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Wardrobe audit time…out with the old!

Posted in Dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2011 by Jeff Weigh

A happy New year to you all and welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog.

Seeing as a new year is a new start; it’s also a good time to have a look at that wardrobe of yours and start making some decisions!

Many of you will have been putting this off for some time and your wardrobe may well now be looking a little bit tired, worn and even messy to the eye.

It can be disheartening…

It can be confusing…

It can be that closing the door quickly so that stuff doesn’t fall out is a metaphor to how you are feeling and your emotions.

If you don’t look to closely at them and you shut the door hoping that they’ll just stay there out of sight and out of mind…great! However, one day the whole lot is going to fall out under the weight as the rail has broken.

All in all it can be really depressing! Does this ring any bells?

So it really can help your emotional state if that wardrobe is organized, neat and efficient.

How much time in the morning does it take you to find an outfit – too long?

Do you have a wardrobe stuffed of clothes but nothing to wear?

Well now is the time to address it! (Please note the play on words)

You will need

Bin bags, baskets, rails (available from Argos etc) a full length mirror and may be a good friend to help you. You can then do the same for her!

Here goes;

1. Decide what clothes you’re going to wear for the next couple of days and put them aside
2. Moving into the spare room may be helpful
3. Empty your wardrobe completely putting all trousers in one place, tops in another, jackets in another pile and so on
4. Clean all sections including the rails
5. Now start with the trousers – if you know they fit and they look great (probably only one pair if you’re like most people) then put them on a rail
6. Try all the other trousers on and ask yourself these questions

o Do they fit?
o Are they the right length?
o Do they match my body shape?
o Do I like them?
o Are they in good condition?

1. If you answer yes to all these – put them on the rail
2. If they don’t fit – put them in the charity box/bag (NO you won’t slim into them and if you ever do then you want the joy of buying yourself a new pair)
3. If they are tattered and torn – into the recycling box
4. If the trousers are too short for your leg length (see previous articles then nothing can be done – either make them cropped trousers for the summer or off to the charity shop!

7. After you’ve done the trousers do the same with skirts, dresses, Jackets and tops
8. Section all items into resale/Charity/Archive/Keep
9. Relocate archive items of sentimental value in either a separate wardrobe section or storage solution such as vacuum packed.
10. Be firm with yourself and don’t hang on to dated/tired items unless sentimental
11. Consider your lifestyle and tailor your wardrobe to it – remember you can mix and match items for work with casual items to add more variety to your wardrobe.
12. The most successful wardrobes are always those that have only limited numbers of items in them.
13. Re-hang garments in sections i.e. all jackets together, all shirts together.
14. Then colour coordinate your garments within the sections ( sounds a bit an.., but it does help)
15. If possible keep seasons separate and cover out of season garments to protect from dust.
16. Only have what you want to wear in your wardrobe this will make it much quicker and easier to get dressed and reduce repeat buying
17. As your going along make a list of items you have missing or items you need to complete an outfit.
18. Keep checking looks by trying on and experimenting putting different clothes together
19. Update classic pieces with accessories or a new pair of shoes (oh what fun!)
20. Replace basics such as vests, t-shirts, underwear and everyday shoes regularly
21. Line your drawers with scented drawer liners for fresh smelling clothes
22. Use drawer dividers to section underwear, tights ,belts, scarves and ties
23. Sit back and enjoy the look of your wardrobe, the ease in which you can get ready in the morning and the clarity and peace of mind that it gives.

All this work may sound daunting – but physically, mentally and financially you will really benefit from it.

If it’s all too much then don’t forget that I will come and help!!

Until next time…good luck with the clear out!

Bye

Sal x