It’s estimated that most people only wear 20% of the clothes they own and with the changes in our working patterns it may be time for some of our more formal office clothes to make way for more relaxed working from home clothes.
If you’ve lost track of what’s inside your bulging wardrobe then it’s time to get organised and declutter for Spring.
Set aside some time and space to organise your wardrobe, doing it properly takes a few hours.
1) Before starting, think about how you’d like your wardrobe and bedroom to look. Browsing through magazines and Pinterest can inspire you & keep you motivated.
2) Put all of your clothes in one place - I like to put everything on the bed. Separate the different types of garment (jumpers, dresses, suits etc) in to piles. This is often when people are shocked to see how many similar items they own and find clothes they’ve forgotten they had.
3) Choose a pile to sort through - T shirts or jumpers are an easy place to start. Look at the pile and select your favourite 3 tops that you really love wearing – think about why you like them, do they make you feel good, is it the colour you like or something else?
4) Once you’ve done this set aside these items in your ‘keep’ pile and work through the rest of the tops, one item at a time, holding it in your hands to decide whether it’s something that you love – if it’s not obvious compare it against the your 3 top items to help you make the decision. If you don’t love the item, then put it in your discard pile (ready for the charity shop or Ebay).
Don’t keep things ‘just in case’ as the chances are if you haven’t worn it for years you’re unlikely to again.
Don’t keep things ‘for best’ – if you love it put it in your wardrobe and start wearing it, you’ll feel great every time you put it on!
When you’ve sorted all the clothes look at your storage space and decide how you want to organise the clothes you love - not everything needs to be hung.
Jumpers, tshirts and jeans can all be folded and put in chests of drawers or baskets on shelves to maximise storage.
These simple steps can be applied across all areas of your home to create a tidy, simplified and organised lifestyle.
See my published article in Beautiful South Magazine