Most of us are not blessed with a separate closet room where we can have one wardrobe for each category of clothing item. As a result, right when you are dressing up for the Friday night gig or Sunday church, there’s a tendency to struggle with finding what to match your outfit with, since everything is not in full view and you probably do not see the full content of your wardrobe.
For most of us, de-cluttering or getting rid of old stuff is perhaps the most difficult and most important step in the process of reorganizing.
This step of getting things organised doesn’t always leave you having a lot of things, but would leave you with a fab wardrobe comprising only of items carefully chosen and cherished.
Here’s our take on how you can keep your wardrobe looking stylish and organized like a true style diva.
1. Get rid of the old items:
In every closet, there is a range of clothes, accessories and shoes that have hardly been used in years and probably will never be used again. Most fashion lovers keep changing their likes and preferences as trends change, and it is good to get rid of stuff that is out of vogue if you are trend follower or items that you would never wear.
So how do you sort your wardrobe into items you want to Give away / Throw away/ Or Keep?
Here are a few tips to help with this all important stage,
Firstly, Try on every single item in you wardrobe for Fit and wearability and sort them based on the following
a. I may wear this one day –
The rule of thumb here is, If you have not worn this item in the last one year for whatever reason, you are most likely never going to wear it again! This is simply an excuse to just keep loads of space sapping stuff! Most often than none these items should go in the Throw away/ Give away category. Most times we choose not to wear items because they are either worn out, ill fitting, badly tailored or simply doesn’t conform to our current style.
If these items cannot be put to good use again then this is a good time to be a little generous to your sister, friend or give to charity. It will help you get rid of the basic clutter and give you a better idea of your true wardrobe size, content and how it fits to your current style.
b. Can I Mix and Match them well –
Another way to de-clutter your wardrobe is to think of your current style and take a very critical look at the pieces you have left in your wardrobe. Do they fit well into your lifestyle, the Image you try to portray, and can they be easily matched with other items in your wardrobe? With the style and lifestyle question only you can truly answer that, with the mixing and matching, take a piece in your wardrobe If you can successfully match an item with other pieces in your wardrobe to produce five different outfits then it’s a keeper.
c. May Be Someday –
Now if you have carried out the two steps above you will find that there are still items you are on the fence about, may be because you have not worn them in over a year but you really really like them or they were very expensive and you are not ready to let go or maybe they are just a bit tight and you plan to lose some weight.
With these items you can pack them away in a box and store away somewhere outside the wardrobe until you have the need for them, that way you can have more space for the things you wear on a regular basis.
These lot are also keepers but not in the wardrobe. They come out when you think of what to match them with or after they become perfect fit, if after say another year they still do not come out from the box then you probably need to let go of them.
2. Separate the essentials:
After trimming down your wardrobe this is the next step, think of the number of items you have before trying to put things in place. You need to create a separate section for dresses, pants, skirts, lingerie, jewellery and shoes in any wardrobe. Get everything on the bed and make a good numbering from the heap, get each piece properly cleaned and ironed in readiness to be kept in its section
Allot space in your wardrobe to each section based on the number of that group of items you have, like if you have more dresses than any other items then those should have the largest space.
3. Use space saving solutions:
Small items, such as lingerie, accessories, handbags, and jewellery can be kept in small boxes, racks or wicker baskets and stowed in the lower racks of the wardrobe. Try investing in shoe racks to help organize your shoes, that way you have more space in your closet.
There you have it! Our 3 step strategy for keeping your wardrobe like an It Girl!