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Byline: JOANNE WATKINSON

You use it everyday after all, why not improve its performance? This time of year is my busiest for "wardrobe detoxing", the promise of summer and a change in climate makes it the perfect time to de-clutter.

My clients want a clean, tidy and ordered wardrobe that works as hard as they do.

For a DIY wardrobe detox my first piece of advice is set aside enough time, obviously it depends on the size of your wardrobe and your level of enthusiasm, but you''re going to need at least a day...

Sound a lot? A wardrobe detox isn''t a fluffy exercise designed to ensure your hangers are facing in the right direction, this is a cull, a chance to organise, sort and edit your clothes, shoes and accessories.

You''re going to need bin bags, storage boxes, labels and suit carriers.

Be brave, thinning out your wardrobe feels like a wrench at first.

But, like a week long detox, the results are worth it.

IDON''T know about you but my social media feeds, (Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Instagram, I''m fickle and can''t commit to just one) are awash with people giving up sugar/gluten/dairy, juicing, body cleansing, eating raw, taking up Paleo - aka the caveman diet.

It's hard to keep up.

While for some people it's more of a lifestyle than a jumping on a bandwagon, it seems that the ultimate goal is to detox, rid their body of toxins, improve their skin, feel better, lose a bit of weight and restore their body's natural balance to allow it to function better.

It's a bit like servicing your car, you use it everyday so it has to work properly, right? What would happen if we applied the same rules to our wardrobes? I'm not suggesting you feed it kale and almond milk for seven days, but a wardrobe detox would certainly improve how well your wardrobe works.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 8, 2014
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