I don’t know about you but my wardrobe is bursting and not in a good Kim Kardashian smug designer clothes type of way or a Carrie Bradshaw eclectic collection of vintage gems kind of way -more of an overload of bobbly navy jumpers kind of way!! So after months of struggling to find hanger space I decided to bump ‘wardrobe makeover’ up my ‘to-do list’ and have a bloody good clear out! There’s something very therapeutic about getting rid of unwanted items and having everything organised so I thought I would pass on some top tips for you so you can feel inspired to have a good clear out too.
The first hurdle is actually clearing some time to do the job, there always seems to be something more urgent that demands your attention.Pop a time and date in your diary as if it’s a meeting you have to attend that can’t be changed and buy a roll of good quality bin. Then after a deep breath take EVERYTHING out of the wardrobe… yes EVERYTHING - start fresh and nothing will escape your beady eye.
Make four piles:
1) MEND PILE: These items just need some attention i.e.something that may need mending or an alteration to bring it back to fantastic. Jumpers that may have a few too many bobbles may also find themselves in this pile, the Fuzz Off debobble machine can work wonders restoring jumpers back to their best!
2) CHARITY SHOP: Sell on Ebay or Gumtree, remember one girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure. You may not want it or fit into it anymore but someone else may be scouring the web for something just like it.Ask yourself the following questions:
- If I saw this in the shops, would I buy it again?
- Do I still feel good in it?
- When was the last time I wore it?
- Will I ever actually wear it again?
- Will I look like I am going to a fancy dress party if I wear this outfit?
3) BIN: Now, be ruthless anything out of shape or with holesin it, old t-shirts with armpit stains, odd socks, things that are faded- as you bin make a note of anything that will need replacing, wardrobestaples such as white vest tops etc.
4) KEEP PILE: make sure the item is clean and then hang it up on a good quality hanger (I love these velvet ones) so that it won’t slide off and end up on the floor creased in a few hours. Try it on and make sure it still fits and looks as you remember it. There really is no point keeping hold of your favourite dress that wowed when you popped it on at Uni but now requires a month on a detox holiday in Thailand with a daily enema to even do up!
You can always make it a fun night and invite your besties around to help you; it worked for Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City!!
Other tips and tricks that I have found useful:
Cluster clothes types together in the wardrobe and then pop them in colour order too, this gives a very quick and clear indication of how many of the same things you have. I was shocked at my obsession with Navy blue Jumpers, I now know to step away from the blue jumper isle on any future shopping trips but it has also made it easier to find things and pull an outfit together.
Don’t keep something because you feel like you are throwing money away – it’s a waste of space and adds clutter to keepsomething that you simply don’t wear – the money has already gone. Be brave and let it go just be more savvy when you next go shopping and learn from those wardrobe mistakes!
If we are all honest we have far too many handbags and storing them can be tricky, I love the idea of turning your collection into art and using a wall to hang them on. It’s then easy to find the one that you want and it looks great too.
Become a savvier shopper and try to go for quality over quantity, instead of buying one good item I tend to buy lots of cheaper things and my wardrobe is bursting, none of which are particularly special or make me super happy. I have vowed to try to refrain from buying disposable items but instead, look for investment pieces which I won’t get tired of and that make me feel super special everytime I pop them on.
H&M have a great idea where you bring a bag of unwanted clothes then they will give you a £5.00 voucher off to spend at the store. Theybelieve fashion is far too precious to end up in landfills. That is why in 2013, they launched a garment collecting initiative worldwide. Sodrop off your unwanted garments - no matter what brand and what condition - in all H&M stores across the globe and get your voucher, such a fantastic idea.
I guarantee you that you will feel so much better after your wardrobe cleanse and the great thing is I have found a few things I had totally forgotten I had that I love, so it feels just like I have been on a shopping trip!!! So go on be brave and get to it.
Good luck all
Love Lynne x (feeling smug and vaguely organised in the wardrobe dept!!!)