Can you feel the change in the air? The warmer weather is approaching and many of us are starting to think about changing what we wear and possibly putting away our winter clothing for another year. Unfortunately we often get teased during spring and have to endure several seasons in the coming weeks but be assured the sunshine and warmth isn’t too far away!
Firstly let me ask you a few questions when it comes to what is in your wardrobe. These are to get you thinking and provide food for thought:
- Are you happy with your wardrobe and its contents?
- Do you often say I haven’t got anything to wear?
- What do you like about your wardrobe?
- What are your dislikes about your wardrobe?
- Do you often say I can’t find …..?
- When was the last time you went through your wardrobe – this year, last year or a long time ago?
- Do you change over your wardrobe according to seasons?
- Do you want to avoid wasting money and get the most out of what you already have?
- Do you love looking at glossy magazines and dream of having one of those beautifully organised wardrobes you see in pictures?
- Do you have an idea of what you spend on clothes per annum?
There is no right or wrong answer to any of the above questions and the approach you take at the end of the day needs to be what works for you and you only. It is important to understand what you want from your wardrobe before you go about organising it.
When it comes to wardrobe organisation you need to be able to find what you need, when you need to wear it and for it to be clean and ready to just put on (not needing to be repaired or dry cleaned).
Let me share this with you – Do you know that most people only use 20% of their wardrobes 80% of the time! This means that the other 80% of your clothing is simply taking up valuable space and often isn’t used.
The challenge is not to own as many clothes and shoes as possible but to wear all of your clothes and to only wear what you love and feel great in.
Here are a few more questions for you to consider:
- What is in your wardrobe now?
- What should it contain?
- If you share your wardrobe space is there any friction over sharing it?
- Has your wardrobe overflowed to other rooms?
- Are you holding on to clothes that don’t fit you but you would like to again?
- Are you high use items easily accessible?
Step One – picture the type of wardrobe you want and then it is time to start action!
Usually organising a wardrobe is not a high priority so it is one we often put it of. If this is something you would like to do then I am going to get you to make a time in your diary. You will need to consider if you haven’t done it for some time it might be quite a task so keep this in mind. If your wardrobe is large you can also break it down into sections. Remember to set aside a time of day that works best for you.
Step Two – You will need several piles to be able to put things – create the following piles or spaces for those items you wish to keep, sell, donate, trash, recycle and repair/clean.
Step three – you need to pull everything out – you can do this in one or two ways – you can sort as you pull items out and put them into the relevant pile or you can pull all of it out and then sort as you put back in. Either way works and it probably depends upon the space you have around you.
A handy tip is to put a sheet over your bed and use that as your keep pile.
Step four – questions to ask yourself when sorting through and making decisions about your clothes:
- When did I last wear it?
- Does it fit?
- Is it in good condition?
- Do I feel great in it?
- Is it difficult to wear?
- Is it dated?
- Does it match anything else in my wardrobe?
Another tip – your wardrobe should also be reflective of your lifestyle i.e. if you are a mum then why is more than half your wardrobe corporate clothing. Where as if you spend most of your time working in an office you should have suitable clothing. You get the picture.
Step five – Now that you have culled it is time to put your items away. For those items that hang you need to consider what is prime real estate in your wardrobe. You need to have those items you use the most easily accessible.
When working with clients, and in my own wardrobe, I like to hang garments by type i.e. all pants, dresses together. Then within that system I tend to sort by colour. By sorting by colour it also allows you to quickly see if you have too many of something or not enough of something too. You can also use this type of system when it comes to shoes – sort by type and then colour.
Whatever system you decide on remember to be consistent and take that extra minute or two when putting clothes or shoes away in the correct spot and not just anywhere. You will maintain a much neater wardrobe and not have to reorganise it as frequently either!
So what next? Will you take the plunge and reorganise your wardrobe?
Good luck, enjoy a more organised wardrobe space and enjoy the sunshine!
This Blog is a copy published in Kid Magazine in October 2015 – click here.