find what you’re looking for and to keep it clean in the future, for example, sort by item type and then color within those items.
Summer drawing near means the start of the summer concert season. The Jonas Brothers, the Backstreet Boys, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, J.Lo, Kacey Musgraves; these are just a few of the big names touring this summer. With the strategic planning of what concerts you’re going to attend, the budget and possible travel, who needs the added stress of what to wear?
An outfit that will keep you looking cool and feeling comfortable enough to dance, jump, and sing your heart out all night is most likely right inside your closet! Take a peek below for all the summer concert outfit inspiration you need to put together a cool and comfortable outfit for all shows from stadiums to bars!
A Little Bit Rock & Roll
Mix It Up
Simple Summer Dress
Keep It Classic
Don’t Forget the Accessories
Neutrals and pastels are always great go-to’s for spring, but there are a handful of trending, bold colors that are popping up in the fashion world this season and now is the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe with these vibrant hues! In the past there have been certain “rules” to mind when it comes to incorporating bold colors into our wardrobes, but spring 2019 has proven those guidelines to be a thing of the past! From vibrant, jungle-esque greens to oranges and yellows that look straight out of the produce section, spring 2019 is all about adding a bold and playful element to your style! I’ve rounded up some of our favorite, must-try hues that will instantly freshen up your spring looks!
One of the more refreshing tones of spring 19 is this soft yet bold, lime green hue! It’s one of those colors that will make any outfit pop, plus it is a breeze to wear with crisp white and classic black this season!
Yellow has been on trend for quite some time (i.e. mustard was on the rage last fall/winter), but it is still a winning hue this spring and it is the perfect color for instantly cheering up your mood and outfit!
Vibrant, bold colors may be a trend this season but let’s not forget about the gorgeous muted pastel colors that spring is typically known for. A spring staple, much in the vein of florals, pastels may not be a groundbreaking trend for the season but the soft, muted colors continue to stand the test of the trend cycle year after year. Take a look at some of the easiest ways to incorporate pastel colors into your spring wardrobe.
Pair With Neutrals
Add Edgy Trends
Mix Printed Pieces
Try a Pastel Suit
Mint and Lilac
One of my favorite ways to gain outfit inspiration is through Instagram! Whether I am watching my favorite blogger’s latest shopping haul, scrolling through the feeds of my favorite retail stores or exploring a trend through a hashtag, I am always bound to find fresh outfit ideas that make me want to try something new with my style! With style inspiration in abundance and constantly at our fingertips (thank you social media), I went ahead pulled together some of my favorite spring-ready outfits, styled by some totally chic fashionistas, featuring their #CrossroadsFinds! These stylish women have found some trendy spring/summer-ready pieces at their local Crossroads and have totally inspired me to keep an eye out for similar styles the next time I do some shopping!
Crossroads Find: White framed Sunnies
Crossroads Find: White Booties
White footwear is hotter than ever this season and I love how how Kayla paired these chic and versatile booties with cut-off denim and a bodysuit. Also, these gorgeous booties are by Joie-such a style steal!
Crossroads Find: Bold T-Shirt
Crossroads Find: Neutrals
No matter the season, you can always trust the neutrals in your wardrobe! Aisha scored this figure-flattering, beige colored top from Crossroads and I love how she played with proportions by pairing it with a wide leg trouser and heeled sandals!