If you wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time, don’t panic you’re not alone but it probably is time to de-clutter your wardrobe.
Due to busy lives, it’s very rare to have the time to look through your wardrobe on a weekly basis. While working with clients on a wardrobe consultation, I’ve been told it has not only been therapeutic and refreshing, but that they can now also see the wood for the trees when they open their wardrobe.
So how to you tackle a wardrobe bursting at the seams…
1 Firstly allocate your clothes into four piles
- KEEP ( they might need a bit of wake up or reinvention but are essentially something you wear or would wear on a regular basis)
- CHARITY SHOP
- RESELL THROUGH A SECOND HAND SELLER
- RELEGATE TO RUBBISH
There are many businesses that will sell your second hand clothes - they often take 50% of the selling value and you get 50%, which enables you to put this money towards some new high street brands to wake up existing items in your wardrobe. You could also sell your resell items on eBay.
2 When you start the sort, look through each item with the following in mind:
· When did you last wear it?
· Has it seen better days ie;stained, bobbled, stitching come apart etc?
· Can it be brought back to life?
· Do you like it?
· Why don’t you wear it?
· If your garment was pricey, don’t feel bad about letting it go to a second hand reseller. Why keep it if you could get paid for removing it out of your wardrobe?
· Does it hold special memories e.g. bought for the first date with your husband/partner? Do keep any of these items if you wish, just bag them up in a special airtight bag and store them safely in the loft.
By answering these questions you will be able to allocate it to one of the piles as mentioned above. In my experience there is a reason why we don’t wear something and it will be because we don’t like the colour or the shape of the garment.
3 With the items you keep now is the time to give some order to your wardrobe, I recommend you organise in the following way;
After you have completed this process you will then be able to identify exactly what you need for your wardrobe. This means you can then buy smartly, which in turn it saves you money.... We all like that!
Another tip for accessories is to either hang them on the hanger of an item you like wearing them with or add door hooks to the back of your wardrobe and pop them on there. This enables you to see your accessories all the time, they become another piece in your wardrobe.
I can guarantee this is a fun and exhilarating process and it will give you the opportunity to revitalise your wardrobe with some ‘on trend items’ from this season and the new season coming.