If, like me, you have a tendency to hold onto the contents of your wardrobe longer than is probably necessary or healthy, the thought of going through your treasured possessions with the aim of cutting down the hoard might fill you with a feeling akin to dread. You are not alone. We’re all guilty of holding onto things we should have chucked out a long time ago; those skinny jeans that use to fit like a dream before you discovered how cheese goes with everything or those shoes you wore once, three years ago, and which crippled your feet. But having a regular review of your wardrobe isn’t just good for you, it’s good for others too!
So, we’ve put together a simple six step plan on how to tackle an out of control wardrobe.
STEP ONE: Acknowledge it needs to be done
There comes a point when it becomes inescapably clear that your collection has grown to enormous proportions; your chest of drawers is buckling with the weight of a thousand t-shirts, the heavy duty pole holding up your wardrobe is teetering on the edge of collapse and every possible space is occupied with this season’s offerings. This is the time to admit to yourself: I need to sort this out.
STEP TWO: Take EVERYTHING out
That’s right, EVERYTHING! Every item needs to be rigorously inspected: jeans, t-shirts, dresses, shoes, even underwear! You’ll be surprised to find things you had all but forgotten. Some may come as a pleasant surprise, others will make you wonder what on Earth you were thinking at the time. Either way, it will give you a clear picture of what you have and the extent of your shopping addiction.
STEP THREE: Organise into categories
A systematic approach is best in order to avoid confusion. How you do this exactly is up to you; you could try organising your things into item-specific sections i.e. t-shirts, dresses, jeans, trousers, and so on. Or you could start organising into sections according to what you definitely want to keep, what you want to get rid of and what you’re not sure about.
STEP FOUR: Be brutal
This may well be a difficult process. You may have things in your respective piles that you still like, but just haven’t worn in the last five years, you might even have newer items that you’ve just not got round to wearing yet. Our rule of thumb is, if you’ve not worn it in the last 12 months, you’re not going to! Get rid of it, no matter how much it hurts. ?
STEP FIVE: Donate them to charity
Just because you’ve decided to clear out some clothes, it doesn’t mean that someone else can’t benefit from your items. There are a multitude of charities who happily accept donations. So not only are you doing yourself some good, you’re helping others in need as well! Oxfam for example accept all donations, whether their sold in one of their stores or sent to one of their recycling units, all proceeds go towards tackling poverty across the world.
STEP SIX: Celebrate the space you have created!
You’ve done the hard work, and now you can admire the fruits of your labour. As they say, tidiness is next to godliness, and now you’ve taken back control of your space you’ll find that not only can you move without falling over that rogue pair of jeans, but your mind itself will feel much calmer and clearer. What’s more, and actually more importantly than a clear mind, you’ve now created space for your future purchases! And this is why a regular review is so important, because if you love shopping as much as we do, you’ll fill up that new found space in no time. ?