By Lucy White
If you’re like me, then you have a closet overflowing with clothes and shoes (and one large huntsman spider – I call him Peter). There’s so much stuff in there that you’d forgotten you had, it’s basically Narnia. You've probably already heard that statement by Oprah Winfrey's Aussie professional de-clutterer mate, Peter Walsh: "you only wear 20 percent of your wardrobe, 80 percent of the time" and we reckon it's true - so with the change of season, we say it’s time to remove unsuitable/unwearable/unloved clothing choices from that overflowing mess you call your wardrobe.
Reorganising a wardrobe can be an overwhelming task, so I’ve put together some helpful hints to guide you through this mountainous chore. But first things first – make yourself a cup of tea!
DEFINE YOUR CURRENT STYLE
One of the easiest ways to work out what to keep and what to get rid of is seeing whether or not it fits with your current style. The year is 2015 people - if your wardrobe is still playing host to a fluoro-trimmed peplum circa 2013 in the hope you can whip it out again next summer, it's time to move on!
This one is super easy. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in twelve months, it’s time to let it go. I know, I know, I’m guilty of buying to-die-for skirts that I couldn’t afford just in case I found a reason to wear them. I never did in two years and now I have dropped two sizes - goodbye beautiful, expensive maxi-skirts (I hardly knew you).
To save you time next spring (or autumn) clean, I recommend hanging everything in your cupboard with the coathanger facing you. Turn it to the back of the cupboard once you’ve worn it, that way in 12 months, you can see what you didn’t wear (and what you can now throw away).
You know your butt doesn’t look good in those low-rider jeans, especially when you pair it with the sequinned midriff top – and the jeans are the only pants you can wear it with. Get rid of them! If you don’t like how you look in something, or it makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t hold on to it for posterity’s sake.
This rule should also apply to clothes you’re holding on to just in case you can fit into them again. We all do it. By all means keep working on losing weight and getting healthy, but buy new clothes when the time comes. “Goal pants” are not always that successful, especially if you start losing weight from your butt while building muscle on your thighs.
As you go through your wardrobe try to make a shopping list of things you need. That includes knowing what staple items you should stock your wardrobe with. Now, I’m not saying you need a fourth pair of boyfriend jeans, but if you don’t have any, maybe you should start with one pair.
If you’re not sure what kind of staples you should have in your wardrobe, here are some of my go-to items:
- plain white T-shirt
- striped shirt
- classic white shirt (not of the T variety – sheer can be fun)
- blazer (if you already have broad shoulders, stay away from built-in shoulder pads unless you can remove them)
- boyfriend jeans
- dark denim
- black pants
- ballet flats
- classic pumps
- slip-on sneakers - these can be tricky but never fear, we've got some fashspo for you right here!
Your staple items should stay in your wardrobe year-round, and you can build on the wardrobe to suit each season, trend, and style.
When it comes to organising your wardrobe, there are more than a couple of things you can do. Try organising your clothes in outfits, and hang a complete outfit together (shirt + skirt + jacket). Alternatively, you can try categorising your clothes (skirts, dresses, jackets), or colour-coordinating. Whichever works best for you!