Hi guys, today I want to share with you my tips on how to bring order to your wardrobe. De-clutter is such a Thing now! Everyone is cleaning their wardrobes, beauty collections, kitchens and so on. I think it does make sense – living in a clean and organised space make your days much easier and more pleasant. For example, having an organised wardrobe will save you a lot of time and stress in the morning. In addition to this it will save you lots of money when you go shopping. How many times did you buy a similar dress/shirt or t-shirt, because you just though that you didn’t have any yet in your closet? Previously it happened to me a lot. That’s I started to search for a solution! Honestly, the solution is very easy – read my De-clutter 101 guide and find out how can you make your wardrobe life easier and fun!
Establish your personal style
Take a little bit of your time and understand what does your personal style look like? Do you have any particular style, such as minimalistic, girly, business woman, fashionista etc? Or you just go with a flow and don’t spend to much time thinking about your look? Once you’ve answered these questions, you will have a more clear idea of what you need to get rid of.
Whether it’s one of the weekdays’ evenings or a half of a Saturday, choose the day and time which is suitable for you. I’ve just de-cluttered my wardrobe yesterday and can say that you need to be ready for this. Especially if you have a huge closet and are stingy to throw away anything. For example, I found dresses and shoes which were 5-7 years old. Honestly, did I think they still looked fine and trendy? I obviously did, shame on me.
Take your clothes out of the wardrobe
I don’t like to put my clothes collection on the floor, I prefer to use my bed. This way, all the clothes that you decide to keep will stay nice and clean. Once you’ve done with the clothes, move to your shoe rails, accessories drawers and place for everything. I’m sure, the majority of us has this place for everything. When you don’t know where to put something you just stick it there. This is the most complicated bit to organise. Because things tend to be accumulated there a lot! For example, I have a space in the kitchen where the microwave should be. It was very old, didn’t work and my landlord just decided to remove it. There I have a huge empty space. Well, to be honest with you it’s never empty, this is my place for everything…
So, it’s THE TIME now! Make sure you don’t accumulate rubbish, because rubbish generates more rubbish. Saying this, I mean remove not only receipts and candy wrappers, but also put aside all the old dresses, t-shirts, skirts, trousers etc that you don’t need anymore. I apply some rules when cleaning the wardrobe:
– when was the last time I wore this item? If it was 2 seasons ago – one year, I don’t keep it!
– is it still in good condition? If the item needs a new button, it’s ok – just change it. If the fabric looks shabby, I don’t keep the item.
– does it fit me now? I only keep items that are still my current size and benefit my shape. Don’t buy and keep things that don’t look good on you.
– does this item fit my current style?
Organise your clothes, shoes and accessories in the way that helps you easily and quickly find what you need
For instance, store the whole outfit in one place. Alternatively, hang all the clothes by colour or type. I divide my wardrobe in few sections:
1. Blouses, shirts and tops
2. Skirts, shorts, culottes and trousers
4. Co-ord sets
5. Shoes and bags
6. Fur, faux fur, duster coats, jackets and vests
This one is very important! This way, you will save some space in your closet. Even if you decide to keep tons of things, they will take slightly less space.
Spend time, put effort and finally create your capsule wardrobe
Never again you will have problems with your everyday I-have-nothing-to-wear situation, if you spend time once to think of basics in your wardrobe. Keep in mind that fashion has a cycle and all the trends, shapes and colours will come back very soon. Don’t buy fast fashion items very often or at least don’t spend too much on it.
I think here is nothing more to say about it! You just really need to keep your items clean and fixed, because you don’t want to wear dresses with holes or shoes with damaged heels. Better not wear them at all than try to hide the problem or pretend you don’t care about it. People will notice your carelessness and draw conclusions.
Clean and rethink your wardrobe at least twice a year: in the beginning of Autumn and Spring
For example, in Autumn you can finally move all the silk dresses and and sandals into the storage and free some space for bulky oversized boyfriend coats and leather boots. In the end of every season go to the rule number 1 and start over!
Make a cup of tea, take chocolates, sit in front of your perfect wardrobe and just admire it – so nice and clean; so lovely and ready for new clothes 🙂
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