As we are now in autumn, I feel like it’s a good time to rearrange and clear out my wardrobe, seen as my summer clothes are of no use to me with this weather … not that they were much use in the summer either, but there we go that’s British weather for you.
For those that know me well, they know that I am obsessed with a good wardrobe detox and I am ridiculously ruthless. I find it so therapeutic to clear out all the old things that are a bit tatty, the bits that no longer get worn or those that don’t fit and have a bit of a fresh start.
I would like to think I am someone who has quite a lot of experience in wardrobe cleansing … we are talking at least 6 times a year if not more. With that in mind I thought I would share with you my wardrobe detox process in 4 easy steps.
Step 1 – Mentally prepare yourself
This bit isn’t hard for me at all because I love clearing my wardrobe out, but I know others hate parting with things. So I would definitely recommend starting when your in the right frame of mind and ready to have a good sort out.
Step 2 – The purge
Ok so like I said for most this can be the hardest part, but I absolutely love it. I am not sentimental at all, I’m more along the lines of completely ruthless – If it’s no good – it goes.
Now is the time to look at the selection in the wardrobe and decide whether the items
- Are in good wearable condition – We all end up with some tatty pieces that have been worn to death, washed within an inch of their life or just generally get worn out. Now is the time to get rid of them and start fresh, if they are things you like then make a note of what’s being chucked out and then you can replace them whenever is best for you.
- Fit well – The amount of clothes I have got rid of over the years because they are too big, have lost their shape or not longer fit in the right places is unreal. I have no idea why they sit in the wardrobe for so long when they are of no use to me whatsoever.
- Are my style – My style has changed completely over the years and even now I would say I have quite a varied style. Finally at the age of 26, I feel like I have an idea what I am looking for when I go out shopping and what suits me.
- Go with other pieces in the wardrobe – Ok don’t panic, I am not suggesting you get rid of these (unless they meet some of the other criteria), but make a note of what items you need to find things to go with. Put them to one side, so that when you’re out shopping you know what you are looking for. That way your wardrobe is completely maximized. There is nothing worse than having a killer dress in the wardrobe and naf all to go with it.
- Have been worn recently – Ok this one can also be a killer. I personally like to get rid of things I haven’t worn in the past 3 months (unless they are seasonal or occasional pieces, but I usually pack those away at the start of the season). If I haven’t worn it in 3 months there is almost zero chance that I am going to wear it at all – so it goes. If the idea of this makes you brick it a bit then maybe look at things that haven’t been worn in 6 months)
I use these 5 questions to help me quickly decide what stays and what goes. If they are going, I normally have a pile for the bin and a pile for my sisters to look through; anything they are not fussed on then goes to the charity shop.
Step 3 – Clean up
Once all the clothes are out of the wardrobe/drawers I like to give them a quick hoover and clean before everything goes back it. I then like to make sure everything is folded or hung properly before putting it back in the wardrobe. Now you get to choose how to organise the stuff you have left. I normally group mine into work clothes, every-day clothes and occasional pieces/going out clothes.
Step 4 – Plan
As much as I love clearing everything out, this is definitely my favourite part. I like to plan out some new outfit ideas, especially this time of the year as we move into a different season and my outfit choices change completely. Like I mentioned before, I also like to look at what I need to buy to match certain pieces in my collection or plan out what I need to replace.
I cannot recommend detoxing your wardrobe enough; its extremely therapeutic and definitely gives you a sense of organisation. Plus it maximises your wardrobe and making sure that you get to use all the different pieces you have. I also find that when I go shopping I know what I need or would like rather than buying random clothes on impulse.