Find what you’re looking for in your wardrobe
Are your morning hours as precious to you as they are to me? One of the worse time vampires is the additional stress caused by looking at your wardrobe – with nothing to wear in sight! Find out how organising your wardrobe helps you start your day right!
Take the first step to decluttering and updating your wardrobe. We suggest taking a phased approach and going section by section. This way, it becomes less overwhelming and exhausting. You can start with your tops, then move to your trousers and finish with your undies, for example. Wouldn’t you love to see these immediate results?
Let’s start with tops as an example. Pull all your tops out of your wardrobe and put them into one area such as your bed. This gives you a great overview of what is all in your wardrobe and you can review each item by asking yourself these questions:
- Do I currently wear it?
- Have I worn it in the last 6 months?
- Will I wear it in the next 6 months?
- Looking at your seasonal wear like your Christmas jumpers or summer tops, will you wear it next season?
- Does it fit?
- Does it make me feel good?
- Does it look good on me?
- Is it in good shape (e.g. colours not drained, without stains or not torn)?
- Would you buy it again if I went shopping today?
The definite keepers
If you’ve answered “yes” to all questions, keep that top.
For your seasonal which you’re not going to wear for a while, put such tops on a higher shelf until you’ll wear them regularly again.
If you haven’t worn something in the last 6 months and you’re not sure if you will in the next 6 months, create a “maybe “pile for these. You can put a little bow on their hanger or inside label and remove it when you’re wearing it. If you haven’t worn these in the next 6 months, donate or sell them then.
Time to say good-bye
For those pieces you’ve answered “no” to one or more questions, it’s time to say good-bye. Still in good condition? Donate those tops to a local charity or sell them at a second hand shop.
Hanging, folding, rolling
As you’re putting your tops back into your wardrobe, decide how you best keep them. Is there enough space to hang them? Do you prefer folding them? Whatever works for you, be consistent with that approach. As you put your freshly washed laundry away, do it the same way (e.g. rolled tops) as you before.
Separated by function
Julie Morgenstern works in zones and this also works for your clothes, e.g. separating your tops by function: Work tops, going out tops and casual tops. Do you want to hang the work tops (less ironing) and roll up casual tops (saves space)? You can quickly put your work outfit together and don’t have to rummage through piles of tops. If you want to take it a step further, you can add little markers to the hanger identifying the day you’ll wear the outfit.
We’ve now finished with one section (the tops), take another section like your trousers and follow the same steps.
By consciously deciding what you love and need, you should experience a renewed enjoyment of your wardrobe. However, if tackling your wardrobe alone seems daunting, engaging a professional organiser with personal stylist skills like us could save you time, space and energy. Here’s to feeling fabulous!
Until next time,