By Victoria Brockett (The Style Mission) and Chief Bargain Hunter Chelsea Thomas
I find at this time of year you’re either cleaning out your wardrobe or your pantry like you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy. I just completed the kitchen. I found some chocolate sticks from Aldi that went off at the start of 2016. Oops. As I waded through my kitchen clean out, I knew what was coming.
The wardrobe. I ducked it and weaved it all last week, hoping that it would ‘sort itself out’.
The time has come. I have new hair. And I need to refresh my clothes and the way they’re all jumbled in together.
My thing with cleaning out wardrobes is it’s fine once you start but it’s putting it all back together that’s the hard part. Mountains of clothes, hangers and piles of ‘keep’, ‘i think i want’, ‘charity’, ‘sister’. My category list is long.
Some time ago, Victoria Brockett of The Style Mission wrote this post for us all to make sure we knew we were on the right path. It’s a kind reminder of what to do if you decide to attack your ‘drobe this month!
- Ensure you allow yourself at least three uninterrupted hours to complete the clean out, probably more if you have a large wardrobe and still have pieces from 1983.
2. Arm yourself with a number of large plastic bags and label them according to how you want to edit your wardrobe, eg KEEP | DONATE | SELL. Try not to have more than 3 different categories as you will only get more confused and make the decision process more difficult.
**NOTE TO SELF AT THIS POINT** If you know you really don’t have time for selling on eBay (many of us don’t and they’ll sit in a pile in the corner of our room for ages!) maybe donate them to someone that will sell them so it minimises the waste. Everything else can be donated to charity as long as they are clean and in good condition.
3. Start with one section of your wardrobe and using your 3 categories, consider every piece and decide what you would like to do with it. If you’re really unsure, you can create a “Maybe or TBD” pile, but this is very much a Get Out of Jail Free card and not to be used lightly.
4. To help with deciding whether to keep or get rid of something, first consider if it’s in wearable condition and still fits (don’t fall for the old “but I’m planning on losing some weight” trick). Then, ask yourself this.
This is a great way to cull and yes, it’s pretty ruthless. But it works. I know some of you are squirming because you know you might not be left with much, however I bet these are the things that you wear all the time.
5. From the wardrobe cull you should be left with a good amount of staples. If you don’t have much left, you may want to start writing a list for what you do need.
6. Pull out your favourite 10 pieces of clothing, from the wardrobe that is left. Use these pieces to help define or identify your current preferred style. It’s unnecessary and very expensive to be a fashion chameleon and change your style weekly, so be true to what you really like and feel comfortable with. This will help with completing the next step.
7. Continue this process with every section of your wardrobe including socks and jocks! These areas are often overlooked, but I bet most people still have underwear in their drawers that are far too disgraceful to ever wear! Be sure these go straight in the rubbish.
8. Once you’ve finished going through your whole wardrobe, revisit your “Maybe or TBC” pile and get ruthless. If you really can’t decide, keep it. If in another 2 weeks you haven’t worn it, say goodbye.
9. If you’re still feeling super motivated and punching the air, your next steps are to re-organise your remaining wardrobe and to identify any gaps. For example, pieces you’re missing that could benefit add to your wardrobe.
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