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Clearing out your closet in Singapore: Wardrobe storage, charity stores and re-vamp services

Stuck in a fashion rut? We’ve all been there. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get organised and give your wardrobe a spring clean for 2014. Here are our top tips and recommendations for a successful closet sweep.

Sorting out your closet?
Sorting out your closet?


Call on a friend
When it comes to closet clearing, there’s nothing better than an objective opinion. Enlist the help of a close friend to give you honest advice as you try on clothes. Not only will you have a great bonding session, you’ll be de-cluttering your wardrobe at the same time. Otherwise, you can enlist the help of a professional to  do a thorough wardrobe analysis and clear-out for you.

We recommend:
Wardrobe re-vamp service from stylist and image consultant Julia Blank | julia-blank.com
Wardrobe clear-out service by Chic Stash | chicstash.com

Put seasonal clothing in storage
This may seem obvious, but if you do have winter clothes hanging in your wardrobe, which are of course no use in Singapore, free up some space by putting them into storage. This could either be in vacuum bags in your home, or – if you have a lot of stuff to store – you could consider renting a self-storage space.

We recommend:
Vacuum bags from Howard Storage | hsw.com.sg  
Self storage at Lock and Store | lockandstore.com.sg

Give charitably
Once you’ve organised all your belongings and are ready to clear out that pile of clothes, don’t forget that there are charity organisations in Singapore who accept your unwanted goods as recycled donations.

New2U Thrift Shop | 96 Waterloo Street | An initiative of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, this thrift store is run entirely by volunteers and takes in pre-loved clothing, accessories, household items and books. Proceeds go towards its Star Shelter, which provides temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of violence.

Salvation Army | You can donate your unwanted clothes to any of the Salvation Army family thrift stores across the island. For a full list of locations, visit salvationarmy.org/singapore/dik_fts.

Your Clothes Friend Swap | A fun event which gives you the chance to donate old clothes, pick up new-to-you clothing and donate to charity. An entrance fee is charged, all of which goes to Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit Christian housing organisation that builds houses for families in need. Visit the “Your Clothes Friend Swap” Facebook page for the latest updates.

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