FIVE STEPS TO CLEANING YOUR WARDROBE

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!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Jane @ Modern Housewives Wednesday 6th June, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Lovely tips, thanks for sharing! Our wardrobes started looking like attics or garages lately – full of stuff we don’t use or need. They are all packed in bags or boxes, they take a lot of space, and all that makes it very difficult to find anything. I plan on throwing most of the clothes away, I’ve been hoping to fit in them someday, but I guess I need to be more realistic. If you don’t wear it now, you don’t need it.

  • Reply Alex @ Fresh Upholstery Thursday 31st May, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    While checking on google about DIY cleaning of Upholstery cleaning I found your blogs. Thanks for sharing these 5 steps to clean wardrobe.

  • Reply jerry Wednesday 27th December, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing amazing ideas and I love to using idea of pile method for clothes.

  • Reply Jully Lotus Thursday 7th September, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Awsome tips. Thank you for this tips .

  • Reply Andrea from Simpo Friday 17th March, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I’m an employee of a cleaning company so go out and help clients de-clutter on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it becomes a lot harder when it comes to my own items. LOL, I still have my jeans from back in the 80s.
    I am seriously considering hiring my colleagues to come help me out….

  • Reply Kirsten George Monday 21st November, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Great tips, but the be ruthless step is by far the hardest!

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  • Reply Karen Thursday 5th May, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    seems like a dream…my naughty kids wont spare me sometime for cleaning lol

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    yes yes and yes! I need to do this again.

  • Reply yslyenom Saturday 17th May, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I have to reorganise my wardrobe. It’s time for it.

  • Reply Xiaxiao Wednesday 8th January, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I did this & it feels like such a relief

  • Reply angelwings Friday 3rd January, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Excellent tips but its the ruthless part I have trouble with. I’m too sentimental even when it comes to clothes.

  • Reply yslyenom Friday 3rd January, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Thanks. Useful tips.

  • Reply amanda6393 Thursday 5th December, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Great tips!

  • Reply BellaB Wednesday 4th December, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I really should grit my teeth and do this.

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 4th December, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Mine is long overdue for a clean up, great tips to get me started!

  • Reply teekendall Wednesday 4th December, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Look forward to the next instalment. I’ve found just taking everything to Vinnies rather than trying to sell on ebay works for me.

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 3rd December, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Good tips .. time to cull!

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