It’s a brand new year, so what better time to finally tackle that overflowing wardrobe that you’ve been meaning to sort out since early Spring?
Not only will getting rid of some old clothes free up space for new purchases (because face it, this is inevitable), but it also gives you the opportunity to rediscover hidden gems that have been buried at the back for the last six months.
On paper, having a wardrobe bursting with clothes should mean you have tonnes to wear…well you do, but hands up if you resort to the same 6-8 outfits on rotation? Because in fact, the more you have crammed into the wardrobe, the bigger task it is to rummage through and find that drop dead look you are after.
To help you get the year started with a clear head and an organised wardrobe, we’re here to impart a bit of our wardrobe decluttering wisdom.
The one year rule
OK, I know you’ve all heard it before, but that’s because it really is a valid point. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year, surely this is your heart’s way of telling you you’re a bit over it? Be ruthless and break up with that old bobbled jumper and let it move on to a new life in a charity shop. While you’re at it you can say sayonara to those faded jeans and au revoir to those tatty old boots, that give you blisters anyway…
Less is more
Less really is more when it comes to getting the most out of your wardrobe. Not only does creating a capsule wardrobe save space, but it also makes it so much easier to put an outfit together when you’re not bombarded with so many options. The key to creating a great capsule collection is to accumulate signature pieces that reflect your personal style and can be mixed and matched to form a multitude of outfits. Neutral colours generally work best for this, as they are the most versatile and you can always add coloured accessories or makeup to brighten up the look.
Get those £££’s back
If you’re reluctant to part ways with certain items because you spent an arm and a leg on it, then it might be possible to get a few quid back by selling it. Of course, eBay is always a good option for selling your old belongings, however shopping apps such as Depop and Shpock are just as quick and easy to use. The key to successfully selling your clothes online is to make sure they are still in good knick, by taking some good photos and being realistic about the asking price. If you’re not sure how much your items are worth, leave them open to auction and let the bidding wars commence.
Classic over trends
Trends come and go and they often lead to us making a few somewhat questionable purchases. As you sift through your wardrobe an easy way of filtering your collection is by keeping the timeless pieces that you will wear from season to season and ditching the short-lived trends. Sure trends often come back (just look at all the 90s inspired clobber in the shops now!), but chances are you’ll have to wait 20 years for it so unless it’s a worth hoarding for a couple of decades it’s time for it to go!
Create method behind the madness
While you’re elbow deep in all your clothes, it’s the perfect opportunity to organise your wardrobe and create some sort of system. Whether you choose to group clothing by the type of item(e.g dresses, blouses, skirts, etc.) or by the occasion (e.g. casual and formal wear) is totally up to you, however getting organised will make it ten times easier to find the clothes you are after when in a hurry or lost for ideas on what to wear.