This week I have undertaken the mammoth task of revamping, refreshing and revitalizing my overflowing wardrobe. I’m sure there are many of you out there that as you are digging around through your wardrobe exclaim “oh yeah, that top!” or “I totally forgot about that dress!”.
Alot of it comes down to organization, seasonal cleansing, and being ruthless. Most of this you all probably know, but let this serve as inspiration for your wardrobe cleanse this weekend.
Step 1: Take it section at a time.
My method is to divide what I am sorting into sections. Shoes, hats, jewellery, clothes, makeup and beauty. This is the best way to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If I dont do this, I end up wandering listlessly through the house tidying small bits here and there. Pump some tunes on spotify and focus on the one section, and then move on to the next.
Step 2: Take Stock.
For clothes, use the pile method. I usually pile all my clothes into the middle of the bed, emptying all of my closets.
From there sort them into sections. Keep, sell, mend, giveaway.
I also like to sort what I am keeping into styles. It can tell you a LOT. For instance, sort and count all your pairs of jeans. Do you really need 25 pairs of jeans? The answers probably no, and perhaps its time to let go of that threadbare pair that you love so much…trust me, they’ve seen better days.
Step 3: Be Ruthless.
We all have them- those jeans you’re keeping for when you lose 5 kilos or that dress that you were going to alter into a top.
There are three rules to follow here:
1. If you haven’t worn it in the cycle of four seasons (so basically one year) it’s time for it to go.
2. If it still has its tags on it and you haven’t worn it in 6 months, its time for it to go.
3. If you wouldn’t wear it out of the house today (weather permitting) its time for it to go.
Step 4: Organize
A lot of the problems that arise from over abundance of clothing is a lack of organization. Most importantly, a lack of visually being able to see what you own.
Group “like with like”. Pop all your winter coats in a second wardrobe, or in vacuum packs. Fold all your jeans in the one place. Hang all your tops, skirts, and dresses together.
Think about storage solutions. For your jewellery you can buy plastic sectioned boxes where all your pieces are clearly visible. Shoe storage wall units are a great way to see what shoes you have.
Step 5: Treat yourself.
Once you have made some cash off eBay selling your pieces, clearing your closet and donating to Vinnies, its time to treat yourself!
Stay tuned on our next piece on how to update your wardrobe with classics that will stand the test of time!