The tips you need to cleanse your wardrobe

It's tough to throw things out.

You might have a sentimental attachment to a piece of clothing or accessory. Something might have cost you a lot, you like it even though you haven’t worn it in a while.

Sound familiar? It does to me.

Now is the best time of year to clean out your closet – there’s time over the festive season and you can do some holiday good by giving what you don’t want anymore to charity.

Start the New Year off well – with more space for new stuff.

Here’s what you need to do to begin your wardrobe detox

  1. Mark some time in your diary, blocking off at least 3-5 hours to do the job
  2. Buy yourself hangers that are all the same (more on this later)
  3. Get some water, wine and snacks because it’s hungry work
  4. Chuck on some music to make it a little more fun
  5. Empty your entire wardrobe. Once you do this, there’s no going back.

Now your clothes are everywhere, have a proper look at what you own and start the cull. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Have I worn it in the last year?
  • Does it reflect my style?
  • Is it damaged and will I bother to get it fixed?
  • Do I feel good wearing it?

If you answered no to any of these questions, the item needs to go. If in doubt, try it on. Be ruthless.

Make a few reject piles – the stuff you’re going to give away to charity, the stuff that’s damaged and needs to be binned and anything you think you can sell. Selling is a little tough, depending on the item, because there’s a lot of clothing on sites like eBay and Gumtree. Think about a market or taking it to a vintage store instead.

Once you’ve decided on what’s going and staying, the next step is to put it all back. Perhaps this is the time to take a breather and get ready to do some serious organising.

The beauty about having all those identical hangers is your wardrobe will look super neat – very professional too. 

You should order your clothes. I do it by colour starting with black short sleeve tops, then long sleeve ones, skirts, shorts, dresses, cardigans and coats etc. Then the black and white pieces, white and whatever order you want the rest of it to be in.

Another option is putting all shirts together, all dresses, all skirts and so on. Hang up as much as possible so you can actually see what you own.

Items like jumpers and knits shouldn’t be hung up because they can lose their shape. You also probably don’t need to hang up your jeans if you’re trying to save space.

As for shoes, you can keep them in boxes like me. I make sure the picture is facing the front or I write on the box what’s inside. You can get a shoe rack or one that hangs on the back of your cupboard door. Also remember to utilise the floor space in your wardrobe.

When it comes to accessories, think about a divider so everything has its place and is visible. For hats and bags, consider a coat rack that can be placed in the corner of your room or walk in robe if there’s not enough shelf space.

Now I wish you luck and happy cleansing.

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