It’s a new year - and a perfect opportunity to de-clutter your closet, get organised and feel fabulous.
A messy and cluttered wardrobe can turn the simple task of getting dressed every morning into a nightmare. Some people spend more time searching through their wardrobes for clothes, than actually getting ready. A messy wardrobe also makes you lose visibility of what you actually own, causing you to buy more of what you probably already have.
A strong majority of us wear 20 per cent of our clothes 80 per cent of the time. Why? Because we have our favourite items that are tried and tested. They're usually clothes that we’ve received the most compliments from, items that best compliment our body shape and those we have a sentimental connection to. A messy wardrobe ensures we always reach for our favourite items that are on high rotation and at the front, saving us from delving into the dark, scary and unorganised corners of the wardrobe.
When it comes to the big tidy up, prepare to be ruthless. If you haven't worn something in the last two years, chances are you’ll never wear it again, so get rid of it. Grab some garbage bags, go through your entire wardrobe and create three piles:
1. KEEP – All the all items that are in good condition and that you currently wear. Try sorting them out into distinct categories: t-shirts, shirts, pants, dresses, shoes etc. Look after your favourite items by hanging them on good quality wooden hangars.
2. TO BE ALTERED OR MENDED – all clothes need to be repaired, taken in, taken up or taken out at some time. Grab all the items in need of a mend and invest the time and money to do this, and you’ll end up with items you can wear again.
3. DONATE TO CHARITY OR BIN IT - rather than just throwing out clothes consider donating them to a local charity such as The Salvation Army or St Vinnies. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re doing something that will help others. Charity donation bins can be found around your local community. Other items you should consider parting ways with are: souvenir t-shirts, clothes that currently do not fit you, damaged clothing, bridesmaid dresses or other clothes that may have a ‘sentimental’ attachment which you’ll never wear again, clothes from a past life stage – for example old maternity clothes or clothes that were bought for you by your ex-partner. Throwing things out will make you feel liberated; remember a clear wardrobe equals a clear mind.
If you can’t bear to give away your clothes, then organise a clothes swap party. Invite a group of your girlfriends over; get them all to bring a bag of pre-loved clothes and crack open a bottle of bubbles. Go through each other’s clothes and exchange items. Everyone goes home with new clothes and you all get to catch up. It’s a fashionable win-win situation.
To maintain your tidy new wardrobe consider the simple method of turning all your hangers in your wardrobe to face the same direction. After you wear something re-hang it, and turn the hanger around the other way. In a years time get rid of all the clothes whose hanger hasn’t been turned around.
Try keeping your wardrobe organised by creating a ‘wardrobe planner’. A wardrobe planner (or fashion inventory list) will help you keep track of: what you have, what you need to buy and it can also be used to help you plan what to wear. It can also help you from buying things you already own. It’s a bit like having your own personal stylist. Keep your wardrobe list up to date and keep it stored close to your wardrobe. Keep it updated with any new purchases or things you dispose of. If you regularly lend clothing items to your girlfriends, it’s also a great way to monitor who has what. Now take a deep breath, go forth and de-clutter your closet, you will feel amazing when it’s done.
Happy New Year! I look forward in helping you look good and feel fabulous in 2011. If you have any fashion questions or would like a makeover, simply visit www.lifestyleyou.com.au/donnygalella