Hello ladies and hello February! (and Storm Henry!)
It’s a new month and it’s that time of the year…time to Spring clean! *I can hear the sighs already.
This is part two of my blog post about clearing out your closet…and this time it’s how to tackle the dreaded wardrobe.
Here’s the drill!
Stop putting it off – devote a few committed hours to it and whatever you do, don’t start and then stop, as you will never go back it! So mark the calendar, turn off your phone, send the kids on a play-date, turn up some tunes and get going.
Take everything out of your wardrobe – YES the whole lot!
Make 3 piles – one for what you wear regularly, one for what you have worn in last 6 months and one for what you plan to wear in the next 6 months – simple! Anything remaining needs to go…maybe with the following few exceptions:
- A dress/outfit for a wedding/event – if you bought something special and you know you will get another wear out of it, hold onto it…but if there’s no invites coming your way, say bye-bye!
- Your wooliest Winter coat or a rain coat…yes, we all have them and thankfully we don’t need them 12 months of the year so hold onto these essentials especially in our little country as they will always be a requirement!
- Summer holiday clothes, and by that I mean bikinis, sarongs etc. – you may not have been on a holiday in the last 6 months or mightn’t be planning one within the next 6 but hopefully you will get away soon, so hang onto these as you don’t need to be buying more! I store mine in a suitcase so they are all together and can be taken out for a quick whizz in the machine before I head away!
Try on the clothes you are keeping (the ones in the ‘next 6 months’ pile). This one I can’t stress enough. Do not hold something up and say ‘this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it’. That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your bra! Nope we don’t want that now do we. Get rid of it.
I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sake you don’t need to keep all of it. Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway. Remember this saying…
” The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress” – Hubert de Givenchy
If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it….you know that top you love that keeps itching you everytime you wear it? Get rid.
Don’t forget those dresser drawers! Be sure to go through underwear and bras, socks and anything else in your drawers and follow the steps above. Add some drawer dividers to make it easier to find items and keep them sorted.
Unwanted clothes…what to do with them?
- Toss – if it’s just beyond wearable.
- Donate – to a friend, charity shop or pop in any of the clothes bins around your town.
- Sell – put them on ebay or set up a depop account and make some money!
Like I said in my last blog-post, hang as much as you can, without squashing it all together. If you missed Part 1, read it here.
Fold like items into neat piles such as jeans, jumpers, t-shirts and place them where you can clearly see them in your wardrobe.
I know it’s hard girls but it has to be done and you gotta be cruel to be kind. Your wardrobe will thank you! If anyone is in dire need of wardrobe sorting, please feel free to contact me to conduct a full wardrobe dissection…but be warned…I’ve been known to be ruthless!!