I hate to be the first to say it* but it’s that time of year again – it’s time to organise your wardrobe before you throw a full on hissy fit and collapse in tears in a pile of clothes you never wear.
Whether you’re a shoe fanatic, a handbag obsessive or a dress collector, most of us are guilty of splurging and over spending when it comes to fashion (hello consumerism) but unless you’ve got a stylist or space for a walk-in wardrobe, then chances are, you don’t have the room, or dare I say it, the need for that much stuff. Plenty of people before me have compiled lists on the subject of de-cluttering and re-organising, but in my experience, they’re either too intimidating (THROW IT ALL OUT OR YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!) or just too…vague.
In light of this, I thought I’d share a few tips that have helped me make the most of my wardrobe; hopefully they’ll encourage you to start your autumn re-arrange early, or at least inspire a quick clear out!
*I’m not the first, and I definitely won’t be the last.
Take it out – ALL of it
This is quite a personal thing which I know won’t work for everyone, but I find it easier to ‘let go’ of clothes if I take everything out of the wardrobe and then decide what to put back in – it makes the whole process seem cleaner somehow.
Have something, or someone, to measure the size of your wardrobe against
I’ve been living with my boyfriend for around a year and half now, which provides me with the perfect bench mark – if Charlie says he’s never seen me wear something, it forces me to evaluate how much I actually like/need it.
Hang pieces that work together, together
I share my wardrobe with a boy and space can be an issue, so to combat this, I double-hang items to utilize the space I have. I used to hate the idea of hanging items together, but over the last year I’ve done a complete U-Turn. Why? Because it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier! You’re essentially visually merchandising for your own benefit; double hanging tops with cardigans and jackets that work together will encourage you to wear them more often.
Set damaged items aside (and then fix them!)
Chances are you’ve got at least two items in your collection that you haven’t worn in forever because they need a little love. Whether it’s a blouse missing a button or a vintage dress you got for a steal because of a stain on the hemline, DON’T put them back in the wardrobe; you’re always going to pass them over if they’re damaged.
Collectable/occasion pieces VS the sentimental
Bridesmaid dresses, your wedding dress, bikini’s, that one pair of designer shoes you own…we all hang on to certain pieces that we only wear once a year, or in some cases, once in a lifetime. Collectable items and special pieces are obviously the most difficult to cut out, but if you don’t know where to draw the line, you’ll end up with a closet full of sentimental crap. Do you really want to keep that t-shirt from your ex-boyfriend? Are you really going to pass on that dress that doesn’t fit you anymore to your future daughter?
eBay, Charity Shops and Swap Events
If you’ve finished organising and have a pile of clothes ready to give away, you should always consider your options. Firstly, if an item is damaged beyond repair, don’t take it to a charity shop; throw it away. There’s charitable giving and then there’s taking the piss. If you have a few barely worn pieces in good condition, you could make a bit of extra cash on eBay (look out for free listing weekends!) or you could invite your friends over for a glass of wine and a swap shop. If you’re determined not to take in any new clothes for a few weeks, perhaps you could encourage your friends to trade with their talents instead; they get a ‘new’ dress, you get a homemade cake, a few hours of babysitting, or a handcrafted cushion cover in return!
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