Tips for Wardrobe Weeding Like a Pro
Posted on 11th July 2017 at 22:07
Do you ever look in your wardrobe, that is stuffed full of clothes, and think that you have nothing to wear? Why is that?
Have you got stuff that you are hanging onto that no longer fits? Or did it not fit in the first place? You bought it thinking it would be perfect when you'd lost a few pounds...but you never did.
Are you a hoarder? Do you think that you'll hang on to stuff because it has good memories. Or because you just love it even though you don't wear it and more. Was it expensive? Do you think it might be worth something if you ever got round to sticking it to eBay. Are you thinking it might come back in fashion one day?Are you a repeat buyer? Do you have lots of pairs of black trousers for example? Or 18 black dresses (you know who you are)? Or a penchant for white shirts? Or, like one of my clients, if you really like something buy it in several sizes just in case your weight changes.
Do you love a bargain? Is your wardrobe full of clothes that still have tags on, bought in the sale. Stuff you wouldn't have ever looked at it was full price, but it was such a good bargain you just had to have it. Or are you a charity shop shopper with the "I'll get it because it is only a few quid mentally".
It's said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. I think that is probably true for most of us.
If you have a floordrobe as well as a wardrobe this is even more likely. This is when you don't get around to putting clean laundry away and just keep taking the clean clothes from the pile. (I have a son and a boyfriend who both do this grrrr.)
Have you ever got frustrated and upset because you "have nothing to wear" syndrome. You are going out with the girls, you try loads of things on but nothing is quite right. You end up all hot and bothered, stressed and feeling unhappy with your choice but you ran out of time. You have clothes strewn all over the bedroom. You meet your friends, feel like the frump of the bunch and neck a few Pinots to make you feel better. Until next time.
If you really loved everything you bought, knowing that it really suits you in terms of style and colour, you could eliminate the stress of dressing from your life. If you stuck to colours that all go together you could mix and match and feel like you have so much more choice despite fewer things to work with, like a capsule wardrobe.
If you feel inspired to have a clear out sort your clothes into piles as you sort through. Have a keep pile, sell, charity and throw away. I call this a mini Wardrobe Weed, you need to put a good amount of time to one side to do it.
Here are the basic steps...
To start with you should get everything out and sort it into piles, things you wear regularly and love, things you never wear and special occasion stuff that you wear once in a blue moon. Now put the 'blue moon' and 'wear a lot' stuff back in the wardrobe. Make sure that you turn all the coathangers the 'wrong way' - see pic. Once you've worn an item you turn the hanger the other way round - by the end of 6 months you'll be able to easily identify what you have and haven't worn. Simple!
Hang things in categories and organise by colour so that you can see at glance what you have. So you have all your black trousers together, then blue trousers etc, white shirts, pink tops etc etc. You will probably see recuring themes. The first time I did it I noticed that I had a penchant for black and white patterened tuniics! It might be that you realise a striped blazer or navy cardi is just the thing you need to buy as it would go with so many of your other things...
With your 'never wear' pile you should check everything is clean, then decide if it is for selling on ebay, charity or the rag bag. You could even arrange a swishing party with friends where you swap stuff around if you are of similar sizes. It is still worth taking things that are not fit for selling to the charity shop as they can weigh it in for rags, or you cut it up and use it for dusters. Please don't send dirty items to the charity shops, as some poor volunteer will need to sort through the bag...you'd be surprised at what we find sometimes.
DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO PUT THIS STUFF BACK IN THE WARDROBE 'JUST IN CASE'.
If you have had your colours analysed then you should only have things that you know are in your palette in your wardrobe and, in theory, all your clothes should tone together beautifully. Especially if you have subcribed to the capsule wardrobe concept of buying a range of clothes in a limited palette that will mix and match to create tons of outfits. If you know which styles suit your body shape the same thing applies - if it doesn't suit you or makes you feel uncomfortable get rid of it - it serves you no purpose and will just make you feel miserable and probably won't see the light of day anyway.
Having a clear out is quite cathartic, you'll feel great. Imagine opening up the wardrobe and being able to see everything clearly, pick out an outfit with ease in the confidence that you know it really suits you, ,makes you feel great and is comfortable. This is my wish for you.
Have a mini Wardrobe Weed next time you have a few spare hours - you will probably end up feeling like you have more things to choose from each morning. If you want help with any of these elements get in touch to discuss a package. x
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