Is your wardrobe working for you?
- Do you love your wardrobe?
- Is it a functional space where things are easy to see and reach?
- Do you enjoy opening it up and selecting your outfit for the day?
If you've answered "NO" to any of these, well, you're not alone.
Many of us feel uninspired and frustrated with our wardrobes. Sometimes opening those doors (or walking in to your walk-in) can feel like hard work, and you find yourself digging through piles of stuff you can't even identify to try and find what you need, right?
You know you need to sort through things and rearrange your space to make it work better but it seems like an impossible task. WHERE DO YOU EVEN START???
To be honest with you - wardrobe organising is very individual, because the way you see, arrange and use your clothes and space would be different to someone else.
However, there are a few things that anyone can do to create a wardrobe that you love using.
Step 1 - Get rid of what no longer serves you.
"Easier said than done" right?
To help you make logical decisions about what you keep and what needs to go, ask these questions about each item:
- Do you still like it?
- Does it fit well?
- Is it in good condition?
- Does it suit your personal style?
- Is it flattering?
- Does it go with other items in your wardrobe?
- Have you worn it in the past year? If not - why? (Note, some items such as formal wear may not get used often. As long as it's current and you will use it once or twice a year you can keep it. As a rule of thumb 5 years is the longest you can keep a suit before it starts looking dated. Sorry, sad but true.)
- Does it need repairing or tailoring?
Step 2 - Sort what doesn't make the cut
As you go through Step 1, separate what you're not keeping into 4 piles:
- Give away or sell:
Sometimes your item is in great condition but just doesn't fit or suit your style anymore, and you know someone who'd totally love it. Or if you're feeling super industrious and have the time, you could sell your clothes online or even go to clothes swaps.
Please be mindful of what you put in this pile. Charity organisations are not rubbish dumps. Used underwear, clothes that are torn, stained or dirty can go in your own bin. Check out this link to find out more.
- Bin. Yes. You can do it. If it's had its day - let it go.
Step 3 - Organise the keepers
People like organising their wardrobes in different ways. Some do it by colour blocks, some by styles (all pants together, all shirts together etc), some separate work-wear from leisure and some put things together in outfits.
This part is really up to you.
However, here are some guidelines:
- Put the things you use most in the sections that are easiest to access.
- Put seasonal items such as swimwear or winter coats away according to the time of year. Don't have them crowding your space if they're out of season.
- Always fold knits. Hanging them will make them lose shape.
- NEVER EVER keep anything on metal hangers. Throw them away. Metal hangers are the devil. ok? (I might write a whole blog about that another time).
- Rolling T shirts up was very trendy whenever that was...but it's really not functional. Just fold like a normal person.
Step 4 - Mind the gaps
Now you'll easily be able to identify the gaps. Make a list of what you really need.
Make educated decisions about what to invest in next.
Step 5 - Pour yourself a drink
GREAT WORK, YOU!!
Now that everything is in order, first of all - take a big breath, stretch, and give yourself a big pat on the back.
You've done a great job!!
Your wardrobe is ready to enjoy and you have probably even found some things you've completely forgotten about.
Time to celebrate.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, or an old fashioned, or a cup of tea. Whatever makes you happy.
If you're a bit lost....
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