Every wardrobe needs a re-edit now and again, and spring is a great time to make a start, when you can finally put away your woolly hats and gloves. Decluttering your wardrobe will not only make getting ready each day easier and quicker (yes, another five minutes in bed!), it can also help you create some new outfit choices and even make you money during the process.
In fact, our Hour Hands clients often comment that, once we’ve completed this task for them, they start to wear clothes they haven’t worn in ages and can enjoy many new outfits without spending a penny!
Our Hour Hands Home team has set out a few simple steps for helping to control the clutter and create a more streamlined wardrobe. And if you’re short of time or simply prefer an objective eye (because we all find it hard to let go of things), contact us to find out more.
1. Put it all into piles
Take everything out of your wardrobe and put clothing into the following piles, according to their rules:
- Keep – You love it, wear it, it still fits, and is still useful.
- Chuck – Throw anything that is ripped, stained, or too worn to give away.
- Sell – Items that are still in good condition but no longer fit you or your lifestyle, or that you just don’t like.
- Maybe – If an item fits and is in good condition but you simply can’t decide if you like it or not, put it here. Then, hide the box somewhere so you won’t see it every day and note if you ever miss any of the items. If you completely forget about them or you don’t wear them for over a year, you can be confident that you can get rid of them for good.
- Repair – If you have clothes with missing buttons, dropping hems, or that need dry cleaning, place the items in this pile.
2. Question each item
As you sort your clothes into the above piles, don’t be afraid to try things on to see how they feel and if you still like them. As you try the items on, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does it fit?
- Have you worn it in the last year? Because if you haven’t, you’ll probably never wear it again (excluding occasion-wear).
- Does it have a history or special meaning? If it does and you wish to keep it, store it away with other keepsakes rather than using valuable space in your wardrobe.
- Does it make you feel good?
- Does it go with other things in your wardrobe? You should aim for each item to go with at least three others.
- Is it in good condition? If not, can it easily be fixed or will you actually take it to get fixed?
- Is it annoying or uncomfortable to wear?
If you answer ‘no’ to any of the above questions, place the item on the appropriate pile to be sold, thrown, or donated.
3. Assess your ‘Keeps’
Next step is to go through the ‘Keep’ pile:
- Sort items into categories such as tops, skirts, jeans, trousers, knitwear, and so on.
- Assess each of these piles – do you have too many pairs of jeans or navy jumpers? Can you cull the pile of clothes further? Do you have key items missing from your wardrobe? You may find that you need to buy a few new items to complete your set of classic staples.
Once you are happy with the items you have remaining, hang up or fold each item and place it back into your wardrobe, in the organised categories.
4. See what you can sell
Look to your discarded piles and set about listing the items you can sell on eBay or similar sites. You can then use the money you make to buy any missing items guilt free!
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