Tackling your Wardrobe
Updated: Apr 25, 2019
Do you regularly look into your wardrobe and see nothing to wear you, spend ages pulling out outfits, trying it on and throwing it down in a blind panic? Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.
With Spring/Summer around the corner, now is a fantastic time to start to purge your wardrobe and clear out any items you no longer wear.
The first step in organising your wardrobe is to find a radio station or playlist that motivates you. You then need to pull EVERYTHING out of your wardrobe, and yes, I mean EVERYTHING. From there, you will need to ask yourself the following questions:
1. Have I worn this in the last 6 months?
2. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
3. Am I holding on to this for sentimental value? Am I keeping this ‘just in case’?
4. Does it fit me?
5. Do I have multiples of the same thing?
6. Does it bring me joy?
7. Will I wear this in the next month?
8. Is this appropriate for this season?
9. Does this reflect my current style?
Depending on your answers to these questions, you will then need to set out space for the following categories: KEEP, SELL/DONATE, SEASONAL & MAYBE.
Here’s a break down of what should fall into each category. Remember you will need to be strong and honest with yourself. This process will need some real wardrobe soul searching. You’re going to be making some tough decisions, but the results will be amazing!
KEEP: These are items that you love, that can be mixed and matched with other clothes. More importantly, they are your current style and they fit you perfectly.
DONATE/SELL: These are the items that do not bring you joy, that don’t make you feel amazing. You might have a number of similar items and this is your least favourite. Either way, you can sell these on different sites (facebook market place is one of my personal favourites) or donate items to local charities. I’ve included some information below about organisations who will pick up your donations for free if you don’t have time to donate them yourself.
SEASONAL: If you are starting to prepare for Spring/Summer, and you have winter coats and jumpers that you still love, you can separate these items and store them until you’re ready for a wardrobe turnover in September/October. Vacuum storage bags are a great way to also save space. Separating out-of-season clothes and turning over your wardrobe twice a year can also be an easy way to keep on top of what’s in your wardrobe and getting rid of the things that you haven’t worn that season, as its unlikely that you’ll wear it in a years’ time.
MAYBE: These items may be sentimental and hard to part with. You may find these items were originally an investment purchase, and you have a hard time giving them up due to a guilty conscious. Perhaps, these items may be a size or two too big or small. The best way to deal with any items that you are not sure about is to bag these items up and keep them for 2-3 months, and if you haven’t taken used any of these items, then donate or sell them.
In terms of donating your items, there are several charities and organisations who will pick up your donations for free, like British Heart Foundation. BHF collect all kinds of things including clothes, books, accessories, DVD’s, home ware, and children’s toys and games.
Please remember, decluttering can be a daunting task. Arrange to tackle your wardrobe when you have some time to yourself, with no distractions and most importantly when you are feeling positive about yourself, and the day ahead. You have got this, but if you need some added motivation and help, we are available to assist you.
Get in touch with &Declutter if you have any questions or would like to arrange a date to tackle your wardrobe together.
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