We all have items in our closet that doesn’t fit us. Most people only wear 20% of their closet for 80% of the time. In order to get dressed effortlessly and always look your best, you need to invest some quality time in sorting out your wardrobe and clearing out everything that adds no value.
It is beneficial to know what clothing suits your body shape the best. You can visit an image and style consultant, who will help you to identify your body type and analyse the colours that suit you. Otherwise, check out YouTube tutorials on how to determine your body type and colour analysis. Once you have established your body shape you will find it so much easier to discard the unflattering clothes in your wardrobe.
Follow this helpful guideline when sorting and storing your clothes.
- Plan to block an entire weekend to tidy up your wardrobe.
- Remove everything you have from your closet. Also clothes stored in other closets or suitcases. This is the only way to get a good overview of what you own.
- Pile everything onto your bed. Most of us are shocked at the amount of clothing we have gathered over the years.
- Go through each item and ask yourself: Do I like it? Does it fit me? Does it look good on me? If yes, then keep it.
- Discard all clothing that:
- you have not worn in over 18 months
- don’t fit well – either too big or too tight
- are old and worn out
- make you look unattractive
- you have never worn
- don’t match with anything else in the closet.
- Sort clothing into 3 piles. One for items you are keeping, another for items that you need to fix or clean and a third pile of clothes you want to sell or give to charity.
- Curate a capsule closet, which typically contains 20-30 quality pieces, which you can multiply into many different outfit combos.
- Maybe you don’t want to let go of some expensive dresses, which you never wear. You can sell them to an upmarket second hand store and use the money to buy a beautiful new dress, which will suit you better.
- Once you are done sorting, remove the pile of discarded clothes to create more space.
- Place the charity items in large bin bags. Fold the items you want to sell and place them in another bag.
- Put the clothes you want to fix, alter or clean in separate hampers and place them in your car, so you can drop them off at the dry cleaners or the tailor. If you can fix or alter things yourself, then place the hamper next to your sewing machine or workspace.
- This is a good time to take a break…
- Separate your winter and summer clothes.
- Organise by garment category, e.g. all skirts, pants and shirts together, so you can access and style outfits more easily.
- I prefer to colour code each category, as it makes it easier to mix and match items.
- Always fold items in rectangular shapes. With kids clothes, reduce the no of folds.
- Clothing which you store on shelves such as, shirts, jerseys and gym wear, should be folded wider and flat, so that you can stack them.
- Items placed in drawers should be folded small and stacked behind each other.
- Repack all your clothing into your closet.
- Store off-seasonal clothes, such as knitwear and winter accessories or swimwear and shorts, in containers, and place them on the top shelf of your closet. Hang coats at the back of your closet or in a spare closet.
- Place items you wear more often such as lingerie, pyjamas and T-shirts, on eye level height.
- Separate knickers and bras. Arrange bras in a flat box or drawer to rest completely behind one another.
- Store smaller groups of items e.g. socks in a box to contain them better.
- Roll up stockings and scarves.
- Organise shoes into sub-categories such as boots, trainers and sandals.
After placing everything neatly into your closet, you should give yourself a big pat on the shoulder. You have accomplished a massive task! Now that you know exactly what you have in your closet, shopping will become a pleasure. Get inspiration from blogs and magazines, but always keep in mind what clothes suit your body type the best.
“Opening up your closet should be like arriving at a good party where everyone you see is someone you like.” – Amy Collins
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