With September right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about a ‘wardobe de-clutter’ project as part of your annual Spring Clean.
Instead of prioritising a clean-out of the kitchen pantry, or the kids’ rooms, why not channel French simplicity and tackle your own closet first?
Did you know a concise, de-cluttered closet can relieve stress and save you time getting ready?
Daunting as it may seem, particularly if you haven’t done this before, starting really is the hardest part!
To help kick-start your clear-out, we’ll show you how to select the pieces that you love, whilst banishing those ‘once worn’, ill-fitting garments clogging up space.
1. Empty Your Closet
Start the wardrobe de-clutter process by physically removing every item in your closet.
Before returning it to your wardrobe, ask yourself the following questions.
• Do I love it?
• Do I need it?
• Does it make me feel good about myself when I wear this?
• Am I confident when wearing this?
• How much time and money does it cost to care for this?
By physically handling the item you’re likely to assess it’s worth more accurately than just glazing your eyes over fabrics bunched together in an over-stuffed closet!
Consider how easy it is to wear and care for these items. As you sort through each item, you may remember why you were initially attracted to it.
Does is still bring you that same feeling, or serve that same purpose?
2. Find a Friend
If the idea of sorting through your wardrobe brings you a sense of fear, or even boredom, why not invite some friends around, and make a day of it!
They’ll be brutally honest with you, and won’t allow you to justify keeping that pair of old jeans. They may even know what you have on rotation, and what you never touch, better than you.
You may be lucky enough to have a friend who might just be willing to take some of your pre-loved goods off your hands, in exchange for a meal or bottle of champagne!
You’re also far more likely to see the task through to the end if it involves friends, laughter, and a glass or two of bubbles!
3. Versatility Is Key In a Wardobe De-Clutter
Really consider if each garment can be worn with other items you already own, including shoes and accessories.
If you haven’t worn something yet because you’re waiting to find the perfect belt to wear with it, or it needs altering, sell it!
If it was something you really needed or loved, you’d have been at the tailors the same day you bought it….
By selling unworn items you haven’t been able to pair with anything you already own, you’re making AND saving money! WIN!
4. Make it a Trial Separation
If you’re having a hard time letting go of particular items, but they’re not part of your signature look/everyday wardrobe, try storing them in a space-saver bag under the bed, or in another room.
If you don’t touch them for the next month, it may be time to part ways.
Give these items a new life and consider selling or donating them.
5. Rinse & Repeat!
By doing a wardrobe edit each season, the task will seem less daunting, and it will be a far quicker process in future.
You’ll also be in a better position to assess what pieces you will and won’t need for the coming months if you conduct a clean-out at the start of each season.
There is nothing better than looking at your new, edited and refreshed wardrobe knowing you can and will wear ANY ITEM!
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