It can be the worst chore to do and there’s no way to cut corners but the reward of a tidy wardrobe at the end, full of pieces you know you’re going to wear, makes it all worth it. The secret to the wardrobe of your dreams starts with editing the one you already have – so, let’s do it!
The Right Mindset
Before you start pulling everything out and covering the floor, set yourself up for success. Queue a happy playlist or podcast and make yourself a drink. It’s also handy to have bags or baskets on hand so you have somewhere to put your donation piles.
Start the Purge
Everyone has their own system. Whether you work drawer by drawer or pile everything up and put it back neatly, piece by piece, you just need to get an eye on everything you have so you can cut it down.
Begin sorting into piles – that skirt you told yourself you’d wear two Summers ago? Donate. The wine-stained jumper? Recycle Bin. This is the stage you should try things on – especially if you’re unsure. You might find something that you had loved but forgot about or realise that you will never wear a certain pair of trousers again as they no longer fit.
For sentimental items, that you don’t wish to get rid of, you can pass them on to family members (knowing they’re going to a good home) or store them properly and find a home for them outside of the wardrobe to free up space.
Some pieces will be a no brainer. You will either love it and know you have to keep it or realise it’s no longer your style and you need to get rid of it. If it’s damaged or stained find a recycled clothing point to drop them off. If the clothes are still in good shape, then donate them! The effort it takes to take them to a charity shop is worth the new life your clothes will live.
Some of the pieces might be more challenging. If you’re not sure which pile something belongs in, consider the one-year rule. A good rule of thumb is to begin the year with all of your clothes hung on a hanger facing away from you. Every time you use something, flip the hanger around. Then, it’ll be obvious which clothes you touched throughout the year and which you didn’t, because some hangers will be in their original position. If you haven’t worn something in a long time and it doesn’t have sentimental value then it’s time to let it go.
If you have a storage cupboard or access to a loft space it’s a good idea to pack away the seasonal pieces that won’t see the light of day for half the year and rotate accordingly. Thick winter jackets have no place in a summer wardrobe so removing them from your space will allow you to fill it with pieces that you love to wear every day!
We recommend investing in some quality storage boxes to keep things fresh whilst they’re packed away. If your space is limited, try vacuum pack bags that will shrink mounds of clothes down and save up to three times more space. Not only are they airtight, dustproof and waterproof you, can reuse them again and again.
Invest in the Gaps
Now the main bulk of the work is done you can stand back and admire your handy work. Throughout the process you might have noticed a theme – all of your socks have holes in, you might have very few long sleeve options, you only have one pair of well-fitted jeans.
Make a list of everything you’re missing, and take note of the pieces that you love and would never get rid of. If you own a leather jacket and wear it all the time, you don’t need to buy the one you just saw in the sale. Prioritising future shopping will make your life much easier because you will know what you’re looking for.
Remember that truly investing in your wardrobe means reaching for high-quality pieces that you know will last. Timeless, beautiful clothing can elevate your style and increase your confidence.
Now you have a clean, fresh wardrobe that’s ready for Spring. The only thing left to do is go shopping again...