What to do when your closet is bursting at the seams in Vancouver

Feb 24 2020, 1:39 pm

If you’re someone who likes to stay up-to-date with the latest fashion trends, chances are your wardrobe fills up pretty quickly every season. And we all know puffer jackets take up a lot of space during winter.

Let’s not forget about the obvious: we’re living in a city where rentals don’t come cheap. We’ve got to make a 600-1,000 sq. ft. apartment work β€” and that can be a real challenge. That’s not to mention potentially having to share your closet with your partner (a whole other thing).

This is why it’s key to take a smart approach to storage and assess what you actually need to have in your wardrobe per season. To help you get started, here are four things that can help prevent your closet from bursting at the seams.

Upcycle your favourite pieces

Pretty much everyone has a reliable pair of jeans that have stood the test of time. But what happens when they tear or you spill red wine on the leg? Channel your inner fashion designer and upcycle the jeans by turning them into styled ripped jeans or a pair of shorts.

It’s easy to do and the same principle applies to so many things in your wardrobe. You could give an old bathing suit new life by dyeing it a different colour or turn a dress into a skirt. Upcycling allows you to get creative with what you have instead of buying something new and adding to your already full wardrobe.

Store seasonal apparel away

Old clothing/Second Closet

We all have those things we wear only once a year (e.g. those big investment pieces). This could be anything from heavy winter coats you’re no longer wearing to ski apparel when you hang up your boots for the season. Instead of getting rid of them, simply store these items away with Second Closet.

Forget having to pack up and haul your stuff to a storage locker; this service eliminates the need for that in Metro Vancouver. They literally pick up, store, and return your stuff whenever you need it, for as little as $3 a month β€” and the rates never change. So, for the price of a latte, you can book, schedule, and arrange everything online. Plus, you can rest easy knowing everything is safe in your Vancouver-based, climate-controlled, fire-safe, and 24/7-monitored storage facility. For a limited time, you can also get $25 off your first month with this exclusive promo code: DAILYHIVE.

Host a clothing swap

If there are pieces you know you won’t wear again, why not round up your friends or coworkers to do a clothing swap? It’s as easy as throwing all of your old clothing, (accessories and footwear, too) into a bag and presenting everything at the swap event.

Send your pals an invite a few weeks beforehand so they have time to go through their closets and prepare for the swap. If you’re looking for an easy way to bring everyone together, this is it. Pro tip: bring chips, guac, and a bottle of wine.

Donate items to charity

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What happens to the pieces left over after a clothing swap? Your group can use this opportunity to donate items to charity. Value Village, Covenant House Vancouver, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and YWCA Metro Vancouver Thrift StoreΒ are some of the places where you can drop off clothing in the city.

Now, who said it was difficult to streamline your closet in Vancouver? Happy decluttering!